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New York Times, Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Author:
Dan Caprera
Editor:
Will Shortz
Like a government led by thieving politicians
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Dan Caprera

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Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 80, Blocks: 40 Missing: {QXZ} Puzzle has duplicate clues. This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Caprera. Wednesday freshness: 63%
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© 2023, The New York Times2/1/23 ( No. 26,748 )
Across
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Contents of some college party shots : JELLO
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Reclining hero pose, for one : ASANA
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Film special f/x : CGI
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Science fiction vessel : FLYINGSAUCER
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She/___ pronouns : HER
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Like a government led by thieving politicians : KLEPTOCRATIC
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Comic strip cry : EEK
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Platte River people : OTO
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Diesel found in street racers? : VIN
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Costco unit : CASE
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Ingredient in a hurricane : RUM
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Cute, cutely : TWEE
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Held in suspense : BATED
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Peak whose name means "the high one" : DENALI
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Some footwear fasteners : TSTRAPS
34
Adult stage in insects : IMAGO
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Science fiction vessel : MOTHERSHIP
38
Fig Newtons manufacturer : NABISCO
40
Primeval : ANCIENT
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Science fiction vessel : SPACECRAFT
44
East Coast Amtrak service with the fastest trains in the Americas : ACELA
45
Some cheerful folks : SMILERS
46
Heavy-handed sorts : BRUTES
47
Instrument with a pedal : HIHAT
49
Part of an IV or an old TV : TUBE
51
Denver winter hrs. : MST
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Site of a terrible fall? : EDEN
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Org. in "The X-Files" : FBI
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On the ___ : LAM
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Helmed : LED
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Science fiction energy rays that might suck up earthly bodies, as depicted three times in this puzzle : TRACTORBEAMS
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Chum : PAL
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Performer who might step on some toes? : BALLETDANCER
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On the ___ : SLY
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Trusty companion for a knight : STEED
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Gumbos, e.g. : STEWS
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Airport alternative to Newark Liberty : JFK
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Building wing : ELL
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Strong cleaner : LYE
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Sass : LIP
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Not flummoxed by : ONTO
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Longest river entirely in Switzerland : AAR
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Most urbane : SUAVEST
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When "Time Warp" is sung in the musical "The Rocky Horror Show" : ACTI
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German veto : NEIN
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Path of a comet : ARC
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Crib notes : CHEATSHEETS
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Gaggle components : GEESE
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Cross : IRKED
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2018 John Travolta flop : GOTTI
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Trash hauler [Moooooooo!] : SCOW
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Chili pepper or bell pepper, scientifically : CAPSICUM
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Update, as a site layout : REMAP
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Without shame : UNABASHEDLY
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1976 hit by Heart [Heeeeelp!] : MAGICMAN
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W.W. II war zone, in brief : ETO
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Place for a drink while traveling [Hooooonk!] : BARCAR
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Loud, unpleasant noises : DINS
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Fly off the handle : LOSEIT
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"Well, ___ escalated quickly!" : THAT
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Stimpy's chum of toondom : REN
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Seconds or thirds : MORE
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Quiet spot to moor a boat : INLET
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Grps. organizing book sales or bake sales, maybe : PTAS
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Half of D : CCL
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One of seven in the Constitution : ARTICLE
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Tallahassee sch. : FSU
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Feature on either brother of Smith Bros. cough drops : BEARD
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Lends a hand : HELPS
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Unbeatable : IDEAL
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Result of a leaky pen, perhaps : BLOT
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Chi Psi, e.g., informally : FRAT
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It's bound to be eaten by livestock : BALE
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Major corp. hirees : MBAS
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Atlanta-based network : TBS
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___ Allen, host of "Chopped" on the Food Network : TED
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Tolkien's Leaflock, for one : ENT
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One of a pair of "bullets," in poker : ACE
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Pokémon with a catlike appearance : MEW
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One section of a H.S. yearbook : SRS

Answer summary:
4 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Modern Era but used previously.

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