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New York Times, Wednesday, June 23, 2021

13th-century Persian mystic who is one of the best-selling poets in the U.S.

Author:
Kate Hawkins
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQXZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 7 for Ms. Hawkins.
Kate Hawkins notes:
A pretty straight-forward theme today, but hey, once you notice that the name MICHAEL CRICHTON has the word CIRCLE in it backwards, ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Fantastic find, upside-down CIRCLE inside MiCHAEL CRICHTON. It's hard enough to discover a five-letter word spanning across parts of a ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times6/23/21 ( No. 26,160 )
Across
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Plays for time, in a way : VAMPS
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Word repeated by Hamlet before "solid flesh" : TOO
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Hairstyle for Audre Lorde : AFRO
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Bozo : IDIOT
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13th-century Persian mystic who is one of the best-selling poets in the U.S. : RUMI
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Cookout side dish : SLAW
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Mario Kart contestant : RACER
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The Aggies of the Mountain West Conference : UTAHSTATE
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"Blech!" : UGH
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Black ___ : OPS
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Indigenous : NATIVE
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Decorative items washed up on the beach : SEAGLASS
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Meal accompaniment at a trattoria : VINO
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Flotsam and Jetsam in "The Little Mermaid" : EELS
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Crusty piece of bread : HEEL
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Stick up : ROB
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The Lorax's final word : UNLESS
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___ Duncan, Obama education secretary : ARNE
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Musician Yoko : ONO
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Hollywood's Dwayne Johnson, with "the" : ROCK
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Like the blood of a universal donor : TYPEO
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Tech that enables contactless credit card payments : RFID
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Neither's partner : NOR
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Wedge, e.g. : SHOE
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Loquacious : CHATTY
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Bit of water or snow equipment : SKI
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What a QR code at a restaurant might link to : MENU
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Verdant : LUSH
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Digs : CRIB
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Most desirable, say, as a ripe peach : PLUMPEST
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"Can it!" : SHUTUP
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Where Boxing Day comes before Christmas, in brief? : OED
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Ill : WOE
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Jiffy : HOTSECOND
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Underwater ecosystems : REEFS
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Cooling succulent : ALOE
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It may be taken in protest : KNEE
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Start of a saying about staying fit : USEIT
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Lairs : DENS
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Is the pope Catholic? : YES
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Adam who directed "The Big Short" : MCKAY
Down
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Malware, often : VIRUS
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"Curiosity killed the cat," e.g. : ADAGE
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Author of "Jurassic Park" : MICHAELCRICHTON
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Who wrote "To Helen" and "For Annie" : POE
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Ambles : STROLLS
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Support structure : TRUSS
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Not in the closet : OUT
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Muscat's sultanate : OMAN
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Actor John or Sean : ASTIN
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Fleeting romantic interest : FLAVOROFTHEWEEK
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Give feedback on Yelp, maybe : RATE
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Fall short : OWE
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"Beats me!" : IHAVENOCLUE
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It may turn at a station : STILE
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Shift blame to someone else : PASSTHEBUCK
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Nerdy sort : GEEK
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"Get it together!" ... or a hint to the highlighted letters : SHAPEUP
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'Fore : ERE
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"Roger that, boss!" : ONIT
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Corpus : BODY
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Locales for some Grecian art : URNS
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Cozy place : NOOK
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Thither : YON
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Farrier's tool : RASP
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Strike hard, in the Bible : SMITE
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Like the same old same old : HUMDRUM
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Hiding soldiers in the Trojan horse and such : RUSES
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Good things to strike : LODES
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Actress Vergara : SOFIA
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Quick to snap : TESTY
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Lone : SOLE
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One providing a ride at a fair, maybe : PONY
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Tricked : HAD
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French word between two names : NEE
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"Exit" key : ESC

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle.

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