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New York Times, Friday, December 2, 2022

Author:
Scott Earl
Editor:
Will Shortz
1962 #1 hit that the BBC once deemed "too morbid" to play
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Scott Earl

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 30 Missing: {JQVXZ} Puzzle has duplicate clues. This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Earl. Friday freshness: 34%
Jeff Chen notes:
Three fantastic debut entries today, hitting at different levels of awesomeness: RECENCY BIAS is such a strong entry in its ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times12/2/22 ( No. 26,687 )
Across
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1962 #1 hit that the BBC once deemed "too morbid" to play : MONSTERMASH
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Supplements supplier : GNC
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First person plural? : EDITORIALWE
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Friend of Lumpy the Heffalump : ROO
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Highest bar? : LIFETIMEBAN
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Directional suffix : ERN
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Frosty the Snowman's nose, for one : BUTTON
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Like Chicago, geographically : UPSTATE
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Meatless food brand : AMYS
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Where some vets were based : NAM
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They may be mild or minced : OATHS
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First indication : ONSET
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Makes out in England : SNOGS
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Comment made with eyes closed, perhaps : ICANTWATCH
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Quench : SATE
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Shorthand at a coffee shop : CAF
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Talks smack about : HATESON
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What may come as a relief? : MAP
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Does something accidentally, perhaps : ERRS
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"Don't tell me what happens yet!" : NOSPOILERS
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Silly ones : GOOFS
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Actress Smith of "Why Did I Get Married?" : TASHA
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Daredevil's helmet attachment, maybe : GOPRO
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Windows portal : MSN
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Genre for Blackpink or Red Velvet : KPOP
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Steak option for a pescatarian : AHITUNA
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Lasting forever, once : ETERNE
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Comfy bit of footwear : MOC
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Inclination to prioritize new events over historical ones : RECENCYBIAS
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Monogram of 1964's Nobel Peace laureate : MLK
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What a camera emoji in an Instagram caption often signifies : PHOTOCREDIT
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Things people pay not to see : ADS
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They know what you're thinking : MINDREADERS
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Toast opening? : MELBA
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Sense of loathing : ODIUM
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"Swell!" : NIFTY
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University in central Florida : STETSON
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Completely, after "in" : TOTO
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Actress Moriarty of "The Boys" : ERIN
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Something salted at a Mexican restaurant : RIM
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Engineer/astronaut Jemison : MAE
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Something that's dropped after it's finished : ALBUM
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Cashless deal : SWAP
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Creator of TV's "Fraggle Rock" : HENSON
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Unlikely comment from a sore loser : GREATGAME
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Guiding light : NORTHSTAR
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Markers used in zigzag drills : CONES
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County with 17 of New Mexico's 25 highest peaks : TAOS
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"Swell!" : NEATO
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Validates, with "to" : ATTESTS
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Last in a series : NTH
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Septet in a carol : SWANS
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Waves away : SHOOS
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Word with cap or cream : ICE
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Place to deliver the goods : CARGOHOLD
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Ones long in the tooth? : AFROPICKS
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First network to broadcast a live session of the House of Representatives : CSPAN
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Short records, for short : EPS
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Medical research org. : NIH
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Arrange : SORT
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Locale for many a sunken boat : LAKEBED
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Early happy hour start time : FOURPM
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Delta follows it : GAMMA
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Georgia city with the Tubman Museum : MACON
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___ parade : PRIDE
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[We're broadcasting! Don't interrupt!] : ONAIR
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Exterminators' targets : PESTS
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Soft drink brand that sounds like a type of sock : NEHI
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"___ homo" : ECCE
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Banks who coined the term "smizing" : TYRA
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Flight abbr. : ETD
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Negative connector : NOR

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