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New York Times, Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Professional soccer player with the most goals for a single club (Barcelona)

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A founding member of the Avengers : THOR
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Primary : ARCH
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Like many high-end watches : SWISS
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Nurse's ___ : AIDE
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Seaweed wrapped around sushi : NORI
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British pop singer Lewis : LEONA
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Advocate for U2's frontman? : PROBONOATTORNEY
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Shot from a needle : SERUM
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The "fact" that bulls get angry when they see the color red, e.g. : MYTH
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No-win situations? : TIES
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Next of ___ : KIN
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Subject of a famous 1937 disappearance : EARHART
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Swing of a bowler's arm? : MOVETOSTRIKE
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Blood-typing system : ABO
33
Wine often served with 15-Across : SAKE
34
Accompaniment for many a hymn : ORGAN
38
Gyro holder : PITA
40
Deadly African snake : MAMBA
43
Fish often served "meunière" : SOLE
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Rudder's locale : STERN
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Cloud of melancholy : PALL
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Average fellow : JOE
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A little tied up at the moment? : MOTIONDENIED
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Defeat via invasion : OVERRUN
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Emerson's "___ to Beauty" : ODE
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Give up arguing : CAVE
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Many an opera villain : BASS
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Olympic great Jesse : OWENS
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Attire for gym period? : CLASSACTIONSUIT
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Some wedding guests : AUNTS
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Org. for seniors : AARP
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Largest member of the dolphin family : ORCA
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Professional soccer player with the most goals for a single club (Barcelona) : MESSI
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Jewish rite : BRIS
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___ et Chandon : MOET
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Selects, as for a position : TAPS
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Bring on for a position : HIRE
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Musk, e.g. : ODOR
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Sharp talking-to : REBUKE
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___ Taylor, longtime name in women's fashion : ANN
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Chamber : ROOM
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Unhinged, in slang : CRAY
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Follower of pinch or switch : HITTER
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___-pitch : SLO
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Brand of caramel candy : WERTHERS
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Ancient Greek region on the Aegean : IONIA
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Mocking smile : SNEER
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Biblical verb with "thou" : SAYST
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Neglects to mention : OMITS
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Tom yung goong or tom kha kai cuisine : THAI
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Author/activist Chomsky : NOAM
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Classic Hollywood studio : RKO
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Rand McNally's business : MAPS
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Final words? : OBIT
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November exhortation : VOTE
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Reggae relative : SKA
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Presto or allegro : TEMPO
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Berry touted as a "superfood" : GOJI
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Gel ingredient : ALOE
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Lawyer, for a defendant, typically : NEED
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Airplane passengers might battle over them : ARMRESTS
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Blackball : BAN
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Global shoe retailer : ALDO
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Neither's partner : NOR
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Enticed : LEDON
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Heavy weight for a musician to bear? : TUBA
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How many people get around town : INACAB
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Successor to Brown as California governor : NEWSOM
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Philosopher with a "razor" : OCCAM
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Really care about : VALUE
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Onetime Supreme Court justice Charles ___ Hughes : EVANS
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The sun, for one : STAR
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Rival of Alexa : SIRI
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Currency launched on 1/1/1999 : EURO
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City on the French Riviera : NICE
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"Immediately!" : STAT
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Some fed. assistance : SSI
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Covert ___ : OPS

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