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New York Times, Sunday, June 5, 2022

Looks up from reading "Frankenstein"?

Author:
Christina Iverson and Katie Hale
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 70 Missing: {JQZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 12 for Ms. Iverson. This is puzzle # 5 for Ms. Hale.
Will Shortz notes:
Christina Iverson, of Ames, Iowa, is the assistant crossword editor for The Los Angeles Times. Katie Hale is a stay-at-home mom in London, England. The idea for this puzzle started with ... read more
Constructor notes:
CHRISTINA: As a lifelong reader and a huge fan of classic literature, I was very excited when Katie pitched this idea to me. She had already come up with most of the entries here but felt ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I can see why Will Shortz green-LIT this puzzle. The New York Times tends to prefer erudite themes, so you can bet Will would show this one some love(craft)! BREAKS THE LAWRENCE was the ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times6/5/22 ( No. 26,507 )
Across
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Precursor to a circuit breaker : FUSE
5
____ bar : SPACE
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Pointed remark : BARB
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Common spa descriptor : OASIS
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"Hello there, sailor!" : AHOY
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Gourmet mushroom with poisonous lookalikes : MOREL
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Somewhat : ABIT
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Core workout challenge : PLANK
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Looks up from reading "Frankenstein"? : COMESOUTOFONESSHELLEY
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Moody North Yorkshire setting : THEMOORS
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Handy : UTILE
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Restless : UNEASY
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Split hairs? : PART
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Words exchanged during an "altar"-cation : IDOS
32
Revise : AMEND
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Reads "Catch-22," "Closing Time" and "Something Happened" — and doesn't stop there? : GOESTHROUGHHELLER
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Atmospheric driving hazard : FOG
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Came to : AWOKE
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Assistant : AIDE
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The joy of text? : LOL
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Expression of a grump : SCOWL
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Cheeky remarks … or something near the cheek : LIP
48
Kendrick Lamar's 2017 Best Rap Album Grammy winner : DAMN
50
"Aquaman" actor Jason : MOMOA
52
English indie pop singer Parks : ARLO
53
Sleek reef swimmers : EELS
55
Borrows "The Color Purple" from the library instead of "The Flowers"? : TAKESALONGWALKER
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1960s activist Bobby : SEALE
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Word with play or fight : SWORD
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Belgrade resident : SERB
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See 36-Down : STY
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First in a line of 13 popes : LEOI
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Strands : WISPS
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Lifewater and Elixir brand : SOBE
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"Wow!" : OOH
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Fashion guru Tim : GUNN
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"____ the spirit!" : THATS
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D.E.A. target : NARCO
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Listens to "Tom Jones" on audiobook? : PLAYSTHEFIELDING
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Matterhorn range : ALPS
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Wheely good invention? : TIRE
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Off : AMISS
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____ tube : BOOB
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H : ETA
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Conclude by : ENDAT
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Dawson in the Pro Football Hall of Fame : LEN
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"Chat another time!" in an I.M. : TTYL
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Bolt in a sprint : USAIN
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Director Guillermo ____ Toro : DEL
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Reads "Lady Chatterley's Lover" so many times its spine splits? : BREAKSTHELAWRENCE
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Cryptids on snowy mountains : YETIS
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Mars bar with shortbread and chocolate : TWIX
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[sigh] : ALAS
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Pilot green-lighter, in brief : TVEXEC
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"Ask away!" : SHOOT
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Iconic scarecrow topper : STRAWHAT
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Donates some copies of "King Lear" to the Renaissance Festival? : GIVESAFAIRSHAKESPEARE
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Still : INERT
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Curling locale : RINK
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Musical with the song "Another Suitcase in Another Hall" : EVITA
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____ Rachel Wood of "Westworld" : EVAN
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Castles, essentially : FORTS
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Chances : ODDS
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Not let lapse : RENEW
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It can be outstanding : DEBT
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"Octopuses can use tools," e.g. : FACT
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"This is not good!" : UHOH
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Words said while shaking one's head in disgust : SOMEPEOPLE
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One might be found next to a neck pillow in an airport shop : EYEMASK
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Suave : SMOOTH
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Decant : POUR
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Painting and filmmaking : ARTS
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Person in a head set? : CEO
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Keebler cookie with shortbread and chocolate : ELFUDGE
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Send away : BANISH
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Biblical analogue of Aron in "East of Eden" : ABEL
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High-____ (kind of jeans or apartment building) : RISE
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South Korean "Princes of Pop" : BTS
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Jimmies and corkscrews : OPENERS
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Debbie of "Fame" and "Grey's Anatomy" : ALLEN
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Things often next to napkins in place settings : SALADFORKS
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Spanish Agnes : INES
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Absolut alternative : SKYY
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Put in order : SORTED
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Text-writer's segue : OTOH
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Philosopher David : HUME
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Alternative to a diaphragm : IUD
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Like games marked 1->99 : ALLAGES
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Strong wind : GALE
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Pains for preschoolers : OWIES
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Chivalrous avatar of Vishnu : RAMA
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Sounds from a 64-Across : OINKS
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Saint associated with a "fire" : ELMO
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Birds on Canadian dollars : LOONS
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Big-eyed hatchling : OWLET
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1989 film for which Denzel Washington won Best Supporting Actor : GLORY
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Follower of "So" or "lo" : CAL
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Patronized a restaurant : ATEOUT
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Homes for cattails and bulrushes : MARSHES
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Childhood friend : OLDPAL
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Blueberry-picking girl of children's literature : SAL
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"Yuck!" : EWW
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"You're right about that!" : SOITIS
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"You're not right about that!" : WRONGO
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"Chiquitita" singing group : ABBA
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Endurance, so to speak : LEGS
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Scarfs down : INHALES
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Norm: Abbr. : STD
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Geological span : ERA
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Chose : OPTED
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QB's protection : OLINE
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Very rarely : HARDLYEVER
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Ancient home of a mythical lion : NEMEA
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Delphic prophet : SIBYL
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Barbershop specialty : CLEANSHAVE
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Fiber-____ : OPTIC
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"I'm in favor" : YEA
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Rat : FINK
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The Big Easy : NOLA
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Sound : SANE
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Fabric made from jute : BURLAP
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Med. exams with intradermal injections : TBTESTS
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O'er yon : THITHER
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"The Muppets" villain Richman : TEX
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Macroalgae : SEAWEED
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Costa ____ : RICA
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Baby birds? : STORKS
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Deuces : TWOS
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Cold War pact city : WARSAW
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Use, as influence : EXERT
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"Here I come, weekend!" : TGIF
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In ____ veritas : VINO
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Reported : SAID
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Back : HIND
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Abrade, in a way : SKIN
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Head: Fr. : TETE
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Horse with endurance : ARAB
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Billowy dress style : TENT
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To's counterpart : FRO
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Broadway, for one: Abbr. : AVE

Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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