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New York Times, Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Author:
Julietta Gervase
Editor:
Will Shortz
The third "little pig," with his house of bricks?
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {QX} This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Gervase.
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© 2022, The New York Times12/13/22 ( No. 26,698 )
Across
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Order for a birthday party or wedding reception : CAKE
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Leftover morsel : SCRAP
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Brainiac : WHIZ
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Bit of ancient Viking text : RUNE
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R&B artist with the 2004 hit "1, 2 Step" : CIARA
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Sharpen : HONE
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Smooth (out) : IRON
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Cravings : URGES
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Ways to escape a dilemma : OUTS
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What might smell of Gerber products? : BABYSBREATH
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Collectible group : SET
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Tresses : HAIR
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Seeking company, maybe : LONELY
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Pancakes with sweet or savory fillings : CREPES
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Ab-toning exercise : SITUP
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___ Burton, host of "Reading Rainbow" : LEVAR
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The third "little pig," with his house of bricks? : WOLFSBANE
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Words after get or sleep : ONIT
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High abode : AERIE
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Raised, as livestock : BRED
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Award for a champion angler? : GOLDENROD
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Gracefully limber : LITHE
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Shred, as cheese : GRATE
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Chinese transliteration system : PINYIN
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"And ___ off!" : THEYRE
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Title role for Bob Odenkirk in a "Breaking Bad" spinoff : SAUL
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Sprinted : RAN
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Object found by Prince Charming after the clock struck midnight? : LADYSLIPPER
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Condo, e.g. : UNIT
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Awards for Broadway's best : TONYS
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Often-buggy software stage : BETA
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Government takeover : COUP
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One running the show : EMCEE
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Boeing 747s, e.g. : JETS
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Smooch : KISS
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Takes ten : RESTS
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Haphazardly assemble, with "together" : SLAP
Down
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Home, in slang : CRIB
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Otherworldly glow : AURA
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Door opener : KNOB
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___-weeny (small) : EENY
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Takes a dive, perhaps : SCUBAS
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Wispy clouds : CIRRI
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Raucous social event : RAGER
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Word with gray, play or Bay : AREA
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Previous incarnation : PASTLIFE
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A question of identity : WHO
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Potentially raucous social event : HOUSEPARTY
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What a spy collects : INTEL
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Having some kick, as food : ZESTY
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"Fer ___!" : SHER
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Intense attraction, with "the" : HOTS
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Small ear of corn : NUBBIN
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Target of a plumber's snake : CLOG
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City that's an apt rhyme for "casino" : RENO
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Difficult-to-outsmart villain : EVILGENIUS
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Blot with a towel, maybe : PATDRY
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Lost traction : SLID
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"What ___ you thinking?" : WERE
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Spanish treasure : ORO
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Classic soda brand : NEHI
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"East of ___" (Steinbeck novel) : EDEN
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Mammal with a two-foot-long tongue : ANTEATER
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Noble rank associated with sandwiches : EARL
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Actress Reinhart of "Riverdale" : LILI
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Vital signs : PULSES
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Food ___ (curbside dining option) : TRUCK
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Home of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum : HANOI
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Aligns : SYNCS
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Until now : ASYET
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Rotunda feature : DOME
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Common lunchbox sandwiches, informally : PBJS
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Banana skin : PEEL
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James in both the Blues and Rock & Roll Halls of Fame : ETTA
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Scratchy voice : RASP
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"Decorates" as a prank, informally : TPS

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