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New York Times, Saturday, January 21, 2023

Author:
David Distenfeld
Editor:
Will Shortz
First winner of the Canadian Comedy Awards' Person of the Year (2008)
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David Distenfeld

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQZ} Puzzle has duplicate clues. This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Distenfeld. Saturday freshness: 3%
David Distenfeld notes:
I'm a bit verklempt to be debuting SHABBAT SHALOM on, appropriately enough, a Saturday. Not to get all schmaltzy, but it's so exciting ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Standard "stair-stack" themeless layout, with the central triplet of SHABBAT SHALOM / PEOPLE WATCHES / NOT DOING SO HOT serving as a ... read more
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© 2023, The New York Times1/21/23 ( No. 26,737 )
Across
1
Major Indian tourist site : AGRA
5
Comes down hard : HAILS
10
"This isn't good at all!" : ICK
13
Word with round or head : TRIP
14
Tippy-tops : ACMES
15
Sore spot : ACHE
16
Part of La-La Land : TINSELTOWN
18
"It's ___ real" : BEEN
19
Charles Schwab offering : INDEXFUND
20
Transition effect famously used in "Star Wars" films : WIPE
21
Their sales rose in 2021 and 2022, after two decades of decline : CDS
22
Medicinal amt. : TSP
23
Gnats and curs, e.g. : BITERS
25
Title of respect : SRI
26
Off! ingredient : DEET
28
Simu ___, star of "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" : LIU
29
End-of-week greeting : SHABBATSHALOM
32
Tourist-spots, maybe? : PEOPLEWATCHES
33
On the struggle bus, it might be said : NOTDOINGSOHOT
34
Result of being fired? : ASH
35
QB stats : INTS
36
Comic actor who co-created "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" : FEY
37
Like Turkish coffee : STRONG
39
Wear and tear : USE
40
Quick pick-me-up? : CAB
43
Nitwit : DOLT
44
Bordelaise, for one : WINESAUCE
47
Box with a view : LOGE
48
Home country, poetically : NATIVESOIL
49
Top-notch : ACES
50
Top-notch : ELITE
51
Electrically flexible : ACDC
52
Web portal released the same day as Windows 95 : MSN
53
Elizabeth of "WandaVision" : OLSEN
54
Fancy-y-y : POSH
Down
1
Top story : ATTIC
2
Drudgery : GRIND
3
Pickled watermelon parts : RINDS
4
Place for a prayer : APSE
5
Brother from another mother, maybe : HALFSIBLING
6
Make a scene, aptly : ACTUP
7
Comment following a cue : IMON
8
Blue : LEWD
9
ID on a filing : SSN
10
Part of a cold shower, maybe : ICEPELLET
11
Alternative to bread crumbs in some gluten-free recipes : CHEERIOS
12
Earring Magic ___ (1990s doll that developed a cult following) : KEN
15
Some : ABIT
17
Touchdown follower, often : EXTRAPOINT
20
Quarter Pounder qualifier : WITHCHEESE
23
Playoff format : BESTOFSEVEN
24
Aggregate : SUM
25
Fitted with footwear : SHOD
26
Georgia team, to fans : DAWGS
27
Column on an airport flight board, informally : ETAS
29
First winner of the Canadian Comedy Awards' Person of the Year (2008) : SETHROGEN
30
Disposition : BENT
31
Sea line? : AHOY
32
Some fellows, informally : POSTDOCS
33
"Illmatic" rapper : NAS
38
Words of encouragement : OLES
39
Join forces : UNITE
40
Kaley ___, co-star of "The Big Bang Theory" : CUOCO
41
They're far from basic : ACIDS
42
Natural gas emission? : BELCH
44
Feature of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial : WALL
45
"Really?" : ITIS
46
Memo letters : ASAP
47
Flight : LAM
48
It has a new meaning : NEO

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