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New York Times, Monday, June 27, 2022

Animal "relative" an astonished person may claim to be

Author:
Drew Schmenner
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Drew Schmenner

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JQWXZ} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Schmenner.
Drew Schmenner notes:
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Jeff Chen notes:
Rise and shine, sleepyheads! The SUN is coming up, and … wait, what? SETTING SUN? Is it bedtime already? Before my kids could tell ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times6/27/22 ( No. 26,529 )
Across
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Ritzy : POSH
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Like the caboose among all the cars on a train : LAST
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"Perry ___" (classic legal drama) : MASON
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Iams competitor : ALPO
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Regarding : ASTO
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Harden (to) : INURE
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When the Allied invasion of Normandy was launched : DDAY
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"Movin' On Up" and "I'll Be There for You," for two : THEMESONGS
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123 ___ Street (Big Bird's address) : SESAME
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Clear, as a diner's table : BUS
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Washington, D.C., baseball player, for short : NAT
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Sound at the start of "gentle" and "giant" : SOFTG
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Apply, as lotion : RUBIN
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Window fixtures most used in the summer, for short : ACS
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Kind of tide whose opposite is "spring" : NEAP
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"That's ___ hadn't heard!" : ONEI
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Board game in which pieces may be captured or crowned : CHECKERS
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Reply to "Who's there?" : ITSME
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Not glossy, as a photo finish : MATTE
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Baby dog : PUP
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Legitimate : VALID
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Submission to a contest : ENTRY
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Any "Jr.," to his father : NAMESAKE
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Rick's love in "Casablanca" : ILSA
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Composer Stravinsky : IGOR
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1992's "A Few Good ___" : MEN
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Run up, as expenses : INCUR
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Brusque : TERSE
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Gerund suffix : ING
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Victoria Beckham ___ Adams : NEE
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Pic taken at arm's length : SELFIE
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What draws recording artists to Nashville and jazz lovers to New Orleans : MUSICSCENE
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"___ Las Vegas" (1964 film starring 52-Down) : VIVA
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Customer's routine order, with "the" : USUAL
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Big rig's cargo : HAUL
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401(k) alternatives, for short : IRAS
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Cylindrical pasta : PENNE
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On the ___ (unfriendly) : OUTS
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Certain email folder : SENT
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Protective gear for in-line skaters : PADS
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Ye ___ shoppe : OLDE
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Places to rejuvenate oneself : SPAS
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Georgetown University athletes : HOYAS
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Charge for an overdue payment : LATEFEE
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Cigar residue : ASH
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Office address abbr. : STE
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Mausoleum : TOMB
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Pageant whose hosts have included Bob Barker, Dick Clark and Steve Harvey : MISSUNIVERSE
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Year, in Buenos Aires : ANO
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Predominant religion of Indonesia and Pakistan : SUNNIISLAM
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Instrument heard at a ballpark : ORGAN
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Where eggs are laid : NEST
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Continental currency since 2002 : EURO
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Animal "relative" an astonished person may claim to be : MONKEYSUNCLE
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Covering seen at a ballpark : TARP
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Dashboard-mounted navigator : GPSUNIT
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Greek B's : BETAS
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Zenith : ACME
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Martial arts action star Jackie : CHAN
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What glows in the west at day's end … or a hint to this puzzle's sequence of shaded squares : SETTINGSUN
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PC shortcut for "copy" : CTRLC
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Ike's partner in the candy aisle : MIKE
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Biblical garden : EDEN
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It may be turned with a swipe on an e-reader : PAGE
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Scrumptious bits : MORSELS
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War god who's a foe of Wonder Woman : ARES
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Occupied, as a lavatory : INUSE
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See 64-Across : ELVIS
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"It's my turn" : IMUP
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Rebounding sound : ECHO
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Pyromaniac's obsession : FIRE
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"Ghostbusters" director Reitman : IVAN
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Toward the dawn : EAST
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Actor McKellen : IAN
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___ de cologne : EAU
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Acorn, for one : NUT

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

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