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New York Times, Friday, January 20, 2023

Author:
Robert S. Greenfield
Editor:
Will Shortz
Crystal object featured in Leonardo da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi," the most expensive painting ever sold
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Robert S. Greenfield

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 34 Missing: {FJQX} Spans: 2 This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Greenfield.
Robert S. Greenfield notes:
The first crossword puzzle I ever made ended up melting. I live in Toronto, and each winter, I build a skating rink in my backyard for ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Kicking off a themeless with a great clue provides such a lift. Like when they lift up a TARP to cover all the bases in a baseball ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind is a fascinating book. Very hard to put down once you start it.

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© 2023, The New York Times1/20/23 ( No. 26,736 )
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It can cover all the bases : TARP
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Rocks out? : CRAGS
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Picks : OPTS
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On the safe side, at sea : ALEE
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Tom ___, consigliere in "The Godfather" : HAGEN
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Choice in a slumber party game : DARE
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Apologetic comment from a dinner guest : HATETOEATANDRUN
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Lined up : INAROW
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Comebacks : RIPOSTES
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Foul-smelling : NOISOME
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One using a bib, maybe : TOT
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Promising reply : IDO
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Public house : INN
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___ support : TECH
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Organization with a strong track record? : NASCAR
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Grain stores : SILOS
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Take off in a hurry : BOLT
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Neologize : COINAPHRASE
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A message from the Pentagon might be in this : CODE
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Unimaginative : TIRED
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Smartphone, at times : CAMERA
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Orange soda brand : NEHI
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Word with tie or fly : ROD
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Crystal object featured in Leonardo da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi," the most expensive painting ever sold : ORB
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Appendectomy sites, in brief : ORS
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One purchasing cigars, maybe : DADTOBE
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What helps you see the big picture? : ZOOMLENS
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Two-___ (many a sports car) : SEATER
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Best-selling Israeli author of "Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind" : YUVALNOAHHARARI
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A Swiss Army knife has many : USES
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Bicker : ARGUE
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Put one's foot down : TROD
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Extra : PERK
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Bee lines? : SEAMS
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New Year's Eve song word : SYNE
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Hummus ingredient : TAHINI
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Friends-and-family support group : ALANON
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Don't forget : RETAIN
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Jury members : PEERS
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Chinese takeout staple : CHOWMEIN
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Hip-hop duo ___ Sremmurd : RAE
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Petri dish medium : AGAR
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"See?" : GETIT
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Easily attached, in a way : SNAPON
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Things a bettor better know : ODDS
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Quark or lepton : PARTICLE
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"Uh-huh, you said it!" : TRUEDAT
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Motion detector, e.g. : SENSOR
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Penny candy morsel since 1907 : TOOTSIEROLL
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"That could work!" : NOTABADIDEA
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Splashy display : ECLAT
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Go along for the ride, say : HOPIN
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Letters that shouldn't be written big for air rescue (a single V or X is best) : SOS
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Play a mean guitar, slangily : SHRED
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Part for a balding man? : COMBOVER
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"Dejection" is a famous one : ODE
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Goes over again : REHASHES
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Party : CAROUSE
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Get close : COZYUP
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Grounds for a fight : ARENAS
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Retro phone type : ROTARY
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"Wuthering Heights" actress Merle ___ : OBERON
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Insult : DERIDE
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Real bore : SNORE
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Some bakers' wares : TARTS
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Screen : MASK
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It's a long story : SAGA
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What many air conditioners do : HUM

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