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New York Times, Saturday, January 7, 2023

Author:
Adam Aaronson
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Adam Aaronson

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 34 Missing: {QZ} Puzzle has duplicate clues. This is puzzle # 12 for Mr. Aaronson.
Adam Aaronson notes:
Excited to usher in 2023 with the first Saturday of the year! This puzzle is weird, but in a good way, I think. The long entries are ... read more
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A themeless rarely contains a handful of entries that weren't already on our XWord Info Word List. Adam went big today, with a ... read more
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© 2023, The New York Times1/7/23 ( No. 26,723 )
Across
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"Shoot!" : GOSHDARNIT
11
It's turned down at a hotel : BED
14
Living under a rock, say : OUTOFTOUCH
15
Language that Minecraft was written in : JAVA
16
How hors d'oeuvres are served : ONAPLATTER
17
Squeezed (out) : EKED
18
1996 horror classic originally titled "Scary Movie" : SCREAM
19
Major upsets, e.g. : STUNNERS
21
"Yikes!" : EEK
22
Only chemical element whose name fits this answer's length : TIN
24
Bell of the synth-pop duo Erasure : ANDY
25
Cone head? : SNO
26
Die-hard enthusiasts, and then some : ADDICTS
29
Moisten, in a way : MIST
33
Eco-centric college class, informally? : ITALIANLIT
35
At some previous point : ONCE
36
Produced, as digital currency : MINED
37
Wild-tasting : GAMY
38
He's a mensch : STANDUPGUY
40
J. M. Barrie boatswain : SMEE
41
Something people trip on, informally : SHROOMS
42
Half of a classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon duo : TOM
44
___ Aarnio, interior designer who created the bubble chair : EERO
45
Refuse to settle, say : SUE
46
A-line line : HEM
49
Early flat screen : PLASMATV
53
Capital in Lewis and Clark County : HELENA
55
"I thought of a joke about ___, but it's too corny" (groaner) : IOWA
56
Here, to locals : THESEPARTS
58
Urge : COAX
59
Chores, typically : MENIALWORK
60
Word on either side of "vs." : SPY
61
Some sleeveless frocks : SUNDRESSES
Down
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Kids' game cry : GOOSE
2
Unit of measure that has a shared etymology with "inch" : OUNCE
3
Striking : STARK
4
Word at the center of Rhode Island's flag : HOPE
5
They're just above C's : DFLATS
6
If not more : ATAMINIMUM
7
Go green, perhaps? : ROT
8
"Shoot!" : NUTS
9
Founder of the label Rhyme Syndicate Records : ICET
10
See-___ : THRU
11
Bit of casino restaurant fare? : BAKEDCLAM
12
"Ugh, this always happens to me!" : EVERYTIME
13
Longtime A&W competitor : DADS
15
He hosted the first "Jeopardy!" in the post-Trebek era : JENNINGS
20
Squat : NADA
23
Policy at some bars and eating establishments : NOTIPS
26
People of Unalaska : ALEUTS
27
Start of some juicy gossip : DIDYOUHEAR
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Ophthalmologists call it a hordeolum : STYE
29
What might surround a trunk : MOSS
30
Having been informed : INTHELOOP
31
Drive off : SCAREAWAY
32
Bill Clinton played one on "The Arsenio Hall Show" in 1992 : TENORSAX
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Namibia neighbor: Abbr. : ANG
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Downfall : DOOM
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Human-shaped board game piece : MEEPLE
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___ journey (literary archetype) : HEROS
47
Parisian preposition : ENTRE
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Guy Fawkes Night accessories : MASKS
49
Many posts, informally : PICS
50
Things of use to note takers? : ATMS
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Miami school, casually : THEU
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John who was a pioneer in set theory : VENN
54
Code components : LAWS
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Cookie Monster's real name : SID

Answer summary: 13 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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