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New York Times, Saturday, November 5, 2022

Author:
John Westwig
Editor:
Will Shortz
Location of a daith piercing
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 66, Blocks: 32 Missing: {QXZ} Puzzle has duplicate clues. This is puzzle # 6 for Mr. Westwig.
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© 2022, The New York Times11/5/22 ( No. 26,660 )
Across
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Amanuenses : SCRIBES
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Clog : JAMUP
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Famous game-saving 1954 World Series play by Willie Mays : THECATCH
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Many a Zoroastrian : IRANI
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Nice place to read or watch TV : EASYCHAIR
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Mad about : BIGON
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It might be dry or biting : WIT
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Raise people's spirits? : HOLDASEANCE
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Phrase that's often contracted … or suffix for something contracted : ITIS
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Oozed : SEEPED
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Location of a daith piercing : EAR
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___ Cherry, singer with the 1988 hit "Buffalo Stance" : NENEH
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Long account : SAGA
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Humblebrag, of a sort : ITRY
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Order against disclosure : GAGLAW
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Bad : NOTGOOD
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Romps : FIELDDAYS
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This clue's answer might contain more than seven letters : MAILBAG
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Bad : CRAPPY
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Gave a hard time : RODE
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Fusses : ADOS
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Met for a few hours in the evening? : OPERA
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Makers of Deep Blue, the first computer to beat a world chess champion under tournament conditions : IBM
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Potato chips, in Britain : CRISPS
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One in a nursery rhyme pocketful : POSY
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Figures in "Knives Out" and "The Maltese Falcon" : PRIVATEEYES
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Peter Pettigrew's Animagus, in the Harry Potter books : RAT
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___ space : OUTER
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Keeping one's thoughts to oneself, say : SECRETIVE
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One who's a charmer, maybe : FLIRT
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Traditional Polynesian beverage that numbs the mouth : KAVAKAVA
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Brined white cheeses : FETAS
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"The White House" vis-à-vis the executive branch of government, e.g. : METONYM
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In an agitated state : STEWING
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Cardamom-containing coffeehouse creation : CHAITEA
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At ease : RESTING
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Unsalted, perhaps : ICY
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"The beginning and end of all music," per Max Reger : BACH
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Shared values : ETHOS
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September/October zodiac symbol : SCALES
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Agreed : JIBED
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Part of a 45-Across : ARIA
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Marvel Comics character played multiple times in film by Ian McKellen : MAGNETO
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Skip or Reverse : UNOCARD
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Dole Plantation, e.g. : PINERY
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Game where It always counts : HIDEANDGOSEEK
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Eminem track with the Guinness World Record for "most words in a hit single" : RAPGOD
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Washington hub that's a portmanteau of two cities : SEATAC
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Shot only you can take : SELFIE
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"Peas" or "golf balls" : HAIL
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Apple product : IOSAPP
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Creative works with net proceeds? : WEBART
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Food item often accompanied by tzatziki : GYRO
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Word before or after "first" : LADIES
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Ochlocracy : MOBRULE
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"You know what you did!" : ADMITIT
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Average American, allusively : PEORIAN
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Press secretary's asset, informally : PRSAVVY
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"We did it!" : YAYTEAM
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Scam : RIPOFF
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Gadget that might be disguised as something else : SPYCAM
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Alternatives to baskets : CARTS
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A bad one is your fault : SERVE
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Designer Wang : VERA
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Race winner's prize : SEAT
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Ring call, for short : TKO

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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