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New York Times, Friday, September 11, 2020

Plot device that prompts a protagonist to piece things together

Author:
Caitlin Reid and Erik Agard
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 30 Missing: {JVXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 7 for Ms. Reid. This is puzzle # 65 for Mr. Agard. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
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ERIK: Grateful to Caitlin, one of the greats, for the opportunity to collaborate! She's responsible for most of this grid, including ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Jim Horne summed up today's wonderful solve perfectly: "They had me at PALM FRONDS." I was so stuck in this corner, unable to figure ... read more
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© 2020, The New York Times9/11/20 ( No. 25,875 )
Across
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Fans of the Bible? : PALMFRONDS
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It's hardly a breath of fresh air : SMOG
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Apartment units : SQUAREFEET
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Where to visit the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial : OAHU
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Necked, jocularly : SUCKEDFACE
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Sort (through) : SIFT
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Perspectives : TAKES
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Starters : ATEAM
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Bobs and weaves : DOS
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Phone-unlocking option : SCAN
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Pictures : IMAGERY
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"Auntie," on the telly : BBC
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Dreaded examination : AUDIT
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Like bells : RUNG
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Achilles' heel, e.g. : FLAW
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Lap-sitter : TOT
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Solution for a chef, maybe : BRINE
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Not on time, but that's OK : FASHIONABLYLATE
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Talent, in slang : CHOPS
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Sister language of Thai : LAO
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Member of the House of Saud, e.g. : EMIR
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___ nut : KOLA
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Cicely ___, 2020 Television Academy Hall of Fame inductee : TYSON
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Seventh of 24 : ETA
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Plot device that prompts a protagonist to piece things together : AMNESIA
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Right columns? : EDIT
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Roar from a crowd : RAH
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Proverbial back-breaker : STRAW
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King ___ : COBRA
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"My, my!" : EGAD
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Get out of here! : ESCAPEROOM
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Miguel in "Coco," por ejemplo : NINO
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Sweet Indian beverage : MANGOLASSI
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"Rock or Bust" rockers : ACDC
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One who's about ready to go out? : SLEEPYHEAD
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Attention getter : PSST
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Lead-in to culture : AQUA
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Unfortunate thing to be out of : LUCK
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Nets : MAKES
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Alternative to 7Up : FRESCA
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Like the circle in the 7Up logo : RED
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Intermittently : OFFANDON
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Dandy : NEAT
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Trickery : DECEIT
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Tick off : STEAM
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Title of hits by Abba and Rihanna : SOS
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Something that might be sacrificed at the altar? : MAIDENNAME
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"Never mind!" : OHFORGETIT
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Full of grit : GUTSY
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Unite : MARRY
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Jaguars, e.g. : AUTOS
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Trickery : GUILE
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With whom you might have a Snapchat streak, informally : BFF
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Bad spells : BLACKMAGIC
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Liquid paper? : CASHONHAND
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Where eyeglasses and espresso machines were invented : ITALY
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With 36-Down, what plasma may be removed from : WHOLE
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See 34-Down : BLOOD
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"Check" : IPASS
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It comes before overtime : BASEWAGE
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Slice of life, maybe : ERA
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Kind of bone near the tibia and fibula : TARSAL
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"___ done!" : NICELY
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Game site : ARENA
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Objects : ITEMS
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Literally, "law" : TORAH
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Face covering of a sort : ACNE
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Big producer of speakers : BOSE
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Santa ___, Calif. : ROSA
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Surrounded by : AMID
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Nonfiction film, informally : DOC
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Really jump out : POP

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