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New York Times, Thursday, October 6, 2022

Author:
Simeon Seigel
Editor:
Will Shortz
Shifts from neutral, in a way
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Simeon Seigel

This puzzle:

Rows: 16, Columns: 14 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {BJQZ} Puzzle has duplicate clues. This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Seigel.
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Jeff Chen notes:
Constructors always come up with similar core ideas, and their executions can be so different. Although we both featured ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times10/6/22 ( No. 26,630 )
Across
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Musky "cat" : CIVET
6
Banned antimalarial : DDT
9
Direction to bow, for a violinist : ARCO
13
Shifts from neutral, in a way : ACIDIFIES
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Lie about : LOLL
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What you might have to do for some highway construction … or a first hint to solving this puzzle's theme : MERGELEFT
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F in music class? : LOUD
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Falco of TV's "Oz" : EDIE
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Causes to run without human involvement : AUTOMATES
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Loosening, as a joint : OILING
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Shiner? : RAY
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One who's up to the minutes : STENO
25
Michigan college or its town : ALMA
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Key used for exiting : ESC
30
Before opening? : ANTE
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"Bésame ___" (bolero song) : MUCHO
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Dedicatee of "Moby-Dick" : HAWTHORNE
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Collect all together : POOL
40
Pumped metal : IRON
41
Looked for facts in figures : DATAMINED
43
"Blinking heck!" : NERTS
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Bit : IOTA
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[Cluck] : TSK
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Geiger of Geiger counter fame : HANS
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Slowpokes at the head of a trail : SLUGS
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PBS's "___ the Science Kid" : SID
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"I never look back, dahling. It distracts from ___": Pixar's Edna Mode : THENOW
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Honesty, kindness or respect, for many people : COREVALUE
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Sports org. for students : NCAA
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Common operating system for supercomputers, once : UNIX
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Gradually trims … or a phonetic second hint to solving this puzzle's theme : PARESDOWN
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Milk delivery point : TEAT
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How things have always been done : TRADITION
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IDs since the Great Depression : SSNS
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2013 biopic about actor Mineo : SAL
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Crapshoots, essentially : ROLLS
Down
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Many Stan Lee film appearances : CAMEOS
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Sealed the deal : ICEDIT
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Strong and energetic : VIRILE
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Enter cautiously : EDGEIN
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It's no loss : TIE
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Hermès, par exemple : DIEU
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Expert : DEFT
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Sudden source of rain, informally : TSTORM
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Temper, as fears : ALLAY
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Nose (around) : ROOT
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With 12-Down, secretly plots (with) : CLUE
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– : OLDS
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The Swiss fly a square one : FLAG
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Officer's title : MAAM
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Creator of an animal shelter : NOAH
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With 26-Down, repeated occurrences of things in turn : ATRAIN
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– : LENTOS
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Major option for a future C.E.O. : ECON
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With 29-Down, taught a lesson : SHOE
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– : COLD
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Signal to proceed : NOD
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News letters : UPI
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With 35-Down, some common attire for cooks : HINT
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– : ARES
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Tasks : WORK
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Demolition material : TNT
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Finish off : EAT
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TV series with the all-time most-watched episode : MASH
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Prison weapon : SHIV
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Novelizes, e.g. : ADAPTS
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Bestow upon temporarily : LENDTO
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Deploy, as wire from a spool : UNCOIL
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Disappear midtour, say : GOAWOL
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Proust's "___ Way" : SWANNS
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Blue notes? : SEXTS
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Set up for a swing : TEED
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With 57-Down, noble title : CUTS
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– : ONES
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Johnson who directed "The Last Jedi" : RIAN
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"___ Croft: Tomb Raider" : LARA
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Europe's third-longest river : URAL
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Officer's title : SIR

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

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