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New York Times, Monday, October 16, 2023

Author:
Michael Lieberman and Andrea Carla Michaels
Editor:
Will Shortz
Blog:
Game like paintball, but without the paint or the balls
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {Q} This is puzzle # 19 for Mr. Lieberman. This is puzzle # 84 for Ms. Michaels. Monday freshness: 72%
Constructor notes:
Michael Lieberman: This puzzle has its origins at this year's American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, where we made a point of meeting ... read more
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© 2023, The New York Times10/16/23 ( No. 27,005 )
Across
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Rounded roofs : DOMES
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Closes, as a jacket or travel bag : ZIPS
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Like the odds of getting dealt a royal flush : SLIM
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Stratosphere layer with a "hole" : OZONE
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Orchestra woodwind : OBOE
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Partner for a mama : PAPA
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Hunky star of "Aquaman" : JASONMOMOA
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"Immediately!," on an order : ASAP
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"Chopsticks ___ fork?" : ORA
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Opposite of bright : DIM
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Distress signal device : FLARE
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Satirical sketch : SKIT
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Actress Tyler : LIV
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Dinner's main course : ENTREE
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Hunky star of "Magic Mike" : CHANNINGTATUM
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Soccer stadium shout : OLE
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Derrière : TUSH
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The "A" in MoMA : ART
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"Sure as shootin' …" : BYGUM
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Hunky co-star of "Rocky III" : MRT
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Popular toaster waffles : EGGOS
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Rowing blade : OAR
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Berry said to be a "superfood" : ACAI
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"Here's what I think," to emailers : IMO
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Hunky co-star of the "Fast & Furious" franchise : DWAYNEJOHNSON
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Make beloved : ENDEAR
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Boy : LAD
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Campus digs : DORM
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Flip one's lid? : UNCAP
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Skin blemish, slangily : ZIT
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Actress Vardalos or Long : NIA
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Lacking fizz, as soda : FLAT
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Avid fans of cinema … or a punny description of 17-, 31-, 40- and 47-Across : MOVIEBUFFS
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Info for a computer : DATA
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"Gotcha" : ISEE
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Bit of celery or broccoli : STALK
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Lumberjacks swing them : AXES
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"If I Could Turn Back Time" singer : CHER
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"For ___ sake!" : PETES
Down
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Judo schools : DOJOS
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Arkansas's ___ Mountains : OZARK
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Inlaid tile design : MOSAIC
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Bowie collaborator Brian : ENO
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Drop in the mail : SEND
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Get a closer view, as with a camera : ZOOMIN
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Tech giant dubbed "Big Blue" : IBM
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[It just disappeared!] : POOF
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What a landlubber likely lacks : SEALEGS
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Ancient rival of Athens : SPARTA
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Game like paintball, but without the paint or the balls : LASERTAG
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Pub offering, for short : IPA
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Rand McNally product : MAP
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Pooh and Piglet creator : MILNE
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"O Canada" and others : ANTHEMS
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Quaker pronoun : THOU
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Bitter criticism : VITRIOL
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€ currency : EURO
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911 responders, in brief : EMTS
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The Old Farmer's ___ : ALMANAC
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Filbert or pecan : NUT
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Be an omen of : BODE
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[Bor-r-ring!] : YAWN
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Finish school : GRADUATE
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Lt. col.'s inferior : MAJ
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B, gradewise : GOOD
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Like pots made by a potter : CERAMIC
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Nonmainstream, as music : INDIE
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Buttinskies : YENTAS
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More foggy : HAZIER
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Like skim milk : NONFAT
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Long-barreled gun : RIFLE
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Halloween disguises : MASKS
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Swanky, like a certain Spice Girl? : POSH
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Recipe amt. : TBSP
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Pharmaceutical watchdog org. : FDA
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Not strict : LAX
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Letter represented by a peace sign : VEE
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Great Basin people : UTE

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