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New York Times, Monday, September 20, 2021

One-named R&B singer with the 1999 6x platinum album "Unleash the Dragon"

Author:
Pao Roy
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {BJVXZ} Spans: 3 This is the debut puzzle for Pao Roy.
Pao Roy notes:
I'm a Queens-born counselor/social worker living in New Orleans, and this is my debut puzzle in the New York Times. Fifteen years ago ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Now this is the kind of theme that brings you down to Earth! The puzzle gave me an initial tremor with that crazy [What lava becomes ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times9/20/21 ( No. 26,249 )
Across
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What lava becomes after an eruption : ROCKS
6
The "S" of L.S.U. : STATE
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Number of provinces in Canada : TEN
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Relative by marriage : INLAW
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"This ___ to do the trick" : OUGHT
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Pub brew : ALE
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Pizza feature for a specialized diet : GLUTENFREECRUST
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Nay's opposite : AYE
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College official : DEAN
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Gossiping types : YENTAS
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Products of Pilot and Bic : PENS
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Lead-in to girl or boy : ATTA
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River beneath 37 Parisian bridges : SEINE
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Pain : ACHE
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Lucy of "Charlie's Angels" : LIU
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Five, in French : CINQ
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Classic arcade game set in outer space : ASTEROIDS
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Take on a position, along with its responsibilities : ASSUMETHEMANTLE
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Cleaned, as a window : SQUEEGEED
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Storage for garden tools : SHED
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Sticky part of a gecko : TOE
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Dress like, for a costume party, say : GOAS
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Contemptuous look : SNEER
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Soccer great Mia : HAMM
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Iota : WHIT
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Eastern place of worship : PAGODA
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James who played Sonny Corleone : CAAN
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Letters on a bottle of tanning lotion : SPF
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Lacking any moral compass : ROTTENTOTHECORE
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Year, in Spain : ANO
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"Cleanup on ___ 5!" : AISLE
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___ noir (wine) : PINOT
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"Affirmative!" : YES
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Los Angeles N.B.A. player : LAKER
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What lava is before an eruption : MAGMA
Down
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Latvia's capital : RIGA
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Solitary : ONLY
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Aid in solving a mystery : CLUE
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Dennings of "2 Broke Girls" : KAT
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Land between Norway and Finland : SWEDEN
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Couches : SOFAS
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Word before "the tables" or "the tide" : TURN
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Grow older : AGE
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Nonbinary pronoun pair : THEYTHEM
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"... and the list goes on" : ETCETERA
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Opposite of loose : TAUT
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Disney princess voiced by Idina Menzel : ELSA
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Safeguards for tightrope walkers : NETS
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Official bird of Hawaii : NENE
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Genetic "messenger" : RNA
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Excite, as curiosity : PIQUE
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Played a part on stage : ACTED
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One-named R&B singer with the 1999 6x platinum album "Unleash the Dragon" : SISQO
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Follow shortly thereafter : ENSUE
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Volcanic emissions : ASHES
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Thin and graceful : LITHE
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One just passing time : IDLER
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Secondhand : USED
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Group in a playbill : CAST
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Starting squad : ATEAM
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Arrival : ONSET
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Business announcement involving billions of dollars : MEGADEAL
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It's all about me, me, me : EGOMANIA
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Former Iranian leader : SHAH
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Prime-time hour : NINEPM
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Sweltering : HOT
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One piece of evidence of a planet's habitability : WATER
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Address God : PRAY
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Top-notch : AONE
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Classic Pontiac muscle cars : GTOS
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Rapper J. ___ : COLE
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Serenade, e.g. : SONG
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Big night for a high schooler : PROM
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Crumbly salad cheese : FETA
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Chastising syllable : TSK
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"Zero Dark Thirty" org. : CIA

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