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New York Times, Friday, September 10, 2021

Longtime N.B.A. head coach Nate

NOTE: This is the syndication date. The puzzle was published in the New York Times on Friday, August 6, 2021.
Author:
Seth A. Abel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Seth A. Abel

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 26 Missing: {JQVXZ} Spans: 6 This is puzzle # 14 for Mr. Abel.
Seth A. Abel notes:
The seed entry for this puzzle was 32-Across. One evening after dinner we asked Siri a trivia question and got a typical response: ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
It is so difficult to make a themeless based on a "tic-tac-toe" pattern of interlocking grid-spanners. (The nine intersecting letters ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times8/6/21 ( No. 26,204 )
Across
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Fruit used to flavor the liqueur patxaran : SLOE
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Culture medium : AGAR
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Fertile soils : LOAMS
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Element next to iron on the periodic table : MANGANESE
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Trifling amount : OUNCE
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Threat that's hard to take seriously : IMEANITTHISTIME
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"Gracious!," informally : LAWDY
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"___ has poor memory": Gabriel García Márquez : SHAME
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Lead-in to night or day : MID
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Things sometimes named after queens : ERAS
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Invigorating : CRISP
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Fictional operator of the Discovery One spaceship : HAL
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Put on the line, say : DRY
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Psychoanalyst Fromm : ERICH
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Chap : FELLA
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The end of time? : OCLOCK
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When repeated, name in 1968 news : SIRHAN
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Response from Siri : HERESWHATIFOUND
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Charlotte ___, capital of the U.S. Virgin Islands : AMALIE
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Trifling amounts : SHREDS
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So-called "Father of the Italian Language" : DANTE
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Most highly prized collectible coins : RARES
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Poster impostor? : BOT
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Trig function : COS
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Dice, for instance : CUBES
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Source of ruin : BANE
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Something you might throw in frustration : FIT
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Foil alternative, in Fulham : SABRE
47
Lisa of "A Different World" : BONET
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"Well, aren't you so darn special!" : LAHDIFRICKINDAH
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Completely bought : ATEUP
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Juice bar ingredient : ACAIBERRY
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Fathers, abroad : PERES
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1970s-'80s sitcom station : WKRP
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Sylvia of jazz : SYMS
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Got ready for a photo, say : SMILED
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Old Hollywood actress born in Austria-Hungary : LAMARR
3
Title rock lyric before "I'm gonna find ya / I'm gonna get ya, get ya, get ya, get ya" : ONEWAYORANOTHER
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"Heavens to Murgatroyd!" : EGADS
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Alex and ___ (jewelry chain) : ANI
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Hits the jackpot, say : GETSRICH
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Exceedingly obtuse : ASTHICKASABRICK
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Go over : REHASH
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With 10-Down, miss the boat : LOSE
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See 9-Down : OUT
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Branch of agriculture pertinent to dairy farmers and cattle ranchers : ANIMALHUSBANDRY
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Longtime N.B.A. head coach Nate : MCMILLAN
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___ money : SEED
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Partner of all : ANY
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Pain to a pediatrician? : IMP
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Director Cameron : CROWE
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Judean king : HEROD
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Woman's name that becomes a different woman's name when its third and fourth letters are switched : ELSIE
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Marching band instruments : FIFES
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What "n" might mean : AND
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Foes of the Romans : CELTS
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Fathers : SIRES
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"I was ___!" : HAD
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Starve : EMACIATE
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Like a large garage or small pileup : THREECAR
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Badly chafe : RUBRAW
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Feature of Herman on "The Simpsons" : ONEARM
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Moon of Saturn : TETHYS
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Half-___ (latte order) : CAF
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Stirrups, e.g. : BONES
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Kerfuffle : FLAP
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Tries, in a way : SIPS
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Lobster catcher? : BIB
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Just deserts : DUE
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Currency of Laos : KIP

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

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