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New York Times, Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Author:
Nancy Stark and Will Nediger
Editor:
Will Shortz
Country with the second-most Portuguese speakers
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RebusScrabbleFresh
11.7149%
Nancy Stark
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141.7471%
Will Nediger

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JKQXZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 7 for Ms. Stark. This is puzzle # 45 for Mr. Nediger. Wednesday freshness: 46%
Constructor notes:
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© 2022, The New York Times12/21/22 ( No. 26,706 )
Across
1
Be an omen of : BODE
5
Reduce : LOWER
10
Belabor, with "on" : HARP
14
Follower of Bay or gray : AREA
15
___ setter : IRISH
16
Sheepish answer to "Who broke this?" : IDID
17
Sign in a clearance section : FIFTYPERCENTOFF
20
"___ soon?" : TOO
21
The duck in "Peter and the Wolf" : OBOE
22
Grunts and groans, e.g. : NOISES
23
Country with the second-most Portuguese speakers : ANGOLA
25
Stretch : STINT
27
Party people, for short : POLS
29
Peach or plum : HUE
30
Download that might use a freemium model : APP
33
"A fickle food," per Emily Dickinson : FAME
36
Large-scale corporate union : MEGAMERGER
39
In the loop : AWARE
41
One able to lift 10 to 50 times its body weight : ANT
42
Like flourless cake : DENSE
43
Dream hand for a poker player : ROYALFLUSH
46
___ slicker : CITY
47
"Cabin Fever" director Roth : ELI
48
Enthusiastic response to "Wanna come?" : DOI
49
Expel : OUST
51
Deceptive movement : FEINT
53
"Fudge," "fie" and "fiddlesticks" are some of the printable ones : FWORDS
57
Title holders : OWNERS
60
Ideal for audiophiles, in brief : HIFI
62
Swing ___ : ERA
63
"Why are you making such a fuss?" … or a hint to 17-, 36- and 43-Across : WHATSTHEBIGDEAL
66
It means nothing at Wimbledon : LOVE
67
U.S. theater awards : OBIES
68
Modify, as an article : EDIT
69
Key word when writing dialogue : SAYS
70
Word with due or true : NORTH
71
Manhattan, on an envelope : NYNY
Down
1
U.K. acting award : BAFTA
2
Hunter visible at night : ORION
3
Remove condensation from : DEFOG
4
Conquer a hero? : EAT
5
It can prevent cracking : LIPBALM
6
Snack item sometimes shown in ads next to a glass of milk : OREO
7
Confusion might ensue when they're crossed : WIRES
8
Key for getting out, not in : ESC
9
Metal next to tungsten on the periodic table : RHENIUM
10
Signal to play : HITIT
11
Brouhahas : ADOS
12
Widespread : RIFE
13
E-tickets often come as these : PDFS
18
Risk taker's acronym : YOLO
19
"You don't really have to" : NONEED
24
Field for Maria Callas : OPERA
26
"Oh yeah?" : THATSO
28
Protect, as freshness : SEALIN
30
Hindu fire god : AGNI
31
Target for an exterminator : PEST
32
Food, potentially : PREY
33
Food : FARE
34
Nowhere to be found : AWOL
35
"Do you mind?" : MAYI
37
Antelope with chin hair : GNU
38
One side of a page : RECTO
40
Patriarchs and matriarchs : ELDERS
44
Shove down the throat of : FOISTON
45
Sulky : HUFFISH
50
Large swallow : SWIG
51
Major bashes : FETES
52
"A League of ___ Own" : THEIR
54
Like marshes or bagpipes : REEDY
55
Exhaust physically : DRAIN
56
Like tears and some language : SALTY
57
Bevy : quails :: parliament : ___ : OWLS
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"Now wait just a second!" : WHOA
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Blue shade : NAVY
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"Yeah, sure" : IBET
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"Euphoria" channel : HBO
65
Place for thieves : DEN

Answer summary:
4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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