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New York Times, Saturday, February 10, 2024

Author:
Zhouqin Burnikel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Zhouqin Burnikel

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 71, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQVZ} Spans: 1 Grid has mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 79 for Ms. Burnikel. Saturday freshness: 28%
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© 2024, The New York Times2/10/24 ( No. 27,122 )
Across
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Banking annoyance associated with the 20s? : ATMFEE
7
"Ah, got it now!" : OKISEE
13
Concerns for manufacturers : RECALLS
15
Sara who wrote the "Pretty Little Liars" books : SHEPARD
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2024, e.g. : YEAROFTHEDRAGON
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Tiny social climber : ANT
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Play ground? : THEATER
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___ group : ASA
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Evidence of crying : TEARSTAIN
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Rocked, so to speak : WORE
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Part of a choir : TENOR
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Preschool recital : ABCS
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Pentagon figures : AREAS
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Regulation followers, in brief : OTS
34
Symbol of purity or spirituality : LILAC
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Like some brains and pool balls : RACKED
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Treat often eaten with a small wooden spoon : GELATO
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Institution of 40+ years that has many notable alums : SNL
39
Annual mecca for sci-fi and fantasy fans : MEGACON
43
Setting for a Twins or White Sox game: Abbr. : CDT
44
Personal number? : AGE
45
Cry after a motion : ISECOND
46
Kit ___ : KAT
47
Withdraw (from) : WEAN
49
Just plain silly : INANE
50
Honors held by only one U.S. president and one U.K. prime minister : PHDS
51
Celebratory greeting for 16-Across : GONGXIFACAI
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Bull-like : TAURINE
56
Apple Pay, e.g. : EWALLET
59
Bit of sportswear : SNEAKER
60
Pasta shaped like wagon wheels : ROTELLE
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Legit : KOSHER
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Learning opportunity : LESSON
Down
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"Game of Thrones" character whose name means "noble" in Sanskrit : ARYA
2
Many a camp counselor : TEEN
3
Exam for a doc-to-be : MCAT
4
Way out : FAR
5
Grilled corn-on-the-cob dish, in Mexican cuisine : ELOTE
6
Red-and-green headwear : ELFHAT
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"This can't be good" : OHDEAR
8
Olympian Strug or Walsh Jennings : KERRI
9
Sierra Nevada or Lagunitas offering : IPA
10
Long-running account : SAGA
11
Carrier of a bow and arrow : EROS
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___ Mode, character in "The Incredibles" : EDNA
14
House speaker's place : STEREO
15
Scrapes : SETTOS
17
Lacks, informally : HASNT
21
Material for deck chairs : TEAK
22
"Canvas" for digital art? : NAIL
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Capital with an airport named after Chopin : WARSAW
24
Common gift during Chinese Spring Festival : ORANGE
25
Some local sports associations, informally : RECLEAGUES
28
Home to the Crazy Horse Memorial : BLACKHILLS
29
Man with a Manx, say : CATDAD
30
Sister brand of Miracle-Gro : SCOTTS
32
One of two in a tournament : SEMI
34
Grant temporary custody? : LEND
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___ clothing : DESIGNER
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Badly off-base? : GONEAWOL
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One born between the mid-1960s and 1980 : GENXER
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Smoothie berry : ACAI
42
Discuss something (with) : CONFER
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Woman's name that becomes a direction when its fourth letter is changed : NORAH
50
Loses color : PALES
52
Puma rival : NIKE
53
Actress Blanchett : CATE
54
"Ba-a-a-ad!" : TSK
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"Is that ___?" : ANO
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"Telephone Line" band, in brief : ELO
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Half a score : TEN

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

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