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New York Times, Monday, September 26, 2022

Author:
Margaret Seikel
Editor:
Will Shortz
"Stick with it!" … or a hint to the answers to the starred clues
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JKQWXZ} This is puzzle # 5 for Ms. Seikel. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Margaret Seikel notes:
When I constructed this puzzle back in August 2021, I struggled to finish (or "send") even the simplest routes at my local CLIMBING ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Hang on a second … is how my friends used to describe my bouldering at my old CLIMBING GYM. My V6 fails were almost as amusing as ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times9/26/22 ( No. 26,620 )
Across
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Regions : AREAS
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Made over from square one : REDID
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Mushroom top : CAP
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Donkey used as a pack animal : BURRO
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Wear away, as soil : ERODE
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Aioli ingredient … or three of the letters in "aioli" : OIL
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*Indoor bouldering locale : CLIMBINGGYM
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"Much ___ About Nothing" : ADO
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Produce, as by a gland : SECRETE
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Found a place for on the schedule : SLOTTED
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Slice of history : ERA
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Purple avenue in Monopoly : BALTIC
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"Too bad, so sad!" : ALAS
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French for "milk" : LAIT
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"___ well that ends well" : ALLS
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Kids may make one out of pillows or snow : FORT
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___ and outs : INS
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Say no, when given a choice : OPTOUT
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Do something : ACT
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*Male equivalent of a she-shed : MANCAVE
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What to call a knight : SIR
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Kind of sleeve that extends to the collar : RAGLAN
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Miley Cyrus's "Party in the ___" : USA
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Grp. that opposes foie gras and wearing fur : PETA
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Den : LAIR
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Heart of the matter : GIST
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Thingy : ITEM
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Ambitiously pursue, as an opportunity : LEAPAT
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Janis ___, "Mean Girls" sidekick : IAN
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Give support to : BOLSTER
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Cosmetic reapplication : TOUCHUP
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Gorilla, e.g. : APE
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"Stick with it!" … or a hint to the answers to the starred clues : HANGINTHERE
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La Brea ___ Pits (Los Angeles attraction) : TAR
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Rhode Island, the ___ State : OCEAN
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This Greek letter: Ω : OMEGA
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Crafty : SLY
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Proudly brainy sorts : NERDS
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Passover meal : SEDER
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Kindergarten basics : ABCS
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"I before E except after C," e.g. : RULE
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Children's book author ___ Carle : ERIC
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Place where elbows bump on a plane : ARMREST
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Not drunk : SOBER
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Philosopher Descartes : RENE
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Unit of work : ERG
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Watched a neighbor's pup, say : DOGSAT
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Pastoral poem : IDYLL
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Cassette submitted to a record label : DEMOTAPE
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*Room by the foyer, often : COATCLOSET
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Errand runner : AIDE
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Lumber (along) : PLOD
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Like pizzas and piazzas : ITALIAN
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___-A-Whirl (carnival ride) : TILT
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Cookie, to the Brits : BISCUIT
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Off in the distance : AFAR
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Good person to ask to show you around town : LOCAL
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*Place to buy a painting : ARTGALLERY
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___ Arbor, Mich. : ANN
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Multiroom hotel offering : SUITE
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A big one might be standing in a concert hall : OVATION
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Coal carrier : TRAM
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Running portion of an Ironman race : MARATHON
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Stubborn animal : ASS
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Claims rated "four Pinocchios," say : LIES
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"I must be dreaming!" : PINCHME
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Gather, as support : GARNER
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What a dove symbolizes : PEACE
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Cars : AUTOS
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Faces a pitcher : BATS
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Birthstone for most Libras : OPAL
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Breath mint containers : TINS
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Follow, as advice : HEED
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Compulsive feeling : URGE
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Not-quite-round fruit : PEAR
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Aimlessly wander (about) : GAD

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

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