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Why, Why Not?

New York Times, Sunday, July 31, 2022

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Author:
Jesse Goldberg
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Jesse Goldberg

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 69 Missing: {JKQVZ} This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Goldberg.
Jesse Goldberg notes:
This theme came about serendipitously. Luckily, I happened to notice the wordplay potential when the revealer phrase popped up in something I was reading. It might not be the most ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Plenty of regular solvers Y-ne about simple single-letter addition or subtraction themes, but this is far from simple. You probably noticed that "Why? Why Not?" hints at some themers ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times7/31/22 ( No. 26,563 )
Across
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Condiment at a pho shop : SRIRACHA
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Got too scared, with "out" : WIMPED
15
Shelve : DEFER
20
Big picture : WIDESHOT
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Author/journalist Welteroth : ELAINE
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"The ___ Holmes Mysteries" (young adult detective series) : ENOLA
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Nationwide competitor : ALLSTATE
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Places where some belts are tightened? : BELLYBOTTOMS
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Longtime surname on late-night TV : MEYERS
27
Rooibos by another name : REDTEA
28
Simpson imp : BART
29
Stephen Crane's "The Red Badge of Courage," e.g.? : COMBATREAD
32
Gave the scoop : BRIEFED
35
Its presence on Mars offers a clue to life : SALT
38
Growler's contents : ALE
39
Actress Lena : OLIN
40
Can : AXE
41
Medical gloves and N95 masks, for short : PPE
42
Pen : CAGE
44
Andy Dufresne in "The Shawshank Redemption," e.g. : ESCAPEE
48
Pear-shaped instrument : LUTE
49
Buy a lot of, with "on" : LOADUP
51
Lawyer with absurdly exaggerated humor? : CAMPYCOUNSELOR
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Where Camus's "The Plague" is set : ALGERIA
56
Circuit board components : DIODES
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Count, e.g. : TITLE
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Sleep phase? : SLUMBERPART
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Coconut-covered cookie : SAMOA
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It might get the weed out : HOE
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Flagship vehicle line for Mercedes-Benz : SCLASS
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Encourage : SPURON
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Dallas-to-Austin dir. : SSW
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Test, as a new mattress : LIEON
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Harvesting machine that needs cleaning? : GRIMYREAPER
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Didn't just sit there : ACTED
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Vouch for, with "to" : ATTEST
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Mythical weaver : ARACHNE
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Doctor's description of the birth of triplet sons? : THREETIMESALAD
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"Well, maybe" : IGUESS
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Connect, as two devices : PAIR
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Rhetoric : ORATORY
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Relax : EASE
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No longer active: Abbr. : RET
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Golf ball's path : ARC
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City north of Des Moines : AMES
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Slangy turndown : NAH
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Cinco + uno : SEIS
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They might get all over the floor : ROOMBAS
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Battle between Tinker Bell and Princess Ozma? : FAIRYFIGHT
102
Cream : ROUT
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"Ready?" : ALLSET
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Some Guinness records : LEASTS
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Census-taking of a Midwest capital? : MADISONCOUNT
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Begin : STARTOUT
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Bel ___ (Italian cheese) : PAESE
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Charm : ENAMOR
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Become aware of … or a homophonic description of four letter shifts in this puzzle's grid : WISEUPTO
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Partners of hinds : HARTS
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Reaches : GETSTO
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Comes clean : FESSESUP
Down
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Proceeded down a lane, maybe : SWAM
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Tick off : RILE
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Without much thought : IDLY
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Excise surgically : RESECT
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Household robot from Amazon : ASTRO
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Abyss : CHASM
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Like some towels and topics : HOT
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Put away : ATE
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Big name in grills : WEBER
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___ la Cité, home of Notre-Dame : ILEDE
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Smallest country in the E.U., by area : MALTA
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Stacked : PILED
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Musical artist known as the "Queen of New Age" : ENYA
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Interior secretary Haaland : DEB
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Hold in custody : DETAIN
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___ nous : ENTRE
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Server error : FOOTFAULT
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The Liberty Tree, e.g. : ELM
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Some free housing recipients, for short : RAS
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Longtime surname on late-night TV : OBRIEN
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Fwy. or expy. : RTE
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Clutch, e.g. : BAG
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Name hidden in "global economy" : ALEC
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Couleur de l'océan : BLEU
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Rhapsodize over : EXTOL
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Caterpillar alternative : DEERE
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Disruption for a poolside sunbather : SPLASH
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God associated with the moon : APOLLO
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American ___ : LEAGUE
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Marsupial that goes into shock when frightened : OPOSSUM
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Kind of parking : CURBSIDE
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Each : APIECE
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Arab leaders : EMIRS
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"I spilled ___ remover on my dog. Now he's gone": Steven Wright : SPOT
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Dancer Charisse of "Singin' in the Rain" : CYD
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Wizard : ACE
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Sci-fi daughter of Padmé : LEIA
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D as in D.C.?: Abbr. : DEM
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Some prosecutors, for short : ADAS
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Primeval : STONEAGE
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First name in folk : ARLO
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Some wide-brimmed hats : PANAMAS
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Killer of the Night King on "Game of Thrones" : ARYA
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___ Day, early collaborator with Prince : MORRIS
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"r u 4 real?" : SRSLY
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Serving with a meze platter : PITA
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It's a ball : SPHERE
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Japanese honorific : SENSEI
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Pries (from) : WRESTS
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Icky look : LEER
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Boots, helmets, rope, etc. : GEAR
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Prefix with puncture : ACU
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For face value : ATPAR
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One-named entertainer from Spain : CHARO
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Hand-held device used by Mr. Spock : TRICORDER
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Lunar New Year : TET
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General name for a dish? : TSO
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Shade of red : TOMATO
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Ticks off : IRES
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Like Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts : DEAF
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Fish in a poke bowl : AHI
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Unfairly takes advantage of, as a policy : ABUSES
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WaPo alternative : NYT
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Square figure? : STATUE
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Like a tasty cake : MOIST
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Ice cream treat : FLOAT
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They might hold on to their caps, for short : ALUMS
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"Failure ___ an option" : ISNOT
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Back in style : RETRO
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You can see right through it : GLASS
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Beginning of a toast : HERES
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What concealer might conceal : ACNE
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Soaks (up) : SOPS
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Co-author of 2016's "The Book of Joy," along with the Dalai Lama : TUTU
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Break … or brake : STOP
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Inits. on the road : MPH
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Inits. on the road : AAA
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Darkroom item, in brief : NEG
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Personal ad abbr. : SWF
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No-win situation : TIE

Answer summary: 12 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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