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New York Times, Monday, January 23, 2023

Author:
Adrian Johnson
Editor:
Will Shortz
53-Down : Beat decisively, informally
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Adrian Johnson

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Rows: 15, Columns: 14 Words: 68, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JKQXZ} Spans: 1 Grid has mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Johnson. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. Monday freshness: 86%
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© 2023, The New York Times1/23/23 ( No. 26,739 )
Across
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House overhang : EAVE
5
Sci. class that might have controlled explosions : CHEM
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Look at rudely : OGLE
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Holey shoe : CROC
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Camera setting for novice photographers : AUTO
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Cartoon brother of Dewey and Louie : HUEY
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Heaven's opposite : HELL
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5, for the set [2, 4, 6, 8] : MEAN
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Be philanthropic : GIVE
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Not delayed : ONTIME
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Crystal-filled rocks : GEODES
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Device with Rewind and Fast Forward functions : TAPERECORDER
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Aid for squeezing into a tight piece of footwear : SHOEHORN
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Extreme point in the Arctic or Antarctic : POLE
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World Cup cheers : OLES
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Store sign displayed from 9 to 6, say : OPEN
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"If you ask me …," online : IMO
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True or false, on a true/false test : ANSWER
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Promise in front of a judge : IDO
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Unsaid yet understood : TACIT
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Have dinner at home : EATIN
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Glass frequently used for toasting the New Year : CHAMPAGNEFLUTE
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Two quarters : HALF
49
Wet forecast : RAIN
50
Meat of the matter : GIST
51
Advice to a musician with a 23-, 26- or 43-Across? : DONTBLOWIT
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Egyptian counterpart of Hades and Pluto : OSIRIS
56
Deals from the bottom or marks cards, say : CHEATS
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Lack of seriousness about a serious situation : LEVITY
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"Yay!" : HURRAH
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Juicy bits of info : DEETS
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Future therapist's major, for short : PSYCH
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"HELLO … Hello … hello …" effect : ECHO
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"Well, ___ you clever?!" : ARENT
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Alessandro who invented the electric battery : VOLTA
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High-level cover-up? : ECLIPSE
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Country between Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea : CAMEROON
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Shade of color : HUE
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Prediction of a flight tracker app, for short : ETA
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African mammal that's resistant to snake venom : MONGOOSE
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"What a terrible, awful idea!" : OHGODNO
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Tour leader : GUIDE
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Bar used on a fulcrum : LEVER
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"Blinkers" or "peepers" : EYES
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Passable, at best : MEH
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Make a mistake : ERR
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Jellied fish in some British pies : EELS
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Enjoy, as gum : CHEW
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Marketing spiel : PITCH
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Largest city in Nebraska : OMAHA
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Neighborhood spot for cheap booze : LOCALDIVE
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So-called "master gland" of the endocrine system : PITUITARY
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Revises, as an essay : EDITS
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Nine-person combo : NONET
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Sports org. for Nadal and Djokovic : ATP
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Official with a whistle : REF
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"Sounds good to me" : IMFORIT
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Capital of Africa's largest country : ALGIERS
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Pretentious : ARTSY
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Gift of ___ : GAB
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Zero, in a soccer result : NIL
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Cain's eldest son : ENOCH
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Tiny faults : NITS
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Beat decisively, informally : WHUP
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Aged : OLD
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"Catch my drift?" : SEE
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Tic-___-toe : TAC
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[Excuse me, this is a library ...!] : SHH

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