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Because I Said So!

New York Times, Sunday, September 18, 2022

Author:
Katie Hale
Editor:
Will Shortz
Painter whose motifs include ants and eggs
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 76 Missing: {JXZ} Spans: 2 Puzzle has duplicate clues This is puzzle # 6 for Ms. Hale.
Will Shortz notes:
Katie Hale, originally from Houston, is now a stay-at-home mom in London. This is her fifth Sunday Times crossword since 2021. She works on puzzles when her girls, 6 and 9, are in school ... read more
Katie Hale notes:
I came up with this puzzle idea about a year ago when I heard the phrase YOU'RE GROUNDED. It made me think of my friend, who is an air-traffic controller, and it was funny to think about ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
DON'T USE THAT TONE WITH ME … how does Katie know the extent of my kids' tone-deafness? I force myself to smile and encourage them through music lessons, all the while wondering how much I ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times9/18/22 ( No. 26,612 )
Across
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Fish tank buildup : ALGAE
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Bog product : PEAT
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P.M. times : AFTS
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Suisse peak : ALPE
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Disney film with a titular heroine : MOANA
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Pricing word : EACH
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Christmas color for Elvis : BLUE
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Pork cut : LOIN
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Mechanic's go-to parenting phrase? : ILLTURNTHISCARAROUND
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Painter whose motifs include ants and eggs : DALI
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Give the nod : ASSENT
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"Check it out for yourself" : GOSEE
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Mauna ___ : KEA
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French liver : FOIE
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Some remote power sources : AAS
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Up to 11 meters for a pterodactyl : WINGSPAN
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Personal trainer's go-to parenting phrase? : SITUPSTRAIGHT
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Like some restrictions : DIETARY
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Stephen King's first published novel : CARRIE
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Your and my relative? : OUR
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Roof overhang : EAVE
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Horror star Chaney : LON
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In the past : AGO
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Affectionate greeting : HUG
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Arid : SERE
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Small building block : ATOM
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Conductor's go-to parenting phrase? : DONTUSETHATTONEWITHME
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Liquor in tiramisu : AMARETTO
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TV drama with spinoffs set in Hawaii and New Orleans : NCIS
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Cornerstone abbr. : EST
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Eightfold : OCTUPLE
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Animal working in the D.M.V. in "Zootopia" : SLOTH
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Texas politician Beto : OROURKE
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It's a drag : TOW
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Singer James : ETTA
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Share accommodations : DOUBLEUP
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Mathematician's go-to parenting phrase? : ITOLDYOUAHUNDREDTIMES
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Emmy-winning Ward : SELA
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Lemon ___ : DROP
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Insult : DIS
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Hosp. area : ICU
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Clean Air Act org. : EPA
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"Star Wars" order : SITH
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Word seen at the end of many Jean-Luc Godard movies : FIN
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From where : WHENCE
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From the get-go : ATFIRST
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Air traffic controller's go-to parenting phrase? : YOUREGROUNDED
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Accepts the facts : GETSREAL
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Her pronoun partner : SHE
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Farmyard mamas : EWES
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2003 Will Ferrell movie : ELF
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Spooky : EERIE
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Lacking the resources : UNABLE
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Not out of the running : INIT
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Librarian's go-to parenting phrase? : LETSPLAYTHEQUIETGAME
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Google ___ (Zoom alternative) : MEET
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Chemical suffixes : INES
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Backless shoe : MULE
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Maybe one, maybe both : ANDOR
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GPS calculations, in brief : ETAS
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"I did it!" : TADA
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Jabbers : YAKS
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Jen ___, 2021-22 White House press secretary : PSAKI
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Surrounded by : AMID
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Tragic showgirl of song : LOLA
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Chutzpah : GALL
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Like PETA : ANTIFUR
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___ de vie : EAU
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Gift for writing : PENSET
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Noshes : EATS
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Feel that gym session : ACHE
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What something might appear out of or disappear into : THINAIR
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Epitome of simplicity : ABC
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Guam's features a sailboat and palm tree : FLAG
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"The Burden of Proof" author : TUROW
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Like many resorts : SEASIDE
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Ingredient in homemade hand sanitizer : ALOEGEL
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Reed of the Velvet Underground : LOU
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Sellers franchise, with "The" : PINKPANTHER
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Charm : ENDEAR
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Poker option : RAISE
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Solo : STAG
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Baroque painter Guido : RENI
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___ port in a storm : ANY
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Nail polish brand with a "Tickle My France-y" shade : OPI
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Part of a homemade Halloween costume : SHEET
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Animal that turns white in the winter : STOAT
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Large number : SCAD
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"I am not what I am" speaker : IAGO
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Pioneering sci-fi film that was snubbed for the Best Visual Effects Oscar for its use of computers : TRON
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Road trip determination : ROUTE
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Decade in which many in Gen Z were born : AUGHTS
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Main ingredient in poi : TARO
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Kind of diagram : VENN
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In this matter : HERETO
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Arose : STOODUP
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City on the Irtysh River : OMSK
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Parcel (out) : METE
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Elementary particle named for a Greek letter : TAU
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Called a strike, say : UMPED
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Like some potato chips and language : SALTY
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Part of NATO: Abbr. : ATL
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Jardins d'enfants, par exemple : ECOLES
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Tech and culture magazine since 1993 : WIRED
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Has left the office, e.g. : ISOUT
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Jay-Z and Kanye West song that samples "Try a Little Tenderness" : OTIS
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Pigeon coop : COTE
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What a bad dancer is said to have : TWOLEFTFEET
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Large number : TON
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___ Ledbetter, a.k.a. Lead Belly : HUDDIE
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Newswire co. : UPI
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A4 automaker : AUDI
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"___ it!" (informal challenge) : BRING
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Rock used to make ultramarine : LAPIS
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Pretentious : ARTY
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Snack cakes with creamy swirls : HOHOS
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It might be changed or made up : MIND
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"Look!," in Latin : ECCE
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Took to court : SUED
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Miscreant's record, maybe : ARRESTS
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Like a clear night : STARLIT
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Rival you kind of like : FRENEMY
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"That's amazing!" : WOWEE
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Color classification : HUE
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Naval Academy grads : ENSIGNS
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Basic personal information : AGE
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"Spill it!" : TELLME
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Flow slowly : SEEP
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"Not gonna happen!" : UHUH
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Counts (on) : RELIES
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Tropical vine : LIANA
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"Brown ___ Girl" : EYED
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Pool shade : AQUA
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Kind of discount : BULK
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Nothin' : NADA
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Words of reassurance : IMOK
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Actress Garr : TERI
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Hot spot in England? : TEA
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Airport inits. : TSA
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Dance with a paradiddle step : TAP

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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