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ANIMAL CROSSINGS

New York Times, Sunday, June 21, 2020

Author:
Byron and Harrison Walden
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 138, Blocks: 71 Missing: {J} Scrabble average: 1.72 This is puzzle # 98 for Mr. Walden. This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Walden. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Will Shortz notes:
Byron Walden is a math and computer science professor at Santa Clara University. Harrison is his 8-year-old son who, with occasional assistance, has been doing crosswords for more than a ... read more
Constructor notes:
HARRISON: I am 8 years old and a rising third grader. I like fill-ins, frameworks, brain teasers, trivia and other puzzles. I also like creative writing, drawing, trivia, travel (14 ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
What, you don't know the blockbuster hit game, "Animal Crossing"? It's a silly little thing where you breed rare hybrids, dipping into animal-human crimes against nature that turn ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

A WaPo article explains how Animal Crossing's massive popularity has made it less like paradise and more like Wall Street. Note: the dupe glitch chart assumes an exchange rate of 60,000 bells per ticket. (Just nod.)

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© 2020, The New York TimesNo. 0621 ( 25,793 )
Across
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Fancy water pitcher : CARAFE
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Cranks (out) : CHURNS
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Iranian president Rouhani : HASSAN
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National park near Bar Harbor : ACADIA
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Bubble gum brand : BAZOOKA
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Go against : OPPOSE
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Put in another light : RECAST
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What do you get when you cross 26-Across with a 5-Down? : SWIMMINGTRUNKS
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A group of them may be called a memory : ELEPHANTS
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Bestow : ENDOW
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Not down so much? : DIET
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Item that can be blown or thrown : DART
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Coastal environment simulator at an aquarium : WAVETANK
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Onesie protector : BIB
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Some Instagram feed posts : ADS
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Pool unit : LAP
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Tokyo-to-Iwo Jima dir. : SSE
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Iraqi currency : DINAR
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Symbols of watchfulness : OPENEYES
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Krispy ___ : KREME
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Musical tone below A : GSHARP
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Rock climber's tool : PITON
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Neighbors of Saudis : QATARIS
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"Cheese" products? : SMILES
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What do you get when you cross 63-Across with a 45-Down? : EXTRADRUMSTICKS
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Jungian feminine side : ANIMA
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Not natural, say : DYED
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Coop group : CHICKENS
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Dazed and confused : OUTOFIT
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Went (against) : STOOD
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Caper : ANTIC
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London theater district : WESTEND
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Flatbread often garnished with rosemary : FOCACCIA
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Creatures that can have two sets of jaws and teeth : EELS
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Kind of squash : ACORN
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What do you get when you cross 77-Across with a 40-Down? : ELECTRICCHARGES
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Begin dozing : NODOFF
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Dandelion look-alike : CATSEAR
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Congregate to rest : ROOST
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Fill with love : ENAMOR
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___ Malfoy, Harry Potter antagonist : DRACO
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Logs on to, say : ACCESSES
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Criticizes harshly : SLAMS
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Tirana's country: Abbr. : ALB
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Cabinet inits. since 1980 : HHS
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Abe Lincoln's youngest son : TAD
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___ de los Muertos : DIA
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Napoleonic symbol : HONEYBEE
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"If all ___ fails ..." : ELSE
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Confess : AVOW
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Got to work : DUGIN
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"___ in the Garden" (Robert Frost poem) : FIREFLIES
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What do you get when you cross 114-Across with a 93-Down? : LIGHTNINGSPEED
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___ 101, world's tallest building before the Burj Khalifa : TAIPEI
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Sporty Chevy : CAMARO
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Picked (up) : CHEERED
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Shaping wood using a curved blade : ADZING
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Get short with : SNAPAT
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Coldly determined : STEELY
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Direct : HEADON
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Wasn't indifferent : CARED
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D.C.-to-Boston transport : ACELA
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Nonvenomous, fast-moving snake : RACER
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Get accustomed (to) : ADAPT
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School group : FISH
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Erode : EATAWAY
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"CSI" broadcaster : CBSTV
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Spots on ships for anchor cables : HAWSES
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Weapon used by the Terminator : UZI
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CD-___ : ROM
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Aurelius, for Lucius Aurelius Commodus : NOMEN
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Burrowing lizard : SKINK
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Spicy appetizer : HOTWINGS
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When National Beer Day is celebrated: Abbr. : APR
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Tater : SPUD
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Gandhi of contemporary Indian politics : SONIA
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Queried : ASKED
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They might take a few swallows : NESTS
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Along with : AND
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Geographical locale whose name means "waterless place" : GOBI
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Back of the neck : NAPE
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"For shame!" : TSKTSK
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Make bubbly : AERATE
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Rice variety : BASMATI
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Lex Luthor's sister : LENA
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Classroom assignment : DESK
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What's known for its poker face? : RHINOCEROS
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Take in the newspaper : OPED
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___ Stix : PIXY
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Suffix with launder : ETTE
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Department stores since 1901 : NORDSTROMS
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Ika, at a sushi bar : SQUID
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Ireland, poetically : ERIN
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Some lapel attachments : MICS
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First letter of the Arabic alphabet : ALIF
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Do, ___, fa ... : REMI
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Exam for college-bound H.S. students : PSAT
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"Mad Men" channel : AMC
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Pest control brand founded by Lee Ratner (!) in the 1950s : DCON
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___ Island : RHODE
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Sega mascot : SONIC
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Home to Natural Bridges National Monument : UTAH
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1,000% : TENFOLD
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Ghana's capital : ACCRA
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Lessen in power : WANE
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Business class, for short : ECON
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Pop : SODA
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"Never ___!" : FEAR
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Prefix with -gon : OCTA
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M.R.I. alternative : CTSCAN
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Cactus bump : AREOLE
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Org. with a classified budget : CIA
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Many stars have big ones : EGOS
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___-majesté : LESE
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Concordes et al. : SSTS
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Some HDTVs : LCDS
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Father of the Amazons, in Greek myth : ARES
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"Sorry, Charlie" : FRAIDNOT
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"Moonstruck" Oscar winner : CHER
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Smallest of the big cats : CHEETAH
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Home to the Hana Highway : MAUI
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Touchingly? : BYFEEL
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Soothing powders : TALCS
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Flighty? : AVIAN
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Strongly held beliefs : DOGMA
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Weather forecast figures : HIGHS
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Inception : ONSET
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Hen : BIDDY
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"My Fair Lady" protagonist : ELIZA
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Fatty acid, e.g. : LIPID
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"___ evil ..." : SEENO
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Endorse online : ESIGN
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Striking sound : WHAP
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Big name in vitamins : GNC
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Lessen in power : FADE
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Singing syllable : TRA
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16th letter : PEE
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Palindromic preposition : ERE

Answer summary: 12 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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