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New York Times, Thursday, August 12, 2021

Preposterous

Author:
Jake Halperin
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JWXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 8 for Mr. Halperin.
Jake Halperin notes:

Before rolling this puzzle out to the general public, I tried it out on a couple of friends serving as my ANDES RODENTS.

Jeff Chen notes:
FUNNY bone not a bone but a NERVE, SHOOTING star is a METEOR, KOALA bear a MARSUPIAL, and a PANAMA HAT is … huh? The needle scratched ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times8/12/21 ( No. 26,210 )
Across
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Alternative to a Ding Dong : HOHO
5
It's found near a trap : DELT
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Sped : RACED
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To be remembered for all time : EPIC
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Shade akin to turquoise : AQUA
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Sister publication of Jet magazine : EBONY
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Actor Laurie of "House" : HUGH
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*Sensitive part of the elbow : FUNNYNERVE
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*Oft-wished-upon sighting : SHOOTINGMETEOR
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When doubled, "Good one" : HAR
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Heart chart, for short : ECG
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Part of A.B.S.: Abbr. : SYS
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Common typo for an exclamation point : ONE
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Sprout : BUD
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Serving with dal makhani : NAAN
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Hazard in maritime travel : REEF
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With 51-Across, something to "read" : RIOT
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Passed out : DEALT
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What each asterisked clue's answer does, to correct a misnomer? : CALLSITLIKEITIS
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In the main? : ATSEA
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Word with sport or spirit : TEAM
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One might stand on a table : LAMP
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French greeting : ALLO
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It was once sold medically under the commercial name Delysid : LSD
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Great time, informally : GAS
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See 34-Across : ACT
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Dynamism : VIM
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Not well : ILL
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*Symbol of Australia : KOALAMARSUPIAL
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*Headwear made from jipijapa fibers : ECUADORHAT
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Tech review site : CNET
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Repetitive musical form : RONDO
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Actress/TV host Palmer : KEKE
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Standout in one's field : ICON
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Faun lookalike : SATYR
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Freshness : SASS
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Drill, for instance : TEST
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Sound of a snicker : HEH
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"Mr. Holland's ___," 1995 film for which Richard Dreyfuss received a Best Actor nomination : OPUS
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Grate pains? : HIGHHEELS
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Golf great Lorena : OCHOA
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Preposterous : DAFT
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Lead-in to -vocal : EQUI
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Sally ___ (English teacake) : LUNN
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Beside the point : TANGENTIAL
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Obama's Secret Service code name : RENEGADE
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Help wanteds? : ABET
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Computer processor parts : CORES
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Figure in international relations : ENVOY
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Some textile specialists : DYERS
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Org. with gym memberships : YMCA
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Globe : ORB
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One in a pod : ORCA
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"Good stuff!" : NEAT
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Sch. with a campus in Narragansett : URI
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" " " : DITTOMARKS
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Author Gaiman : NEIL
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Kind of market : FLEA
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José ___ (frozen foods brand) : OLE
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Superficially : ATAGLANCE
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Home to the oldest continuously functioning university in the Americas (since 1551) : LIMA
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Spice qtys. : TSPS
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First name in Surrealism : SALVADOR
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Tour de France units: Abbr. : KMS
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Stretch of the red carpet? : LIMO
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Leave inconspicuously, with "out" : DIP
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Michelle who was FIFA's Female Player of the Century : AKERS
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Warmer in the winter : COCOA
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Needle : TAUNT
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Lawful : LICIT
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"___ Bird" (2017 film) : LADY
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Titaness of myth : RHEA
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Store near Rockefeller Center, familiarly : SAKS
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Sporty vehicles : UTES
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Some summer deliveries : LEOS
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Channel with the slogan "Boom." : TNT

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle.

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