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New York Times, Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Author:
Lynn Lempel
Editor:
Will Shortz
Sean who voiced the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Raphael
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Lynn Lempel

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQWXZ} This is puzzle # 99 for Ms. Lempel.
Lynn Lempel notes:
It's been a little over a year since I submitted this puzzle. I do remember trying out umpteen grids with various theme possibilities ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I enjoyed being mystified all the way until hitting the revealer. I was bamboozled, trying to figure out how PARK and DATE and TALK ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times12/27/22 ( No. 26,712 )
Across
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Small groups of conspirators : CABALS
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Charitable offerings of old : ALMS
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Sheepish utterance? : BAA
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Catching some Z's : ASLEEP
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Italy's outline : BOOT
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Relative of an ostrich : EMU
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Command for a soldier to relax : STANDATEASE
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Post-disaster help, e.g. : AID
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Like a low, horizontal throw used by shortstops : SIDEARM
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Unhinge mentally : DERANGE
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D.C.-based teachers' union : NEA
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One of the Kardashians : KIM
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Pretends : LETSON
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Weekend comedy hit, in brief : SNL
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Financially solvent : AFLOAT
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Passing craze : FAD
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Snoopy's breed : BEAGLE
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Spits rhymes, so to speak : RAPS
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Tableware for special guests : CHINA
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Classic car inits. : REO
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Melville's "___ Budd" : BILLY
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Mafia chief : CAPO
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Fail to keep a promise : RENEGE
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"The Spanish Tragedy" dramatist Thomas : KYD
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Have as one's residence : LIVEAT
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___ room (play space) : REC
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Goes out of business : CLOSES
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In the manner of : ALA
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Blockhead : OAF
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Bemoans, as a loss : LAMENTS
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42 weeks pregnant, e.g. : OVERDUE
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One of the Gershwin brothers : IRA
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Betray … or a hint to what's found in this puzzle's shaded squares : DOUBLECROSS
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Plastic used in piping, for short : PVC
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Cookie once promoted with the line "Take a lick — you'll love it" : OREO
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Stock market purchases : SHARES
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State out loud : SAY
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Take a breather : REST
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Ohio city on Lake Erie : TOLEDO
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Mama ___ Elliot of 1960s folk : CASS
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Sean who voiced the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Raphael : ASTIN
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Ice skate part : BLADE
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Trojan hero in a Virgil epic : AENEAS
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Yeats's "___ and the Swan" : LEDA
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Glisten : SPARKLE
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"Honest" guy on a five : ABE
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Trucker's haul : LOAD
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White wine named for the European river valley where it's produced : MOSELLE
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Sound upgrade from mono : STEREO
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Means to a goose laying golden eggs, in a fairy tale : BEANSTALK
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Compañero : AMIGO
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Poet W. H. ___ : AUDEN
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"I don't need to hear all that!" : TMI
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PONG Quest gaming company : ATARI
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Reddish purple : MAGENTA
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Org. that oversees court battles : NBA
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Drifting ice mass : FLOE
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U.S. TV regulator : FCC
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"Now I see!" : AHA
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Negotiator's skill : DIPLOMACY
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Square footage : AREA
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Thickness, as of yarn : PLY
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Name that's hidden in "Easy does it" : SYD
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Assault on the ears : NOISE
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Helpful pollinator : BEE
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Bring back to its original condition : RESTORE
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Most serious : GRAVEST
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One with a booth at a flea market : VENDOR
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Pen for horses on a ranch : CORRAL
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Promotional snippets from a film : CLIPS
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Caterpillar or tadpole : LARVA
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Texter's chortle : LOL
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Be crazy about : ADORE
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Joined together by heating : FUSED
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Hauls into court : SUES
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Sound that rebounds : ECHO
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Former Exxon name : ESSO
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Nonhuman internet "account holder" : BOT

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