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New York Times, Wednesday, July 29, 2020

It may require letters, a number and a special character -- as seen in 20-, 33- and 39-Across

Author:
Amanda Chung and Karl Ni
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FJQXZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 11 for Ms. Chung. This is puzzle # 11 for Mr. Ni.
Constructor notes:
The idea for this theme came during a visit from Amanda's older brother Art. We were discussing recent news about a large password ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Ah, those annoying prompts saying "sorry, passwords must contain at least one letter, number, and special character." Come on, just ... read more
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© 2020, The New York Times7/29/20 ( No. 25,831 )
Across
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Small building blocks : ATOMS
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Wisecracking bear of film : TED
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Things finished with handshakes : PACTS
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Specifically : TOWIT
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Certain craft beer, for short : IPA
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Something that is bid : ADIEU
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Animal known scientifically as Alces alces : MOOSE
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Breathful : AIR
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Church Lady's foe : SATAN
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Reduced-fat option : TWOPERCENTMILK
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Relaxation station : SPA
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Imitates : DOES
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Entree baked in a tin : POTPIE
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Apt rhyme for "casino" : RENO
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Sch. in Ypsilanti : EMU
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Mobile device that debuted in 2016 : IPHONESEVENPLUS
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Poop : TIRE
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Forensic letters : CSI
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Father : SIRE
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Highly sought-after restaurant rating : ONEMICHELINSTAR
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State-of-the-art : NEW
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Zeus's weapon : BOLT
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Things often found near cloverleafs : MOTELS
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Cause of ruin : BANE
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Post-___ (some hosp. patients) : OPS
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It may require letters, a number and a special character -- as seen in 20-, 33- and 39-Across : STRONGPASSWORD
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Certain school athletics : TRACK
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Links org. : PGA
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Bit of paperless reading : EBOOK
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Unit in a baby announcement : OUNCE
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"Yikes!" : EEK
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Place for a beverage cart : AISLE
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Dwindle, with "out" : PETER
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Part of the D.O.J. : DEA
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Quick to snap : TESTY
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___ card : ATM
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Friendly honk : TOOT
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"I'm in pain! I'm in pain!" : OWOW
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Traditional Japanese seasoning : MISO
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Intercedes : STEPSIN
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Princess' headwear : TIARA
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Greater than great : EPIC
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Adventure seeker : DAREDEVIL
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Affix with adhesive : PASTEON
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Actress Amy with six Oscar nominations : ADAMS
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Commercial lead-in to card : CITI
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Blue-green shade : TEAL
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Like many ships in the Bermuda Triangle : SUNK
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Something waved in the Olympics : EPEE
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Option that's almost always listed last : NONE
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Mountain climber's aid : PITON
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Venture a thought : OPINE
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Cast : THREW
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Many a hymn, essentially : POEM
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"Undo" button : RESET
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Select few : ELITE
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Unframed artwork : MURAL
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Clientele : USERS
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Lugged : SCHLEPPED
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"Hey! Over here!" : PSST
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Goldman Sachs or Morgan Stanley employee, informally : IBANKER
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Capitol Hill org. : CONG
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Little pranksters : IMPS
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"Easy peasy!" : NOSWEAT
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Bowling game : BOCCE
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Tennis pro Naomi : OSAKA
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Subway station : STOP
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"I'd have to agree" : TRUE
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Tweetstorm, e.g. : RANT
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Pulitzer-winning James : AGEE
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Award co-administered by the American Theater Wing since 2014 : OBIE
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One of the friends on "Friends" : ROSS
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Bonehead : DOLT
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Aid for a decoder : KEY

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle.

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