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Ups and Downs

New York Times, Sunday, September 4, 2022

Author:
Tracy Gray
Editor:
Will Shortz
*Portrayer of Scrooge in 1951's "A Christmas Carol"
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 144, Blocks: 75 Missing: {QXZ} This is puzzle # 33 for Ms. Gray. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Will Shortz notes:
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Tracy Gray notes:
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Jeff Chen notes:
Plenty of NYT crosswords have their ups and downs, but Tracy takes us on a thrill ride, featuring RAMPs to climb, SLIDEs to plummet down, and a beautiful diagonal of black squares to ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times9/4/22 ( No. 26,598 )
Across
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Exfoliants : SCRUBS
7
Foofaraw : ADO
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Cookout chuckouts : COBS
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Thickener used in desserts : AGAR
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Like favorite radio stations, perhaps : PRESET
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Calico calls : MEWS
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Memo starter : INRE
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N.F.L. Hall-of-Famer Yale ___ : LARY
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Backpacker's snack : OATBAR
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Big huff? : PANT
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Have an outsize presence : LOOMLARGE
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"I didn't need to know that!" : TMI
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What a net might attach to : RIM
30
Flying Cloud of old autodom : REO
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Jazz clarinetist Shaw : ARTIE
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Soaring shot : LOB
33
Some Six Nations members : SENECAS
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*Mount Everest scaler : EDMUNDHILLARY
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Hogs : SWINE
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*Went out of control : RANRAMPANT
40
A.M.A. members: Abbr. : DRS
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Marketing experiment comparing two variants : ABTEST
44
Some red marks : ACNE
45
Big lugs : GALOOTS
48
Say "Whomever did this …," say : ERR
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Alice who wrote "The Color Purple" : WALKER
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Org. with a sizable registry : AKC
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Yellow jacket, for one : WASP
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Syrup brand since 1902 : KARO
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Word before Roger or Rancher : JOLLY
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To a profound degree : DEEPLY
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*"Cinderella" meanie : EVILSTEPSISTER
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Field trip conveyances : BUSES
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Middle van Pelt child in "Peanuts" : LINUS
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Use Tinder, say : SWIPE
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Airs : TELECASTS
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Big exporter of pistachios : IRAN
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Features of some bygone muscle cars : TTOPS
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Give an elbow bump to, say : GREET
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Free of fizz : FLAT
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*Lateral-breaking pitches : BACKDOORSLIDERS
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Skulk : CREEP
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Maker of the world's first quartz watch : SEIKO
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Javanese dyeing technique : BATIK
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Potala Palace city : LHASA
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One of seven represented in the Pleiades : SISTER
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*Glide down from above : PARACHUTEIN
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Sleigh driver's need : REIN
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Sound of an ungraceful landing : THUD
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___ card : SIM
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Fashion house whose logo is two interlocking C's : CHANEL
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Like the Carolina Reaper pepper : HOT
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Visionary : DREAMER
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Title for Baltimore : LORD
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Crow language family : SIOUAN
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Sounds of hesitation : ERS
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da-DUM : IAMB
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On pins and needles : ANTSY
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Homebrewer's sugar : MALTOSE
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Cartoonish villains : NASTIES
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"Little ol' me?" : MOI
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Woodard of "Clemency" : ALFRE
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Article in Aachen : EIN
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"Where ignorance is bliss, ___ folly to be wise": Thomas Gray : TIS
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"Eh … I'll pass" : NAH
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It's a banger in Germany : BRATWURST
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*Portrayer of Scrooge in 1951's "A Christmas Carol" : ALASTAIRSIM
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Surgical seam : SUTURE
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Unagi and anago, for two : EELS
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What parallel lines never do : MEET
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It beats scissors : ROCK
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Passionate : HEATED
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Secretary, e.g. : DESK
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___ Noël : PERE
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Place to wallow : STY
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Butterfly garden bloomers : ASTERS
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Places : SPOTS
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"Mad Money" host Jim : CRAMER
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Eye part with rods and cones : RETINA
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Kind of port : USB
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Boot camp exercises performed on all fours : BEARCRAWLS
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Narrow groove : STRIA
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One for the roadie : AMP
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Most beloved : DEAREST
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Dominated, informally : OWNED
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Pico de gallo herb : CILANTRO
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Not yet in stock : ONORDER
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Soup bases : BROTHS
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Highway heavyweight : SEMI
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___ mode : ALA
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Like toum or agliata sauce : GARLICKY
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Forest between Champagne and Lorraine : ARGONNE
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Cousin of kvass : RYEBEER
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Plant pore : STOMA
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"___ Miz" : LES
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Early computer acronym : MSDOS
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O.E.D. part: Abbr. : ENG
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Some rideshares : UBERS
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They may be hidden behind paintings : WALLSAFES
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Knot-tying and lashing, to a sailor : ROPEWORK
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Like some short tennis matches : TWOSET
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Install, as sod : LAY
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Record player annoyances : SKIPS
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Actor Guinness : ALEC
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Improvised comment : ADLIB
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"Colette" actress Knightley : KEIRA
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Comedian Wyatt of "Problem Areas" : CENAC
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Porter, for one : ALE
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Derby cocktail : JULEP
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Bad Brains and Bikini Kill, for two : PUNKBANDS
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Muckety-mucks : VIPS
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Colorful bird named for its diet : BEEEATER
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Not easily moved : STOIC
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Ocho menos cinco : TRES
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Buttonholes, basically : SLITS
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Actor/activist George : TAKEI
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Seattle's W.N.B.A. team : STORM
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Absolutely wrecks : TOTALS
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K : GRAND
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Reason to do a "stupid human trick" : DARE
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X : CHI
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Tangential topics : SIDEISSUES
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Allow to access : LETAT
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"I am," in Latin : SUM
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Incomplete dentures : PARTIALS
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Ball game that all players might lose : ROULETTE
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Lacks : HASNT
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Place to wear muck boots : CLAMBED
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One roasted or toasted : HONOREE
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More raspy : HOARSER
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Dramatize, as a historical event : REENACT
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Teller, maybe : RAT
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"That time is fine for me" : IMFREE
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Lack of musicality : NOEAR
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Teeny-tiny : MINUTE
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Word after ring or water : BEARER
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Side-to-side movement : YAW
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Pastoral skyline features : SILOS
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Tyler of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" : AISHA
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Places for hoses and hoes : SHEDS
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Oatmeal glob : LUMP
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Judgy sound : TSK
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Jupiter's realm, in myth : SKY
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Pic on a pec, say : TAT

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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