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New York Times, Saturday, August 14, 2021

Grammy-winning 2018 hit for Childish Gambino

Author:
Nam Jin Yoon
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Nam Jin Yoon

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 64, Blocks: 39 Missing: {JQVXZ} This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Yoon.
Nam Jin Yoon notes:

Three bases in one grid; call that a trip.

Jeff Chen notes:
Nam Jin is one of my favorite recently-on-the-scene themeless makers. I'm biased because I had the privilege of working with him early ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times8/14/21 ( No. 26,212 )
Across
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Quarterback spikes? : CLEATS
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Opening : FIRST
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Grammy-winning 2018 hit for Childish Gambino : THISISAMERICA
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Part of the plan : PHASE
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Lacking any preparation : BLIND
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Try (for) : GUN
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The 700s, in the Dewey Decimal System : ARTS
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Its flag features a pine and the North Star : MAINE
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Booker in Washington : CORY
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Traditional masked drama : NOH
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What antifeminism is a direct expression of, per Andrea Dworkin : MISOGYNY
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Challenge, symbolically : GAUNTLET
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Sharp quality : TANG
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"Happy ___!" : TRAILS
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Kind of shower : BRIDAL
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Its pods are poisonous to eat : TIDE
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Quick getaways, maybe : BEELINES
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Star clusters? : FANBASES
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Classic muscle car : GTO
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Close ones, informally : SIBS
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Fits (inside) : NESTS
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"___ bien" : ESTA
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Suffix with concert : INA
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___ II, eponymous gymnastics move featuring two backflips and a triple twist : BILES
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Venus, to Cupid : MATER
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Background for someone who's good with numbers : MUSICALTHEATER
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Marvel producer : MIRACLEWORKER
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Is super into, in modern parlance : STANS
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Indulge : DOTEON
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Game of checkers? : CHESS
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Cuba libre ingredient : LIME
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Por ___ (therefore: Sp.) : ESO
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Carriers are mobile ones : AIRBASES
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Poet who wrote "I grow old ... I grow old ... / I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled" : TSELIOT
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Saw : SAYING
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Family matter, maybe : FEUD
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Get to : IRK
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Lead singer of "Yellow Submarine" : RINGO
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Really clean : SCOUR
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Caramel relative : TAWNY
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"Ow!" : THATHURT
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Fabled sources of fortune : MONEYTREES
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Place for a frog : THROAT
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Gut reaction, say : PANG
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Member of the Y? : MILLENNIAL
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Pop star Lauper : CYNDI
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Sacred peak in the "Iliad" and "Aeneid," for short : MTIDA
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Catches : NAILS
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Gullible sorts : NAIFS
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Family member : GANGSTER
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A+ effort : BESTSHOT
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Word with block or chain : LETTER
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Binary : BASETWO
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Touch the sky : SOAR
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Flared, as sleeves : BELLED
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New York Giants legend Phil : SIMMS
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The Greenlandic language is a form of it : INUIT
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Economic capital of Iraq : BASRA
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Packed in? : EATEN
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Hidden inclusions, for short : BCCS
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One-named Japanese-born actor with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame : MAKO
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Janis with the 1975 hit "At Seventeen" : IAN
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Lead-in to now : ERE

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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