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New York Times, Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Author:
Laura Breiman and Tom Bachant
Editor:
Will Shortz
Nonmagical sort, in the Harry Potter universe
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 40 Missing: {FJQVZ} Spans: 1 This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Breiman. This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Bachant. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Constructor notes:
We're so excited to each make our debut and share this otherworldly puzzle! We developed the idea after Laura attended a very strange ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
There's a reason Will Shortz listed Joanne Sullivan's LAND FORMS puzzle as one of his favorites in an old collection. Each shape looks ... read more
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© 2023, The New York Times1/4/23 ( No. 26,720 )
Across
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Nonmagical sort, in the Harry Potter universe : MUGGLE
7
What's found in cafés but not coffee shops? : ACCENT
13
Spanish loves : AMORES
14
St. Bernard or mastiff, often : DROOLER
15
Hoity-toity types : SNOOTS
16
Goofus : BIGDUMMY
17
Wireless speaker brand : SONOS
18
Place : PUT
19
Fencing equipment : EPEES
20
Shade akin to fuchsia : MAGENTA
23
Part of Q.E.D. : ERAT
24
___ blind : ROB
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Dispenser of drafts : TAP
28
"Black gold" or "Texas tea" : OIL
30
Out of the office : AWAY
32
Nine-digit ID : SSN
34
One leaving its pad quickly : ROCKET
39
Astronomical objects represented by the circled letters in this puzzle : CELESTIALBODIES
42
One righting writing : EDITOR
43
"The lowest form of humor — when you don't think of it first," per Oscar Levant : PUN
44
"The Song of the ___" (Willa Cather novel) : LARK
45
First of the Chinese dynasties : XIA
47
Broadcaster of "The Price Is Right" for more than four decades : CBS
49
Letters requesting help : SOS
50
Back talk : SASS
54
Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, for two : CUBISTS
57
Offering in church : TITHE
59
Noche's counterpart : DIA
60
Nevada senator Jacky : ROSEN
64
Low-calorie cookie spinoff : OREOTHIN
66
Adverb in a contract : HERETO
67
Eccentrics : WEIRDOS
68
Produce oxidation in : AERATE
69
Author Hemingway : ERNEST
70
Tablet tool : STYLUS
Down
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Service that might be in Latin : MASS
2
"Yeah, that won't work for me" : UMNO
3
"I'm listening ..." : GOON
4
Many a wedding cake topper : GROOM
5
Unleashes on : LETSAT
6
Intro to sociology? : ESS
7
"Evita" setting: Abbr. : ARG
8
Word with tax or cheat : CODE
9
Type of car whose name comes from the French word for "cut" : COUPE
10
Toon hunting for a "scwewy wabbit" : ELMER
11
Site of a mythical lion slaying : NEMEA
12
Romantic rendezvous : TRYST
14
"Me, too!" : DITTO
16
Patty's place : BUN
18
___ Challenge (famous taste test) : PEPSI
21
Gut-related : GASTRIC
22
Some short-term rentals : AIRBNBS
24
Hightail it : RACE
25
Was behind : OWED
26
Island between Java and Lombok : BALI
29
W.C. : LOO
31
As of now : YET
33
Bit of shut-eye : NAP
35
450, in ancient Rome : CDL
36
Sorento and Telluride : KIAS
37
Amazon-owned home Wi-Fi brand : EERO
38
Scolding sounds : TSKS
40
Part of some "Red" or "White" uniforms : SOX
41
St. ___ (Caribbean isle) : LUCIA
46
Some German cars : AUDIS
48
Word on the ___ : STREET
50
"Uncle Tom's Cabin" author : STOWE
51
Broadcaster : AIRER
52
Oktoberfest vessel : STEIN
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Place to wash up? : SHORE
55
Son of, in Arabic surnames : BIN
56
"___, not ___!" : SORRY
58
Approx. when planes take off : ETDS
61
Circus barker? : SEAL
62
"Not you, too!?" : ETTU
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Disappointing R.S.V.P.s : NOES
65
Over 100, say : HOT
66
Gives birth to : HAS

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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