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New York Times, Thursday, December 29, 2022

Author:
Claire Rimkus and Rachel Fabi
Editor:
Will Shortz
Sister ___ Prejean, author of the 1993 best seller "Dead Man Walking"
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Claire Rimkus
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Rachel Fabi

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 42 Missing: {JKQXZ} Puzzle has duplicate clues. This is puzzle # 6 for Ms. Rimkus. This is puzzle # 4 for Ms. Fabi. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
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© 2022, The New York Times12/29/22 ( No. 26,714 )
Across
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Easter starter? : NOR
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Element of an English Opening in chess : PAWN
8
Hayek who portrayed Frida Kahlo : SALMA
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"___ got a feeling …" : IVE
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George who wrote "Romola" : ELIOT
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"See ya!" : ADIOS
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Gathering of protesters : RALLY
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Models used in copying : TEMPLATES
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What might have bumps on a log? : TOAD
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DVR pioneer : TIVO
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The last pope Julius : III
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Makes the rounds : CIRCULATES
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Large, flightless birds : EMUS
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Sort who's easy to tick off : HOTHEAD
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King at the start of "Game of Thrones" : ROBERT
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Influential ties : INS
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Grassy expanses : LEAS
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Backing : AID
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Overnight work assignment … or a hint to understanding four rows of answers in this puzzle : LATESHIFT
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Cry at la Copa Mundial : GOL
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The other side : THEM
42
Forensic inits. : CSI
45
Sections of a barn : STALLS
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Tried casually, with "in" : DABBLED
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Chilly : COLD
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Fresh start, metaphorically : CLEANSLATE
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"You got it!" : YUP
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Draped garment : SARI
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___ mater : ALMA
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Work as an interpreter : TRANSLATE
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Size option at Starbucks : VENTI
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Sister ___ Prejean, author of the 1993 best seller "Dead Man Walking" : HELEN
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Makes less difficult : EASES
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Top, for instance, but not bottom : TOY
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Onetime Ford executive : EDSEL
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Cry of accomplishment : DONE
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It's stored in a vein : ORE
Down
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Nada : NIL
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Good thing to give someone while standing : OVATION
3
Comebacks : RETORTS
4
Chicken king? : PERDUE
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Chicken ___ king : ALA
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What leftover salad greens do in the refrigerator : WILT
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"I swear!" : NOLIE
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Took the bench, say : SAT
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Lime chaser? : ADE
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Capped : LIMITED
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More petulant, in a way : MOPIER
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World Cup datum : ASSIST
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"I really appreciate it!," in textspeak : TYVM
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For one : EACH
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For us : OUR
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X : CHI
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Pinch in the kitchen : SALT
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Idle : LOAF
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Slightly : ABIT
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Camper's protection : DEET
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Camper's detritus : ASH
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Molt : SHED
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Lazily lie : LOLL
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"It was ___ dream" : ALLA
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Big Sur runner beginning in 2020 : IMAC
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Euphemism for a lesbian couple : GALPALS
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Hybrid beverage in a Bloody Caesar cocktail : CLAMATO
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One in 100 : SENATOR
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Points to, in a way : IDS
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Cutter with a curve : SCYTHE
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Saw the sights : TOURED
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You might check their crossings: Abbr. : STS
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Good name for a firefighter? : BLAISE
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Something dingy? : BELL
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Piece of an overhanging roof : EAVE
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Stomach-dropping feeling : DREAD
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"___ doing ..." : INSO
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Former name signifier : NEE
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Show with "featured players," in brief : SNL
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X : TEN
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Body part affected by heterochromia : EYE

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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