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New York Times, Thursday, July 29, 2021

Some bouncers use them

Author:
Trenton Charlson
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Trenton Charlson

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 14 Words: 67, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JQX} Spans: 1 Grid has mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 31 for Mr. Charlson.
Trenton Charlson notes:
I guess I don't really have a whole lot to say about this one. The theme idea probably came from seeing a fill-in-the blank ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Fun trick, FILL IN THE BLANK meaning "insert the word FILL into the blank to make sense of the clue." LandFILL, FILLmore and ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times7/29/21 ( No. 26,196 )
Across
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Founding member of the U.N. Security Council : USSR
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Station : POST
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Fly (by) : WHIZ
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Native Rwandan : HUTU
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Follower of "catch" or "latch" : ONTO
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Misanthrope of Victorian literature : HYDE
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Tesla, e.g. : SERB
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Pop star Halliwell of the Spice Girls : GERI
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Made an impression? : APED
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Land___ : DISPOSALAREA
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___more and more : PRESIDENTS
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Vouch for : ATTESTTO
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Chinese artist and political activist Ai : WEIWEI
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Let : RENTED
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It fits in a lock : OAR
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Big Four bank, for short : CITI
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Accented approval : OLE
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God depicted in a figure called an "amoretto" : EROS
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Where bursitis may appear : KNEE
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"Asleep" : NUMB
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I___, for one : NEWSCASTER
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NATO alphabet letter in "NATO" : OSCAR
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Deputies : AIDES
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Test format ... or a hint to understanding three of this puzzle's clues : FILLINTHEBLANK
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Thurman of "Gattaca" : UMA
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Soap opera, e.g. : SERIAL
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Point of a dancer who's en pointe : TOE
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Turf : SOD
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Hurricane-level winds, on the Beaufort scale : TWELVE
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Barely manage, with "out" : EKE
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U.S. Navy O-1: Abbr. : ENS
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Like hair at salons : STYLED
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"Make yourself comfortable" : SIT
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Stumbling syllables : UHS
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Wouldn't settle, say : SUED
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Word with bacon or rumble : STRIP
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Chafes : RUBSRAW
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Some bouncers use them : POGOSTICKS
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Garment that typically has snaps : ONESIE
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Valuable violins, for short : STRADS
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Items in a travel kit : TOILETRIES
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School attended by Warren Buffett : WHARTON
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Plugs : HYPES
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Gist : IDEA
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What the verb ending "-ise" isn't spelled with : ZED
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Red Rose : PETE
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Prefix with penultimate : ANTE
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Grief : WOE
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Aid in balance : EAR
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Civil War ships : IRONCLADS
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Important info for concertgoers : TOURDATES
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Bow-making choice : ELM
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Haaland who became secretary of the interior in 2021 : DEB
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Alternative to L.L.C. : INC
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Matcha, e.g. : TEA
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Indicator of approval : SEAL
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With 44-Down, only playwright to have a New York City theater named after him while still alive : NEIL
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Spots to keep watch? : WRISTS
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On hold : TABLED
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Practicable : OFUSE
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See 39-Down : SIMON
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Mushroom eaten with udon : ENOKI
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Olympics event whose participants shoot for the gold : SKEET
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Pond dweller that can regenerate its eyes : NEWT
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Unlikely trick taker : TREY
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One of a Roman septet : HILL
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Roof part : EAVE

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle.

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