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New York Times, Sunday, January 1, 2023

Author:
Adam Wagner, Michael Lieberman and Rafael Musa
Editor:
Will Shortz
Stick of butter, geometrically
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124/20/20211/1/20231
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Adam Wagner
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153/1/20211/1/20231
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Michael Lieberman
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210/21/20221/1/20231
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11.521
Rafael Musa

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 71 Missing: {Q} This is puzzle # 12 for Mr. Wagner. This is puzzle # 15 for Mr. Lieberman. This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Musa.
Will Shortz notes:
Adam Wagner, of Oakland, Calif., is a creative lead at Patreon, the crowdfunding site for content creators. Michael Lieberman is an attorney in Washington, D.C. Rafael Musa, of San ... read more
Constructor notes:
RAFA: It's a huge honor to share a byline with two besties and crossword idols for what is undoubtedly the best NYT puzzle of 2023 so far! Three things: 16D is very apt Pour one out for my ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Paired literalisms, a solid phrase describing a word spread out within another solid phrase. Some neat finds, especially FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES cluing MATES, which is contained within ... read more
Jim Horne notes:
We haven't done this in a while, and I know many find these notes annoying, but for the few who like to learn this stuff, It's time once again to play Fun with the Finder™. Jeff mentioned ... read more
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© 2023, The New York Times1/1/23 ( No. 26,717 )
Across
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Image on the flag of Oakland, Calif., appropriately : TREE
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Country whose capital is an anagram of its former capital : JAPAN
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Sends 10 texts in a row to, say : SPAMS
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Stage partitions? : ACTS
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Achings : YENS
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Basic Mediterranean sauce : AIOLI
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Eagles' home : AERIE
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Pork cut : LOIN
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Stick of butter, geometrically : RECTANGULARPRISM
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Sesame Street resident who refers to himself in the third person : ELMO
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Attentive : ALERT
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Change of scenery, in real estate lingo : RELO
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Less involved : SIMPLER
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Seminal 1980 hit by Joy Division : LOVEWILLTEARUSAPART
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Attire for some queens : DRAG
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Subtle flavor, to a wine taster : NOTE
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Accomplishes : DOES
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Barbecue discard : COB
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White House staffer : AIDE
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What a V-sign might indicate : TWO
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Try to hit, as a piñata : SWINGAT
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___-Locka, Fla. : OPA
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Colorado, Idaho and Wyoming, among others : MOUNTAINSTATES
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Lap, maybe : OUTRUN
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Visitors from afar, in brief : ETS
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Hurry, quaintly : HIE
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A matter of course? : PAR
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Works in a gallery : FINEART
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___ Aviv : TEL
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Hit 1998 Eddie Murphy comedy based on books by Hugh Lofting : DOCTORDOLITTLE
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"An empty set exists," e.g. : AXIOM
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Stole : TOOK
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It lacks value : ZERO
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Leafy salad green : CRESS
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Recommit to one's fitness … or what 23-Across depicts literally : GETBACKINSHAPE
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State south of Mumbai : GOA
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Perception : INSIGHT
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Goof : ERR
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South, in much of South America : SUR
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Light touch : PAT
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Nickname that's an anagram of ONLINE : LONNIE
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What characters in musicals often do … or what 31-Across depicts literally : BREAKOUTINSONG
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"Discreet Music" musician Brian : ENO
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Cars with clutches : MANUALS
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Photographer Goldin : NAN
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Prosecco cousin : ASTI
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Big shots they are not : BBS
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Secular : LAIC
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It's just under a foot : SOLE
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Explorer Ericson : LEIF
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Useful people to know … or what 50-Across depicts literally : FRIENDSINHIGHPLACES
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What an economy seat is usually short on : LEGROOM
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"Oh, why not?!" : SURE
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Kuwaiti currency : DINAR
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Beseech : URGE
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Screen feature that facilitates multitasking … or what 61-Across depicts literally : PICTUREINPICTURE
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Food that's easy to get hooked on? : BAIT
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Group character : ETHOS
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Mocking smile : SNEER
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The "garden" in Bosch's "The Garden of Earthly Delights" : EDEN
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Old video game console inits. : SNES
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Excel : SHINE
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Swamp plant : SEDGE
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Lamb, for one : MEAT
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Banks on TV : TYRA
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Lively dance : REEL
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Moon of Saturn found to have a potentially habitable ocean : ENCELADUS
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Component of some hormone therapy : ESTROGEN
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National Blood Donor Mo. : JAN
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Big inits. in insurance : AIG
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Work enthusiastically and energetically : POURITON
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Genetic variant : ALLELE
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Singer Horan of the boy band One Direction : NIALL
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Part of a woodpecker's diet : SAP
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/ : PER
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Perfume line by pop star Grande : ARI
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Beauty pageant since 1952 : MISSUSA
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Precursors to finals : SEMIS
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Mideast city with an eponymous pepper : ALEPPO
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Share a byline, maybe : COLLABORATE
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Part of a stove : TIMER
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[That is SO funny!] : SNORT
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Off-road option, for short : ATV
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Spoil : ROT
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___ Pro (tech product) : MAC
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Require : ENTAIL
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"Holy moly!" : WOWIE
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Button added to Twitter in 2022 : EDIT
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Primo : AONE
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Govt. agency rules : REGS
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Title for food writer Mary Berry : DAME
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Hilarious sort : RIOT
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Library section : STACKS
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Imperfection, metaphorically : WART
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Labor : TOIL
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Makes certain knitting stitches : PURLS
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Before: Sp. : ANTES
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Group of gift-givers : THEMAGI
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Cuddle amorously, in a way : SPOON
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Magical creature associated with rainbows : UNICORN
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Tri- one more time? : TETRA
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Rock's ___ Fighters : FOO
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Soccer star ___ Heath : TOBIN
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Enthusiastic affirmative : DOI
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Region encompassing most of the Arkansas/Missouri border : OZARKS
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Copy, in brief : REPRO
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Rap mogul, familiarly : DRE
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Quick and nimble : AGILE
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Noble gas used in some lasers : XENON
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"All good" : ITSNOBIGGIE
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B'way purchase : TKT
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STEM subject that rhymes with "stem" : CHEM
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Recover : HEAL
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___ pig : GUINEA
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Buy time : STALL
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Barely sits still? : POSESNUDE
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No pro : ANTI
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"Weekend, here I come!" : TGIF
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___ mitzvah (Jewish ceremony for multiple people) : BNAI
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Flatten, say : RUIN
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A pop : EACH
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Having an intact tamper seal, say : UNOPENED
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One might move fast in stores : SALEITEM
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Loser to Herbert Hoover in 1928 : ALSMITH
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Parts of some military uniforms : BERETS
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___-Caps (candy) : SNO
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Holy place : SHRINE
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Goofs : FLUBS
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Aired anew : RERAN
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Uses performance-enhancing drugs : DOPES
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Egypt neighbor: Abbr. : ISR
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Say "…, say," say : GUESS
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Agcy. that advises against eating raw cookie dough : CDC
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___ man (frequent subject in The Onion) : AREA
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Monopoly payment : RENT
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Home of more than one M.L.B. team : CHI
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Whole lot : TON
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Bring into play : USE
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Cribbage marker : PEG
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Anger : IRE

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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