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MUSICAL INTERLUDE

New York Times, Sunday, August 23, 2020

The A.P.'s Female Athlete of the Decade for the 2010s, familiarly

Author:
Barbara Lin
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Barbara Lin

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Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 74 Missing: {JQX} This is puzzle # 3 for Ms. Lin. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2020, The New York Times8/23/20 ( No. 25,856 )
Across
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Enjoy the sun : BASK
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Completely committed : ALLIN
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One to whom you tell *everything* : BFF
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Hit show with the series finale "One for the Road" : CHEERS
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Predator of the Pacific Northwest : ORCA
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___-Grain (breakfast bar brand) : NUTRI
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Singer Carly ___ Jepsen : RAE
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"Give me a minute" : HOLDIT
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Iditarod, for one? : AMAZINGDOGRACE
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Intertwine : ENLACE
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Show stoppers? : REMOTES
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German "please" : BITTE
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Bronze that's not winning any awards? : FAKETAN
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Station : DEPOT
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One driving kids around in a Subaru? : FORESTERPARENT
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B-side to the Beatles' "Ticket to Ride" : YESITIS
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Ginger, e.g. : ROOT
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Turn down : DIM
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Longtime home for Terry Gross : NPR
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Boasts : CROWS
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In the same family : AKIN
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Letting out all the stops to drown out the other instruments? : ORGANDOMINATION
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Set on edge : GRATE
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Having the least give : TAUTEST
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Large in scope : MACRO
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It's sometimes covered in velvet : ANTLER
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William who wrote "Shrek!" : STEIG
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Not on point : INAPT
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Slip of the fingers : TYPO
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Angsty genre : EMO
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Cocaine and guns, in a Pacino movie? : SCARFACERESOURCES
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What Consumer Reports lacks, unlike most other magazines : ADS
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Buzz Lightyear and Woody, e.g. : TOYS
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Massive, in poetry : ENORM
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Whine connoisseurs? : CRABS
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Party symbol since 1870 : DONKEY
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"Is that really necessary?" : MUSTI
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Jackson known as the "Queen of Gospel" : MAHALIA
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Sidestep : AVOID
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Troops who are worried about sun protection? : PARASOLMILITARY
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Like this clue : META
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Basketball player, in old slang : CAGER
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Brain wave chart, for short : EEG
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Like most prime numbers : ODD
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All right : SOSO
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New York's iconic ___ Building : SEAGRAM
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Give mom's mom the stink eye? : GLAREATGRANDMA
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Decorative pillowcases : SHAMS
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Sorry state : REMORSE
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Juuls and such : ECIGS
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Bug : WIRETAP
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Quick tennis match : ONESET
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"Twelve Days of Christmas" musician who invites sympathy? : THEPITIEDPIPER
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When 13-Across aired for most of its run : ATNINE
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Stick in a boat : OAR
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Land in the so-called "Roof of the World" : NEPAL
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Take into account? : SAVE
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Affectionate refusal : NODEAR
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Fade away : EBB
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Morning ___ : GLORY
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Where a sloth spends most of its life : TREE
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Meals : BOARD
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French Foreign Legion, par exemple : ARMEE
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Scallywag : SCAMP
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Hummer's instrument : KAZOO
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Poet Carson : ANNE
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Totes : LUGS
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Inc., in London : LTD
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Classic Isaac Asimov collection of short stories : IROBOT
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Ball of vinegared rice topped with raw fish : NIGIRI
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Angels' opposites : BRATS
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Side of a diamond : FACET
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Charge : FEE
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Penny pinchers : CHEAPOS
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Express displeasure with on the road : HONKAT
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"Oklahoma!" aunt : ELLER
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Excel function that uses a calendar : EDATE
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Puerto ___ : RICAN
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Medical tube : STENT
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Teeny : ITTY
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GPS suggestions: Abbr. : RTES
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What a left parenthesis suggests in an emoticon : FROWN
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Resolute : FIRM
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Suffix with switch : EROO
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Wraps up : ENDS
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Big name in music streaming : SPOTIFY
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"Fiddlesticks!" : DRAT
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"So much for that" : IGUESSNOT
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Suffix with auto- : MATIC
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Middle: Abbr. : CTR
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Where Simone Biles won four golds : RIO
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Creative class : ART
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Crunchy, green side dish : KALESALAD
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Part of an agenda : ITEM
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Infamous emperor : NERO
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Tiebreakers, briefly : OTS
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Canceled out : NEGATED
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Apple variety : IMAC
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A collar might hide it : NAPE
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Winters or Somers : ACTRESS
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Italian dumplings : GNOCCHI
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Busy time at the I.R.S.: Abbr. : APR
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"One Mic" rapper : NAS
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Non-U.S. M.L.B. team, on sports tickers : TOR
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More scrumptious : YUMMIER
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Arundhati ___, winner of the 1997 Booker Prize : ROY
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Inner: Prefix : ENTO
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What orchids may grow without : SOIL
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Lyre player of myth : ERATO
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Michelangelo's "The Creation of ___" : ADAM
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Peacenik : DOVE
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What might come down to the wire? : BIRD
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Opinion : SAY
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Sorento or Sedona : KIA
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G.I. fare : MRE
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Former Mideast grp. : UAR
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It helps turn a pond green : ALGA
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Word processing command : PASTE
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On tenterhooks, maybe : AGOG
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The "M" of MHz : MEGA
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Bar freebie : COASTER
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The A.P.'s Female Athlete of the Decade for the 2010s, familiarly : SERENA
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Trim : SNIP
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Trim : EDGING
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Dutch brewery : AMSTEL
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Car sticker fig. : MSRP
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[Not again!] : GROAN
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Slowly, in music : LENTO
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Correct : AMEND
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Perez of "Do the Right Thing" : ROSIE
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Nurse back to health : REHAB
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Mouth-puckering : ACERB
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Focus of "Ocean's Eleven" : HEIST
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How some bonds are sold : ATPAR
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Irish novelist ___ Binchy : MAEVE
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Bender : SPREE
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Gradual deterioration : WEAR
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Without much thought : IDLY
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___ hook (rock climbing technique) : TOE
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Big step for a start-up, in brief : IPO

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