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New York Times, Sunday, September 12, 2021

River across the New York/New Jersey border

NOTE: This is the syndication date. The puzzle was published in the New York Times on Sunday, August 29, 2021.
Author:
Dory Mintz
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Dory Mintz

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 138, Blocks: 78 Missing: {JZ} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Mintz.
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© 2021, The New York Times8/29/21 ( No. 26,227 )
Across
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Sliver : TAD
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Politician with the campaign slogan 30-Across : OBAMA
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Word with poetry or proportions : EPIC
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Something you might click to open : PEN
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Elicits a "Whoa" from, say : AWES
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Trimmed (down) : PARED
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Wrestling star John : CENA
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Tailor : ALTER
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Beams of one's dreams? : FANTASYSUPPORTS
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Food served in an omakase meal : SUSHI
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Having very little mental energy left : FRIED
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Moonfish : OPAH
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Swimmers in kelp forests : SEAOTTERS
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See 4-Across : YESWECAN
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Visit a museum to see a Rembrandt exhibit? : GOFORBAROQUE
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One prone to looking down : SNOB
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His tomb is in Red Square : LENIN
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Diamondbacks, on scoreboards : ARI
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Face cards? : IDS
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Destination for oenophiles : NAPA
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Sicily's Parco dell'___ : ETNA
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Bug spray ingredient : DEET
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Bird of prey that's gently petted? : FALCONCARESSED
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Popular pops : PEPSIS
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Kind of attack : SNEAK
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Longtime hockey star Kovalchuk : ILYA
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To read: Sp. : LEER
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Gross : ICKY
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Error, in totspeak : OOPSIE
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Buys in : ANTES
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Look down on : DISDAIN
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Actor Justin sitting poolside? : THEROUXINTHETOWEL
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Adds insult to injury : PILESON
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Santa-tracking org. : NORAD
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River across the New York/New Jersey border : RAMAPO
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Some rideshare info : ETAS
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Exploit : DEED
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Award-winning film set in Tehran : ARGO
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Bishop's headgear : MITER
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Hang up the cleats, so to speak : RETIRE
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Make fun of small orange fruits? : DERIDEAPRICOTS
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Something rectangular that might have more than four sides : MENU
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Two-player card game : SPIT
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TV character who said "Time to hit the hay ... oh, I forgot, I ate it!" : MRED
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Old auto with its founder's monogram : REO
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Storage spot : BIN
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Opposite of "avant" : APRES
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Reason to reschedule : RAIN
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Mashed potatoes, on a Thanksgiving plate? : GRAVYTERRAIN
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Instrument heard in Spanish folk music : CASTANET
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Vinyl collection : RECORDSET
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Food brand whose sales boomed after the premiere of "Stranger Things" : EGGO
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"When We Were Young" singer : ADELE
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Sharp : ACUTE
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Fourth-quarter meltdown at an N.B.A. game in Oklahoma City? : THUNDERCOLLAPSE
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Made out : FARED
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Take home : EARN
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Lather gatherer : LOOFA
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Remained in bed, e.g. : LAIN
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Something to shoot for : PAR
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"... sting like ___" : ABEE
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Clubs : SWATS
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___ Bleus, nickname for France's soccer team : LES
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Boardwalk treat : TAFFY
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Plugged in, so to speak : AWARE
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Actor Leary : DENIS
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Missions, for short : OPS
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___ State, nickname for Massachusetts : BAY
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Basis for an insurance investigation : ARSON
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"Build ___ Buttercup" (1968 hit by the Foundations) : MEUP
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Spot for a perfume sample in a magazine, maybe : ADPAGE
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Green prefix : ECO
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Staff : PERSONNEL
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Lead-in to com or net, but not org : INTER
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Wrinkly-skinned fruit : CASABA
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Largest object in the Kuiper belt : PLUTO
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And the following, in footnotes : ETSEQ
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His birthday is celebrated as "Children's Day" in India : NEHRU
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Worries anxiously : STEWS
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Mounted on : ASTRIDE
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Angry reaction : RISE
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Main port of Yemen : ADEN
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They're banned in many classrooms nowadays : PHONES
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Thing seen in the foreground of "Washington Crossing the Delaware" : OAR
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N.Y. neighbor : CONN
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Calculators of old : ABACI
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Partner of starts : FITS
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Speaking part? : LARYNX
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"In that case ..." : IFSO
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Paul of "Little Miss Sunshine" : DANO
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Didn't hear the alarm, say : SLEPTLATE
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Where fruit bat soup is eaten as a delicacy : PALAU
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Orange follower : ADE
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Widespread : EPIDEMIC
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Nonstop flight? : ESCALATOR
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Maori for "image" : TIKI
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Redeems at a casino : CASHESIN
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Sooners, by another name : OKIES
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Have a home-cooked meal : EATIN
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Like some obligations : PRIOR
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Dict. listing : SYN
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Setting for Mets games: Abbr. : EDT
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Gradually diminish : ERODE
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Residential suffix with Angel : ENO
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High-priced violin, informally : STRAD
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All-knowing sort : SWAMI
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It's represented by a dot in the top-left corner, in Braille : ONE
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Mideast palace parts : HAREMS
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Son of Gloucester in "King Lear" : EDGAR
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With 72-Down, a pop : PER
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See 71-Down : ITEM
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___ Alonso, Mets slugger with the most home runs by a rookie in M.L.B. history (53) : PETE
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"... ish" : ORSO
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People people, for short : EDS
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Exit : DEPARTURE
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"What's ___, Doc?" (old Bugs Bunny short) : OPERA
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Grapefruit descriptor : RUBYRED
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Kelly of "Live" : RIPA
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Remark after losing : ITRIED
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Nutritional figs. : RDAS
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"___ be an honor!" : ITD
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Snapple competitor : NESTEA
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"Socialism: Utopian and Scientific" writer, 1880 : ENGELS
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Leaning right: Abbr. : ITAL
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Four-time U.S. Open champ : NADAL
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Four-time Australian Open champ : GRAF
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It has its highlights : RECAP
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Maker of the MDX, NSX and TLX : ACURA
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Bloc party? : VOTER
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Fix up again : REHAB
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Brown hue : COCOA
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Home of many Sherpas : NEPAL
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___ Hughes, name of main roles in "Westworld" and "Downton Abbey" : ELSIE
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Decade after the aughts : TEENS
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Blossom : GROW
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Taipei-to-Seoul dir. : NNE
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Frequently : OFT
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___ Palmas : LAS

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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