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New York Times, Saturday, August 7, 2021

Spot for some piercings

Author:
Adam Aaronson
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Adam Aaronson

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 66, Blocks: 36 Missing: {FJQZ} This is puzzle # 6 for Mr. Aaronson.
Adam Aaronson notes:
Always good to be back! This is my first stagger-stack themeless in the Times, so of course I had to do something cheeky with it. ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
What a shame that that EIGHTY EIGHT / NIGHTY NIGHT themeless came out less than three months ago. This stairstack of doubled IGHT ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times8/7/21 ( No. 26,205 )
Across
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Brings home : BATSIN
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"Nah, thanks anyway" : ILLPASS
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Running freely : ONAUTO
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Typical wall colors : NEUTRALS
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One with key responsibilities? : TYPIST
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Oil, informally : TEXASTEA
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Certain sorority member : THETA
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Who had a major part in the Torah? : MOSES
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Behavioral quirk : TIC
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One of the Gilmore Girls : LORELAI
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[Here we go again ...] : SIGH
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Titaness who abducted Orion : EOS
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Afghans, e.g. : RUGS
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Alternatives to wings : THIGHS
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Insubstantial : LIGHTWEIGHT
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Grand total? : EIGHTYEIGHT
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"Don't let the bedbugs bite!" : NIGHTYNIGHT
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"The Magpie" and "The Wheat Field," for two : MONETS
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"De dónde ___?" (Spanish 101 query) : ERES
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Palindromic term of address : SIS
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It raised a major red flag : USSR
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Gene pool? : DNABANK
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Awesome, slangily : LIT
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Worker whose name anagrams to the person's output : STENO
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No bueno : LOUSY
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Portion of an ad agency's budget : CREATIVE
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Specific : NARROW
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Brand with a red star in its logo : HEINEKEN
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Spot for some piercings : AREOLA
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Back to back : ENDWISE
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Home to the world's tallest steel arch bridge : SYDNEY
Down
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Repress, with "up" : BOTTLE
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"Moving on ..." : ANYHOO
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Gets to the point? : TAPERS
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Holst's "The Planets," for one : SUITE
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"No need to worry," informally : ITSALRIGHT
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With 7-Down, disliking ... or at least feeling indifferent about : NOT
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See 6-Down : INTO
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Waste at a winery : LEES
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Sumptuous : LUXE
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Groups involved in class actions, for short? : PTAS
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___ Technica (tech review site) : ARS
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Bided one's time : SATTIGHT
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Bit of deception : SLEIGHT
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Investment banker Samuel : SACHS
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Descriptor for a superhero : MIGHTY
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Period immediately following Y2K : AUGHTS
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Would you look at that! : SIGHT
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Composer of many Streisand show tunes : STYNE
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Model-turned-TV personality Chrissy : TEIGEN
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Six figures, say : HIGHSALARY
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Hybrid zoo animal : LIGER
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Wackadoodle : WEIRDO
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Who said "The greatest scientists are artists as well" : EINSTEIN
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"Uh-uh" : NOSIREE
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Bed cover : MULCH
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Dark Lord of Mordor, in "The Lord of the Rings" : SAURON
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It's just under a foot : INSOLE
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Passage that connects stories : SKYWAY
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Put to sleep : BORED
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Hasenpfeffer, e.g. : STEW
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___ bar : TIKI
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They're ahead of their time : EVES
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Leakes of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" : NENE
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"What of it?" : AND
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"The World Is Yours" rapper, 1994 : NAS

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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