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New York Times, Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Author:
Alex Eaton-Salners
Editor:
Will Shortz
Blog:
Rapper on 1988's "Straight Outta Compton"
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Alex Eaton-Salners

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 35 Missing: {JQX} This is puzzle # 55 for Mr. Eaton-Salners. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. Tuesday freshness: 47%
Alex Eaton-Salners notes:
This is the last pre-pandemic daily puzzle I had left in the NYT queue. It's been a crazy couple of years since it was accepted. Lots ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I'll never split hairs when a puzzle outduels me in a fair manner. Appropriate that I finished SECOND today; the clever wordplay ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times6/21/22 ( No. 26,523 )
Across
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Arid Mongolian expanse : GOBI
5
Forensics facility at Quantico, Va. : FBILAB
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Driver's guide, for short : GPS
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Mireille ___, co-star of AMC's "The Killing" : ENOS
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Yale, to alums : OLDELI
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Muscle worked by a kettlebell swing, informally : LAT
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"This is payback!" : NOWWEREEVEN
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Manipulate : USE
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N.F.L. Hall-of-Famer Dawson : LEN
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"Hold your horses!" : WAIT
22
Cheese in a Greek salad : FETA
23
Winning : AHEAD
25
City that's home to the Anne Frank House : AMSTERDAM
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Teri of "Mr. Mom" : GARR
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___ punk (fusion genre with Jamaican rhythms) : SKA
29
Toilette water : EAU
30
Bit of firepit debris : ASH
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Bull with a horn, informally : RHINO
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"Silence!" : ZIPIT
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The Thinker and others : STATUES
39
___ 500 (NASCAR's "Super Bowl") : DAYTONA
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German bacteriologist who lent his name to a kind of dish : PETRI
42
"Ripped" : SWOLE
44
Destination on a fast-food lover's bucket list? : KFC
45
"Knives Out" actress de Armas : ANA
47
Constitutional initiative passed in '72 but never ratified : ERA
48
Self-description for many an expert hobbyist : GEEK
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Desk item that's shaken : SNOWGLOBE
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Linger : TARRY
54
Countess's counterpart : EARL
55
Actress Bonet : LISA
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"___ House" (1970 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young hit) : OUR
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Fright ___ (gag item) : WIG
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Instant … hinted at four times in this puzzle's circled letters : SPLITSECOND
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Señora Perón : EVA
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Grimm sister : GRETEL
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One of 24 : HOUR
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Kylo ___ of "Star Wars" : REN
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Bullfighter : TORERO
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CPR specialists : EMTS
Down
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___-X : GEN
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The Yoko of "Oh Yoko!" : ONO
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Headgear for Laurel or Hardy : BOWLERHAT
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"Cross my heart!" : ISWEAR
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Jump ___ joy : FOR
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Displayed affection from across the room, say : BLEWAKISS
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He's got notions : IDEAMAN
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Some jeans : LEVIS
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Small building wing : ALETTE
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Container for recycling : BIN
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Stuck together, in a way : GLUED
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Spaghetti, e.g. : PASTA
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Emission from a whistling kettle : STEAM
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Bitter ___ : END
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Peach or persimmon : FRUIT
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Audibly astonished : AGASP
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Undue hurry : HASTE
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Rapper on 1988's "Straight Outta Compton" : EAZYE
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"___ Drives Me Crazy" (Fine Young Cannibals hit) : SHE
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Having misgivings about : RUING
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Shoe insert : ODOREATER
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Part of a house that might have a full house : POKERROOM
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Surmise : INFER
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Exhibiting poor taste : TACKY
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Big drag on a fishing expedition? : TRAWL
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In the style of : ALA
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Place to get a cookie, maybe : WEBSITE
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Yearly honor awarded for each N.F.L. position : ALLPRO
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Lacking grace and refinement : GAUCHE
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Ninja turtle hangout : SEWER
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Unwise to the ways of the world : NAIVE
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Hymn player : ORGAN
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Edmonton athlete : OILER
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Piggy, in a nursery rhyme : TOE
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Pepper or Friday: Abbr. : SGT
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___-mo : SLO
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Bolt's counterpart : NUT
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A.M.A. members: Abbr. : DRS

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