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New York Times, Saturday, December 17, 2022

Author:
Christina Iverson and Tom Pepper
Editor:
Will Shortz
Blog:
Outdoor event with long sticks, informally
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
307/30/20196/7/202423
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113512431
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331.5917951%
Christina Iverson
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
162/6/201210/6/20238
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1431232
RebusCircleScrabDebutFresh
121.658852%
Tom Pepper

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 15 for Ms. Iverson. This is puzzle # 13 for Mr. Pepper. Saturday freshness: 29%
Constructor notes:
CHRISTINA: Tom and I met at ACPT through our mutual friend Andrea Carla Michaels, and connected over our shared Minnesota roots. We ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Tom, Christina, YOU'RE ON FIRE! There were so many entertaining entries that they eased the pain of having fewer-than-average long ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times12/17/22 ( No. 26,702 )
Across
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Psychs : KEYSUP
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Certain parental figure? : DADBOD
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One confined to a cell? : AMOEBA
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Place with multiple ports : WINEBAR
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The Manassa ___, nickname for boxer Jack Dempsey : MAULER
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"Ideas worth spreading" series : TEDTALKS
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It makes scents! : AIRFRESHENER
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Gifts often given with kisses : LEIS
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Shut (up) : PENT
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Informal times of day : AFTS
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One with sole possession? : SHOE
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Chicago mayor Lightfoot : LORI
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It's a trap : SNARE
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Great deal : TON
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"I'll take another" : HITME
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Void : ANNUL
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Org. whose motto is "Per Ardua ad Astra" : RAF
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Like the Northern Lights : AURORAL
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Souvenir shop purchase : TEE
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It goes without saying : AXIOM
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Act big? : EMOTE
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Bae : HON
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Forked-tailed fliers : TERNS
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Something that may be cut and then cured : MEAT
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Michael of "Life & Beth" : CERA
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"Ah, yes, understood" : ISEE
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No-frills retirement options? : COTS
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Bit of silliness : GOOF
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Not getting involved in any nastiness : ABOVETHEFRAY
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Ralphie's wish in "A Christmas Story" : REDRYDER
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Recorded : ONFILE
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Detail-oriented sort : IDOTTER
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Clerical worker? : PRIEST
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Made too much of something, perhaps : GUSHED
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Honorific that translates to "born before" : SENSEI
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Hindu god of love and desire : KAMA
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Inbox messages from Nigerian princes, almost certainly : EMAILHOAXES
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Comment to someone enjoying a hot streak : YOUREONFIRE
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Something you reach out and take : SELFIE
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Eschews a cab, say : UBERS
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Winnow : PARE
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"___ bat an eye" : DIDNT
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Pay to play : ANTE
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Start of an old advice column : DEARANN
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Crude meas. : BBL
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Common street name : OAK
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Practice group?: Abbr. : DRS
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Outdoor event with long sticks, informally : WEENIEROAST
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Cold shower? : THERMOMETER
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"I spilled ___ on my dog. Now he's gone": Steven Wright : SPOTREMOVER
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Some modern media-related speculations : FANTHEORIES
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Start of many a trick question : TRUEORFALSE
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Gomez who got her start on "Barney & Friends" : SELENA
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Overcast clouds : STRATI
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Lucy of "Why Women Kill" : LIU
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Pitcher's aim? : SALE
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Big actors : HAMS
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Court fig. : ATT
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Here : ONEARTH
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Final resting place : COFFIN
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Like some hard-to-read messages : CODED
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Soul, for one : GENRE
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Storage unit : BYTE
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Buds for brewers : HOPS
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Subject of a Nepali hunting license : YETI
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Fix : RIG
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Alternative to .com or .org : EDU
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Shags, e.g. : DOS

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