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New York Times, Friday, December 9, 2022

Author:
Brooke Husic and Hoang-Kim Vu
Editor:
Will Shortz
Bird that can recognize itself in a mirror
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Hoang-Kim Vu

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 30 Missing: {JKQXZ} Spans: 2 Grid has diagonal symmetry. This is puzzle # 16 for Ms. Husic. This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Vu. Friday freshness: 24%
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BROOKE: I'm mega-impressed by Kim's crossword skills, discipline, and thoughtfulness and I'm so honored to be a part of his first and ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I GOTTA SAY that there were some excellent debuts: PRAYER MAT, APOLOGY ACCEPTED, DON'T GET UP, and even T-Swizzle TAY-TAY (fine, I ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times12/9/22 ( No. 26,694 )
Across
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Something faithfully rolled out : PRAYERMAT
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Take in : ADMIT
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Huge pop star? : SUPERNOVA
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Natural rubber : LOOFA
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"Just can't keep quiet on this one …" : IGOTTASAY
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Bone also called the incus : ANVIL
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"We ___ the loudest when we ___ to ourselves": Eric Hoffer : LIE
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Doesn't move : SITSSTILL
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"Odi et ___" (start of an old Latin poem) : AMO
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Internal regulation : BYLAW
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Sets : GELS
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Bird that can recognize itself in a mirror : MAGPIE
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Alma mater for Henry Louis Gates Jr. : YALE
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Monopolizing, in a way : BUYINGUP
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Root : BOTTOM
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Dazed : INASTUPOR
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Fruit in some agua fresca : GUAVA
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Keeping quiet at the right time, say : TACT
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Hit 2022 film … or a possible response to whether you've seen it : NOPE
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Decided : OPTED
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Kind of engr. : CIV
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Options in some eye shadow palettes : NUDES
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What's past due? : TRE
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Tool in a mixologist's set : PEELER
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"Knowing is half the battle" spot, in brief : PSA
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Online forum V.I.P.s : MODS
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One may have a name in Italian, German and French : ALP
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Settles for the night : ROOSTS
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Ticked off : SORE
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Excited shout after a thrill ride : LETSDOTHATAGAIN
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Mes del Día de los Reyes Magos : ENERO
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Sacred symbol : TOTEM
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Move-y trailers? : RVS
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Home inspection concern : RADON
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"Il Trovatore," for one : OPERA
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Stand for a shot : TEE
Down
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Abbr. at a pump : PSI
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Runner, e.g. : RUG
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Statement in a closing argument? : APOLOGYACCEPTED
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Monster called Miche in Tibetan : YETI
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Mononymous artist who designed dresses at age 6 : ERTE
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Bio class subject : RNA
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Like some stream banks : MOSSY
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Benefit : AVAIL
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Nickname for singer Swift : TAYTAY
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"Sad to say" : ALAS
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"Stay put, I can take care of this myself" : DONTGETUP
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Flick : MOVIE
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Lawyer/voting rights activist Sherrilyn : IFILL
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Some Starbucks orders : TALLS
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Makeup corrector : SWAB
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Limits : AMBIT
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Hawaiian mountain : MAUNA
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Started : BEGUN
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Part of a flower's gynoecium : PISTIL
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Bank earnings: Abbr. : INT
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Greek for "word" : LOGOS
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Knowing all about : UPON
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Store for a short time : POPUPSHOP
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Wall décor in some parlors : TATTOOART
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High gear : OVERDRIVE
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Clicked : MADESENSE
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It's right on a map : REDSTATE
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Tony-winning actress Gwen : VERDON
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___ Island : EASTER
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More fair : PALER
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Italian author Ferrante, who wrote the "Neapolitan Novels" : ELENA
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Li'l joey, for one : ROO
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Umami flavor enhancement : MSG
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Palindromic name : OTTO
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Cheap ticket spec : SRO
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Physicians' grp. : AMA

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