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New York Times, Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Newman who wrote "Heather Has Two Mommies"

Author:
Alex Eaton-Salners
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Alex Eaton-Salners

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 51 for Mr. Eaton-Salners.
Alex Eaton-Salners notes:
This grid is a blast from the past for me. I constructed it about two-and-a-half years ago (minus the upper-right corner that the ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Cool finds with RESIGN flipping to REIGN, and HEAVE to HAVE. I hadn't run across those before, and the first one is impressively ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times9/29/21 ( No. 26,258 )

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Across
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Bring a smile to : AMUSE
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Wild guess : STAB
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Big jerk : ASS
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*Stay in power : RESIGN
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Daddy : PAPA
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"Put a cork in it!" : SHH
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Vim : ENERGY
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Impressive work : OPUS
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Vandalize, e.g. : MAR
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___ Lanka : SRI
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Hatcher of Hollywood plots : TERI
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*Hold on to : HEAVE
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Lease alternative : OWN
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*Done openly : COVERT
28
Mane character of classic TV? : MRED
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Unfiltered and unpasteurized brew : REALALE
31
Large blue expanses : OCEANS
33
One playing with a mouse, maybe : GAMER
34
Helpfully pushy person : NUDGER
37
*Changing gradually : REVOLUTIONARY
41
Says "I do" at a Vegas drive-thru, say : ELOPES
42
Single-masted boat : SLOOP
44
Newman who wrote "Heather Has Two Mommies" : LESLEA
47
Some thrift shop music purchases : USEDCDS
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It's in heavy rotation on the highway : AXLE
50
*Doesn't eat : FEASTS
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Type (in) : KEY
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*On this spot : THERE
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On the sheltered side, nautically : ALEE
57
Shipping choice : DHL
58
Tone : HUE
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Christmas trio : MAGI
61
Ye olde apothecary bottles : PHIALS
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First responder, in brief : EMT
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Man in the Irish Sea, e.g. : ISLE
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When revealed in this puzzle, it reverses the meanings of the answers to the starred clues : SECRET
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Daisy Ridley's "Star Wars" role : REY
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"... and ___ some" : THEN
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Helen who sang "I Am Woman" : REDDY
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"___ we having fun yet?" : ARE
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Traditional focus of Brooks Brothers : MENSWEAR
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@ follower, on Twitter : USERNAME
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Assistant with a goofy beatboxing routine (just ask) : SIRI
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Reproductive unit in biology : EGG
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Reproductive unit in botany : SPORE
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Mammal with a prehensile proboscis : TAPIR
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Kwik-E-Mart proprietor on "The Simpsons" : APU
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Shindig : BASH
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Capital of Eritrea : ASMARA
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Clean-___ : SHAVEN
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Viciously criticizes, informally : SHREDS
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Benadryl competitor : NYTOL
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Square : EVENUP
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Like the background of the "Wicked" poster : EMERALD
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Web address ender : ORG
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King of pop : CAROLE
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Country on the Gulf of Guinea : TOGO
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Audio tool that reduces volume extremes : LEVELER
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Perfumes with a thurible : CENSES
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Great Basin tribe : UTE
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Neglect : DISUSE
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Something with two heels : LOAF
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Like some abs : ROCKHARD
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Performed at one's peak? : YODELLED
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K-pop star whose hit 2012 song refrain made "The Yale Book of Quotations" : PSY
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___, rinse, repeat : LATHER
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Dig up : EXHUME
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Like some winter weather : SLEETY
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Fitness measure : STEPS
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Aerial hunter : EAGLE
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Otherworldly : ALIEN
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Give off : EMIT
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D&D equipment : DICE
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Wood in a baseball bat : ASH
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Lead-in to self : HER
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Slop spot : STY

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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