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New York Times, Saturday, October 1, 2022

Author:
Natan Last
Editor:
Will Shortz
"On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous" novelist, 2019
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Natan Last

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 38 Missing: {QXZ} This is puzzle # 36 for Mr. Last.
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© 2022, The New York Times10/1/22 ( No. 26,625 )
Across
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Lead : MAIN
5
Jan. 1, for all racing thoroughbreds in the Northern Hemisphere : BDAY
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Rotten, as chances : SLIM
13
Bit of shelter : EAVE
14
Boombox sound : BLARE
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Place for a flat : TIRE
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Is propelled by fans : CROWDSURFS
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River through Bath : AVON
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Final four? : HORSEMEN
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___ Belova a.k.a. Black Widow : YELENA
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Flexible request : ANY
23
Aix-___-Bains, France : LES
24
"Be right there …" : ONESEC
25
Strategy to prevent a runner from stealing a base : PITCHOUT
28
Fruity cooler : ADE
29
"Funky Cold Medina" rapper : TONELOC
30
Drudge or trudge : PLOD
31
Who wrote "In the morning there is meaning, in the evening there is feeling" : GERTRUDESTEIN
34
Sun, say : BASK
35
One-third of France's motto : EGALITE
36
Genre prefix : ALT
37
What Rose decides to do for Jack in "Titanic" : POSENUDE
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Pointed the finger at : BLAMED
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Sch. that's home to the Keydets : VMI
42
Cousin of a crow : JAY
45
Mocha native : YEMENI
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Part of the mind that is "like all propagandists, relentlessly repetitive," per Adam Phillips : SUPEREGO
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Unfettered : FREE
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Waved at, maybe : SHOOEDAWAY
51
Word before "Nobody" or "No Sunshine" in R&B titles : AINT
52
Long-term security, for short : TBOND
53
Format of some N.S.A. leaks : MEMO
54
Body of art? : TATS
55
Track, often : SONG
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Porter alternatives : ALES
Down
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Anime and manga genre involving robots : MECHA
2
M.L.B. career leader in total bases : AARON
3
___ tower : IVORY
4
It's broken by hounds : NEWS
5
Old Nickelodeon kids' show featuring a puppy leaving paw print hints to be solved : BLUESCLUES
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Cry that might be said while snapping the fingers : DARN
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Pound sound : ARF
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"Who else would I be talking to?!" : YESYOU
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Banal : STALE
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Hides one's true self : LIVESALIE
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Attached, as a patch : IRONEDON
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Terrorized, say : MENACED
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Ability to detect misinformation, slangily : BSMETER
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Use a roller on, in a way : DELINT
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Battle of Isengard fighter : ENT
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Meat in tonkatsu : PORK
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___-podge : HODGE
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"On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous" novelist, 2019 : OCEANVUONG
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Tribute : TESTAMENT
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___ Postlethwaite, whom Spielberg once called "the best actor in the world" : PETE
31
Indoor arcade : GALLERIA
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Had bad posture : SLUMPED
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Picked up : TIDIED
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Something most people lose with age : BABYFAT
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"The tongue of the soul," per Cervantes : PEN
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Sappho and Horace : ODISTS
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They may include dashes : MEETS
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Ring highlight? : JEWEL
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Best effort : AGAME
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Oscillates wildly : YOYOS
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In a moment : SOON
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Hindu embodiment of virtue : RAMA
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"The White Lotus" airer : HBO

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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