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New York Times, Saturday, June 26, 2021

Author:
John Lieb and Brad Wilber
Editor:
Will Shortz
Times when NPR listeners are engrossed enough to linger in their idling cars
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 28 Missing: {KQXZ} Spans: 5, (2 double stacks) Puzzle has duplicate clues This is puzzle # 18 for Mr. Lieb. This is puzzle # 58 for Mr. Wilber.
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JOHN: I am excited to share a byline with Brad and it was great fun collaborating with him. We had two 15-letter entries (17-Across ... read more
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Jim Horne notes:

Anyone who carries around an NPR totebag is familiar with the phrase DRIVEWAY MOMENTS.

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© 2021, The New York Times6/26/21 ( No. 26,163 )
Across
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Test that uses radioactive tracers : PETSCAN
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Behaves badly : ACTSOUT
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Hyperbole from one approaching the buffet : ICOULDEATAHORSE
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Literary team playing in front of "ten thousand eyes" : THEMUDVILLENINE
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Zoom call figure : HOST
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Jack-in-the-box part : LID
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Goes along with the party line? : CONGAS
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They're searched for in a rush : ORES
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When "Ma is gettin' kittenish with Pap," in "Carousel" : JUNE
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Like some mail and laundry : SORTED
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Reduction indicators : SALETAGS
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Central event in 1960's "Inherit the Wind" : TRIAL
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English football powerhouse, to fans : MANU
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HI ring? : LEI
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Like popping bubble wrap, for many : ODDLYSATISFYING
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File size unit, informally : MEG
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Speeds through Shakespeare? : HIES
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Give away : RATON
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Digital applications? : PRESSONS
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Certain Girl Scout cookies : SAMOAS
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Serenade need, perhaps : LUTE
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Cause of a feeding frenzy : CHUM
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Go to : ATTEND
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Occupied leader? : PRE
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Toponym in the dairy aisle : EDAM
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"Can you be less cryptic?" : CARETOELABORATE
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Times when NPR listeners are engrossed enough to linger in their idling cars : DRIVEWAYMOMENTS
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Gloucester setting : CAPEANN
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Some bachelorette outings : SPADAYS
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Crux : PITH
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Second, so to speak : ECHO
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Answer that would be more apt at 10 Down? : TOES
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Entirety, redundantly : SUMTOTAL
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Actor Gulager of TV's "The Tall Man" : CLU
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Mixed up : ADDLED
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Tropical island whose name comes from the Spanish for "snows" : NEVIS
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Home to the Trap Music Museum: Abbr. : ATL
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It has its limits : CALCULUS
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Romantic's dream : THEONE
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"Ozymandias," e.g. : SONNET
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Master: Abbr. : ORIG
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Jimmy Carter's alma mater, briefly : USNA
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Popular reunion swag : TEES
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Backing : AID
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Count : RELY
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___ Ian, "Mean Girls" revenge seeker : JANIS
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Annoy downstairs neighbors, maybe : STOMP
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Opposite of 54-Down : ORDER
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Topographical map feature : RIDGE
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Stuffs : SATES
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Self-described "practical originalist" of the Supreme Court : ALITO
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City where Marco Polo was held as a prisoner of war : GENOA
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"Stop" and "Open," e.g. : SIGNS
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Noted producer of blueberries : MAINE
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Discredited : SHOTDOWN
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German title : FRAU
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Went on and on and on and ... : YAMMERED
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Labor-intensive tattoo type : SLEEVE
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Beverage steeped outdoors : SUNTEA
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Ungrammatical title of a 1984 Cyndi Lauper hit : SHEBOP
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Stuffs : CRAMS
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Kind of power supply : ACDC
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___ Westover, author of the 2018 best-selling memoir "Educated" : TARA
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Junket : TRIP
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Thickness : PLY
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___ Owens a.k.a. Queen Latifah : DANA
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Court fig. : ATTY
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Opposite of 25-Down : MESS
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Suffix with Jacob : EAN
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German granny : OMA

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle.

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