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New York Times, Thursday, June 16, 2022

Author:
Parker Higgins and Ross Trudeau
Editor:
Will Shortz
One performing a palm print analysis
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Parker Higgins
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381.6231448%
Ross Trudeau

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 37 Missing: {GQXZ} Spans: 1 Grid has mirror symmetry. This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Higgins. This is puzzle # 51 for Mr. Trudeau. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. Thursday freshness: 37%
Constructor notes:
PARKER: It's always fun to breathe some life into a joke that is literally centuries old. This puzzle got started when I told my ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Plenty of hacks have tried their hand at playing with repeated letters, but Parker and Ross made theirs shine. Quite the pair of CUTIE ... read more
Jim Horne notes:
Jeff's least favorite theme answer is ATTENDEES. That's my favorite. The reason that we have different opinions is that we're ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times6/16/22 ( No. 26,518 )
Across
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Good or bad vacuum review? : SUCKS
6
Psych (up) : AMP
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Provides a hideout for, maybe : ABETS
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"... but it seems like you hate the idea" : ORNOT
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Round figure? : PAR
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"Well, imagine that!" : ILLBE
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One performing a palm print analysis : FORENSICSCIENTIST
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Some strays : ALLEYCATS
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Essence of a good roast : WIT
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Ones playing cornhole, e.g. : TOSSERS
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Core assets? : ABS
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Wedding speech opener : ATOAST
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Sonny and Cher, e.g. : POPDUO
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Trochee's counterpart : IAMB
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Country bumpkins : HICKS
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Tots (up) : ADDS
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One of the pounds of a pound cake : FLOUR
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Something used to improve one's English? : CUE
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Informal term of affection : KIDDO
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Grain : IOTA
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Downed : ATE
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___Car Series : INDY
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Repeated Warhol subject : MAO
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Tree in the etymology of "gin" : JUNIPER
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Leads, as a D&D campaign : DMS
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"I'll take that as ___" : ANO
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Worries : STEWS
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Common scat syllable : DOO
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Setting for the memorable cable car scene in "Moonraker" : RIO
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First-aid item : ICEPACK
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TiVo, e.g. : DVR
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Desktop array : ICONS
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Factory vessel : VAT
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Singer Gorme : EYDIE
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Setting of 2019's "Parasite" : SEOUL
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"…" equivalent : ETC
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High number? : YODEL
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Together : ASONE
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___ degree : NTH
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In a lather, say : SUDSY
Down
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Luke, to Darth Vader : SON
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Catering vessel : URN
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"Facts First" sloganeer : CNN
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Hawaiian coffee : KONA
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Features of some beach houses : STILTS
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Features in some houses of worship : APSES
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New York City store with 1.2+ million square feet of retail space : MACYS
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Something that's asked : PRICE
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"That's a goldang lie!" : AINTSO
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Lunch orders often served hot : BLTS
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Biblical patriarch with a two-syllable name : ELI
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"Full Frontal With Samantha Bee" airer : TBS
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Stand-up comic's material : SET
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Clergy, metaphorically : CLOTH
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Three fighters at the O.K. Corral : EARPS
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Thin, unhealthy-looking sort : WAIF
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Treats usually served in miniature cups : ITALIANICES
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Pizzeria supplies : TOMATOES
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Eventgoers : ATTENDEES
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"Booksmart" and "Dumb and Dumber," e.g. : BUDDYMOVIES
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Uninspiring : SOSO
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Be up against : ABUT
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Hassle : PAIN
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"This is just … too much" : ICANTEVEN
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Adorable sweethearts : CUTIEPATOOTIES
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Stand guard : KEEPWATCH
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"The Big Bang Theory" role : RAJ
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Cassis cocktail : KIR
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Actress Tomei : MARISA
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College inits. on both the East and West Coasts : USC
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Bailout button : ESC
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One way to be missed : SORELY
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Man is one : ISLE
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Florida has some : KEYS
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Sister : NUN
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Solver of this puzzle : YOU

Answer summary:
4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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