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New York Times, Sunday, August 30, 2020

A.L. East team ... or, using the shaded square, what a little movement by this puzzle's subject might cause

Author:
Olivia Mitra Framke
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Olivia Mitra Framke

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 141, Blocks: 84 Missing: {QXZ} Grid has mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 7 for Ms. Framke. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Will Shortz notes:
Olivia Mitra Framke, of Jersey City, N.J., is an academic adviser at the New School's College of Performing Arts in Manhattan. She describes herself as a flutist, dog lover and "all-around ... read more
Olivia Mitra Framke notes:
I'm so thrilled to be back on a Sunday today! Sunday puzzles are where my heart is, as I have very fond memories of solving them each week with my dad. I know visuals in crosswords aren't ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I mentioned earlier in the week that it's common for me to start with a negative impression of a puzzle when I immediately recall a similar concept (or two). It's also rare that I overcome ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

This is the seventh NYT crossword for Olivia Mitra Framke. Jeff Chen has awarded his POW to four of them.

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© 2020, The New York Times8/30/20 ( No. 25,863 )
Across
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Selling point? : SHOP
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"___ Catch 'Em All" (Pokémon theme song) : GOTTA
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Gastric malady : ULCER
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Word aptly found in "price control" : ECON
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Nobel laureate Morrison : TONI
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Longtime daily TV show about the rich and famous : ENEWS
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Mandarin greeting : NIHAO
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One-named singer with Grammys in 1985 and 2010 : SADE
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Protected, in a way : ALEE
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Mathematical field that includes the 81-Across : CHAOSTHEORY
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Irritated mood : SNIT
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Custom-made, as a suit : BESPOKE
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Psychic energy fields : AURAS
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The Sims and others : PCGAMES
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Regal home : MANOR
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Remains here? : CRYPT
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"Ciao!" : SEEYA
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Magical resource in Magic: The Gathering : MANA
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Pianist's pace : TEMPO
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Sounds of disapproval : TSKS
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7/ : JUL
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Duds : GARB
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Actress Susan of "The Partridge Family" : DEY
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Soleus muscle locale : CALF
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"... you get the idea" : ETC
50
Course for a non-Anglophone, for short : ESL
51
Keebler crew : ELVES
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Worker who might check all the boxes? : MOVER
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What may come after you : ARE
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Invitation from a host : SIT
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Scrap, slangily : RASSLE
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Goddess of witchcraft : HECATE
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Hall-of-Fame QB Dawson : LEN
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Split : SCHISM
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A.L. East team ... or, using the shaded square, what a little movement by this puzzle's subject might cause : TOR
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Kerfuffle : ADO
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"Pitch Perfect" a cappella group, with "the" : BELLAS
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"Let's do this!" : IMIN
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Bound for : OFFTO
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Log : DIARY
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Prefix with -sphere : ATMO
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"You got it!" : CANDO
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Goblinlike creatures : ORCS
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Practical joke : JAPE
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Anesthetic of old : ETHER
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Tick off : ANGER
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Pop singer known for wearing face-covering wigs : SIA
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When "Laverne & Shirley" ran for most of its run: Abbr. : TUE
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Visionaries : SEERS
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Subject of this puzzle, as suggested visually by its central black squares : BUTTERFLYEFFECT
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Sports figure : STAT
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First name in the freezer aisle : BEN
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Southeast Asian language : LAO
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Flowed into : FED
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Table scraps : ORTS
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21st Greek letter : PHI
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Famous literary nickname, with "The" : BARD
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"Catch-22" pilot : ORR
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Spanish title: Abbr. : SRTA
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Period : ERA
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Computer data structure : ARRAY
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Up : AWAKE
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Ready to crash : WIPED
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With 113-Across, end of the definition : DIFFERENCE
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See 109-Across : INTHEWORLD
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Assessment: Abbr. : EVAL
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"Doe, ___ ..." : ADEER
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Exchanges words, say : EDITS
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Bit of cunning : WILE
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Repeated word in a Doris Day song : SERA
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They have pointy teeth : GEARS
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Ish : SORTA
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Words of clarification when spelling : ASIN
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Math grouping seen in curly brackets : SET
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Tolkien race : ENTS
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Handles, as an account, in brief : REPS
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Eight-bit gaming console, for short : NES
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Wild guess : STAB
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One of 42 on a Connect Four board : HOLE
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Start of a definition of the 81-Across : ONESMALLTHING
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Baker's container : PIEPAN
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Creature that can lick its own eyes : GECKO
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Half of O.H.M.S. : ONHER
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After-dinner offering : TEA
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Like "Waiting for Godot" : TWOACT
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Convinced : ASSURED
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Blue : UNHAPPY
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Dupes, in a way : LIESTO
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Stand-up comic Margaret : CHO
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Wyatt, Morgan and Virgil of the Wild West : EARPS
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Rolls-___ : ROYCE
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Some college assignments : ESSAYS
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Middle of the definition : CANMAKEALLTHE
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Comics dog who walks on two feet : ODIE
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N.B.A. team with black-and-white uniforms : NETS
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"I'm listening ..." : TRYME
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Wild Asian equines : ONAGERS
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Break out : GETFREE
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1957 Broadway hit starring Robert Preston, with "The" : MUSICMAN
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Twitch.tv user : STREAMER
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Rabbit in a red dress : JESSICA
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Noted 1836 battle site : ALAMO
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They're parked at national parks : RVS
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Mate for life? : BESTFRIEND
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Cereal that changes the color of the milk : COCOAPUFFS
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Director DuVernay : AVA
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Clear a path for : LETBY
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Bleeps : CENSORS
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Toy on a grooved track : SLOTCAR
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Help to settle : MEDIATE
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Another name for Cupid : EROS
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The last of the Pillars of Islam : HADJ
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Seeing red? : INDEBT
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Not on time for : LATETO
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Temporarily adopt, as a pet : FOSTER
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Pot : REEFER
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Tulsa sch. : ORU
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Canceling key : ESC
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Timetable abbr. : TBA
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Traditional Valentine's Day gift : FLOWERS
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Croft of Tomb Raider : LARA
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Tiny terriers : YORKIES
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N.Y.C. summer hrs. : EDT
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Black suit : SPADES
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Does really well : THRIVES
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Going rate? : AIRFARE
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Return to a theme, as in a symphony : REPRISE
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Vine support : TRELLIS
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Bring down : SADDEN
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"Ciao!" : BYE
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Response to a puppy video, maybe : AWW
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Middle black key in a group of three, on a piano : AFLAT
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Some laptops : ACERS
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Sci-fi moon : ENDOR
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John Wayne, by birth : IOWAN
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Current fashion : RAGE
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Paradise : EDEN
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Tidy : NEAT
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On an airplane, it's filled with nitrogen rather than air : TIRE
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Assumed part of some addresses : HTTP
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Those: Sp. : ESAS

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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