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New York Times, Saturday, February 11, 2023

Author:
Sam Ezersky
Editor:
Will Shortz
Some lightweight protection
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Sam Ezersky

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 73, Blocks: 30 Missing: {JQX} Spans: 3 Puzzle has duplicate clues. This is puzzle # 49 for Mr. Ezersky. Saturday freshness: 86%
Sam Ezersky notes:
GO BIG OR GO HOME, HUH? (16) This puzzle wasn't supposed to be 16 squares wide, which pushes the envelope of standard themeless construction. ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I enjoy when constructors go to 16x15 grids because it allows for entries that we 15x15-ers rarely see. This superhero fanboy loved AMAZING ... read more
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© 2023, The New York Times2/11/23 ( No. 26,758 )
Across
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Those out for blood? : VAMPIRES
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Geographical anagram of BOGOTA : TOBAGO
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"Supposedly" : IPRESUME
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Sustainable engineering field, informally : ECOTECH
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What Minnesota and Michigan are part of, but not Missouri : BIGTENCONFERENCE
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Writing of Horace : EPODE
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It has a ring of 12 gold stars on a blue background, for short : EUFLAG
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Nas's third studio album, after "Illmatic" and "It Was Written" : IAM
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"Ah" follower : CHOO
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Get in trouble, perhaps : TELLON
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Chucklehead : SIMP
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Obergefell v. ___, landmark Supreme Court decision of 2015 : HODGES
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Article go-with : NOUN
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Go back : EBB
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What a motorist often screws up? : GASCAP
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Stations : POSTS
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Reference work in the public domain that's updated weekly : CIAWORLDFACTBOOK
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K, for Kay : KARAT
43
Flash sale come-on : ACTNOW
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CBS series with a "Most Wanted" spinoff : FBI
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"My!" : ISAY
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Hit list : TOPTEN
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Lead-in to ed. or prof. : ASST
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Broad views : VISTAS
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Stiletto feature : HAFT
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Many people do this on January 1 : NAP
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Train workers? : MENTOR
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Wheat variety for a grain bowl : FARRO
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Web master, with "the" : AMAZINGSPIDERMAN
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Colon's place, familiarly : LOWERGI
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It begins "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly" : PSALMONE
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"Nevertheless ..." : ANDYET
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Pipit lookalikes : SKYLARKS
Down
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Emotional assessment of one's surroundings, in lingo : VIBECHECK
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Unlikely trait for a beekeeper : APIPHOBIA
3
Snickers alternative : MRGOODBAR
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Pluto, famously : PETDOG
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"Ah" follower : ISEE
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With 55-Down, gamble : RUN
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Host : EMCEE
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Capital known as Keijo before the 1940s : SEOUL
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Bit of nonstick cookware : TEFLONPAN
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Expanse on a Spanish explorer's map : OCEANO
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"Star Trek" species : BORG
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Greatly enjoyed, with "up" : ATE
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Spirits that come in bottles : GENII
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Razor name? : OCCAM
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Biodegradable bag material : HEMP
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Rams home? : NFL
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"A Life for the ___" (Mikhail Glinka opera) : TSAR
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Person who comes across as toplofty : SNOB
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Achievements for Jennifer Hudson and Whoopi Goldberg, in brief : EGOTS
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Winning by a basket, say : UPTWO
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Bringing down the house : SLAYINGIT
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Org. with guidelines : CDC
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Where the coxswain sits : AFT
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Some lightweight protection : SOFTARMOR
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"In all honesty ..." : TOBEFRANK
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Range on a cosmetics chart : SKINTONES
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"___ … what?" : WAIT
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Destinations for many retiring soldiers : COTS
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Get recompense for : AVENGE
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Drug trade? : PHARMA
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___ stage (concept in psychosexual development) : ANAL
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Where "talofa" and "tofa" mean "hello" and "goodbye" : SAMOA
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Induce : SPAWN
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Sides of a square, maybe: Abbr. : STS
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Longtime name in baseball cards : TOPPS
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See 6-Down : ARISK
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Like swampland : MIRY
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Cut down : FELL
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End of a series in Canada : ZED
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"What a ___!" : DAY

Answer summary:
15 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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