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New York Times, Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Signal that a reply is coming in a messaging app

Author:
Alex Rosen and Brad Wilber
Editor:
Will Shortz
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1.60021
Brad Wilber

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {HQXZ} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Rosen. This is puzzle # 59 for Mr. Wilber.
Constructor notes:
ALEX: I'm no art expert, but Jackson Pollock's rule-breaking style seemed like a good excuse to do something different. The first idea ... read more
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JACKSON POLLOCK! Neat to see him memorialized in an artistic crossword. I'm usually not a fan of "spaced out circles" themes (Will ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times7/28/21 ( No. 26,195 )

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Across
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Buds that are very close : BFFS
5
"For those who think young" sloganeer, once : PEPSI
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Drainage collector : SUMP
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Cookie that has been deemed kosher since 1997 : OREO
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Walled city of Spain : AVILA
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Sports event in which athletes try to avoid being touched : EPEE
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Porky's significant other : PETUNIAPIG
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Gillette razor handle : ATRA
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Make wise through experience : SEASON
21
See 53-Across : POLLOCK
23
Exceedingly : EVERSO
26
Letters at a bar : IPA
27
Signal that a reply is coming in a messaging app : DOTS
30
Accept responsibility for : OWN
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Terrific : SUPER
34
Diatribe trigger : IRE
35
Official proceedings : ACTA
37
Attempt to block : OPPOSE
38
Original ___ : SIN
39
Make art like 53-/21-Across (as suggested by this puzzle's circled letters?) : DRIBBLE
41
Suffix with quartz : ITE
42
Pat who wrote "The Prince of Tides" and "The Great Santini" : CONROY
44
Male hedgehog : BOAR
45
Homer's neighbor on "The Simpsons" : NED
46
Source of some rings : ONION
47
Industry that encourages strikes? : OIL
48
Modest reply to a compliment : ITRY
49
Biol. or chem. : SCI
50
Oklahoma's state tree : REDBUD
53
With 21-Across, artist known to 39-Across pigments back and forth onto canvases : JACKSON
56
Melodic passage : ARIOSO
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Removal from danger, informally : EVAC
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___ station, Central London railway terminal : PADDINGTON
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Long ride? : LIMO
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Suffered a wipeout : ATEIT
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Leaning to the right: Abbr. : ITAL
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Org. for Lt. Columbo : LAPD
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Jetés, e.g. : LEAPS
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One leaning to the right : TORY
Down
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Conks : BOPS
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Unoccupied : FREE
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Cheese in a spanakopita : FETA
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Boozehounds : SOUSES
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Noted colonial pamphleteer : PAINE
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Señora Perón : EVA
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Small hard seed : PIP
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Moccasin, e.g. : SLIPON
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False friend in Shakespeare : IAGO
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Babe in the Arctic : SEALPUP
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Somewhat : UPTOAPOINT
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Chicago exchange, in brief : MERC
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Like times that are the most expensive : PEAK
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Veterans Day mo. : NOV
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Daffy Duck, notably : LISPER
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Indian flatbread : ROTI
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Low-ranking sailor : SWABBIE
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What you need some wiggle room to do? : DISCO
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Betelgeuse's constellation : ORION
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Where you might find love away from home? : TENNISCAMP
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Fragrant compound : ESTER
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Like an oboe's sound : REEDY
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Dreamboat of a guy : ADONIS
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Weep : CRY
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Greeting in Rio : OLA
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"Be ___" (motto for Wikipedia contributors) : BOLD
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Pacific food fish : ROCKCOD
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Highly decorated : ORNATE
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"That's cool, daddy-o!" : IDIGIT
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Taunts so as to get a reaction : BAITS
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Samovar : URN
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Come together : JELL
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Running shoe brand : AVIA
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Gem that's a woman's name : OPAL
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Palindromic guy's name : OTTO
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Succeed and then some : SOAR
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"Recycle ___" (sign on a bin) : ONLY
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Narc's org. : DEA
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Tango flourish : DIP

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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