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With Ease

New York Times, Sunday, January 22, 2023

Author:
Garrett Chalfin
Editor:
Will Shortz
Kitchen at a barbecue restaurant?
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Garrett Chalfin

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 76 Missing: {JQXZ} Puzzle has duplicate clues. This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Chalfin.
Will Shortz notes:
Garrett Chalfin, 18, is a senior at Riverdale Country School in New York City. Next year he'll begin studying philosophy at the University of Chicago. Last June, after chancing upon this ... read more
Garrett Chalfin notes:
So nice to be back for puzzle #2!! After a few single sound change submissions didn't work out, I got the idea to double down (literally!) for one last attempt. Once I started getting some ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Whenever I see a Sunday title with words like EASE, TEE, or WISE, I get worried. Will it be a simple letter addition? Letter deletion? Sound change or addition? It isn't easy to make a ... read more
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© 2023, The New York Times1/22/23 ( No. 26,738 )
Across
1
Warming periods : THAWS
6
Activates, as yeast : PROOFS
12
Chatter : GAB
15
Great Britain, geographically : ISLE
19
"My ___ (You're Never Gonna Get It)," 1992 hit by En Vogue : LOVIN
20
Not a big Mac? : LAPTOP
21
Nail, as a test : ACE
22
"I am not a glutton — I am an explorer of ___": Erma Bombeck : FOOD
23
Kitchen at a barbecue restaurant? : CHILIFACTORY
25
Potentially adoptable pup : STRAYDOG
27
Misfit : ODDDUCK
28
Result of a 1960s Haight-Ashbury shopping spree? : HIPPIEBOOTY
30
It's in your blood : GENE
31
Play parts : SCENES
33
Ones coming "home" at homecoming : ALUMS
34
Quick-moving : BRISK
36
Corp. shake-ups : REORGS
37
Host : SLEW
38
Highly visible belly button? : POINTYOUTIE
40
Up to, informally : TIL
42
Actress Fisher of "Now You See Me" : ISLA
46
Curious in the extreme : AGOG
47
Streamlet : RILL
48
Good friend who won't stop snooping? : NOSYBESTIE
51
The first one was built in 1925 in San Luis Obispo, Calif. : MOTEL
53
What to add to "Iraq" to make it adjectival : ANI
54
Subwoofer sound : BASS
55
Jhumpa ___, author of the Pulitzer-winning "Interpreter of Maladies" : LAHIRI
56
Take a load off : REST
58
Some cameras, in brief : SLRS
60
SETI subjects : UFOS
62
Language in which "puzzle" is "pid sa" : LAO
63
Burnable media : CDS
66
Prenuptial agreement? : SWEETIETREATY
69
"Geaux Tigers!" sch. : LSU
70
Be an agent for : REP
71
Feature of Sylvester's speech : LISP
72
Comedian Rudolph : MAYA
73
Taiwanese president ___ Ing-wen : TSAI
75
Skateboard tricks : OLLIES
77
Went 90, say : SPED
79
___ Tac (mint) : TIC
81
Throat bug : STREP
85
Long anecdote from a complainer? : WHINYSTORY
87
Italian mount : ETNA
88
Astronomer Sagan : CARL
89
Takes a load off : SITS
90
One with an underground colony : ANT
91
Tinker Bell or Puck? : CRAFTYFAIRY
94
Fruit-based dessert … or a possible description of its flavor : TART
97
"Sorry to say, you guessed wrong" : ALASNO
99
What many clocks and card games have : HANDS
100
Whence feng shui : CHINA
102
Skiing areas : SLOPES
103
Didn't give forever : LENT
104
Bad person for a gambler to make bets with? : PHONYBOOKIE
106
Plant with purple-pink flowers : HEATHER
109
Rustic abode : LOGCABIN
110
Acolyte with a bad temper? : TESTYGROUPIE
114
Part of Q.E.D. : ERAT
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Cozy stopover : INN
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Nueva York, por ejemplo : ESTADO
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Word with code or rehearsal : DRESS
118
Cozy spots : DENS
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It appears blue as a result of Rayleigh scattering : SKY
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Chimes and dimes vis-à-vis this clue's answer : RHYMES
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Difficult to climb, in a way : STEEP
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Trio with the 1995 #1 hit "Waterfalls" : TLC
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Jolly laugh : HOHO
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Passionate : AVID
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Fragrant medicinal plant also called colic-root : WILDGINGER
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Most snarky : SNIDEST
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Finish second : PLACE
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Something to hang your hat on : RACK
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Elect : OPT
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Plains tribe : OTO
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Not to go : FORHERE
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Bugging people, perhaps : SPYING
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Displays of shock : GASPS
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Start to play? : ACTI
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Put on no pretensions : BEREAL
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"Fine by me" : IFYOUWISH
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Sin city : SODOM
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Commits piracy : LOOTS
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Avant-garde : EDGY
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"My name is Prince, and I am ___" (Prince lyric) : FUNKY
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Proficient : ABLE
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Sauces made with basil and pine nuts : PESTOS
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Songs to be played at a concert : SETLIST
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Slinky, e.g. : COIL
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Sales promotion acronym : BOGO
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Hoot : RIOT
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Downfall : RUIN
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Shifty : SLY
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"The Office" role : PAM
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Gives a grand speech : ORATES
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It's up for debate : ISSUE
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Alternative to sparkling : STILL
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Turkish money : LIRAS
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Letters found in a so-called "supervocalic" word : AEIOU
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"Yuck!" : NASTY
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Spots on a Rorschach card : BLOTS
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They don't require much study : EASYAS
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Stahl of "60 Minutes" : LESLEY
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I'm toast! : BREAD
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Like chicken cordon bleu, originally : SWISS
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British sailor, in slang : LIMEY
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One who's rolling in money : FATCAT
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Is exultant : CROWS
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City of 16+ million straddling the Yamuna River : DELHI
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7-10, e.g., in bowling : SPLIT
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Big name in printing : EPSON
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Plants used in wickerwork furniture : RATTANS
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"Worth a try" : ITCANTHURT
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Gut feelings : INSTINCTS
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Bit of hype, informally : PRTALK
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Scoop : INFO
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Worry for a speakeasy : RAID
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Slips up : ERRS
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Layer : PLY
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Parlor offering, for short : TAT
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Language in which "puzzle" is "puzal" : ERSE
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"Is that understood?" : CAPEESH
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"Is that understood?" : YHEAR
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State of uneasiness, informally : FANTODS
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Seton who wrote "Dragonwyck" : ANYA
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Prayer leaders : RABBIS
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Hang around : LOITER
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Taking out the trash, for one : CHORE
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Navajo dwelling : HOGAN
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One of the Corleones : SONNY
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Interlocking bricks : LEGOS
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Made a case : PLED
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Word that may come from a pen : OINK
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___ Park, home to the University of Chicago : HYDE
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One-on-one Olympics event : EPEE
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"All ___!" : RISE
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Farm structure : STY
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Top part of Scotland? : TAM
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"Are you thinking what I'm thinking?" feeling : ESP

Answer summary: 16 unique to this puzzle.

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