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New York Times, Monday, July 11, 2022

Lead-in to "Bop" and "Wolf" in hits by Cyndi Lauper and Shakira

Author:
Roy Greim
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 42 Missing: {JQXYZ} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Greim. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Roy Greim notes:
The theme came to me literally right before bed when I realized that BLUEPRINTS could have an alternate meaning. From there, I quickly ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I can't quite put my finger on this theme … wait a sec, I sure can! Handy idea to imagine FINGERPAINT as tying together phrases in the ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times7/11/22 ( No. 26,543 )
Across
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A.T.M. withdrawal : CASH
5
Mischievous ones : IMPS
9
Award won by Paul Newman and Gary Oldman : OSCAR
14
Cincinnati's river : OHIO
15
Tidy : NEAT
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Tennis champ Osaka : NAOMI
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Pub projectile : DART
18
Sonic the Hedgehog game company : SEGA
19
In the countryside : RURAL
20
Like a ride that has one holding on for dear life : WHITEKNUCKLE
23
Homeric epic set during the Trojan War : ILIAD
25
Employ again : REUSE
26
Damaged, as a surface : MARRED
28
Defeat soundly : THRASH
32
Architectural diagrams : BLUEPRINTS
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Lead-in to "Bop" and "Wolf" in hits by Cyndi Lauper and Shakira : SHE
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Hearing things? : EARS
37
Rowing tool : OAR
38
Big-time celebrity : STAR
39
Brunched, say : ATE
40
Knack for gardening : GREENTHUMB
43
Backspace over : DELETE
46
Fairy : SPRITE
47
Comprehend : GRASP
50
Lassoed : ROPED
51
Materials for a preschool artist … or a hint to 20-, 32- and 40-Across : FINGERPAINTS
55
Venue for Stevie Nicks or the Knicks : ARENA
56
Start a poker pot : ANTE
57
Doily fabric : LACE
61
Card deck used in divination : TAROT
62
Distort, as facts : SKEW
63
___ Office (room in the West Wing) : OVAL
64
Kisses and caresses, in British lingo : SNOGS
65
Honorees on the second Sunday in May : MOMS
66
Microbe : GERM
Down
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Fish-and-chips fish, typically : COD
2
"Eureka!" : AHA
3
Knight's title : SIR
4
Starts by bypassing the ignition system : HOTWIRES
5
One with access to privileged information : INSIDER
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Track-and-field competition : MEET
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Hospital notification device : PAGER
8
Vampire slayer's weapon : STAKE
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Incoming deluge : ONRUSH
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Base for a teacup : SAUCER
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It may pop before a toast : CORK
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Human rights lawyer Clooney : AMAL
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Make angry : RILE
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Angel's instrument : HARP
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Almonds, e.g. : NUTS
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"Whoa, gotta run!" : IMLATE
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Piece of greenery for a winner's wreath : LAUREL
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Christian of fashion : DIOR
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Sharp-witted : ASTUTE
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Tut-tutted, say : SHAMED
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Garden variety? : HERB
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Decoration on a moccasin or purse : BEAD
33
Scot's denial : NAE
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Uno + dos : TRES
38
Captain's record at sea : SHIPSLOG
40
Equipment : GEAR
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Presenter of "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered" : NPRNEWS
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Leisurely pace after hitting a home run : TROT
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Yuletide beverage : EGGNOG
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Rewards dispensed in obedience training : TREATS
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Twitch : SPASM
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Japanese bread crumb coating : PANKO
51
Coconut oil and butter, for two : FATS
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Land bordering Afghanistan : IRAN
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Emperor during the Great Fire of Rome : NERO
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Thing : ITEM
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"___ Maria" (hymn) : AVE
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Ford or Fiat : CAR
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Stately tree : ELM

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

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