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New York Times, Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Situation that starts things completely over

Author:
Bruce Haight
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 79, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQXZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 55 for Mr. Haight. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2021, The New York Times7/13/21 ( No. 26,180 )
Across
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Transform, as from one being into another : MORPH
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Send, as payment : REMIT
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Bro and sis : SIBS
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In the know : AWARE
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Beethoven's "Für ___" : ELISE
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"Orinoco Flow" singer : ENYA
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Address every aspect of something : COVERALLTHEBASES
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Ram's ma'am? : EWE
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Pseudonym of the essayist Charles Lamb : ELIA
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Impersonate : POSEAS
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Bit of cunning : WILE
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Part of a wineglass or watch : STEM
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"Kill the ump!," e.g. : CRY
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Immediately : RIGHTOFFTHEBAT
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Proficient : ADROIT
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Supervillain in Marvel comics : ARES
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One way up a mountain : TBAR
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Potters' materials : CLAYS
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Email about big lottery winnings, usually : SCAM
40
Illegal payment : BRIBE
41
___ Sabe (the Lone Ranger, to Tonto) : KEMO
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Babe in the woods : NAIF
43
Not off one's rocker? : SEATED
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Oddly and unexpectedly : OUTOFLEFTFIELD
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"Yo, what's happening" : SUP
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"Mm-hmm, it's clear now" : ISEE
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Money to tide one over : LOAN
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One way boats come : ASHORE
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Air-condition : COOL
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Outburst in a nursery : WAH
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Situation that starts things completely over : WHOLENEWBALLGAME
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Be inclined (to) : TEND
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"Awesome!" : SWEET
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Use the return key for : ENTER
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Things assayers assay : ORES
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Pitchers : EWERS
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Cockamamie : NUTSO
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Self-defense spray : MACE
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Response to a sting : OWOW
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Gush praise : RAVE
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Opposite of post- : PRE
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"Voilà!" : HEREITIS
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Kind of pitcher : RELIEF
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Jazz legend Fitzgerald : ELLA
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Prestigious sch. in metro Boston : MIT
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Kinda-sorta: Suffix : ISH
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Shelters once made from buffalo skins : TEEPEES
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Sail the seven ___ : SEAS
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Camper's annoyance : INSECTBITE
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One way to "play it" : BYEAR
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Smart-mouthed : SASSY
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Apportion : ALLOT
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Go over terribly with an audience : BOMB
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Snide question to one issuing a challenge : WHOYOU
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Attack with a low flyover : STRAFE
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The outsiders : THEM
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Strain, as one's brain : RACK
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Like a team on a day off : IDLE
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Early record player : GRAMOPHONE
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Effortless : FACILE
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Transportation in a Duke Ellington tune : ATRAIN
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Member of the first family : ABEL
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Actor Foxx of "Sanford and Son" : REDD
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An umpire's outstretched arms signifies this : SAFE
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Happened to, poetically : BEFALLEN
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What gibberish makes : NOSENSE
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Piece of pub furniture : STOOL
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One for the road? : TIRE
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Units in a homecoming parade : FLOATS
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Took care of : SAWTO
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Certain worker in a stadium : USHER
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Bygone G.M. product, informally : OLDS
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One who's radio-active? : CBER
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Electrical unit : WATT
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Iowa college town : AMES
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Ticker-tape parade honoree : HERO
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"That's disgusting!" : EWW
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Tiny : WEE
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Prey for a lion : GNU

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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