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New York Times, Sunday, November 6, 2022

Author:
Michael Lieberman
Editor:
Will Shortz
Why the party's about to get less hip?
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Michael Lieberman

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 22 Words: 145, Blocks: 72 Missing: {V} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 14 for Mr. Lieberman.
Will Shortz notes:
Michael Lieberman, of Washington, D.C., is an attorney at Fairmark Partners LLP, a consumer-protection firm. This is his ninth Times crossword in two years. It started when the Billy Joel title "We ... read more
Michael Lieberman notes:
Three things I learned while making this puzzle: The website Rhyme Desk has a very useful phonetic word search function There aren't any great in-the-language phrases that use the word "taunt" The ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Did the puzzle enTAUNT you? I propose calling an entente then because there's a lot of clever thinking going on. This theme isn't simply "add two common letters (EN)." It's not a fusty old sound ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times11/6/22 ( No. 26,661 )
Across
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Opportunities for singles : ATBATS
7
Marbled savory snack from China : TEAEGG
13
A boatload : LOTS
17
"Keep Ya Head Up" rapper, informally : PAC
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Home of the W.N.B.A.'s Wings : DALLAS
21
Talk and talk and talk and talk : YAMMER
22
On the deep : ASEA
23
Poorly : ILL
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Why the party's about to get less hip? : SQUAREENROUTE
26
Maker of the Switch console : NINTENDO
28
Cremation receptacles : URNS
29
Service that's not good? : LET
30
"The ___ Company" (Frans Hals portrait) : MEAGRE
32
Pie crust ingredient : LARD
33
Army award attribute : HEROISM
35
Realtor's exclamation about a primary bathroom? : HOWENSUITEITIS
39
Actress Moriarty of "The Boys" : ERIN
40
"My package arrived!" : ITCAME
42
Landing info, in brief : ETAS
43
Sorrowful sound : MOAN
44
"Not gonna ___ ..." : LIE
45
Other: Sp. : OTRO
46
Structure on the continental shelf : OILRIG
48
Take (down) : JOT
49
How Shamu acknowledged the crowd's appreciation? : MARINEENCORE
52
Go from 60 to 0, say : RESET
54
Grp. regulating global commerce : WTO
57
Got by just fine : MADEDO
58
Some N.F.L. linemen, in brief : DTS
60
Where someone might fiddle with your dance moves? : HOEDOWN
62
Flat-topped military hat : KEPI
64
Ocean State sch. : URI
66
Takes the stage : GOESON
69
Man's name that spells a fruit backward : EMIL
70
"Prepare for a sword fight, McKellen, Fleming and all other namesakes out there!"? : ENGARDEIANSOFTHEGALAXY
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Uncurbed enthusiasm : ZEAL
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Injury from a fistfight : FATLIP
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Byproduct of burning tobacco : TAR
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Bread maker? : MINT
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Casino do-overs : REDEALS
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Like many lifeguards : TAN
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Crews : POSSES
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Neurodegenerative disease, for short : ALS
87
1990s fitness fad : TAEBO
90
Dish cooked to smooth things over after a fight? : MAKEUPENTREE
95
Cable channel with the comedy/drama "Sistas" : BET
96
TV that's trash, e.g. : EWASTE
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Pops : DADS
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High point of a trip to Europe? : ALP
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The old you? : THOU
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It's full of hot air : KILN
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One small bite : ATASTE
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Word with bus or whistle : STOP
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What students in a karate class are often doing? : CHOPPINGENBLOC
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Spiny sea creatures : URCHINS
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Flatbread made with atta : ROTI
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Charge for a tutor : MENTEE
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Business card abbr. : TEL
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Hang ominously : LOOM
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Place for a lamp : ENDTABLE
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Challenge for a court jester? : THEROYALENNUI
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"That's ___" ("You may proceed") : AGO
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___ film : CULT
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North African stew, or the dish it's cooked in : TAGINE
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Intimidating in a cool way : BADASS
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Flavor enhancer, for short : MSG
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Counterpart of -ful : LESS
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Wears down : ERODES
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Contents of a corn maze : STALKS
Down
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Freeware annoyances : ADS
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Where you might order nopales or esquites : TAQUERIA
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Less clear, as a memory : BLURRIER
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Support group with a hyphen in its name : ALANON
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Ankle bones : TARSI
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About five o'clock, compass-wise : SSE
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Daly of "Cagney & Lacey" : TYNE
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Singer/actress Kitt : EARTHA
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"Yo te ___" : AMO
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The Tasmanian one has been extinct since the 19th century : EMU
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"Capisce?" : GETME
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Like wind power vis-à-vis natural gas : GREENER
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Something a parent might tell you to watch : LANGUAGE
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God who was said to be in love with his sister while still in the womb(!) : OSIRIS
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Core position : TENET
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Took a load off : SAT
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Thing to bash at a bash : PINATA
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Buzz about space? : ALDRIN
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Thickheads : CLODS
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State symbol of Massachusetts : ELMTREE
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"Middlemarch" novelist, 1871 : ELIOT
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Showing signs of life : ASTIR
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Commanding position : HELM
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Located, to a builder : SITED
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Herman Melville's second novel : OMOO
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"That's odd" : WEIRD
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Act unprofessionally? : EMOTE
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Channel : CONDUIT
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How you might walk after getting great news : ONAIR
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"Hey, I had it first!" : LETGO
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Comedian/actor Ken of "The Hangover" films : JEONG
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Skewer : IMPALE
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Pinkish-red shade : CORAL
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It moves one step at a time : SHOE
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"Ain't I a ___?" (Sojourner Truth speech) : WOMAN
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Between, poetically : TWIXT
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Lead-in to a sale price : ONLY
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Lacking emotional toughness : SOFT
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Remove from Zillow, say : DELIST
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Show submission, in a way : KNEEL
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"Jumpin' Jehoshaphat!" : EGADS
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Still competing : INIT
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Tour de France stage : ETAPE
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Envelops : SHROUDS
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Pound who wrote "In a Station of the Metro" : EZRA
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C sharp equivalent : DFLAT
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Slowly move (in) : EASE
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Sends unwanted texts to, maybe : SPAMS
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Utterances of agreement : AMENS
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Totally loved : ATEUP
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Present at birth : NATAL
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What's so flippin' easy to cook with? : SPATULA
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Dinner at which "Dayenu" is sung : SEDER
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Fried pastries popular in New Orleans : BEIGNETS
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Baby that rarely sleeps at night : OWLET
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Kind of high-fat, low-carb diet : KETO
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Unlike π : RATIONAL
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Business magnate who is a Stanford University dropout : ELONMUSK
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Actor Omar : EPPS
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Electronic toy with a blue "pull" handle : BOPIT
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"On Juneteenth" author ___ Gordon-Reed : ANNETTE
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Some beachwear : THONGS
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Show-off : HOTDOG
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Mournful peals : KNELLS
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Play opener : ACTONE
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Rhimes with an eponymous production company : SHONDA
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Pummel : CREAM
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Infuse (with) : IMBUE
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Joy of TV : BEHAR
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Sole connector? : CLEAT
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Potato peeler targets : EYES
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Patella neighbor, in brief : ACL
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One may get in the way of a collaboration : EGO
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Purge (of) : RID
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Abbr. in a birth announcement : LBS
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Site used by NASA, in brief : ISS

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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