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New York Times, Monday, June 20, 2022

Large props held by contest winners in publicity photos

Author:
Christopher Youngs
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JQ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Youngs.
Christopher Youngs notes:
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© 2022, The New York Times6/20/22 ( No. 26,522 )
Across
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Tiny unit of matter : ATOM
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Singer Paul with a star on Canada's Walk of Fame : ANKA
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Leafy fresh herb in a caprese salad : BASIL
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Arrived : CAME
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"___ mio!" ("My lord!": Sp.) : DIOS
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Tolerate : ABIDE
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Data sources for Election Day coverage : EXITPOLLS
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Ringlets : CURLS
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"Same here" : DITTO
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Accessories that may feature Windsor knots : NECKTIES
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Ships' records : LOGS
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Kid-lit classic "Blueberries for ___" : SAL
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"And Still I Rise" poet Maya : ANGELOU
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Three-dimensional : SPATIAL
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Fawn's mother : DOE
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Plead : BEG
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Largest branch of Islam : SUNNI
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Large props held by contest winners in publicity photos : OVERSIZEDCHECKS
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Sticky tree secretion : RESIN
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Make a scratch or dent in : MAR
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"Abandon hope, ___ ye who enter here" : ALL
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Mournful, as poetry : ELEGIAC
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Anticipate : FORESEE
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Lady in Progressive ads : FLO
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Nincompoop : TWIT
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Late-1950s car stylings designed to look aerodynamic : TAILFINS
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Word with tricks and thrills : CHEAP
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Opposite of urban : RURAL
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D.C. baseball players … or what the ends of 17-, 21-, 39- and 55-Across sound like : NATIONALS
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Make up (for) : ATONE
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Ireland, in literature : ERIN
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Ideologies : ISMS
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Small lakes : PONDS
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Like moldy basements and some memes : DANK
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Subdermal lump : CYST
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Got 100% on : ACED
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Steer a plane toward the runway : TAXI
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Forget to mention : OMIT
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Test one's ____ (be a challenge) : METTLE
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Ballyhoo : ADO
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Zip, zero, nada : NIL
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München : Munich :: ___ : Cologne : KOLN
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Subject to a tax, as property : ASSESS
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Strong negative reaction, as from the public : BACKLASH
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Border on : ABUT
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Apple's voice assistant : SIRI
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Run in neutral : IDLE
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Word sometimes used incorrectly for "fewer" : LESS
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Game with 15 numbered balls : POOL
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Beanie, e.g. : CAP
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Desert on the Silk Road : GOBI
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Canal through Egypt : SUEZ
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Cherish : ADORE
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Toni Morrison's "Beloved," for one : NOVEL
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Plural that makes one wonder why there aren't any meese : GEESE
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Mon. follower : TUE
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Early Peruvians : INCAS
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Joint just above the heel : ANKLE
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Cotton fabric named for a French city : LISLE
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Beauty : GEM
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18-wheeler : RIG
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Nasal sounds from someone with a slight cold : SNIFFLES
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Silly : DAFT
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Bird that caws : CROW
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Oscar winner Mahershala : ALI
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Duped : CONNED
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Puerto ___ : RICO
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Of a shared cultural identity : ETHNIC
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Ensnare : TRAP
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What you park in a driveway or drive on a parkway : AUTO
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Clothes presser : IRON
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Acquire, as a job : LAND
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Singer Bareilles : SARA
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Beginnerish : EASY
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"___ for the poor" : ALMS
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Discreet attention-getter : PSST
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Container for mints : TIN
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Squirt from an octopus : INK

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