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New York Times, Monday, December 26, 2022

Author:
Kurt Weller
Editor:
Will Shortz
Like old-fashioned railroad crossing signs
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JQ} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Weller.
Kurt Weller notes:
This theme idea has been with me for a while. It was always limited by the few phrases I could find that fit the theme. For that ... read more
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My daughter: Hey dad, want to hear a joke? Me: (caught in the headlights, frantically looking for an excuse) My daughter: What did the ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times12/26/22 ( No. 26,711 )
Across
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Floating ice chunk : BERG
5
House of mirrors at a carnival, for one : MAZE
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Takes a load off : RESTS
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Skunk's defense : ODOR
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Leon who wrote "Exodus" : URIS
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Super- : ULTRA
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"___ upon a time …" : ONCE
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Loud, prolonged noises : DINS
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___ badge (award for a scout) : MERIT
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Stick your tongue out, say : MAKEAFACE
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Use an e-cigarette : VAPE
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Kind of exam at school or the dentist's : ORAL
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Like old-fashioned railroad crossing signs : XSHAPED
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Tinder or Hinge : APP
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Beer ingredient : HOPS
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___ trick (hockey feat) : HAT
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College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa : COE
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Move onto a new topic of conversation, metaphorically : SWITCHGEARS
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Campus quarters : DORM
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Beverage that comes in green and black varieties : TEA
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Jacket fastener that's not a button : SNAP
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Pass to a different owner, as a business : CHANGEHANDS
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Aunt: Sp. : TIA
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Electric ___ : EEL
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Princess who says "Into the garbage chute, flyboy" : LEIA
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Traveler's stopover : INN
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Best Rap Performance and Best Instrumental Composition, for two : GRAMMYS
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"Get outta here!" : SCAT
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Hershey's candy with a caramel center : ROLO
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Epitome of precision … or a description of 20-, 34- and 43-Across? : CLOCKWORK
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"You can't make me!" : IWONT
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Capital of Italia : ROMA
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Yoke-wearing animals : OXEN
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Enclose, as on a farm : PENIN
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___-friendly : USER
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One-dimensional drawing : LINE
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Upright : ERECT
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Put a patch on, say : MEND
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Winter forecast, often : SNOW
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Sound of an explosion : BOOM
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___ Mode of "The Incredibles" : EDNA
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Pink Floyd's "The Wall," for one : ROCKOPERA
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Actress Garson of "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" : GREER
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Landslide of wet sediment : MUDFLOW
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Diva's delivery : ARIA
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97.5% of a penny : ZINC
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County in England or New Jersey : ESSEX
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Pirate's bottleful : RUM
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Gives a lift : ELEVATES
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Wristwatch component : STRAP
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Balderdash : TRIPE
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Having had enough food : SATED
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Sounds from a sauna : AAHS
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"Quiet!" : SHH
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Witch : HAG
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"Back in Black" band : ACDC
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"Hunny"-loving A. A. Milne character : POOH
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Bitter part of an orange : PITH
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Thieve : STEAL
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Bit of Christmas candy : CANE
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Venom neutralizer, e.g. : ANTITOXIN
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Spring forecast, often : RAIN
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Bridge : SPAN
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Memory device like "How I wish I could calculate pi," e.g. : MNEMONIC
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Jewel : GEM
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Ron of "Tarzan" fame : ELY
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Throw out : DISCARD
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Bag : SACK
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Complaint : GRIPE
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Crew team member : ROWER
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Flying solo : ALONE
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Rugby formation : SCRUM
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Army no-shows : AWOLS
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Finish last, say : LOSE
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A rainbow may be seen as a good one : OMEN
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Nevada's "Biggest Little City in the World" : RENO
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Understood : KNEW
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Maker of an explosion : TNT

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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