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New York Times, Friday, August 19, 2022

Author:
Patrick John Duggan
Editor:
Will Shortz
Putdown to a klutz, in dated slang
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 34 Missing: {QZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 6 for Mr. Duggan. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
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© 2022, The New York Times8/19/22 ( No. 26,582 )
Across
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Former British colony whose national flag includes the Union Jack : FIJI
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It might slowly grow on you : BEARD
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Be hot and bothered : FUSS
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Freshly : ANEW
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Like Venus vis-à-vis Serena Williams : OLDER
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Part of YOLO : ONCE
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Putdown to a klutz, in dated slang : SMOOTHMOVEEXLAX
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They're open to change : TIPJARS
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From which we get "Hakuna matata" : SWAHILI
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Politician's platform : DAIS
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Drags : TOKES
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The drinks are on me! : BARMENU
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Maximally neat : COOLEST
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Opera daughter of Amonasro : AIDA
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Green sort : INGENUE
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Shot : TRY
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Selfish demand : MEFIRST
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Part of a cup : LIP
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Sea that's fed by the Jordan River : GALILEE
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Big name in sandals : TEVA
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One in a state of disbelief : ATHEIST
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Bigwig in the admissions dept.? : STPETER
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Like some enemies : SWORN
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Devil-may-care : RASH
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Member of high society? : POTUSER
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He wrote "All good things are wild and free" : THOREAU
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"Let me be frank …" : IWONTMINCEWORDS
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Writer who founded Objectivism : RAND
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Striped cat : TABBY
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Author of the six-book poem "Fasti" : OVID
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They move around in orbits : EYES
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Knocks dead : SLAYS
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Like casting Michael Keaton in "Birdman" as an actor who used to play a superhero : META
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Unfading : FAST
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Flying : INMIDAIR
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What makes you question everything you know? : JEOPARDY
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Literally, "sulfur island" : IWOJIMA
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See 25-Down : BOHR
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Eugene O'Neill's "Desire Under the ___" : ELMS
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Big scene : ADO
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Races, in a way : REVS
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Acted sketchy? : DREW
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Shelter from attack : FOXHOLE
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As opposed to : UNLIKE
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Runs up and down? : SCALES
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Like policies prohibited by Title IX : SEXIST
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Leave stunned, in a way : TASE
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Go for a bite, say : EATOUT
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Be up : BAT
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With 5-Down, Nobel Prize-winning pioneer in atomic theory : NIELS
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Ill-suited : UNFIT
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Dwarf planet between Mars and Jupiter : CERES
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Dawn : ONSET
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Jazz great Evans : GIL
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Central part of town: Abbr. : MAINST
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It's not your fault : LETSERVE
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"Oh, just stop!" : IVEHADIT
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Something to shoot for : PAR
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Kicking and screaming, often : GERUNDS
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Russian ___ (iconic restaurant near New York's Central Park) : TEAROOM
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Have a target : ASPIRE
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Involving a give-and-take : TWOWAY
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Scorcher : HOTONE
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Projecting front : PROW
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Many fire dept. members, by training : EMTS
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Mideast capital : RIAL
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Big purveyor of frozen desserts : TCBY
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Cries for attention : HEYS
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Certification letters : USDA
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L.A. and N.Y.C. are each represented in it twice : NBA

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