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OFF BRAND

New York Times, Sunday, August 1, 2021

Inflated feeling of infallibility

Author:
Matthew Stock
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 74 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 6 for Mr. Stock.
Will Shortz notes:
Matthew Stock, who turns 25 this month, works for a math education nonprofit in East St. Louis, Ill. The idea for this puzzle came about in January, when he was on a cross-country road ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
A couple of perfect "off brand" examples today, the SPANISH ARMADA no doubt an "old navy." The big winner was [General mills?], changing the meaning of "mills," as in "puppy mills." Funny ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times8/1/21 ( No. 26,199 )
Across
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A is one : ARTICLE
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Ozone-harming compounds, for short : CFCS
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Actor Guy : PEARCE
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"How awesome!" : TOOCOOL
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Play with, as a cat might a toy mouse : PAWAT
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Naysayers : DENIERS
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Five guys? : OFFENSIVELINE
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It might have desks and drawers : ARTROOM
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Shade of purple : PLUM
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Those: Sp. : ESOS
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Green giant? : WINDTURBINE
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Ambulance driver, for short : EMT
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Finished first : WON
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"___-ching!" : CHA
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Just : ONLY
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Like basalt and obsidian : IGNEOUS
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Something sent on a Listserv : EMAIL
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Police broadcast, for short : APB
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"Special Agent ___" (animated Disney show about a bear) : OSO
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Main character in Larry McMurtry's "Lonesome Dove" : GUS
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Apt name for a Christmas caroler? : EWELL
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___ Clarendon, first openly transgender W.N.B.A. player : LAYSHIA
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Jolly rancher? : OLDMACDONALD
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Hole : PIT
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Diagnosis characterized by repetitive behavior, in brief : OCD
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Focus of a marathon runner's training : PACE
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Grand opening? : HARDG
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Sides (with) : AGREES
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___ school : MED
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Dessert with some assembly required : SMORE
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Grammy recipient Lisa : LOEB
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What pro bono lawyers waive : LEGALFEES
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General mills? : MILITARYACADEMIES
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The British 20-pence and 50-pence coins, geometrically : HEPTAGONS
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Member of a South Asian diaspora : DESI
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Photo finish : MATTE
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Every last drop : ALL
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Bank, often : LENDER
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Exams offered four times a year, for short : LSATS
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Grown-up pup : SEAL
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"I promise I won't laugh," often : LIE
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Certain guiding principle : TAO
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Texas instruments? : STEELGUITARS
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Meadow grass with brushlike spikes : FOXTAIL
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Fermented Baltic drink : KVASS
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"Ugh, gross" : ICK
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Stag's date? : DOE
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Doc treating sinus infections : ENT
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X, in linear functions : INPUT
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Dolphins' div. : AFCEAST
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Like many a company softball game : COED
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"That stinks!" : BOO
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Subj. devoting extra time to idioms : ESL
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___ milk : OAT
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Band aid? : SOUNDSYSTEM
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Truce : PACT
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Litter box emanation : ODOR
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Efflux : OUTPOUR
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Old navy? : SPANISHARMADA
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Like many a grillmaster : APRONED
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Supermodel Kate : UPTON
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Headache helper : ASPIRIN
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Took a little look : PEEPED
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[Hey, over here!] : PSST
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Rough patch : THICKET
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Standing on : ATOP
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Texter's "Hilarious!" : ROFL
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Soy something : TOFU
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Ones working block by block? : ICEMEN
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Hoodwink : CON
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Drift apart : LOSETOUCH
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Certain Ivy Leaguers : ELIS
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Pac-12 school, informally : CAL
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Qualification shorthand : FWIW
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"Ple-e-e-ease?" : CANI
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Help when writing a letter : STENCIL
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Its national drink is the pisco sour : PERU
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State of disorder : ENTROPY
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Some vacation rentals : AIRBNBS
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Lube up again : REOIL
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Old pal : CRONY
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Actress ___ Creed-Miles : ESME
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South American capital : PESO
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Figures : DATA
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Statements of will? : VOWS
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"The power of global trade" sloganeer : DHL
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___ Millions : MEGA
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Into crystals and auras, say : NEWAGEY
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Its calendar began in A.D. 622 : ISLAM
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Inflated feeling of infallibility : GODCOMPLEX
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Letters on a stamp : USDA
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___ B or ___ C of the Spice Girls : MEL
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Actor Alan of "Crimes and Misdemeanors" : ALDA
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Binghamton Rumble Ponies or Birmingham Barons : AATEAM
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"My b!" : OOPS
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Sign : ENDORSE
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Feudal lord : LIEGE
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Plots of western films? : HOMESTEADS
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Brain freeze cause, maybe : ICEE
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Does a summer job? : ADDS
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Warrant : MERIT
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Magic can be seen here : ORLANDO
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Relating to land, old-style : PREDIAL
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They can help you see or taste : GLASSES
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Like the odds of finding a needle in a haystack : SLIM
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Airline based near Tel Aviv : ELAL
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Deserving of a timeout, say : BAD
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Big spread : FEAST
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"No need to elaborate" : IGETIT
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Like the Hmong language : TONAL
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___ Ng, author of "Little Fires Everywhere" : CELESTE
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12/24, e.g. : HALF
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___ Perlman, role for Timothée Chalamet in "Call Me by Your Name" : ELIO
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Means of divination : TAROT
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"What ___?" : ELSE
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Indicate availability, in a way : RSVP
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"Weekend, here I come!" : TGIF
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Side dish at a barbecue : SUCCOTASH
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Upsilon preceder : TAU
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Producer of the world's most widely read consumer catalog : IKEA
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Genre for One Direction : TEENPOP
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"... finished!" : ANDDONE
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Ties : KNOTSUP
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Android alternative : IOS
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Exclamation after a sigh : ALAS
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Teeny-tiny : ATOMIC
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Sporty wheels : COUPE
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Eccentric : OUTRE
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Explorer Richard who made the first flight over the South Pole : BYRD
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Attempt to control the narrative, in a way : SPIN
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Lava, e.g. : SOAP
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Took to court : SUED
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Omar of "Love & Basketball" : EPPS
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Rolls around while exercising? : MATS
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Quick talk : CHAT
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What nyctophobia is the fear of : DARK
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Slobbery cartoon character : ODIE
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"___ over" (words after letting off steam) : RANT
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Often-contracted word : NOT
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Tech sch. in Troy, N.Y. : RPI

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle, 5 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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