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New York Times, Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Author:
Peter Koetters
Editor:
Will Shortz
Gets into bed, literally
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Peter Koetters

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 32 Missing: {JQXZ} Spans: 4 This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Koetters. Tuesday freshness: 86%
Peter Koetters notes:
Still straining from the rejection of my crossword tour de force entitled "Carpe B.M.," I devoted myself in the last year to only ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Literalisms today, using phrases following the X BETWEEN THE YS pattern. I enjoyed that Pete made his Y words singular: ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times12/20/22 ( No. 26,705 )
Across
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Moved like a pendulum : SWUNG
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Qatar's capital : DOHA
10
Title for Paul, Gregory or Francis : POPE
14
Outdoor grilling spot : PATIO
15
Rivers in Portugal and Spain : RIOS
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Airline that grounds its planes during the Sabbath : ELAL
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Gets overlooked, literally : CRACKFALLSCRACK
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Deep down : ATHEART
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Originates (from), as a word : DERIVES
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Org. that's pro-Second Amendment : NRA
23
Jaguars and Impalas, for instance : AUTOS
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Gets into bed, literally : SHEETSLIPSSHEET
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Blank paper bearer : PAD
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Oracle : SEER
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Starting action on a court : SERVE
34
Clears (of) : RIDS
36
"Get well soon" process, informally : REHAB
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Person who won't just talk, but act : DOER
40
New York City mayor Adams and others : ERICS
42
Where Lake Erie reaches its southernmost point : OHIO
44
Rx writers: Abbr. : DRS
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Makes suddenly aware of something, literally : EYEHITSRIGHTEYE
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Wharton's "___ Frome" : ETHAN
50
German car maker : BMW
51
Election year event : PRIMARY
54
All excited : KEYEDUP
58
Finding hidden meaning, literally : LINEREADINGLINE
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Cold War power, in brief : USSR
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Deserve : EARN
62
Like the shape of an eggplant : OVOID
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M.L.B. team that played its first two seasons at the fabled Polo Grounds : METS
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Lose layers : SHED
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Some surface damages : DENTS
Down
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Agcy. that promotes adoption : SPCA
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Witch's facial feature : WART
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Home of Arches National Park : UTAH
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___ Creed (Christian avowal) : NICENE
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Amusement park racers : GOKARTS
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"Dagnabbit!" : DRAT
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Slick substance : OIL
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Impede : HOLDUP
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Trust issues? : ASSETS
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Got completely destroyed : PERISHED
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Father of Norway's King Harald : OLAV
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Rate : PACE
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Fraternal order since 1868 : ELKS
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Actor Brendan : FRASER
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What five horizontal answers do with this one : CROSS
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Stadium noisemaker : AIRHORN
24
Shopping splurge : SPREE
25
Difficult to sort out, informally : HAIRY
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Country singer/songwriter Rabbitt : EDDIE
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Big name in jeans : LEE
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Eat at : ERODE
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"___ dog has its day" : EVERY
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Laconic : TERSE
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Plot developers : SCHEMERS
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Tuna type : AHI
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It tolls over British Parliament : BIGBEN
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Stringed instrument that rhymes with another stringed instrument : SITAR
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"Holy moly!" : OHMYGOD
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Behind-the-arc shots, informally : THREES
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Directive at a physical : SAYAAH
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Rare roll with two dice : TWELVE
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Fruit used to make slivovitz : PLUM
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Climb : RISE
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The "I" of M.I.T.: Abbr. : INST
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Tenderhearted : KIND
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Celine with five Grammys : DION
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Section of a textbook : UNIT
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Banned substances in sports, for short : PEDS
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Rapper who co-founded N.W.A, casually : DRE

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