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The Final Frontier

New York Times, Sunday, January 29, 2023

Author:
Rich Katz
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rich Katz

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Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 74 Missing: {JQX} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Katz. Sunday freshness: 72%
Will Shortz notes:
Rich Katz, of Park City, Utah, does freelance work in corporate restructuring, with a focus on financially challenged companies. He started solving crosswords about five years ago and ... read more
Rich Katz notes:
Professionally, I deal with messy corporate bankruptcies and reorganizations. Away from those messes, I live with my wife and dog in Park City, Utah, where I ski, hike, and stare intently ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
SPACE TRAVEL gives me such warm feelings, remembering the last great book I read. It's a great rationale for "phrases that become new, kooky ones when you shift the position of the ... read more
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© 2023, The New York Times1/29/23 ( No. 26,745 )
Across
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Visitor center handouts : MAPS
5
Crew supervisor on a merchant ship : BOSUN
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QB Patrick who was 2018's N.F.L. M.V.P. : MAHOMES
17
Like a pub crawler's breath, perhaps : BEERY
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*Embarrassing pants mishap? : SEATRIP
20
Set apart : ISOLATE
21
Relative of "ciao" : ADIOS
22
"I never met a ___ I didn't like": Garfield : LASAGNA
23
Like some tans : SPRAYON
24
*Shipper of British toilets? : LOOMOVER
26
Something you might use just for the halibut? : REEL
27
___ Plaines, Ill. : DES
28
Hill worker : ANT
29
Modern-day groundskeeper? : KCUPPOD
30
Wanda Sykes, Regina Hall and Amy Schumer, for the 2022 Oscars : MCS
31
Divides into sectors : ZONES
33
5-Down, in Spanish : OSO
34
"I'm not impressed" : MEH
35
Some sci-fi effects : CGI
37
Fast line at the airport, informally : TSAPRE
41
Small figures? : BODS
44
*Big fight for a Disney heroine from Polynesia? : MOANABOUT
47
Some track-and-field races : RELAYS
48
"They tell me …" : IHEAR
50
Impulsive sorts? : NEURONS
51
Spanish gentlemen : SENORES
52
Standing at the ready : ONALERT
54
Affectionate attention, for short : TLC
55
Neither blows it nor crushes it : DOESOK
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Grabs lunch, say : GETSABITE
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Word with cane or cone : SUGAR
61
As a friend, in French : ENAMI
64
"That hits the spot!" : AAH
65
Voyage by rocket … or a feature of the answers to the 12 starred clues? : SPACETRAVEL
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U-Haul offering : VAN
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One rounded up in a roundup : STEER
72
A car that won't start is a common one in horror films : TROPE
73
Ties again : REFASTENS
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Pulitzer-winning novelist Lurie : ALISON
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Extreme vexation : IRE
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Alliance : ENTENTE
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Symptom of burnout : FATIGUE
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Take up a notch : ELEVATE
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Singer Abdul : PAULA
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Keg attachment : ALETAP
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*Shortage of slime? : GOODEARTH
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Appear : SEEM
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"Is that a challenge?!" : DAREME
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Part of E.S.L.: Abbr. : ENG
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Voice of dissent : NAY
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Scratch (out) : EKE
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Film brand : SARAN
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Seoul singers? : BTS
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Component of some high-tech dog collars : RFIDTAG
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Kind of card sold in many international airports : SIM
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Metric for a Met, for short : RBI
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Diane Sawyer's real first name : LILA
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*Rest spot for a tabby? : CATCHAIR
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Angry and impatient : INAMOOD
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Parent who's fluent in emojis and modern slang, maybe : COOLMOM
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"Your ___ ran over my dogma" (classic dad joke) : KARMA
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Sovereign's singular : ROYALWE
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*Brew that's both bitter and fruity? : DUALIPA
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Tiny arachnids : MITES
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Cries feebly : SNIVELS
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Do some barbering on : STYLE
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Language of the Emerald Isle : ERSE
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French wine region : MEDOC
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Series of trade discounts? : AEIOU
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Portmanteau invitations : PROMPOSALS
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Website overseers, in brief : SYSOPS
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Image on a postcard from Yellowstone : BEAR
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Western Hemisphere treaty grp. : OAS
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*Painting of potatoes, e.g.? : STARCHART
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Exhorts : URGES
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___-Down (what this is) : NINE
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Botch : MISDO
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*Main course featuring Egyptian snake meat? : ASPENTREE
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Street smarts : HORSESENSE
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Portuguese greeting : OLA
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"S.N.L." alumna Rudolph : MAYA
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Boarding school where tailcoats are part of the dress code : ETON
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On its way : SENT
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Show some reluctance : BALK
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Item tossed into a fire at the end of "Citizen Kane" : SLED
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Buddy : PAL
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"Va-va-___!" : VOOM
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Set of options : MENU
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Acne spot, informally : ZIT
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Brawl site in old westerns : SALOON
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West of Hollywood : MAE
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Agree : CONCUR
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___ Goose, cousin of Donald Duck : GUS
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*Iditarod, for one? : PARKAVENUE
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Bourbon alternative : RYE
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The start of something? : ESS
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Byproduct of composting : BIOGAS
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"Wow, super!" : OHNEAT
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*Staging of a narc sting? : DEATHEATER
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How a parent serving as the tooth fairy might walk : ONTIPTOE
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Supported : BOLSTERED
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Stephen of "The Crying Game" : REA
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Anguish following a dance marathon : SOREFEET
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N.F.L. positions that sound like a fast-food chain : RBS
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"I'm sorry, ___, I'm afraid I can't do that" (line from HAL in "2001") : DAVE
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Mountain lake : TARN
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Green prefix : ECO
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Fish with a long snout : GAR
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Layer beneath the earth's crust : MANTLE
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Something made off the cuff? : INSEAM
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Closing words : EPILOG
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Office PC setup : LAN
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One-percenters : ELITES
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Frustrating process : RIGAMAROLE
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Noted speedway sponsor : STP
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What a beehive is made of : TEASEDHAIR
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*Terrific messenger at Hogwarts? : SUPERBOWL
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*Friend in a competition? : EVENTALLY
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Furbys or fidget spinners, e.g. : FAD
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In the manner of : ALA
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Many millennia : EON
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Small batteries : AAAS
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"Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you ___!": Dr. Seuss : TRY
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Lead-in to X, Y or Z : GEN
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Substance : HEFT
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Sign unlikely to have been written by the person it is attached to : KICKME
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Hill workers : AIDES
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Swell : BLOAT
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Hindu embodiment of virtue : RAMA
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Stolen treats in "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" : TARTS
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Mann of music : AIMEE
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Mardi ___ : GRAS
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Knights and noblemen : SIRS
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Privy to : INON
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Request for permission : MAYI
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TV screen option, for short : LCD
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Chits : IOUS
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Manage : COPE
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Dallas hoopster, for short : MAV
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Lotta money : MIL

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7 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Modern Era but used previously.

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