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New York Times, Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Author:
Ryan Patrick Smith
Editor:
Will Shortz
One foot in "the grave," poetically speaking
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Smith.
Ryan Patrick Smith notes:
Inspiration is often born of scarcity, and such was certainly true here — the scarcity in question being that of PlayStation 5 ... read more
Jim Horne notes:
Jim here, sitting in for Jeff Chen, who is trying to figure out whether NENE and ISIS are reduplicative or just duplicative. The jokes ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times10/19/22 ( No. 26,643 )
Across
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Game pieces in Othello and Connect Four : DISCS
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Provocative … like this answer's position in the grid? : EDGY
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Q: What happens when the ___ clears over Los Angeles? A: UCLA! : SMOG
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Beer brand whose name translates to "morning sun" : ASAHI
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Looney Tunes bunny : LOLA
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Cézanne or Gauguin : PAUL
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"You cooked this? It's *disgusting*!" said Tom ___ : INVERYPOORTASTE
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Gumbo, e.g. : STEW
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One foot in "the grave," poetically speaking : IAMB
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Festoon : ADORN
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Bugle call at lights out : TAPS
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Support group associated with the Twelve Steps : ALANON
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"What do you mean there are no PlayStations left in stock?" asked Tom ___ : INCONSOLABLY
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"Peace out" : SEEYA
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"Well, ___ be!" : ILL
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Lip : SASS
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Spot for a sojourn : INN
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Charge for tardiness : LATEFEE
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Grief-stricken state : WOE
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Scorch on a stovetop : SEAR
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Brewery vessel : VAT
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Pastry dough used in crullers and beignets : CHOUX
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"I'm worried I may have anemia," said Tom ___ : UNIRONICALLY
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Had an inclination : LEANED
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Kind of column : ONES
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Specialty of clerics, druids and paladins, in Dungeons & Dragons : MAGIC
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Flat, for short : TWOD
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Assistant : AIDE
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"You guys are supposed to be 'Wise Men' and *these* are the gifts you bring a newborn?!" asked Tom, ___ : FRANKLYINCENSED
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With 54-Down, back to fighting : ATIT
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Gumbo ingredient : OKRA
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Het (up) : RILED
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"That's terrible!" : OHNO
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Hammer's end : PEEN
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___ of the state : ENEMY
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Spot for a speech : DAIS
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"Who ___?!" ("That's true of everyone!") : ISNT
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Relief pitcher's success : SAVE
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Target of a canine's canines, maybe : CHEWTOY
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Ben Kingsley or Ian McKellen, e.g. : SIR
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"West Texas town" in a classic country song : ELPASO
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Gloom's partner : DOOM
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Formless mass : GLOB
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Common word in pirate-speak : YAR
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Outings devoted to relaxation and self-care : SPADAYS
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Employee at a brick-and-mortar business : MASON
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Musical bit that slowly fades : OUTRO
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Close in many close-ups : GLENN
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Coyote calls : YIPS
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Seven-foot, say : TALL
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Particularly particular : ANAL
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Competent : ABLE
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Goddess with a reduplicative name : ISIS
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Bird with a reduplicative name : NENE
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John of "The Suicide Squad" : CENA
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Not be straight with : LIETO
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TV E.T. : ALF
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Nowhere to be found, say : AWOL
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Genre for Luther Vandross : SOUL
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"___ and I Know It" (2012 #1 hit for 52-Down) : SEXY
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Fervent : AVID
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Sailor, in slang : TAR
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Behold: Lat. : ECCE
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Encounter unexpectedly : RUNINTO
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Is connected : HASANIN
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Prominent part of an apatosaurus : NECK
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Pulitzer-winning columnist Peggy : NOONAN
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Visiting the Natl. Museum of African American History and Culture, say : INDC
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Electronic dance music duo that performed at the 2012 Super Bowl halftime show : LMFAO
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Home to over seven billion people : EARTH
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See 66-Across : AGAIN
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Rug rat : TYKE
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___ transfer : WIRE
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Man, for one : ISLE
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Consider : DEEM
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Swirl in a stream : EDDY
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Hack (off) : LOP
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Before, to Byron : ERE

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle.

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