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New York Times, Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Author:
Alina Abidi
Editor:
Will Shortz
Website with articles like "10 Surprising Ways to Use Mayonnaise Around Your Home"
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JQXZ} This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Abidi. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Alina Abidi notes:
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© 2021, The New York Times8/18/21 ( No. 26,216 )
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Breaded and topped with tomato sauce and mozzarella, for short : PARM
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"Holy mackerel!" : EGAD
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Instrument played by indie rock's Sufjan Stevens : OBOE
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Black-and-white item in a sleeve : OREO
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V.I.P. on base : SARGE
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Winter bugs : FLUS
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With 26-Across, game that uses a blindfold : PINTHETAIL
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Part of the food pyramid : FATS
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Gardening tool : HOE
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Fruit in the William Carlos Williams poem "This Is Just to Say" : PLUM
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Edward Snowden's former employer, in brief : NSA
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Black History Mo. : FEB
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See 16-Across : ONTHEDONKEY
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"Why?" : WHATFOR
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Puts up : ERECTS
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Bird that had no natural predators until humans arrived : DODO
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Tick (off) : TEE
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Babe Zaharias was the first woman to compete on its tour, in brief : PGA
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Item exchanged in a so-called "yankee swap" : WHITEELEPHANT
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John Lewis was born here: Abbr. : ALA
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Org. that oversees O.T.C.s : FDA
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Campaign expense : TVAD
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Get situated : ORIENT
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Pacify : APPEASE
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Frequent reveler, or a hint to 16-/26- and 36-Across : PARTYANIMAL
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Hit the slopes : SKI
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"___ be my pleasure" : ITD
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Lots : ATON
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Hearty laugh : YUK
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Tidy : NEAT
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Cartoonist suggested by this puzzle's theme : THOMASNAST
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Brand in the ice cream aisle : EDYS
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Aches (for) : LONGS
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Words after a gasp : OHNO
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Its underside might be covered in gum : DESK
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The first cloned mammals : EWES
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Yarn : TALE
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Dad : POP
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"Midsommar" director Aster : ARI
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___ faire (historical re-enactment event, for short) : REN
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Fly-by-night type? : MOTH
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Fuel up, in a way : EAT
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Visual in an annual report : GRAPH
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Nimble : AGILE
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Hornswoggle : DELUDE
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Toggle option : OFF
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Artist's starting place : BLANKCANVAS
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Get-go : OUTSET
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Guest ___, what The New York Times calls op-eds : ESSAYS
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What an asterisk might suggest : SEENOTE
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Centaur's foot : HOOF
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Transform : MORPH
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Repeated string in a chain letter subject line : FWD
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Website with articles like "10 Surprising Ways to Use Mayonnaise Around Your Home" : EHOW
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Things best kept under one's hat? : BADHAIRDAYS
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Data structure with a root node : TREE
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Undo : NEGATE
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Half of a half-bathroom : TOILET
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Tiny toymaker : ELF
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Tucker who had her first hit in 1972 and won her first Grammys in 2020 : TANYA
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Cheese used in Babybels : EDAM
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Fruits whose seeds can act as a substitute for black peppercorns : PAPAYAS
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Something to do : TASK
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Latin gods : DEI
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Shared one's views : OPINED
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For all ages, as a video game : RATEDE
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Tell : TATTLE
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Also : PLUS
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At all, in dialect : NOHOW
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Combined : INONE
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Pretzel, basically : KNOT
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Shaming syllable : TSK
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Drug dosages: Abbr. : MGS
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Light bulb moment sound : AHA
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Show with the recurring character Target Lady, in brief : SNL
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"Piggy" : TOE

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle.

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