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New York Times, Sunday, July 11, 2021

Author:
Ashish Vengsarkar
Editor:
Will Shortz
Autobiography subtitled "The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban"
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 136, Blocks: 70 Missing: {QX} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 17 for Mr. Vengsarkar.
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© 2021, The New York Times7/11/21 ( No. 26,178 )
Across
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Art of riding and training a horse : DRESSAGE
9
"Mea culpa" : MYBAD
14
Campania's capital : NAPLES
20
Put in other words : RESTATED
21
Bob Marley's "___ You Be Loved" : COULD
22
Mark in the World Golf Hall of Fame : OMEARA
23
Lacking self-assurance : UNPOISED
24
Onus for a magician's disappearing act? : BURDENOFPOOF
26
Study of how gels gel? : GOOPDYNAMICS
28
All together : ENMASSE
29
Little, to a Scot : SMA
30
η : ETA
31
Fizzle (out) : PETER
33
Miscellaneous task : ODDJOB
37
Irish writer Behan : BRENDAN
39
Increased, with "up" : RAMPED
44
Actress Polo : TERI
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Pablo Neruda's "___ to Wine" : ODE
47
They'll put you head and shoulders above everyone else : STILTS
49
Constellation almost above the North Pole : DRACO
50
Autobiography subtitled "The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban" : IAMMALALA
53
Red card : HEART
54
___ Khan, prime minister of Pakistan beginning in 2018 : IMRAN
55
Sports broadcast feature : SLOMO
56
Angry Wisconsin sports fans? : MILWAUKEEBOOERS
59
Fire sign? : SMOKE
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Like n, where n = 2k (and "k" is a whole number) : EVEN
62
Unagi, at a sushi bar : EEL
63
President Bartlet of "The West Wing" : JED
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Singer Astley : RICK
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Total-itarian? : ADDER
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Law enforcement, slangily : POPO
71
Tajikistan, e.g., once: Abbr. : SSR
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"How was ___ know?" : ITO
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Loll : LOAF
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Many a marble bust : TORSO
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Getting "Amscray!" under control? : TAMINGOFTHESHOO
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Like yoga instructors : LITHE
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Greet the day : ARISE
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One of the Earps : WYATT
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Bathroom cabinet item : RAZOR
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Certain bridge positions : NORTHS
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McEachern a.k.a. the "Voice of Poker" : LON
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Cake topper : ICER
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Wealthiest professional sports org. : THENFL
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Abrogates : REPEALS
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Party animal? : DONKEY
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Reveals : BARES
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Reply to an oversharer : TMI
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One in a hundred: Abbr. : SEN
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Parrot : IMITATE
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Power of a cowboy's shoe? : BOOTSTRENGTH
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Odysseus' wife whispers sweet nothings? : PENELOPECOOS
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Bliss : EUPHORIA
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With wisdom : SAGELY
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In a sense, colloquially : SORTA
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Activity for some pen pals : EMAILING
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Port on the Black Sea : ODESSA
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Colorful food fish : OPAHS
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Giveaways during some pledge drives : NPRTOTES
Down
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What the doctor ordered : DRUG
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Where Johnny Cash shot a man, in song : RENO
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Bruins legend Phil, to fans : ESPO
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"Cut it out!" : STOP
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Pronounced with authority : SAIDSO
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Twitter handle starter : ATSYMBOL
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Davis of "Thelma & Louise" : GEENA
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Icelandic saga : EDDA
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Chicken ___ (discontinued fast-food snack) : MCBITES
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Dramatic accusation at a dentist's office? : YOUCANTHANDLETHETOOTH
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Stickers : BURS
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City council representative: Abbr. : ALD
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Onetime White House inits. : DDE
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Lunchtime liaison : NOONER
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Bands you might listen to in the car? : AMFMRADIO
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Salt's musical partner : PEPA
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Where "khop jai" means "thank you" : LAOS
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God who "loosens the limbs and weakens the mind," per Hesiod : EROS
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Call at home : SAFE
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Not gross : NET
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Île be there? : MER
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___ paneer (dish with puréed spinach) : PALAK
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Way in : ENTREE
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"The Adventures of Milo and ___" (1989 film) : OTIS
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Cyber Monday offerings : DEALS
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She might take care of a kid on a sick day : DRMOM
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Rock star who wrote the poetry collection "The American Night" : JIMMORRISON
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Contradict : BELIE
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"Mon ___!" : DIEU
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36-Down's anagrammatic nickname : MRMOJORISIN
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"Gay" city in a Cole Porter song : PAREE
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Hallmark.com purchase : ECARD
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Opposite of "takes off" : DONS
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Something to leave to beavers? : DAM
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Precipitous : STEEP
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Grammy-nominated D.J. Steve : AOKI
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Thomas ___ Edison : ALVA
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Join with rings : WED
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Smudge : BLOT
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Vaper's purchase : ECIG
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Neighborhood where you might get kimchi, for short : KTOWN
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Goddess of the dawn : EOS
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Obama chief of staff Emanuel : RAHM
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Campaign pros : POLS
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___ Gilbert, co-developer of a Covid-19 vaccine : SARAH
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Smile with one's eyes, per a modern coinage : SMIZE
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Long past : OFYORE
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Some fencing swords : FOILS
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Something to play fetch with : STICK
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"Well, golly!" : OHGEE
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Biting : TART
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Spongy toys : NERFBALLS
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Resets to zero, as a scale : TARES
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___:// : HTTP
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John Winston ___ Lennon : ONO
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Professor 'iggins : ENRY
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Eaglelike? : UNDERPAR
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Appetizers filled with potatoes and peas : SAMOSAS
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One of the Jacksons : LATOYA
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Word following English or green : LIT
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Kind of wonder? : ONEHIT
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Cred : REP
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Campaign (for) : STUMP
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Itself: Lat. : IPSO
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World's oldest alcoholic beverage : MEAD
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Pulitzer-winning playwright from Independence, Kan. : INGE
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Seriously annoys, with "off" : TEES
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Tora ___, Afghanistan : BORA
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Not overlooked : SEEN
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Defendant's plea, for short : NOLO
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Determination : GRIT
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Fork point : TINE
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Storied cauldron stirrers : HAGS
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Spanish "that" : ESO
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Admit (to) : COP

Answer summary: 14 unique to this puzzle.

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