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New York Times, Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Fish in the genus Hippocampus

Author:
Matt Frederick
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 84, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQX} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Frederick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Matt Frederick notes:
I am excited to make my debut in The Times with a puzzle that pays homage to three classic rock icons. I work as a consultant in the ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I've had plenty of people propose STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN themes, with an escalating STAIRWAY, but every time it's seemed too thin. Other ... read more
Jeff Brumley notes:
The song Crossroads is actually by Robert Johnson, and the legend is that it was at The Crossroads where he sold his soul to the devil ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times6/22/21 ( No. 26,159 )

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Across
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Egyptian beetle : SCARAB
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Word before sheet or battle : RAP
10
First president to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery : TAFT
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Nabokov novel : LOLITA
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Lobster ___ Newburg : ALA
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Instrument that an orchestra tunes to : OBOE
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X-rayed, e.g. : IMAGED
18
Bit of acne : ZIT
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Went 90, say : TORE
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Intertwine : MESH
21
That, in Tijuana : ESO
23
Classic Led Zeppelin song represented by the ascending circled letters and this answer : HEAVEN
25
Bruins : U.C.L.A. :: ___ : Princeton : TIGERS
28
Whole bunch : SLEW
29
___-Magnon man : CRO
32
Transportation hub named for a 1930s-'40s mayor, in brief : LGA
33
A Cyclops has one : EYE
35
Piece of limbo equipment : BAR
37
Get tangled up : RAVEL
39
Catch wind of : HEAR
41
Director Guillermo del ___ : TORO
42
German/Polish border river : ODER
43
Offerings from Pottery Barn and Chipotle : BOWLS
44
Yemen's capital : SANA
45
Opening of some formal letters : SIRS
46
Territory : AREA
47
Peeled, as a pear : PARED
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Soak (up), as gravy : SOP
49
"___ but a scratch" : TIS
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Nevada's largest county : NYE
52
One doing an oral exam, in brief : DDS
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Org. with programs that are taking off? : NASA
55
Types in : ENTERS
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Home of the oldest active M.L.B. ballpark : BOSTON
60
Y.M.C.A. course, for short : ESL
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Classic AC/DC song represented by the falling circled letters and this answer : HELL
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Maya Angelou's "And Still I ___" : RISE
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Musical ability : EAR
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Part of N.H.L. : LEAGUE
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Offshore : ASEA
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Like 2019 and 2021, but not 2020 : ODD
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Fumbles and flubs : ERRORS
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Pupil's place : DESK
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Platform for Dr. Mario and Final Fantasy : NES
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Places for toasters : DAISES
Down
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Next to nothing, as a chance : SLIM
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"___ as you are" : COME
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"So sad" : ALAS
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Correct : RIGHT
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Supped : ATE
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No-goodnik : BADEGG
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Schick product : RAZOR
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2001 Will Smith title role : ALI
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Course of action : PATH
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Completely wreck : TOTAL
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Open and honest : ABOVEBOARD
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Tipped off : FOREWARNED
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Many a TikTok user : TEEN
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Fish in the genus Hippocampus : SEAHORSE
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Opposite of WNW : ESE
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Think ___ of : ILL
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Deck protectors : SEALANTS
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With 36-Down, intersection ... as suggested by the circled letters in the middle of this puzzle? : CROSS
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Static, maybe : RADIONOISE
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Cloverleaf features : OVERPASSES
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2019, 2020 and 2021: Abbr. : YRS
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See 29-Down : ROADS
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CPR sites : ERS
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Animal that sounds a lot like you? : EWE
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Letters on some airport uniforms : TSA
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Antioxidant juice brand : BAI
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The "p" of m.p.h. : PER
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"___ Te Ching" : TAO
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Shouted : YELLED
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Porterhouse, e.g. : STEAK
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Aptly named shelfmate of Smarties candy : NERDS
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Ventriloquist Lewis : SHARI
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Flat-headed fastener : BRAD
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Gas in glowing signs : NEON
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Teamwork disrupters : EGOS
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Tackle box item : LURE
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More, as the saying goes : LESS
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Juice suffix : ADE
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Obama ___ : ERA

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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