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New York Times, Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Creatures that have the densest fur of any mammal (up to 1 million hairs per square inch)

Author:
Amanda Rafkin and Ross Trudeau
Editor:
Will Shortz
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109/16/20197/14/20218
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1.60120
Amanda Rafkin
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422/9/20177/14/202113
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761610300
ScrabbleRebusCirclePangram
1.62181
Ross Trudeau

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 10 for Ms. Rafkin. This is puzzle # 42 for Mr. Trudeau. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2021, The New York Times7/14/21 ( No. 26,181 )
Across
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Gets rid of, so to speak : OFFS
5
Parties with glowsticks : RAVES
10
Old-fashioned taste? : SIP
13
Menu at un café : CARTE
15
Amazon's biz : ETAIL
16
Subj. for some aspiring bilinguals : ESL
17
Clamoring for "The Bonfire of the Vanities"? : CRYINGWOLFE
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They can help you get out of a rut, for short : AAA
20
Business plan : AGENDA
21
One of 20 on the Titanic : LIFEBOAT
23
TV alien played by Robin Williams : MORK
24
Selling someone on "The Importance of Being Earnest"? : WILDEPITCH
26
Group with lodges : ELKS
28
Exam with logic questions, for short : LSAT
29
"Any other place besides here?" : WHEREELSE
34
Genesis creator : SEGA
37
Curse : HEX
38
Kindle, e.g. ... or a hint to this puzzle's theme? : EREADER
41
Hair color of about 2% of the world's population : RED
42
Not fooled by : ONTO
44
They're a bit of a stretch : YOGAPOSES
46
Some jeans features : RIPS
49
Humorist Bombeck : ERMA
50
Spot to store "A Confederacy of Dunces"? : TOOLECHEST
54
___ Zor-El, real name of Supergirl : KARA
58
Battle with clearly defined sides : USVSTHEM
59
"Now wait just a second!" : HOLDIT
61
With 14-Down, what "Fin" might mean : THE
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Positive review of a Nancy Drew mystery? : PEACHYKEENE
64
"Jingle Bells" contraction : OER
65
Architect born in Guangzhou : IMPEI
66
A dance or a dip : SALSA
67
Narc (on) : RAT
68
Six of the first 10 elements on the periodic table : GASES
69
Units of poetry : FEET
Down
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Philosopher with a "razor" : OCCAM
2
Crime drama set in the Midwest : FARGO
3
Fast-food fixture : FRYER
4
Rascal : STINKER
5
Counterpart of "FF" : REW
6
Bikini, e.g. : ATOLL
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Sound : VALID
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Towering figure of architecture? : EIFFEL
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Is out : SLEEPS
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Creatures that have the densest fur of any mammal (up to 1 million hairs per square inch) : SEAOTTERS
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Hayes with three Grammys and an Oscar : ISAAC
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"Lady Lazarus" poet Sylvia : PLATH
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See 61-Across : END
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Onetime popular blog that covered Manhattan gossip : GAWKER
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Predisposition : BIAS
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R&B's ___ Brothers : ISLEY
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Big name in jeans : LEE
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"___ goes there?" : WHO
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Lay figure? : HEN
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People person, perhaps : EXTROVERT
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Portuguese title with a tilde : SAO
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Cusps : EDGES
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"My word!" : GEE
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Often-skipped parts of podcasts : ADS
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Coarse : EARTHY
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Dashboard abbr. : RPM
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"Essential" things : OILS
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Gold insignia of the armed forces : OAKLEAF
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Babe or Wilbur, in film : PETPIG
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Conceptual framework : SCHEMA
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Aristotle, to Alexander the Great : TUTOR
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Tony nominee Milo : OSHEA
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A host : HEAPS
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Host : EMCEE
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Singer of the titular song in 2012's "Skyfall" : ADELE
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Clear one's plate, in a way : RINSE
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Bothered terribly : ATEAT
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Gives the thumbs-up : OKS
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"___ Last Bow" (Sherlock Holmes story) : HIS

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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