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New York Times, Monday, September 13, 2021

State whose flag, with eight gold stars in the shape of the Big Dipper, was designed by a 13-year-old

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A. Tariq
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQX} This is the debut puzzle for A. Tariq.
Jeff Chen notes:
Debut! Some fun theme phrases, HOUSE PARTY reinterpreted as a group of representatives. Not so much a party atmosphere in American ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times9/13/21 ( No. 26,242 )
Across
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Walk heavily : STOMP
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Face ___ (app that creates bizarre photos) : SWAP
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Successors of VHS tapes : DVDS
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Deed holder : OWNER
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Leonardo da Vinci's "___ Lisa" : MONA
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Collect, as profits : REAP
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Group of Washington politicians? : HOUSEPARTY
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Turkish title of honor : AGHA
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C.I.A. forerunner : OSS
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Old MacDonald had one : FARM
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Bakery items that may come with lox and cream cheese : BAGELS
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Lemon twists, e.g. : ZESTS
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Border on : ABUT
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Bit of attire that may have a slogan on it : TSHIRT
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Group of diamond jewelry wearers? : ICEPACK
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Hilarious person : RIOT
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State whose flag, with eight gold stars in the shape of the Big Dipper, was designed by a 13-year-old : ALASKA
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Title word sung 52 times in a 2000 hit by 'N Sync : BYE
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Nonmainstream, as music : INDIE
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De-squeak : OIL
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Italian city known as a fashion hub : MILAN
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Sunny-side-up item : EGG
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Coastlines : SHORES
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Millennials, informally : GENY
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Group of profoundly insightful people? : DEEPSET
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Major Ukrainian port known as the "Pearl of the Black Sea" : ODESSA
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Urgent request : PLEA
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Cruise ship : LINER
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About : AROUND
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"You lose" : IWIN
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Modeled, as for a portrait : SAT
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Fishing sticks : RODS
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Group of big rig haulers? : SEMICIRCLE
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Artist Vincent van ___ : GOGH
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Baseball officials, for short : UMPS
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Subside : ABATE
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"___ doke!" : OKEY
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Instruction on a door : PUSH
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Vehicles that might have bars and minifridges inside : LIMOS
Down
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Manhattan neighborhood above Canal Street : SOHO
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Lowest pair in poker : TWOS
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Burden : ONUS
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___ amis (my friends: Fr.) : MES
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Rather have : PREFER
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Intelligent : SMART
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Rewards for early birds : WORMS
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Tiny hill dweller : ANT
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Revenge : PAYBACK
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Bring back, as a bad memory : DRAGUP
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"Eat your ___!" (parent's order) : VEGETABLES
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Roald who wrote "James and the Giant Peach" : DAHL
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Pampering places : SPAS
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Angel hair or penne : PASTA
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Crosswise, to a sailor : ABEAM
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Baked Italian dish : ZITI
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Made an attempt : TRIED
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Lightly burn : SINGE
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Mixed bag : HODGEPODGE
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Spot of land in the ocean : ISLE
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Shades of blue used in print cartridges : CYANS
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Country that celebrated Obama Day in 2008 : KENYA
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Pirate's treasure : LOOT
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Broadcast : AIR
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German city in the Ruhr Valley : ESSEN
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Longtime Disney chief Bob : IGER
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"Careful!" : HEADSUP
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___ boom (plane effect) : SONIC
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Soft toy : PLUSHY
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Turndown : DENIAL
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Walks with some difficulty : LIMPS
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"If only that were true ..." : IWISH
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Jason's ship, in Greek myth : ARGO
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Corner chess piece : ROOK
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Con job : SCAM
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Intermediate choir voice : ALTO
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Golfer's bagful : TEES
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Relative of an ostrich : EMU
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Slugger's stat : RBI

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

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