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New York Times, Sunday, June 19, 2022

"It's my turn" [or] Comment after rambling on

Author:
Jeremy Newton
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Jeremy Newton

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 132, Blocks: 81 Missing: {QXZ} This is puzzle # 22 for Mr. Newton.
Will Shortz notes:
Jeremy Newton, of Austin, Tex., is a software engineer who makes mobile games. He's been constructing crosswords for The Times since 2007, specializing in unusual themes often with visual ... read more
Jeremy Newton notes:
To me, those three stacked circles on a traffic light seemed like a perfect visual to appear in a crossword. A satisfying concept clicked: Answers in one direction could include RED or ... read more
Jim Horne notes:
Jim here, sitting in for Jeff Chen who's stuck at a red light. The first national color television broadcast in the United States was the 1954 Rose Parade, but crosswords are mostly still ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times6/19/22 ( No. 26,521 )
Across
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"In a word ... awful!" : ITSBAD
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Range of light that's invisible to the human eye : INFRAREDSPECTRUM
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Brand in the frozen foods aisle : OREIDA
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Called to Bo-Peep : BAAED
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"You and me both" : LIKEWISE
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Strong breath fresheners : WINTERGREENMINTS
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Like one of Michael Jackson's hands when performing : UNGLOVED
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Exams for top H.S. students : APTESTS
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Alternative to JFK : LGA
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Skedaddles : GITS
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Reviews negatively : PANS
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Usual : NORM
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Stage set? : THESPIANS
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Nathan who said "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country" : HALE
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Locks that have been changed : DYEDHAIR
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Inapplicable stat for electric cars : MPG
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Mark Twain, religiously : DEIST
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Some art supplies : OILS
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Label on some jars : TIPS
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Hon : DEAR
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John Hancock, famously : SIGNEE
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Reef predators : EELS
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Beast slain by Hercules in his fourth labor : BOAR
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Three-pronged letter : PSI
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Boatloads : ALOT
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Jessica of TV's "Candy" : BIEL
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Treacherous places to land for eagles? : SANDTRAPS
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"Mazel ___!" : TOV
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Moolah : DOUGH
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Cocktail with an energy boost : VODKAREDBULL
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Seedy bar : DIVE
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Listed, obsolescently : INTHEYELLOWPAGES
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Tennis pro Nastase, the first athlete to sign an endorsement deal with Nike : ILIE
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Washington, with "the" : EVERGREENSTATE
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Hunts, with "on" : PREYS
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Hot ___ (speaker's worry) : MIC
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Brushes are dipped in them : PAINTCANS
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Small knocks : NITS
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See-through piece : PANE
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It's observed at LAX during part of the year : PST
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Cross one's fingers : HOPE
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Nickname for Chloe : COCO
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Portland native, e.g. : MAINER
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What a raised hand might mean : HERE
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Avid war campaigner : HAWK
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[What a snoozefest!] : YAWN
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Car in the Beach Boys' "Fun, Fun, Fun" : TBIRD
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Sweater fuzz, e.g. : NAP
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It can be detected using the "bite test" or "vinegar test" : FAKEGOLD
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Noted slacking speedster : HARE
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Not stay undefeated : LOSEAGAME
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Certain spa treatment : PEEL
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Trim : PARE
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1988 #1 country album named for its singer : REBA
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Roman god often depicted with a radiant crown : SOL
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Zenned out : ATPEACE
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Two-player board game with spies and bombs : STRATEGO
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Bust mid-crime : CATCHREDHANDED
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Lover of psychedelics, informally : ACIDHEAD
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Words to a silly goose : OHYOU
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Putting on the heat? : ARMING
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Mascot who made his Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade debut in 2017 : THEJOLLYGREENGIANT
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Cinq x six : TRENTE
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Hawkeye : IOWAN
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Stand for a photograph : TRIPOD
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Guard : SENTRY
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"Oh, shove it!" : BITEME
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Fruity refreshments : ADES
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What nervous eyes might do : DART
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Big name in cloud computing : IBM
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Roofer's power tool : NAILER
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Gargoyles are often depicted with them : FANGS
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Draw upon again : RETAP
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Sponsored content, essentially : ADS
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Twisting on an axis : SLUING
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Some ice cream purchases : PINTS
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Heart charts, in brief : EKGS
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Cartoon frame : CEL
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There's a 4.75% chance of getting this in poker : TWOPAIR
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Tesla and Edison, famously : RIVALS
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Early online discussion forum : USENET
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Pharma supplies : MEDS
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Lose its spark, as a relationship : GOSTALE
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Temporary solutions : STOPGAPS
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Opening words? : HIS
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Little troublemakers : IMPS
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Thrilling : HEARTSTOPPING
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"That's a touchy subject" : DONTGOTHERE
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Move hurriedly : HIE
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Utterly, in slang : DEADASS
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Giggle : TEEHEE
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"It's my turn" [or] Comment after rambling on : ILLGONOW/ILLSTOPNOW
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Equus africanus asinus, more familiarly : DONKEY
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Marijuana strains said to be more invigorating : SATIVAS
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"How marvelous!" : ILOVEIT
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Wield authority : GOVERN
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Lucky numbers in Chinese culture : EIGHTS
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Stars of the Wild West : BADGES
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Film critic Kael : PAULINE
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Someone sequencing DNA, e.g. : SPLICER
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Vacation getaway : ISLE
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Lighter fluid : BUTANE
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Reach, as new heights : SOARTO
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Baseball slugger, informally : RBIMAN
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Lack of harmony : DISCORD
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Ready to watch later : ONTAPE
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Major political announcement before a convention, informally : VPPICK
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Actor in a much-publicized 2022 defamation case : DEPP
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Place for a lighthouse : CAPE
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Pull off the road for gas or snacks, say : MAKEASTOP
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Blow away : AWE
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Book some wedding entertainment : HIREADJ
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Tries : HASAGO
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Starchy vegetable : YAM
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Kind of roof for a tiki bar : THATCH
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Peter Pan's creator : BARRIE
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Opposite of a superstar : NOBODY
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Avenger who stepped into the role of Captain America : FALCON
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Invitation on a wrapped gift : OPENME
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Preamble : LEADIN
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Clothed, so to speak : DECENT
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Paper size : LEGAL
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Japanese brew : ASAHI
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Prankster's smug shout : GOTYA
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One might be right outside your window : LEDGE
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Junior's hurdle : PSAT
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Stagger about : REEL
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"Copy ___" : THAT
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Surname of the "Incredibles" superhero family : PARR
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Nonetheless, poetically : THO
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Lowly worker, so to speak : COG
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Yell before a snap : HUT

Answer summary: 18 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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