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New York Times, Monday, August 23, 2021

Nintendo antagonist with a "W" on his cap

Author:
Bruce Haight
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Bruce Haight

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 83, Blocks: 40 Missing: {KQX} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 56 for Mr. Haight.
Bruce Haight notes:
My first try at this theme had HOW YOU DO'IN ("Friends"), I AM THE DANGER ("Breaking Bad"), WINTER IS COMING ("Game of Thrones"), FRIENDS DON'T ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
One of the lifeboats keeping me afloat during these dark days is my weekly crossword conversation with Jim Horne. I knew exactly what the ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times8/23/21 ( No. 26,221 )
Across
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Molten rock in a volcano : MAGMA
6
Opposite of tight-fitting, as jeans : BAGGY
11
Does needlework : SEWS
15
Native Americans originally of the Plains : OTOES
16
State one's views : OPINE
17
Welsh "John" : EVAN
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"Siskel & Ebert & the Movies" catchphrase : TWOTHUMBSUP
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Designer Wang : VERA
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"There! I did it!" : TADA
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Grp. with a Most Wanted list : FBI
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Typographical flourish : SERIF
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Alternative to .com and .edu : ORG
25
"Seinfeld" catchphrase : NOSOUPFORYOU
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Manipulates : USES
31
Break down grammatically : PARSE
32
Lofty ambition : DREAM
34
Headdress for the archbishop of Canterbury : MITRE
36
Relatives, informally : FAM
39
"Columbo" catchphrase : JUSTONEMORETHING
43
Ave. crossers : STS
44
The fact that the Bible is the most shoplifted book in America, e.g. : IRONY
45
Brings in, as a salary : EARNS
46
Vowel sound heard twice in "true blue" : LONGU
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What aspirin helps alleviate : ACHE
49
"The Jackie Gleason Show" catchphrase : HOWSWEETITIS
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West Coast winter hrs. : PST
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Battery terminal : ANODE
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Scoundrel : CAD
59
Tiny bit : IOTA
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Pond amphibian : NEWT
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"Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" catchphrase : FINALANSWER
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Largest city in the Palestinian state : GAZA
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Aged Grimm character : CRONE
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Opposite of drowsy : ALERT
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Thick slice : SLAB
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The "99" in $2.99, e.g. : CENTS
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Shore birds : TERNS
Down
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"Be Prepared," for Boy Scouts : MOTTO
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Battling : ATWAR
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"You were close with that response" : GOODGUESS
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Self-referential, in modern lingo : META
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Campfire waste : ASH
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Gets an F on a test, say : BOMBS
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Tough H.S. science course : APBIO
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Ones with A.P.O. addresses : GIS
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Wildebeest : GNU
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Slangy affirmative : YEP
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Harsh, as a storm or criticism : SEVERE
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Each and ___ : EVERY
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Nintendo antagonist with a "W" on his cap : WARIO
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Mess of a mistake : SNAFU
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Interplanetary craft, for short : UFOS
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"Help!" : SOS
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Verne captain : NEMO
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Model Kate : UPTON
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Ward off, as a sword : PARRY
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Gratis : FREE
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Took a chair : SAT
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Record spinners, in brief : DJS
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Groove it's hard to get out of : RUT
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Sign at the end of an entrance ramp : MERGE
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"See ya!" : IMOUT
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Military muscle : FIREPOWER
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___ Arbor, Mich. : ANN
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Classic British sports cars : MGS
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The sum of the digits of any multiple of ___ is a multiple of ___ (arithmetic curiosity) : NINE
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Sleuths, in old slang : TECS
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"Fat chance!" : HAH
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'60s drug dose : LSDTAB
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Have debts : OWE
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Verdi opera : AIDA
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Is suspended : HANGS
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Shaquille of the N.B.A. : ONEAL
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"Surprisingly impressive!" : WOWZA
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Words from one who's defeated : ICANT
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Many works of Edgar Allan Poe : TALES
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Back of a ship : STERN
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Fruit desserts : TARTS
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Castaway's site : ISLE
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TV-monitoring agcy. : FCC
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Ill temper : IRE
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Parisian denial : NON
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___ King Cole : NAT

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