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New York Times, Thursday, September 30, 2021

Acqua ___ (cause of annual flooding in Venice)

Author:
Rich Proulx
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 32 Missing: {FJQ} This is puzzle # 7 for Mr. Proulx.
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© 2021, The New York Times9/30/21 ( No. 26,259 )

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Across
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Website overseer : ADMIN
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Spanish for "sweet" : DULCE
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Former N.Y.C. mayor Beame : ABE
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Like soil that combines sand, silt and clay : LOAMY
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AAA part: Abbr. : ASSOC
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Turpentine ingredient : SAP
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[Birds] + [Bees] = P.R. campaign goal : TWITTERBUZZ
19
Contraction that drops an "i" : TIS
20
"A," on a timeline : ANNO
21
Put down : DIS
22
Response to a doubter : YESIDO
24
Neat analogy? : ASAPIN
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[Lightsaber] + [Impatient fingers] = Boring : HUMDRUM
27
Painter's kit : ARTSET
28
Half of a 1960s folk rock group : PAPAS
29
P.O.'ed : IRATE
30
Go-___ : KART
31
Common prom coif : UPDO
35
Tail ... or one with a tail : DOG
36
[Cellphone] + [Bubble] = Edible accessory : RINGPOP
39
Far from fastidious : LAX
40
Blown away : AWED
42
Fictional business on TV frequently targeted by prank calls : MOES
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Hold forth : ORATE
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Tests that are very hard to cheat on : ORALS
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"___ noches!" : BUENAS
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[Cow] + [Thunder] = Snake eyes, e.g. : LOWROLL
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Apollo Theater's locale : HARLEM
52
Word with party or balloon : ANIMAL
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Be struggling, say : AIL
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Grammy winner India.___ : ARIE
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Rep. Cheney of Wyoming : LIZ
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Academy Awards category eliminated in 2021 ... or a hint to interpreting four clues in this puzzle : SOUNDMIXING
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It's often included in a good deal : ACE
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Private student : TUTEE
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Watch it! : VIDEO
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Former Chinese premier Jiabao : WEN
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Keeps thinking "Grrrr!" : STEWS
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Hägar the Horrible's pooch : SNERT
Down
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Acqua ___ (cause of annual flooding in Venice) : ALTA
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A key to what's underneath? : DOWNARROW
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Prime spot at a music festival : MAINSTAGE
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"My parents are gonna kill me!" : IMTOAST
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Winner of over 125 Pulitzer Prizes, for short : NYT
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Bobby who sang "Mack the Knife" : DARIN
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Many flash drives, familiarly : USBS
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Sch. in Baton Rouge : LSU
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Ingratiate oneself with : COZYUPTO
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Skin malady : ECZEMA
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Up and about : ASTIR
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Major Chinese internet company : BAIDU
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___ salts : EPSOM
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Copy-right? : EDIT
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Calif. school that's about 20 miles from the Mexican border : SDSU
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Colleague : PEER
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Dwells tiresomely (on) : HARPS
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Verdi opera : AIDA
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Flips (through) : PAGES
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Small hill : KNOLL
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United way? : PLANERIDE
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Worker searching for patterns in the statistical noise : DATAMINER
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Dumb ___ (buffoons) : OXES
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Shopkeeper's "Sorry, none left" : IMALLOUT
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Decant : POUR
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Place to live and learn : DORM
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Pregnancy hormone : RELAXIN
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Certain tributes (although they may not seem like them) : ROASTS
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Great relief : BALM
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Legal drama with Jimmy Smits : LALAW
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Temporarily suspended : ONICE
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Shrivel from age : WIZEN
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Goes underground : HIDES
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From the start : ANEW
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Performer's grand slam, in modern parlance : EGOT
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Sport ___ (all-terrain vehicle) : UTE
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O.R. lines : IVS

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