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New York Times, Monday, September 27, 2021

61-Across : Guaranteed ... or where you can find the ends of 17-, 23-, 37- and 50-Across

Author:
Zachary David Levy
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQWZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Levy. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Zachary David Levy notes:
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© 2021, The New York Times9/27/21 ( No. 26,256 )
Across
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Org. exploring Mars : NASA
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Paul who sang "Diana" and "Lonely Boy" : ANKA
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"Tsk!" : SHAME
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Highest point : APEX
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One of 10 on a ten-speed : GEAR
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Hulk in a wrestling ring : HOGAN
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Olympic event for which the world record stands at a little over 20 feet : POLEVAULT
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Obvious : OVERT
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Tanning lotion spec : SPF
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Broadcast : AIR
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One of Haiti's two official languages, along with French : CREOLE
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Magic duo with a 20+ year act in Las Vegas : PENNANDTELLER
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Explorer Ericson : LEIF
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San ___ Obispo, Calif. : LUIS
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Prefix with function : DYS
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___ the Hun : ATTILA
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Tex-Mex items associated with Tuesdays : TACOS
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"Spring forward" and "fall back" plan : DAYLIGHTSAVINGS
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Writer ___ Allan Poe : EDGAR
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Like some food for dieters : NONFAT
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Areas for hosp. surgeons : ORS
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Mexican poet Juana ___ de la Cruz : INES
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Any member of NATO to any other : ALLY
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Added cost of buying soda : BOTTLEDEPOSIT
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Keeps watching ... and watching : STARES
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"Rocks" in a drink : ICE
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"I"-strain? : EGO
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Completely fail : EATIT
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Guaranteed ... or where you can find the ends of 17-, 23-, 37- and 50-Across : INTHEBANK
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Basketball great Curry : STEPH
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It's a bad look : LEER
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Relatives of ostriches : EMUS
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Taste or touch : SENSE
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Ore locale : LODE
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Canadian gas brand : ESSO
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Quick time outs? : NAPS
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Each ... as in the price of balloons? : APOP
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"Woe is me" feeling : SELFPITY
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Lumberjack's tool : AXE
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Once more : AGAIN
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___ network : NEURAL
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___ Kan (dog food brand) : KAL
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Paintings and sculptures : ART
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Where the land meets the sea : SHORE
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Rude dwelling : HOVEL
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Seemingly timeless : AGEOLD
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Bob who sang "One love, one heart / Let's get together and feel all right" : MARLEY
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Goes in : ENTERS
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Airport shuttle, typically : VAN
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M.R.I. alternative : CTSCAN
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Modern tax option : EFILE
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Almond or pecan : NUTTREE
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"Buenos ___" : DIAS
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Young fellow : LAD
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I ___ Pi (punny fraternity name) : ETA
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Jar topper : LID
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Longhorns : Texas :: ___ : Texas A&M : AGGIES
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Egg: Prefix : OVO
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Peninsula in the Six-Day War : SINAI
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Round of applause : HAND
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Two of them meet every year in the Super Bowl : NFLTEAMS
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Gadot of "Wonder Woman" : GAL
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Pigs' digs : STY
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Dwell (on) : OBSESS
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What blades on windmills do : ROTATE
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___ Island (part of New York City) : STATEN
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Treated maliciously : SPITED
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Stumbles : TRIPS
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River of forgetfulness, in myth : LETHE
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Earth tone : OCHRE
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"Get what I'm saying?" : SEE
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Wildebeests : GNUS
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"Then here's what happened ..." : OKSO
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Sick : ILL
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Prefix with natal : NEO
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"Busy" insect : BEE

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