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Cheap Thrills

New York Times, Sunday, February 12, 2023

Author:
Christina Iverson and Samuel A. Donaldson
Editor:
Will Shortz
Shakespeare's "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" has five of them
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This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 142, Blocks: 83 This is puzzle # 16 for Ms. Iverson. This is puzzle # 37 for Mr. Donaldson. Sunday freshness: 45%
Will Shortz notes:
Christina Iverson, of Ames, Iowa, is an assistant crossword editor for The New York Times. Sam Donaldson is a law professor at Georgia State University. They met at last year's American ... read more
Constructor notes:
CHRISTINA: Sam and I met at ACPT in April of 2022. We quickly discovered we have complementary constructing styles — we both enjoy developing themes, but I prefer laying out a grid, and ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Fun to get more cheap thrills after we had a CHEAP THRILL two days ago. Like all good Asians, I love little more than getting a great deal . One of my most memorable days of 2022 was ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

This is the ninth puzzle in our non-rectangular grids list.

And it's Christina Iverson's birthday today.

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© 2023, The New York Times2/12/23 ( No. 26,759 )
Across
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Become hysterical, with "out" : WIG
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Elided title : MAAM
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Restaurant competitor of Pinkberry and Sweet Frog : TCBY
12
Catchy tunes, informally : BOPS
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Sigh of lament : AHME
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Where dancers have a ball? : DISCO
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McFlurry mix-in : OREO
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Furniture giant : IKEA
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Bad flight forecast : SLEET
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Reason : INFER
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Hierarchy level : RUNG
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Certain U.S. time zone : CENTRAL
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Economizing, as represented by the circled squares? : CUTTINGCORNERS
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"The bad news is …" : IFEAR
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WhatsApp transmissions, briefly : IMS
30
Navy nay : NOSIR
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Seizes eagerly, as an opportunity : LEAPSON
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Sean of "Stranger Things" : ASTIN
34
Part of an M.C.'s intro, often : BIO
36
Prohibition target : DEMONRUM
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Economizing, as represented twice in 12-Down? : PINCHINGPENNIES
45
"The Crown" role : DIANA
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Colorful kind of shirt : ALOHA
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Offering from Dr. Mom, in brief : TLC
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Senior partners? : PROMDATES
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___ Hill, neighborhood of San Francisco : NOB
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Bussing on a bus, for short : PDA
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Memorable mission : ALAMO
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"You've made your point," slangily : SAYLESS
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Lead-in to an opinion : ASISEEIT
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Zip : NADA
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From not so long ago : RECENT
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Parts of a gig : MEGS
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Scrapbooker's project : ALBUM
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Honesty, resilience or a sense of humor, perhaps : ASSET
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Shield of ancient Greece: Var. : EGIS
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Manhattan is one: Abbr. : ISL
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Attempt : STAB
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Work that hasn't yet entered publication : PREPRINT
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Little squealer : MINIPIG
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Fencer's score : TOUCH
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Hebrew version of the English pronoun "I" : ANI
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Confidentiality contract, for short : NDA
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Welcome event : OPENHOUSE
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___ drag (hockey maneuver) : TOE
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Cellist's need : ROSIN
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In concert : ASONE
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Economizing, as represented in 58-Down? : STRETCHINGABUCK
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Unwelcome, so to speak : NONGRATA
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Vote in favor : YEA
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Trading places : MARTS
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Like some modern maps : GENOMIC
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Golfer Palmer, to fans : ARNIE
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A/C meas. : BTU
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"The Planets" composer : HOLST
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Economizing, as represented by the shaded squares? : MAKINGENDSMEET
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Bad-sounding creatures? : FOWL
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Ditto, in legal footnotes : IDEM
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Word that means "ocean" in a religious title : DALAI
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Large crowd : HORDE
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It's cried on a slide : WHEE
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Check : CURB
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Classical poem : EPODE
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Beast with recurved horns : IBEX
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Triumphant shout at a crossword tournament : DONE
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Freshness : SASS
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Like some morning lawns : DEWY
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Smokey spot, for short : PSA
Down
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Sharpens : WHETS
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"How ___ Your Mother" : IMET
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Work out : GETINSHAPE
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Some garlic prep : MINCING
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Regarding : ASFOR
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Maker of the Nitro 5 gaming laptop : ACER
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"The year's at the spring / And day's at the ___": Robert Browning : MORN
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Yankees manager before Girardi : TORRE
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Zealous activist : CRUSADER
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C-note : BEN
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Tranquil discipline : YOGISM
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Former name of a Kansas arena that commemorated a 1976 U.S. anniversary : BICENTENNIALCENTER
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It helps make a stew a goo : OKRA
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Poached fruit : PEAR
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Garnish for una margarita : SAL
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Source of many a name on a campus building, informally : ALUM
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Starts eating : DIGSIN
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Poli ___ : SCI
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Reply to the Little Red Hen : NOTI
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Name hidden in "before long" : ELON
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It makes a red velvet cake red : FOODDYE
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Cancún cash : PESOS
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Hamburger's beef? : ACH
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Word with pepper or tower : BELL
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Like some ancient pyramids : INCAN
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Acceleration, e.g. : RATE
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Quelques-___ (some, in French) : UNES
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Quantity multiplied by acceleration in Newton's second law : MASS
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Pioneer in global aviation : PANAM
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Words of defeat : ILOSE
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"Don't sweat it," informally : NOBIG
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Educ. supporter : PTA
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Once-popular devices discontinued in 2022 : IPODS
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Cousin of a weasel : MARTEN
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"What's the ___?" ("'Sup with that?") : DEALIO
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Suffer : AIL
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Farmyard cry : MAA
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Not in a relationship : SSIINNGGLLEE
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"The Last O.G." network : TBS
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Vile Nile reptile : ASP
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Out-and-out : UTTER
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Foreign leader whom Nixon met in 1972 : MAO
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That's history! : ERA
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Kind of knife of infomercial fame : GINSU
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Like Urdu or Hindi : INDIC
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Was very ripe : STANK
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Round figures : SPHERES
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Montana city SW of Helena : BUTTE
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The main antagonist? : PIRATESHIP
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[Ugh, this is horrible!] : MOAN
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___ facto : IPSO
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Like some highlighter colors : NEON
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Relish : GUSTO
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Plant whose name derives from Quechua : COCA
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Devious snicker : HEH
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Barely gets the words out : STAMMERS
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Pros with deliveries, in brief : OBS
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Painter Jan van ___ : EYCK
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"Let's do this!" : IMREADY
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Civil rights icon ___ Helen Burroughs : NANNIE
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Power structure? : GRID
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Capers : ANTICS
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Shakespeare's "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" has five of them : IAMBS
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Beaming, as with joy : AGLOW
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Liberal arts college in Kentucky : BEREA
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Locally focused lecture franchise : TEDX
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Pac-12 player : UTE
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Santa's favorite Hostess dessert? : HOHO
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Wilson of film : OWEN
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Carded at a bar, informally : IDED
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Common spot for a sunburn : NAPE
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Gaggles : MOBS
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Chain email abbr. : FWD
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Grammy winner ___ Lipa : DUA

Answer summary:
10 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Modern Era but used previously.

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