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New York Times, Saturday, December 31, 2022

Author:
Billy Bratton
Editor:
Will Shortz
David Bowie persona in 1970s glam rock
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 32 Missing: {JQX} This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Bratton.
Billy Bratton notes:

Happy to debut 18-Across. Re: 3-Down — I solemnly swear I am not a redditor. Shoutout to the editors for the 45-Across clue.

Happy New Year to those who celebrate!

Jeff Chen notes:
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© 2022, The New York Times12/31/22 ( No. 26,716 )
Across
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Few and far between : SPARSE
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YouTube influencers have big ones : FANBASES
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In on : WISETO
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Utopian : IDEALIST
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One end of it might be felt : INKPEN
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Mario character with a mushroom head and pink braids : TOADETTE
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Turning point in construction? : SCREW
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Jollity : MIRTH
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___ Solo, son of Leia Organa : BEN
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Lab order? : HEEL
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Perfectly cromulent : FINE
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Heretofore : ASYET
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Windup : END
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His initial stands for Tureaud : MRT
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About one in 10 Muslims : SHIA
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Devote (to) : DEDICATE
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Works in el Museo del Prado : ARTE
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David Bowie persona in 1970s glam rock : ZIGGYSTARDUST
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Rear-view feature on a Jeep? : TIRE
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Sent to the junkyard : SCRAPPED
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Some social media posts, for short : VIDS
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Trifle (with) : TOY
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Afore : ERE
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Didn't wait for a restaurant job? : BUSED
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"Man, that hurts!" : OWOW
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Edible husk : BRAN
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Suffix with official : ESE
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Sap : DRAIN
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Producer of many popular singles : KRAFT
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Understand without listening : READLIPS
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At a high interest rate? : KEENLY
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Caused all sorts of problems with : GUMMEDUP
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Kind of pickup : ONETON
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Mad magazine staple : SPYVSSPY
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Da bomb : SODOPE
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Barely rustled the net : SWISHED
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Sort of spectacles not much seen nowadays : PINCENEZ
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Forum that provides material for many BuzzFeed articles : ASKREDDIT
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Ward off : REPEL
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Fret about a fricassee? : STEW
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Long division : EON
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Not stick out like a sore thumb : FITIN
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Thinks the world of : ADORES
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Dandy : NEAT
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Something winds might cause : BADHAIRDAY
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Pale ___ : ALE
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Not get involved : SITBY
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First name in cosmetics : ESTEE
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Duct tube : STENT
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Grubby little paws : MITTS
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Raggedy : FRAYED
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Snapped out of a daydream, perhaps : SATUP
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Fast-food fare in which two pancakes form a sandwich : MCGRIDDLES
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Soil-loosening tool : HARROW
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Resignation notice? : IGIVE
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35-Across and others, in brief : ETS
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Language with its own "green star" flag : ESPERANTO
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Follow, as a lead : ACTON
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Large unit of computing speed : TERAFLOP
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Breath-freshening brand : DENTYNE
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Get frothy : SOAPUP
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Sights in the Arctic : BERGS
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Burn through : USEUP
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Disreputable : SEAMY
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Feathery : WISPY
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Stir up : BREED
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Purges : RIDS
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Casino game with "hits" and "catches" : KENO
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Patty and Selma's workplace on "The Simpsons," for short : DMV
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Floors in a ring : KOS

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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