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New York Times, Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Author:
Lindsay McBride
Editor:
Will Shortz
1983 hit song that begins with "Domo arigato"
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Lindsay McBride

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 42 Missing: {QXZ} This is the debut puzzle for Ms. McBride. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Lindsay McBride notes:
As a senior in high school, I'm familiar with the unwanted cringe that women are often subjected to under the guise of romance. I ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
IT'S MY TREAT is right, because this is an amazing debut puzzle. It all starts with a clever theme that goes one step beyond the "what ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

Ms. McBride joins our Teenage Constructors page.

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© 2023, The New York Times1/18/23 ( No. 26,734 )
Across
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Recede : EBB
4
Submit, as homework : HANDIN
10
"Yeah ... I don't think so" : UMNO
14
Gymnast Suni of Team U.S.A. : LEE
15
Plaza resident of fiction : ELOISE
16
What some flakes are made of : BRAN
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59-Across from someone who's paying? : ITSMYTREAT
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Thus : ERGO
20
Feature of Jupiter's moon Europa : OCEAN
21
Apple field worker? : ITPRO
23
Acronymic title for a legendary athlete : THEGOAT
26
23-Across, in boxing : ALI
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Purchase : BUY
30
59-Across from an anxious caller? : ANSWERTHEPHONE
33
Sound of intrigue : OOH
34
Thoroughly enjoy : EATUP
35
59-Across from a frustrated parent? : CLEANYOURROOM
41
"I'm ___ of you" (Valentine's Day message for a plant lover?) : FROND
42
Mole that should definitely be removed? : SPY
43
59-Across from a carpooler? : DOYOUNEEDARIDE
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Record label for H.E.R. and SZA : RCA
51
Letters of amusement : LOL
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Erstwhile : ONETIME
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Tons o' : LOTSA
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Singing rodent of cartoondom : ALVIN
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Bridges in film : JEFF
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"Come here often?," e.g. … or a hint to 17-, 30-, 35- and 43-Across : PICKUPLINE
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"Frozen" snowman : OLAF
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It might include a plus one : INVITE
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Feminist assn. since 1966 : NOW
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Storage containers : BINS
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Like matryoshka dolls : NESTED
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Speech fillers : ERS
Down
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Poet who wrote "April is the cruellest month" : ELIOT
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"You ___!" (informal affirmative) : BETCHA
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Appear in public : BESEEN
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"Whoa, take it easy!" : HEYNOW
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Prefix with rock or country : ALT
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Neither's partner : NOR
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Game piece with multiple faces : DIE
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Name meaning "God is salvation" : ISAIAH
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Annoy : NETTLE
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Cab alternative : UBER
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1983 hit song that begins with "Domo arigato" : MRROBOTO
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Prod, and then some : NAG
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Famous bed-in participant : ONO
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They have issues, in brief : MAGS
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Certain itinerant musician : PIPER
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"___ Flux" (1990s animated sci-fi series) : AEON
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Setting for the "Iliad" : TROY
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"E pluribus ___" : UNUM
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Informal affirmative : YEP
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Ones being pointed to at a distance : THOSE
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Good, in Chinese : HAO
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Certain slip-on shoe : CROC
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Die-hard follower : LOYALFAN
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Ambient musician Brian : ENO
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Grown-up : ADULT
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Topknot, for one : UPDO
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Reynolds of "Deadpool" : RYAN
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N.Y.C. drive, with "the" : FDR
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Straight-up : NOSPIN
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Five-time Olympic sprinting gold medalist ___ Thompson-Herah : ELAINE
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Harvested : REAPED
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"___ be OK" : ITLL
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Heavenly : DIVINE
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Key of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 : EMINOR
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Celeb gossip show : ENEWS
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Exterminates : OFFS
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Word with snow or day : JOB
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QB Manning : ELI
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Drugstore chain known for long receipts : CVS
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Baby fox : KIT
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Great Basin tribe : UTE

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