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NY Times, Sun, Oct 03, 2021 CRYPTIC CROSSWORD

Author:
Joshua Kosman and Henri Picciotto
Editor:
Will Shortz
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 32, Blocks: 65
Notepad: Joshua Kosman and Henri Picciotto are the creators of Out of Left Field, a weekly cryptic crossword available by online subscription, as well as the authors of "Word Salad," a guide to solving and composing cryptics. The puzzle below has a minitheme, which is revealed at 30-Across.
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P
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C
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C
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D
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V
C
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L
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G
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© 2021, The New York Times

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Across
1
*Beer left in front of emergency room (6) : PORTER
4
*Hold tight to capture attention in open space (8) : CLEARING
10
Gus looking back at mysterious sweet grass ... (9) : SUGARCANE
11
*... seconds before the author gets approval to have a cigarette (5) : SMOKE
12
*Internet nuisance drops resistance for a fee (4) : TOLL
13
Adviser, prisoner and ruler depart at last (10) : CONSULTANT
14
*Flat is suitable to accommodate Picasso and Matisse, say? (9) : APARTMENT
17
That is around the 15th time (2,3) : IDEST
18
More modern pitcher behind back of cabin (5) : NEWER
20
*Kill in opening for stand-up hilarity (9) : SLAUGHTER
22
Match Pfizer shot, right after opening (10) : PRIZEFIGHT
24
*Jay, for one, beginning to rein in offer (4) : BIRD
27
*Land like a feather (5) : LIGHT
28
Clumsy legs scare stranger (9) : GRACELESS
29
*Professor or I typed excerpt for campus organization (8) : SORORITY
30
Vietnamese leader takes advantage of dwellings that can be combined with the answers to the nine starred clues (6) : HOUSES
Down
1
Assume invoice, at first, is in the mail (5) : POSIT
2
Algeria put in a new order for crown and scepter (7) : REGALIA
3
Nobleman removing a bit of powder from gem (4) : EARL
5
Orally discloses secret soup ingredients (5) : LEEKS
6
What you're doing right now: following a bishop and providing forgiveness (9) : ABSOLVING
7
Awkwardly ignore a period in human history (4,3) : IRONAGE
8
Irrationally argue about two saints with one-time actor? (5,4) : GUESTSTAR
9
Noblewoman investing small bills in pubs (8) : BARONESS
14
Loan Spain foreign capital (9) : ANNAPOLIS
15
Sadist's rising corruption supported by teacher (9) : TORMENTOR
16
Spots carbon in brown receptacle (5,3) : TRASHCAN
19
Loud doorbell? You don't want to be put through that! (7) : WRINGER
21
What might develop at the gym in a short time: an afterthought (7) : TRICEPS
23
Gold bar financing other supplies (5) : INGOT
25
American, overwhelmed by withdrawal symptom, cleans up (5) : DUSTS
26
Doctor on oxygen: "Override the decision" (4) : VETO
Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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