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New York Times, Monday, June 6, 2022

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Author:
Michael Schlossberg
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Michael Schlossberg

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FJQZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Schlossberg.
Jeff Chen notes:
It's funny to think about yelling HONEY, I'M HOME in the pandemic era. Jill would roll her eyes at me because I'm always home. Just ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times6/6/22 ( No. 26,508 )
Across
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Kudzu or ivy : VINE
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Alternative to solid, liquid or gas : PLASMA
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___ Lanka : SRI
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Celebrity who's adored : IDOL
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Coded message : CIPHER
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Nonhuman member of the family : PET
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*Secretary of Perry Mason : DELLASTREET
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"A" card in the deck : ACE
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Science fiction writer Asimov : ISAAC
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Variety : ILK
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Do the hustle? : SCAM
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*Alcoholics Anonymous program : TWELVESTEPS
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Hosts with mics, for short : MCS
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Call between ready and go : SET
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Indigenous people for whom a Great Lake is named : ERIES
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Trees with acorns : OAKS
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Drug also known as angel dust, in brief : PCP
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Measuring instrument that may have a needle : GAUGE
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*Finish a gymnastics routine perfectly : STICKTHELANDING
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Justice Sotomayor : SONIA
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Little rascal : IMP
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Doe's mate : STAG
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Memos : NOTES
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Nile snake : ASP
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Pigs' place : STY
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*Description of a wholesome, clean-cut guy : BOYNEXTDOOR
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Make ___ meet : ENDS
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Letter between oh and cue : PEE
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Element suggested phonetically by NOPQ STUV ... : ARGON
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Hawaiian necklace : LEI
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Cry after navigating the last parts of the answers to this puzzle's starred clues? : HONEYIMHOME
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Sass : LIP
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Similar chemical compound : ISOMER
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Actor McGregor : EWAN
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Chicago trains : ELS
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Big name in small planes : CESSNA
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Diarist Frank : ANNE
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"Veni, ___, vici" : VIDI
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Midmonth date : IDES
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Mardi Gras city, informally : NOLA
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Jazz great Fitzgerald : ELLA
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Some laptops, for short : PCS
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On fire : LIT
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Busy month for accountants : APRIL
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Table for later : SHELVE
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More timid : MEEKER
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"But is it ___?" : ART
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Attire for astronauts : SPACESUITS
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Summary : RECAP
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Trinkets, tchotchkes and whatnot : ITEMS
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"Macbeth" has five of these : ACTS
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Places : STEADS
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Cried : WEPT
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Write on stone, say : ETCH
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Road Work Ahead or Dead End : SIGN
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Carpet on a forest floor : MOSS
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Famed Roman censor : CATO
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Is unsuited to go swimming, but does so anyway? : SKINNYDIPS
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Descendants : SCIONS
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I. M. ___, Louvre Pyramid architect : PEI
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Swarming pest : GNAT
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Like holiday nogs : EGGY
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Fashion designer Spade : KATE
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"OMG, that's so funny!" : LMAO
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Lhasa ___ (dog breed) : APSO
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Many a newspaper scoop : EXPOSE
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Shorthand writers : STENOS
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Baby buggy, to Brits : PRAM
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"Beauty and the Beast" heroine : BELLE
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Baseball great Buck : ONEIL
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Considers : DEEMS
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Perlman of "Cheers" : RHEA
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Dress worn to a ball : GOWN
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Its capital is Muscat : OMAN
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Hawaii's only native goose : NENE
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Juice brand with a hyphenated name : HIC
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Japanese currency : YEN
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Savings plan, briefly : IRA

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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