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New York Times, Thursday, June 17, 2021

Vedic religious text

Author:
Blake Slonecker
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 75, Blocks: 43 Missing: {JVXZ} Grid has mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Slonecker.
Blake Slonecker notes:
This is my first puzzle to use left-right symmetry, and I really came to appreciate the complexities of the form by working my way ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I'm a huge fan of mirror symmetry. Something about it appeals to my sensibilities — perhaps it's some primal echo to the left-right ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times6/17/21 ( No. 26,154 )
Across
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Animal symbol of fertility in ancient Egypt : FROG
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Locale for a salmon ladder : DAM
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Lillian ___, the First Lady of American Cinema : GISH
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Top pork producer in the U.S. : IOWA
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Twine material : SISAL
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___ buco : OSSO
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Acronym for some academic grants : STEM
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Syrup source : MAPLE
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TV host with a "Garage" : LENO
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Grotesque : HIDEOUS
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Portable work surface : LAPDESK
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Ailurophiles : CATPEOPLE
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Accouchement : LABOR
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Mary whose short story "The Wisdom of Eve" was the basis for 1950's "All About Eve" : ORR
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Modern pic : INSTA
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Publishing IDs : ISBNS
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"___ Flair Drip" (2018 rap hit) : RIC
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Colorado's ___ Park : ESTES
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"Me day" destinations : SPAS
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Whence the Portuguese creole language Patuá : MACAU
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Old man : PAPA
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Newly elected California congresswoman of 1987 : PELOSI
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Like wine with cheese, often : PAIRED
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Chase vehicle, once, in brief? : SNL
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Fox Islands resident : ALASKAN
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Mauna ___ : KEA
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Places for quills : INKSTANDS
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Waves to a hairdresser? : PERM
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Accessories for tablets : STYLI
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Historical lead-in to -evna or -evich : TSAR
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Cheyenne allies : ARAPAHO
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GQ competitor : ESQUIRE
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Snapper? : CAMERA
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Sight from New York City's Riverside Park : HUDSON
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Flower holder : STALK
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Words to the audience : ASIDE
Down
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With 11-Down, what each of this puzzle's groups of circles represents : FISH
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Side order with curry : ROTI
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Was in the red : OWED
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Xbox or PlayStation : GAMECONSOLE
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Group migration : DIASPORA
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Relative of an adder : ASP
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One of las Islas Baleares : MALLORCA
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Finishing touch on the first transcontinental railroad : GOLDENSPIKE
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"Gotcha" : ISEE
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Info on tax forms : SSNS
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See 1-Down : HOOK
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Crude content : SMUT
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Vault : LEAP
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Sticks in the water : OARS
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French for "bent" : PLIE
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Guitarist Clapton : ERIC
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"Frontal" or "lateral" speaking features : LISPS
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White-barked tree : ASPEN
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Hoops : BBALL
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Austere : STARK
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Home with a hole at the top : TEPEE
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Carne ___ : ASADA
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Drink that might be served with a metal cup : MILKSHAKE
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Vedic religious text : UPANISHAD
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___ Jose : SAN
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"Your point being ...?" : AND
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Regarding : ASTO
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Part of a hog farm : STY
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Trendy ingredient in a healthy smoothie : KALE
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Push forward : IMPEL
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Features of some leather jackets : STUDS
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"Super" orgs. : PACS
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Part of Q.E.D. : ERAT
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Sita's love, in Hindu lore : RAMA
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Enthusiastic Spanish assent : SISI
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Sports star who split with J.Lo in 2021 : AROD
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Actor Auberjonois : RENE
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Synagogue feature : ARK
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Sine ___ non : QUA

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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