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New York Times, Friday, September 17, 2021

30-Down : Texter's segue

Author:
Matthew Stock
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Matthew Stock

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 32 Missing: {JQXZ} Grid has diagonal symmetry. This is puzzle # 7 for Mr. Stock.
Jeff Chen notes:
A rare sighting of diagonal symmetry, only the ninth in the Shortz era. Three have employed it for grid art reasons, my favorite ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times9/17/21 ( No. 26,246 )
Across
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Group whose name means "the people of the waters that are never still" : MOHICANS
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To boot : ALSO
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2014 animated film whose protagonist, aptly, is a construction worker, with "The" : LEGOMOVIE
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It sticks out in a dance studio : TUTU
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Jam-packed : WALLTOWALL
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Imperial title derived from "caesar" : TSAR
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Quinceañeras, e.g. : RITES
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Social protest lecture series : TEACHINS
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Possible response to "Who took the last cookie?" : IDID
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Pentagon bigwig : BRASSHAT
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Twice-hyphenated ID : SSN
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Musicians are often on it : TOUR
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Instruments for Annapurna Devi and Anoushka Shankar : SITARS
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Comedian Notaro : TIG
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Criticize, with "on" : RAG
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Brand whose logo includes a schoolboy with a ball for a head : BIC
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Largest U.S. union : NEA
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Ground shaking stuff? : PEPPER
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Composes (oneself) : STEADIES
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Ancient gathering place : AGORA
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Locale for bowed heads : PEW
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Aspirational hashtag : GOALS
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Breaks off : DETACHES
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S_c_ _d (time in time) : EON
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Showers with sparkles : GLITTERBOMBS
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___ smarts : STREET
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Reciprocally : INRETURN
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Monkey head mushroom, by another name : LIONSMANE
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Mountaintop home : AERIE
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Muscle car acronym : IROC
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Cheese whose name is a semordnilap : EDAM
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One celebrating Grounation Day, which commemorates a visit by 8-Down : RASTA
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Go against : DEFY
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All up in another's business : NOSY
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What may be considered worse when done well : STEAK
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Mix of many different cultures : MELTINGPOT
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Stared at : OGLED
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Red ___ : HOTS
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Succinct "I think" : IMO
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Animal associated with the Egyptian goddess Hathor : COW
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Online image : AVATAR
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Crane of "Frasier" : NILES
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Ethiopian emperor revered by 56-Acrosses : SELASSIE
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To boot : ATTHAT
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Its destruction marked a turning point in World War I : LUSITANIA
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Actor Sebastian ___ : STAN
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Between you and me : OURS
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Surrounded and attacked, with "to" : LAIDSIEGE
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Typist's help to avoid repetitive strain injury : WRISTPAD
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Team whose song "The Super Bowl Shuffle" earned a Grammy nomination : CHICAGOBEARS
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Big game : BOAR
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Throw ___ : RUG
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Short-crust pastry fillings : TREACLES
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Wind on the water? : REEL
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Cheek : SASS
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Texter's segue : BTW
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Sharper image co.? : PRAGENCY
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Some works by Petrarch : SESTINAS
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Caution on a silica gel packet : DONOTEAT
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Lady, but not the Tramp : PET
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Ones who are sent packing? : HITMEN
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Confuse wasabi with guacamole, say : ERR
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Perfect vis-à-vis good, in an aphorism : ENEMY
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Portmanteau for a messenger bag : MURSE
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Water filter brand : BRITA
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Tiptoe, maybe : SNEAK
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Took a dive : SLID
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Tucker : TIRE
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Part of the mouth : ROOF
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Hurly-burly : ADO

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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