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New York Times, Friday, October 21, 2022

Author:
Rafael Musa
Editor:
Will Shortz
Buzzes while buzzed?
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110/21/2022
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JMQXZ} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Musa. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Rafael Musa notes:
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© 2022, The New York Times10/21/22 ( No. 26,645 )
Across
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Company that acquired Skype in 2005 : EBAY
5
Help out with Thanksgiving dinner, in a way : BASTE
10
___ bowling : LAWN
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OK : SOSO
15
Pirouetting, say : ONTOE
16
Head light? : IDEA
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Act casual : PLAYITCOOL
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The Solomon's lily's smell of rotting fruit, to flies : LURE
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"The other one!" : NONOTTHAT
21
Hayride seat : BALE
22
Today preceder : USA
23
What aspirin can prevent : CLOT
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Posture that might be hard to maintain : FACADE
26
Boo : BAE
27
Manhattan purveyor : BAR
28
Load : TON
29
"Hold up …" : HANGONASECOND
33
"Don't move!" : WAITRIGHTHERE
34
Make dough from scratch? : WINTHELOTTERY
35
"So what?" : AND
36
One-eighty : UEY
37
Didn't stay put, as mascara : RAN
38
What an investor hopes for : RETURN
40
Necklace bit : BEAD
42
___ flash : INA
45
Stable youth? : COLT
46
Orchestrated performances? : CONCERTOS
48
It's shortest at the Equator : DAWN
49
Buzzes while buzzed? : DRUNKDIALS
50
Sclera neighbor : UVEA
51
Where it's at : VENUE
52
"Folded," in French : PLIE
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Comes together : GELS
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Updated, as a kitchen : REDID
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Sizes up : EYES
Down
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College athletics channel : ESPNU
2
Ties for vaqueros : BOLOS
3
Pigeon pose, for one : ASANA
4
Opposite of flatline : YOYO
5
Dark hue named after a type of glassware : BOTTLEGREEN
6
Dried chili : ANCHO
7
Weaselly animal : STOAT
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[Go! The light turned!] : TOOT
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Unadon ingredient : EEL
10
Mauve relative : LILAC
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Excessively admiring : ADULATORY
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"That's all. Goodbye" : WEREDONE
13
When repeated, a 2010s dance move : NAE
18
"Might as well try" : ITCANTHURT
21
Uncapped? : BAREHEADED
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Accelerated, in a way : FASTTRACKED
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Destination : END
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Angler's supply : BAIT
27
Currency whose symbol is ฿ : BAHT
29
Item often seen in home bathrooms, but rarely in public ones : HANDTOWEL
30
Sebaceous : OILY
31
Many a promoter of human rights or voting rights, for short : NGO
32
Large Hadron Collider org. : CERN
33
Place to store some barrels : WINECAVE
34
Word with horse or hero : WAR
39
They parallel radiuses : ULNAS
40
In book form : BOUND
41
World-weary feeling : ENNUI
42
Where the piano was invented : ITALY
43
"For real!" : NOLIE
44
Jacks are male ones : ASSES
46
Native Canadian : CREE
47
Red, maybe : RIPE
48
Vibed with : DUG
49
Feature of some TVs, for short : DVR

Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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