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New York Times, Sunday, July 5, 2020

33-Across : Fish whose males bear the young

Author:
Laura Taylor Kinnel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 75 This is puzzle # 4 for Ms. Kinnel. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Notepad: In the print version of this puzzle, the five circles in the grid are instead square-shaped.
Will Shortz notes:
Laura Taylor Kinnel, of Newtown, Pa., teaches math and is the director of studies at a Friends boarding school near Philadelphia. Since her last puzzle appeared in March, she has spent ... read more
Laura Taylor Kinnel notes:
I love the long entries across the middle row of this puzzle. Fun to debut 69-Across! And back when I submitted the puzzle in January, I had no idea how relevant the question mark at the ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I love lofty attempts to do something new and cool in a Sunday crossword. Those five little boxes baffled me, the tricksy crossings remaining opaque until I hit the apt revealer, TICK ALL ... read more
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© 2020, The New York Times7/5/20 ( No. 25,807 )
Across
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1/48 of a cup: Abbr. : TSP
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Ad Council offerings, for short : PSAS
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Home of the Kaaba : MECCA
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Spartan : BARE
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"The Problem With ___" (2017 documentary) : APU
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Orator's platform : SOAPBOX
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"Never meet your ___" (maxim) : IDOLS
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Less wild : TAMER
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Done working: Abbr. : RET
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About which you might always say "Bee prepared"? : HONEY
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They take the form of self-flying paper airplanes in the Harry Potter books : MEMOS
24
Topping for a 25-Across : ICING
25
Piece of cake, say : DESSERT
27
Improv class exercises : SCENES
29
Kids : TEASES
30
Without aim : IDLY
31
Mob : MAFIA
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Fish whose males bear the young : SEAHORSE
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Evening gala : SOIREE
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Note-taking spot? : ATM
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Sustained period of luck, as with dice : HOTHAND
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Litter critter : PUP
40
Floor plan unit : SQUAREFOOT
42
Restless desire : ITCH
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What Franklin famously asked for : RESPECT
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Floor plan spec : AREA
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Blog feed inits. : RSS
52
Debtor's letters : IOU
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Email holder : INBOX
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Something lent to a friend : EAR
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Set of skills, metaphorically : TOOLBOX
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Father of Scout, in "To Kill a Mockingbird" : ATTICUS
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Declare : AVOW
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Best Actor winner Malek : RAMI
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Normandy battle site : STLO
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Wads : HUNKS
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Last dance? : SENIORPROM
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Managed an unmanageable group, figuratively : HERDEDCATS
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Wonder Woman accessory : LASSO
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Aware of : INON
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Playroom chest : TOYBOX
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Downwind : ALEE
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They're worn on heads with tails : TOPHATS
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Store : STASH
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Was first : LED
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Ka ___ (southernmost point on Hawaii) : LAE
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Prefix with -graph : EPI
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Run on : YAK
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Singer Brickell : EDIE
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Believed something without question : ATEITUP
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Commercial lead-in to land : LEGO
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Elizabeth Warren vis-à-vis former chief justice Earl Warren, e.g. : NORELATION
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It's frequently under fire : ASH
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Prepare to bathe : UNDRESS
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Olivia Benson's division on TV: Abbr. : SVU
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Conditional word : UNLESS
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Expressively creative : ARTISTIC
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First of the metalloids : BORON
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Border : ABUT
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Flight recorder : BLACKBOX
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___ complex : MARTYR
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A much greater quantity : FARMORE
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Lead-in to fit or active : RETRO
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___ New Guinea : PAPUA
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Foreword : INTRO
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Org. that kicked off again in 2020 after a 19-year hiatus : XFL
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Studio behind "Platoon" and "Amadeus" : ORION
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Salary negotiator : AGENT
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Adversary : ENEMY
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Embodiment of slipperiness : EEL
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Word before or after short : STOP
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One of the six simple machines : WEDGE
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State pair: Abbr. : SENS
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Mrs., in Mexico : SRA
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Transportation for the Doctor on "Doctor Who" : TARDIS
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Small suit : SPEEDO
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Tries to make the unappealing attractive : PUTSLIPSTICKONAPIG
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Eeyore-ish sentiment : POORME
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Stocking stuffer : SANTA
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Donkey Kong, e.g. : APE
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Imbroglios : STICKYSITUATIONS
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Play charades : MIME
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Setting for a Sistine Chapel painting : EDEN
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Results from : COMESOF
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Near : CLOSETO
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"Methought I was enamour'd of an ___": Titania : ASS
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Brand of rum : BACARDI
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Improper : AMISS
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Best Actress winner Zellweger : RENEE
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Tiny fractions of joules : ERGS
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"___ Would Be King," 2018 novel by Wayétu Moore : SHE
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Attach, in a way : TIEON
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Stack topper : SYRUP
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Iconic Chevy : CAMARO
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"You nailed it!" : THATSTHETICKET
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___ page : FAQ
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Spanish "now" : AHORA
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Olympic pentathlete's need : EPEE
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Well-being : HEALTH
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Purse part : STRAP
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Flying Clouds and Royales : REOS
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Be fully qualified ... or a hint to this puzzle's theme : TICKALLTHEBOXES
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Author of "The Silent World: A Story of Undersea Discovery and Adventure" : COUSTEAU
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Czech reformer Jan : HUS
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Coastal inlets : RIAS
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It might get a licking : ENVELOPE
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Combination meant to change behavior : CARROTANDSTICK
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Starter earring : STUD
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Play piano, informally : TICKLETHEIVORIES
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Machu Picchu builder : INCA
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Something frequently made with the eyes shut : WISH
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X-ray alternative, maybe : MRI
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Spanish treasure : ORO
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Anthem starter : OSAY
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Businesses with a portmanteau name : MOTELS
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"It Ain't Me Babe" songwriter : DYLAN
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Percolate : SEEP
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Zip : NADA
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No. in a directory : TEL
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Wimbledon wear, perhaps : SKORT
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Chooses not to act : SITSBY
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Academia figure : DEAN
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It follows the Hijri calendar : ISLAM
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Protruding bit of bedrock : OUTCROP
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Form a new mental picture of : REIMAGE
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Got away : ESCAPED
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Sharing word : OUR
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Canon competitor : NIKON
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Leaves weaponless : UNARMS
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One participating in a new Summer Olympics sport in 2021 : SURFER
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Fashion designer McCartney : STELLA
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Heads-up : ALERT
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Two to one, say : RATIO
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Time and again : OFTEN
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Warner ___ : BROS
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Like the Liberty Bell in 1846, for the last time : RUNG
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Big name in British art : TATE
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Hall-of-Fame catcher Campanella : ROY
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Print maker : PAW
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Tulsa-to-Des Moines dir. : NNE

Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle, 5 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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