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New York Times, Monday, January 9, 2023

Author:
Andrea Carla Michaels and Kevin Christian
Editor:
Will Shortz
Concept that can't be criticized or questioned, metaphorically
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Andrea Carla Michaels
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Kevin Christian

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FQZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 80 for Ms. Michaels. This is puzzle # 15 for Mr. Christian. Monday freshness: 39%
Constructor notes:
KEVIN: It's always a pleasure to collaborate with Andrea. She's the best Monday constructor out there in my opinion. AC/DC was a ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Last night, I L AC KE D C ONFIDENCE as I attempted to get my kids to eat something besides M AC AN D C HEESE, so I put on some AC/DC. ... read more
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© 2023, The New York Times1/9/23 ( No. 26,725 )
Across
1
Crooked, as a painting on the wall : ASKEW
6
Nine-digit ID : SSN
9
How revenge (or pizza for breakfast) is best served : COLD
13
Steeple : SPIRE
14
Noshed : ATE
15
Corporate rule or regulation : BYLAW
16
Concept that can't be criticized or questioned, metaphorically : SACREDCOW
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Tennis's Agassi : ANDRE
19
Torah holders : ARKS
20
Bigeye or yellowfin tuna, at a sushi bar : AHI
21
Feel great sorrow : GRIEVE
22
Shout made with a fist pump : YES
23
Seafood often served with picks : CRACKEDCRAB
25
Dab, as with a paper towel : BLOT
27
Chicago trains : ELS
28
Not showy : PLAIN
30
Language spoken in Bangkok : THAI
32
Ballet dancer's knee bend : PLIE
36
Pre-employment investigation : BACKGROUNDCHECK
39
"A guy walks into a bar …" may start one : JOKE
40
Caesar's words to Brutus : ETTU
41
Music Mann? : AIMEE
42
Shoofly ___ : PIE
43
Norway's biggest city : OSLO
44
Cocktail named for two iconic beverage brands : JACKANDCOKE
50
Catch forty winks : NAP
53
Changes, as a hemline : ALTERS
54
22-Across, in French : OUI
55
Regarding : ASTO
56
Latin for "in itself" : PERSE
57
Behaved in a laid-back way : ACTEDCOOL
59
Connections for car wheels : AXLES
60
Author Edgar Allan ___ : POE
61
In an unusual way : ODDLY
62
Army's football rival : NAVY
63
Mr. Potato Head piece : EAR
64
Sell illegally, as tickets : SCALP
Down
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Test for purity : ASSAY
2
What a diagonal line represents on a bowling scoresheet : SPARE
3
Relaxes : KICKSBACK
4
Commits a fumble : ERRS
5
Small, to a Scot : WEE
6
Borat creator ___ Baron Cohen : SACHA
7
Showing no emotion : STOIC
8
Either "N" in NY, NY : NEW
9
Jaded doubter : CYNIC
10
More ancient : OLDER
11
Stage in a butterfly's development : LARVA
12
Socially inept sort : DWEEB
15
Poets of yore : BARDS
17
It's tossed toward a bull's-eye : DART
21
Frozen : GELID
23
Viet ___ (armed force of the 1960s-'70s) : CONG
24
Reeves of the "Matrix" films : KEANU
26
Thumbs-up on Facebook : LIKE
28
Gooey lunchbox sandwich, informally : PBJ
29
Language spoken in Vientiane : LAO
30
Schlepped : TOTED
31
Primitive dwelling : HUT
32
TV's Dr. ___ : PHIL
33
San Pellegrino offering : LEMONSODA
34
"Rocks" that clink in a drink : ICE
35
___ out a living : EKE
37
Rider's handful : REINS
38
Assignment for a lawyer : CASE
42
Removes skin from : PARES
43
"The Grapes of Wrath" figure : OKIE
44
Mount Fuji's locale : JAPAN
45
Amazon "assistant" : ALEXA
46
PC command to paste : CTRLV
47
Ken who wrote "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" : KESEY
48
Hot drink with marshmallows : COCOA
49
Word before space or limits : OUTER
51
Coral islet chain : ATOLL
52
Coral reef producer : POLYP
55
"Highway to Hell" rock group … or a hint to electrical switches found in 16-, 23-, 36-, 44-, and 57-Across : ACDC
57
Gorilla, e.g. : APE
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Uno + uno : DOS

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