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New York Times, Monday, December 5, 2022

Author:
Tracy Gray
Editor:
Will Shortz
Mexican marinade made with chili peppers
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Tracy Gray

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 44 Missing: {JVXZ} Spans: 1 Grid has mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 34 for Ms. Gray.
Tracy Gray notes:
This puzzle came together fairly quickly for me — maybe because I had so few theme entries to choose from. With a theme set of 15, 11, ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
DEPOSIT SLIP, SAN ANDREAS FAULT, HONEY BOO-BOO … easy day in "Name That Theme." No slip-ups for me! Wait. MY BAD refers to four theme ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times12/5/22 ( No. 26,690 )
Across
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Center of an ear of corn : COB
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Met the golf course standard : SHOTPAR
11
X, to Greeks : CHI
14
"Wise" bird : OWL
15
Last car on classic trains : CABOOSE
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Word repeated before "hurray!" : HIP
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Only three-letter zodiac sign : LEO
18
'Bama rival : OLEMISS
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Letters on a wanted poster : AKA
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Mexican marinade made with chili peppers : ADOBO
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Craving : YEN
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Officiated at a baseball game : UMPED
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Bit of banking documentation : DEPOSITSLIP
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"Let me inquire about that" : ILLASK
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"Finally!" : ATLAST
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Modernist architect I. M. ___ : PEI
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Coins used in 19 countries : EUROS
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Status ___ : QUO
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Cause of many California earthquakes : SANANDREASFAULT
44
"Aida" or "Lohengrin" : OPERA
45
Lead-in to "for a moment" or "for profit" : NOT
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Ways reporters get some secret information : LEAKS
47
Stadium cheer : RAH
49
Oily roofing material : TAR
50
Former moniker of reality TV child star Alana Thompson : HONEYBOOBOO
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Cole ___ : SLAW
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Scottish estate owner : LAIRD
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Letters on love letters : SWAK
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Bottle stopper : CORK
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"Oopsie!"... and a hint to the ends of 18-, 25-, 39- and 50-Across : MYBAD
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"This round's ___" : ONME
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Novelist James who co-wrote the screenplay for "The African Queen" : AGEE
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Like a margarita glass rim : SALTY
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Gravy glob : LUMP
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Flushed, as cheeks : ROSY
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"Didn't I tell you?!" : SEE
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Dry cleaner's target : SPOT
Down
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Pepsi or RC : COLA
2
Had bills to pay : OWED
3
Concern for a horse breeder : BLOODLINE
4
Ice cream cone portions : SCOOPS
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Shakespearean prince : HAL
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Earns a dog treat, say : OBEYS
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Actress Marisa of "The Wrestler" : TOMEI
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Pencil tip : POINT
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Beast of burden : ASS
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Outcome : RESULT
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Town in Westchester County, N.Y., where the Clintons live : CHAPPAQUA
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Walk with a backpack, maybe : HIKE
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Amazon Fire competitor : IPAD
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Actress Arthur of "The Golden Girls" : BEA
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Thousand G's : MIL
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Gave approval : OKED
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Back talk : SASS
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___ facto : IPSO
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Big jump : LEAP
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Act like a sore loser : SULK
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Many "PAW Patrol" watchers : TOTS
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Caterer's coffee vessel : URN
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Onetime manufacturer of the Flying Cloud and Royale : REO
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Cheerios grain : OAT
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It's pressed to go left, right, up or down on a computer : ARROWKEY
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Flatbread in Indian cooking : NAAN
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Makeup of a "muffin top" : FLAB
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Some hairsprays : AEROSOLS
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Steering equipment on ships : HELMS
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Hot boozy beverage : TODDY
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Unlike rabbits, their young are born open-eyed and hopping : HARES
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"Get Yer ___ Out!" (Rolling Stones album) : YAYAS
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Book used at inaugurations : BIBLE
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Speak at length : ORATE
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Confess (to) : OWNUP
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Surgical souvenir : SCAR
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Bull's-eye for Target, e.g. : LOGO
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Water balloons at summer camp, maybe : AMMO
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Hung on to : KEPT

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle.

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