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New York Times, Friday, September 25, 2020

20-Across : Junior

Author:
Rachel Fabi
Editor:
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 39 Missing: {FJQZ} This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Fabi. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Rachel Fabi notes:
I started constructing in early 2019, right after achieving my lifelong goal of appearing on (and winning an episode of!) Jeopardy!, ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Rachel! It was such a pleasure to work with her on her debut puzzle (for Universal). She's open-minded, hard-working, and not willing ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

Everyone loves the High Anxiety clue, but let's give some credit to Mel Brooks here.

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© 2020, The New York Times9/25/20 ( No. 25,889 )

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Across
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The "stuf" in Double Stuf Oreos : CREME
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Keeps track of a count, maybe : UMPS
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Seoul music : KPOP
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Balloon material : LATEX
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Deal breaker? : NARC
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Wander : ROVE
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High anxiety? : ACROPHOBIA
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"You don't need to tell me what happened" : ISAW
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Junior : PEEWEE
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Lowest rating in showbiz's Ulmer Scale : DLIST
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Kind of paste in East Asian cuisine : REDBEAN
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Local boundaries? : ELS
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Prefix with saccharide or glyceride : TRI
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Basketball highlight, informally : OOP
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Sets to zero, in a way : TARES
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"Star Wars" spinoff set five years after Emperor Palpatine's fall : THEMANDALORIAN
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It's difficult to go against : CURRENT
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Force feed : RATIONS
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Ones diving right into their work? : OCEANOGRAPHERS
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Perfume : SCENT
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Rump : END
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Shape of some hooks : ESS
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"___ but a scratch!" : TIS
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Mythological hunter turned into a stag : ACTAEON
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Infantile affliction : COLIC
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Dreams : WISHES
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Subject of J. J. Thomson's "plum pudding" model : ATOM
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Concept in artificial intelligence : TURINGTEST
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Scrutinize, with "over" : PORE
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"Chariots of Fire" filming locale : ETON
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Half-bird, half-woman creature : HARPY
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___ Choice Awards : TEEN
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Spots in which to lie low : DENS
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Collide into the side of : TBONE
Down
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Keep the beat, in a way : CLAP
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Tear : RACE
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Verb with a circumflex : ETRE
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[More tuna, please!] : MEOW
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Avant-garde : EXPERIMENTAL
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Card game shout : UNO
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Berlioz's "Queen ___" Scherzo : MAB
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N.Y.C. event on the last Sunday in June : PRIDEPARADE
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Teatro alla ___ : SCALA
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Kardashian family member : KRIS
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Rumps : POSTERIORS
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Monthly releases of a sort : OVA
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Hymnbook holder : PEW
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Giggle bit : HEE
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How a mysterious figure may disappear : INTOTHENIGHT
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"Be serious!" : DONTGETCUTE
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Shape, informally : BOD
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Is biased : LEANS
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Some sensitive info, for short : SSNS
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What Ralph Nader did in 2000, 2004 and 2008 : RERAN
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Passionate, confident sort, they say : ARIES
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Actor Stanley : TUCCI
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"It's ___ from me" : ANO
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Something you can't have while standing up : LAP
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"It'll ___ you" : COST
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Bio class subject : RNA
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Quoted : CITED
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Sister channel of HGTV : OWN
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"Good" or "ill" thing : OMEN
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Shot in the dark : STAB
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Sub : HERO
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"Fantasy Focus" podcast airer : ESPN
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Lump near a lash : STYE
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On point : APT
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The smallest one is called a minimus : TOE
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Who joins Gryffindor's Quidditch team in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" : RON
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Good people to know : INS

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