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New York Times, Saturday, December 10, 2022

Author:
Sid Sivakumar
Editor:
Will Shortz
Rock-forming mineral that makes up over half of the earth's crust
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 64, Blocks: 35 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 13 for Mr. Sivakumar. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Sid Sivakumar notes:
I think this is the closest I've gotten to a Patrick Berry-esque construction, and I like it. Some clues of mine that made the cut: ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
1-Across sets the tone for a solving experience, and Sid aced it today. The question mark on [Eye exam you need to pass?] caused me to ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times12/10/22 ( No. 26,695 )
Across
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Eye exam you need to pass? : IRISSCAN
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Soaks (up) : SOPS
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Cricketer's 100-run streaks : CENTURIES
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Weapon with a point d'arrêt : EPEE
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Where making a hasty exit is encouraged : ESCAPEROOM
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Flour ground in a chakki : ATTA
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Pumped : STOKED
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The Father of ___, moniker for inventor Leo Baekeland : PLASTICS
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Not as adventurous : TAMER
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Game that helps teach object permanence : PEEKABOO
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Heads of staffs? : ORBS
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Pays someone back : GETSEVEN
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Stephen of the Field Day Theatre Company : REA
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Spreads out in a bed? : SOWS
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G, in C : SOL
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Exact hits : MATCHES
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Passage in a cemetery : EPITAPH
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"___ dead, Jim" : HES
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[See fine print] : STAR
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Mathematician Terence who won a Fields Medal at age 31 : TAO
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Rock-forming mineral that makes up over half of the earth's crust : FELDSPAR
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Big affair : FEST
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Ejections : HEAVEHOS
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Necklace closure : CLASP
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Mug shot subject? : LATTEART
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Mildred D. ___, author of "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry," 1977 : TAYLOR
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Like the habitat for camels : ARID
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Became smitten : FELLINLOVE
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Plain protuberance : MESA
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Evidence of one's hang-ups? : DIALTONES
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Descriptor for gray-blond hair : ASHY
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They make waves for viewers : TVTOWERS
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Woe for winter travelers : ICESTORM
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Pull-off : RESTAREA
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Fighting : INCOMBAT
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Preakness or Belmont : STAKES
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"All right!" : SUPER
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Rep : CRED
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Word with pocket or bag : AIR
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Website with adoptable virtual creatures : NEOPETS
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Icon for airplane passengers : SEATBELT
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Choice : OPTION
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Its symbol is WOOF on Nasdaq : PETCO
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Geographical heptad : SEAS
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Flat bottoms : SOLES
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Meets expectations, in a way : MAKESPAR
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___-faire : SAVOIR
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Sunday parking spots? : PEWS
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Develops hearing loss : GOESDEAF
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Postpone : SHELVE
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Let-them-eat-cake occasion? : CHEATDAY
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Gate postings, briefly : ETAS
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Had a solo dinner "date" : ATEALONE
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Time to read the Haggadah : PASSOVER
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Machine that gives paper a smooth finish : HOTPRESS
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Focused attention on : SPOTLIT
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Foot ___ : FETISH
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Whit : SHRED
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Move so as to evade detection, in a way : FLYLOW
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Jack rabbits, but not rabbits : HARES
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Part of an epic verse : CANTO
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Bhikkhu's teacher : LAMA
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Set askew : TILT
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Head : LAV

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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