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New York Times, Friday, July 2, 2021

One-named rapper with the 2019 video "Can't Explain It"

Author:
Brooke Husic and Ada Nicolle
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Brooke Husic
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Ada Nicolle

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQWXZ} Spans: 6 This is puzzle # 5 for Ms. Husic. This is puzzle # 2 for Ms. Nicolle.
Constructor notes:
ADA: I am so excited to be sharing a New York Times byline with THE Brooke Husic. She is one of my favourite themeless constructors in ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Six fantastic marquee entries, that's REALLY SOMETHING! I paused when I finally uncovered that one, wondering if it felt arbitrary or ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times7/2/21 ( No. 26,169 )
Across
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Has nowhere to go but down : PEAKS
6
Scepter topper : ORB
9
It's just the wurst! : BRAT
13
Northernmost land in the Inner Hebrides : ISLEOFSKYE
16
Prefix with nautical : AERO
17
Cut-and-paste tool for language learners : GOOGLETRANSLATE
19
Piece of sensitive info, for short : SSN
20
Average : MEAN
21
Name that sounds like two of its letters : ELLY
22
Garden figure : GNOME
25
Stoke : FUEL
26
What a fitness coach likely leads : ACTIVELIFESTYLE
32
One-named rapper with the 2019 video "Can't Explain It" : CHIKA
33
Puts on the line, say : DRIES
34
Word after dead or data : SET
35
Browser button : HOME
36
Bedouins, e.g. : ARABS
37
Post-punk sort : GOTH
38
Squeeze (out) : EKE
39
Classic Disney character who never speaks : PLUTO
40
It can come as a relief : CAMEO
41
In-N-Out Burger's "Animal Style" burgers and fries, e.g. : SECRETMENUITEMS
44
[Gulp!] : OHNO
45
Plus : ASSET
46
Part of a church chorus : AMEN
47
Theravada or Mahayana vis-à-vis Buddhism : SECT
49
Japanese assent : HAI
52
Like some headphones : NOISECANCELLING
56
People of northeastern Canada : INNU
57
Eagerly starting, as one's work : DIVINGINTO
58
Streaks on the side of a wineglass : LEGS
59
Word that becomes its own synonym if you change its first letter to WI : SLY
60
Bring to a boil : ANGER
Down
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Gluttons : PIGS
2
Those: Sp. : ESOS
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Well overdue : ALONGTIMECOMING
4
Powder holder : KEG
5
G, in a C major scale : SOL
6
West African food staple : OKRA
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"Star Trek" actress Jeri : RYAN
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Big ___ : BEN
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In which you might see an échappé sauté : BALLET
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Out of the ordinary : REALLYSOMETHING
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Pretentious, in a way : ARTY
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The point of 9-Down? : TOE
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Queer designation : FEMME
15
Instrument played by a pannist : STEELDRUM
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Dr. for kids : SEUSS
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Daughter of Styx : NIKE
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Things sometimes frozen : OVA
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Requirements with some applications : FEES
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Can't move a muscle, say : ACHES
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Crack under pressure : CHOKE
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Boiling : IRATE
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Eponym for a mathematical pattern identified centuries earlier in India : FIBONACCI
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"Eh, they can do that" : LETEM
31
Spirit of a people : ETHOS
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Range for a viola : ALTO
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Box-office revenue : GATE
39
Mostaccioli relative : PENNE
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Lead-in to male or female : CIS
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Kind of monkey : RHESUS
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Hwy. through Fargo and St. Paul : USTEN
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Tops : AONE
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Fly (through) : SAIL
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"Our ___ always lasts longer than the happiness of those we ___": Heraclitus : ENVY
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Request a hand, say : ANTE
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Composer Stravinsky : IGOR
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Love of the game? : NIL
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Their sales were surpassed again by phonograph records in 2020 : CDS
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Inits. near New York's Flushing Bay : LGA
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Jeremy ___, first Asian-American N.B.A. champion : LIN

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