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New York Times, Thursday, August 4, 2022

Loud firework

NOTE: This is the syndication date. The puzzle was published in the New York Times on Thursday, June 30, 2022.
Author:
Samuel A. Donaldson and Doug Peterson
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Samuel A. Donaldson
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542/20/20066/30/202232
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31.635
Doug Peterson

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 80, Blocks: 40 Missing: {FIJQZ} This is puzzle # 35 for Mr. Donaldson. This is puzzle # 54 for Mr. Peterson. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Constructor notes:
SAM: Doug and I have collaborated on many crosswords over the years (Lisa Loeb and I have the same Peterson Number!). This one pretty ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
It's hard for me to be objective regarding anything Sam and Doug do because they're two of the funniest, most humble, greatest people ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times6/30/22 ( No. 26,532 )
Across
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It may be mined or crunched : DATA
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Night lights, of a sort : AURORA
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___ card (auditioner's need) : SAG
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Suit : EXEC
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Documents : PROVES
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Actress Mendes : EVA
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Mechanical : VEND
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Snack : NGMACH
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Dispensers : NES
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An official language of the Northwest Territories : CREE
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Go ashore : DEBARK
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French : MAR
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Cake : EANTO
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Advocate? : NETTE
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Word with sing or string : ALONG
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Green hazard : TRAP
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A word before we forget? : LEST
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Loud firework : PETARD
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Catherine of "Schitt's Creek" : OHARA
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Warning before a gory movie scene … or a phonetic hint to answering four rows in this puzzle : COVERYOUREYES
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Thoroughly enjoyed : ATEUP
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Somber rings : KNELLS
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Burn a bit : CHAR
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Fictional Christian of books and films : GREY
52
Sussex smell : ODOUR
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Atlantic : DETRO
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Division : TREDW
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Skaters : NGS
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Tries to please, with "to" : CATERS
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Host that preceded and succeeded O'Brien : LENO
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Home : ALL
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Office : NONEPR
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Convenience : NTER
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"Didn't I tell you?" : SEE
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Game 1 in a playoff series : OPENER
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Jolly season : YULE
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Poet's palindromic preposition : ERE
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More than a hypothesis, but not quite a law : THEORY
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PlayStation rival : XBOX
Down
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Part of R&D: Abbr. : DEV
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Big name in body sprays : AXE
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Face value? : TEN
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"Thunderstruck" band : ACDC
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Sleeper's problem : APNEA
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!, in emails : URGENT
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___-com : ROM
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Some cryobank deposits : OVA
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Accounting dept. stamp : RECD
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Vampiric in appearance : ASHEN
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House that's not the House : SENATE
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Turns away : AVERTS
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"Blown" seal : GASKET
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Facepalm emotion : REGRET
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Fixed, as a climber's rope : BELAYED
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Guide showing relief, maybe : MAP
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Smart ___ : ALEC
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Kind of scoring in fantasy sports leagues, informally : ROTO
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Speeder stopper : TROOPER
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American home of a royal palace : OAHU
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Pamplona's province : NAVARRE
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Top gear? : PARK
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Last little bit : DREG
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Celebrity : RENOWN
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Mongolian tent : YURT
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University near Greensboro : ELON
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Counterfeit token : SLUG
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G.R.E. takers, usually: Abbr. : SRS
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Obsolescent music holder : CDCASE
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Revival figure : HEALER
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P.M. preceded and succeeded by Churchill : ATTLEE
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Modern food critic : YELPER
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"… but perhaps I'm wrong" : ORNOT
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City in Northern Ireland : DERRY
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Former frosh : SOPH
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Mineral with parallel bands : ONYX
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Meghan Mountbatten-Windsor ___ Markle : NEE
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Composer Brian : ENO
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Butter purchase : TUB
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"Turn to Stone" band of 1977, for short : ELO
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Playmate of Fido and Rover : REX

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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