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New York Times, Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Mae who said "I'll try anything once, twice if I like it, three times to make sure”

Author:
Carly Schuna
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQZ} This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Schuna. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
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© 2022, The New York Times6/7/22 ( No. 26,509 )
Across
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"Get out" key : ESC
4
Rocky outcroppings : CRAGS
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According to : ASPER
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Actor Mineo : SAL
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Watercolor and oil, for two : MEDIA
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Ingredient in laundry products : BORAX
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Make a goofy appearance in someone else's picture : PHOTOBOMB
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Little brats : SNOTS
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"Nevermore" speaker, in poetry : RAVEN
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Twins' org. : MLB
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Sitcom ET from the planet Melmac : ALF
24
Angers : IRES
25
Multipost rant online : TWEETSTORM
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How tuna or steak may be served : TARTARE
31
Annoying complainer : WHINER
32
Fancy : POSH
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Existential dread : ANGST
35
What the "spinning beach ball of death" might indicate : COMPUTERCRASH
40
Schwarzenegger, familiarly : ARNIE
41
Ingredient in lemon curd : YOLK
42
Greyhound station freebie : BUSMAP
44
Crispy tortilla dish : TOSTADA
49
Message sent to many recipients : EMAILBLAST
52
Many a Mideasterner : ARAB
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Rank below cpl. : PFC
54
Title equivalent to Dame : SIR
55
Foamy part of un espresso : CREMA
56
Bail on plans, with "out" : FLAKE
58
Big times in Silicon Valley … or a hint to 17-, 25-, 35- and 49-Across? : TECHBOOMS
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Actress/model Bo : DEREK
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Not deserved : UNDUE
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Big name in jeans : LEE
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Brief comment to an audience : ASIDE
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Indiana pro basketballer : PACER
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Throw in : ADD
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Vivacity : ESPRIT
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Much of Chad and Mali : SAHARA
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Honey source : CLOVER
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"Hurry up!" : CMON
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Basketball stat: Abbr. : REB
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Tizzy : ADO
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"Ooh, I need that!" : GIMME
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Black : SABLE
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Six-pack contents : ABS
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Light piano piece : SONATINA
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Drags out : PROLONGS
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Subway line? : EATFRESH
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Pharmacy pickups : RXS
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Litmus ___ : TEST
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"Oh, and also …," in a text : BTW
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Short pants? : TROU
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Mae who said "I'll try anything once, twice if I like it, three times to make sure” : WEST
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Ocean beasts that lack bones, surprisingly : SHARKS
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Old TV star whose haircut was inspired by Mandinka warriors : MRT
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Take to a higher court : APPEAL
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"What's the big idea?!" : HEY
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Wads, as paper : CRUMPLES
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Watching the big game? : ONSAFARI
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Did an impression of : MIMICKED
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Goes bad : ROTS
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Coagulate : CLOT
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Fiver : ABE
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"Nova" network : PBS
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Tuber type : TARO
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Anatomical ring : AREOLA
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Blocked, as a river : DAMMED
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Degraded : ABASED
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Suddenly showed happiness : LITUP
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Impressive venue to sell out : ARENA
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"Good buddy" speaker : CBER
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Public health org. : FDA
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Barely manage, with "out" : EKE
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Public health org. : CDC
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Rose or lilac : HUE

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