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New York Times, Thursday, January 12, 2023

Author:
Grant Thackray
Editor:
Will Shortz
Grocery store worker on the days leading up to Thanksgiving?
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 37 Missing: {JQWXZ} Spans: 2 Puzzle has duplicate clues. This is puzzle # 13 for Mr. Thackray.
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© 2023, The New York Times1/12/23 ( No. 26,728 )
Across
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Royal Catherine : PARR
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All-day, in a way : AMPM
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Rides : NAGS
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Agave lookalike : ALOE
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Spring, for one : COIL
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Fancy summer home : VILLA
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Grocery store worker on the days leading up to Thanksgiving? : STUFFINGSTOCKER
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Dress (up) : TOG
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Cheesemaking town : EDAM
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Salty expanses : OCEANS
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Incense residue : ASH
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One who's acting out? : MIME
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Some trimmings : FAT
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Pamphlets on how to use marinara? : SAUCINGFLYERS
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Lecherous sort : SATYR
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Beginning of time? : TEE
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When doubled, mouse-bopping bunny in a children's song : FOO
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Sporty Pontiac : TRANSAM
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One with a tattoo of a band's name, say : MEGAFAN
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Oxygen makes up only one-fifth of this on the earth : AIR
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Gossip, slangily : TEA
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Part of some musical keys : EBONY
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Bookie? : BETTINGGETTER
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Card game shout : UNO
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Winners of a 1932 Australian "war" : EMUS
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Org. using millimeter wave scanners : TSA
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Inedible jelly on a buffet table : STERNO
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49-Down's city, familiarly : NOLA
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Shubert of Broadway's Shubert Theatre : LEE
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Devices that help dentists monitor anesthesia? : NUMBINGTRACKERS
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En pointe : ONTOE
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Its flag has "Allahu Akbar" written 22 times : IRAN
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Repeated words in an analogy : ISTO
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Common catch : BASS
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Hunt and peck, say : TYPE
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Pronto : ASAP
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It gets into hot water : PASTA
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Chorus section : ALTOS
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Inauspicious beginning : ROUGHSTART
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Certain whistle-blower : REF
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Hardly basic : ACIDIC
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Personal friend in France : MONAMI
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Something cephalopods control for camouflage : PIGMENT
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Units on a graduated cylinder: Abbr. : MLS
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Fine point : NICETY
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___-Seltzer : ALKA
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Campbell with the 1975 #1 hit "Rhinestone Cowboy" : GLEN
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2003 outbreak : SARS
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Outspoken : VOCAL
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Pelvis/patella connectors : FEMURS
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Sticky ___ pudding : TOFFEE
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Author Rand : AYN
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It's set in a ring : GEM
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Easy-peasy : EFFORTLESS
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Speckled : ROAN
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Maker of the first portable music player : SONY
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Guess : STAB
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Grammy winner India.___ : ARIE
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When both hands are up : ATNOON
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Unit of RAM : MEG
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Passes, but not with flying colors : GETSAC
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Shinzo ___, Japan's longest-serving prime minister : ABE
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Representative's work : AGENTRY
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Powerful engines : TURBOS
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Feature of many a belly : INNIE
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Angsty hip-hop subgenre : EMORAP
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Prestigious university in 58-Across : TULANE
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Company whose mascots are sheep with numbers painted on them : SERTA
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Author whose titles often feature two animals : AESOP
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One with an upturned nose, so to speak : SNOB
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Common catch : TUNA
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CPR specialists : EMTS
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"Scram!" : GIT
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Car once advertised with the slogan "The power to surprise" : KIA

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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