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New York Times, Friday, July 31, 2020

Author:
Claire Rimkus and Erik Agard
Editor:
Will Shortz
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1.60280
Erik Agard

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 32 Missing: {JQVXZ} This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Rimkus. This is puzzle # 64 for Mr. Agard. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Constructor notes:
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Jim Horne notes:

A terrific puzzle, and "Groin pulls" is a clue-of-the-year contender.

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Across
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Ball in a gym, maybe : PROM
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More than buds : BFFS
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Country whose name is believed to come from ancient Greek for "honey-sweet" : MALTA
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Prefix with static or dynamic : AERO
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Superhero in "The Incredibles" : ELASTIGIRL
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Sports org. headquartered in Indianapolis : NCAA
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They're made up of stacked sheets : LAYERCAKES
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"Whatever" : DONTCARE
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Ram sign : ARIES
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Director Lee : ANG
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Whiskey or beer choice : RYE
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Columbia athlete : LION
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"The Color Purple" protagonist : CELIE
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It's used in a flash : BULB
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Org. for good drivers : PGA
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Like some monogrammed towels : HISANDHIS
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1980s-'90s series set in California : LALAW
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Way to go ... or, as two words, lead-in to "way to go" : ALONG
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___-pop : ALT
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Bring down : ABASE
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Overlook : LEDGE
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Trainees known to work notoriously long hours : RESIDENTS
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Med. device regulator : FDA
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Scrunches up : WADS
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Some like it hot : CIDER
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Lead-in to amorous : POLY
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One may be cooped up : HEN
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How-___ : TOS
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Not sleepy : ALERT
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Stage for a big star? : REDGIANT
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"Preach!" : AMENTOTHAT
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Pants, slangily : TROU
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TV host in the World Golf Hall of Fame : DINAHSHORE
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Life partner : LIMB
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"The funny thing is ..." : ODDLY
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The Forest Service is part of it, in brief : USDA
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Brand with "Classic" and "Wavy" varieties : LAYS
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Diplomatic gift from China : PANDA
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Made peace : RECONCILED
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Crush something? : ORANGESODA
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Feature of Tokyo's Imperial Palace : MOAT
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Secured, as a sailor's rope : BELAYED
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Signal for help : FLARE
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Actress Alice of old Hollywood : FAYE
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Abbr. aptly hidden in COMPASSES : SSE
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Eyebrow-filling technique : MICROBLADING
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"What's that ___?" : AGAIN
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"What's that ___?" : LIKE
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Número atómico of lithium : TRES
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Hilton ___, Pulitzer-winning critic for The New Yorker : ALS
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Be behind : TRAIL
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Beyond awkward : CRINGEWORTHY
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Groin pulls? : LUSTS
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A.P. English subj. : LANG
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Gymnastics eponym of a double back somersault with three twists : BILES
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Meteor showers? : PLANETARIA
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Food-filled field : GASTRONOMY
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Blows away : AWES
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Like 50 U.S. senators : HALF
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Indefatigable : HARDY
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Not yet astir : ABED
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Cold brew : ICEDTEA
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Los ___ (city in Silicon Valley) : ALTOS
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___ code : PENAL
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In one ear? : HEARD
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Movie reviewers often trash them : STUBS
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During : AMID
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Act like a shark, in a way : LEND
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Density symbols : RHOS
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"___ pass" : ITLL
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Fuss : ADO
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Day when the Last Supper is commemorated: Abbr. : THU

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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