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New York Times, Monday, January 2, 2023

Author:
Seth Bisen-Hersh
Editor:
Will Shortz
The 2005 compilation "Killer Queen" is one for Queen
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Seth Bisen-Hersh

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQVXZ} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Bisen-Hersh. Monday freshness: 83%
Seth Bisen-Hersh notes:
When my friend Erin Rhode who I worked with when we ran the 2014 MIT Mystery Hunt ("Alice Shrugged") got a puzzle in the NYT, I ... read more
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© 2023, The New York Times1/2/23 ( No. 26,718 )
Across
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___ for apples (have some fall fun) : BOB
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Start of the day, in poetry : MORN
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Emmy or Grammy : AWARD
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Prefix with center : EPI
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Off-limits : TABOO
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Jazz great Count ___ : BASIE
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Chicken piece that's not a breast or a wing : LEG
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Come up : ARISE
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Director Welles : ORSON
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The 2005 compilation "Killer Queen" is one for Queen : TRIBUTEALBUM
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Guided adventure in the Serengeti : SAFARI
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Drill sergeant's "Relax!" : ATEASE
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Chemistry lab device : BUNSENBURNER
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Doesn't have : LACKS
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Attempts : TRIES
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"___ Te Ching" (philosophical text) : TAO
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Jazz great Fitzgerald : ELLA
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Sounds from new instant messages : PINGS
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Basic origami step : FOLD
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U.S. spy org. : CIA
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Who might grant you three wishes : GENIE
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Present, past or future perfect : TENSE
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Topper for a Whopper : HAMBURGERBUN
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Liveliness, from the French : ESPRIT
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Flower that vanilla comes from : ORCHID
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Classic song about a soulmate … or a phonetic hint for repeated pairs of letters in 19-, 27- and 42-Across : ITHADTOBEYOU
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Fashion label from Milan : PRADA
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___ donna : PRIMA
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"Why was 6 afraid of 7? Because 7 ___ 9!" : ATE
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Sun-related : SOLAR
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No longer available, as a seat : TAKEN
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Bit of body ink, for short : TAT
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Rats (on) : TELLS
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Kerfuffle : STIR
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General on a Chinese menu : TSO
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Straps that go around the waist : BELTS
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"La Bohème" or "La Traviata" : OPERA
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It's very unlikely to happen : BIGIF
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Actor/comedian Steve : MARTIN
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8-Across for some New York plays : OBIE
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Civil rights icon ___ Parks : ROSA
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Christmas carol : NOEL
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Information header on a business's website : ABOUTUS
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Higher in temperature : WARMER
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___-backwards (utterly wrong, in slang) : ASS
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___ de Janeiro : RIO
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Thieves' hangout : DEN
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Ford model that's also a zodiac sign : TAURUS
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Loaf-shaped cake : BABKA
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Innocent sorts "in the woods" : BABES
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Playwright Chekhov : ANTON
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Makes watertight, say : SEALS
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Wear away : ERODE
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Attack, as a bee might : STING
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Muppet who loves his rubber duckie : ERNIE
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Neighbor of Mali : NIGER
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Milk, in Spanish : LECHE
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Buffalo Bill, for William Cody : ALIAS
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Gripping tool : CLAMP
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Capital of Western Australia : PERTH
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Engage in épée, e.g. : FENCE
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Things with necks and frets : GUITARS
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Head covering that's wrapped : TURBAN
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___ shower (pre-wedding event) : BRIDAL
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One born shortly after W.W. II, informally : BOOMER
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Hotel chain whose name rhymes with "quiet" : HYATT
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Scintillas : IOTAS
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Because of : DUETO
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Many N.Y.C. dwellings: Abbr. : APTS
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"Oh, nerts!" : DRAT
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Kind of bar with island-themed drinks : TIKI
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Winter hrs. in L.A. : PST
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Fish eggs : ROE
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"___ roads lead to Rome" : ALL

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