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New York Times, Friday, February 17, 2023

Author:
Jem Burch
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQ} Puzzle has duplicate clues. This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Burch. Friday freshness: 53%
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© 2023, The New York Times2/17/23 ( No. 26,764 )
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Room warmer of sorts : GASHEATER
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Fictional figure who often visits the "night-cloaked deck" : AHAB
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Drill switches? : ABOUTFACES
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Company with a Brickipedia online reference : LEGO
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Place subject to food stains : SHIRTFRONT
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Rapper ___ Sweatshirt : EARL
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Kind of code : POSTAL
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Jet engines do it : ROAR
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Roll it : DIE
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"There you ___!" : ARE
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Judge at home : UMP
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Does well enough : GETSBY
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First letter of "tsar" in Russian : TSE
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What "Moana" means in Hawaiian : SEA
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Form of nonviolent protest : LIEIN
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Chopin piece inspired by a dog chasing its tail : MINUTEWALTZ
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Confounding contraptions : PUZZLEBOXES
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What some pies may be baked on : PIZZASTONES
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Kind of code : PENAL
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Whom the Irish may call a gossoon : LAD
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Cry of dismay : ACK
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Some Hanukkah servings : LATKES
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Go out for a bit? : NAP
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Issa of "Little" : RAE
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Seasonal units, for short : ACS
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Sucker for a fictional story line : DUPE
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Full of flavor : ROBUST
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"The Third Man," for one : NOIR
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Real-life sucker : VAMPIREBAT
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Tea brand with Passion and Joy flavors : TAZO
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Lowlife : SLEAZEBALL
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Waterzooi or callaloo : STEW
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Tracked, so to speak : MADESENSE
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React to in surprise : GASPAT
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Can't tolerate : ABHORS
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"Evidently" : SOISEE
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Miffed : HURT
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First name in R&B : ETTA
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Ennui + wealth = ___ : AFFLUENZA
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Salt : TAR
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Evil conglomerate on "Mr. Robot" : ECORP
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Contractor's project, informally : RENO
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Viking's swig : ALE
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Equipment for gamers : HEADSETS
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The farming industry, informally : AGRIBIZ
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Pivotal figure in the English Reformation : BOLEYN
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Animal form of Harry Potter's Patronus : STAG
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Nice and easy : RELAXED
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Savages : MAULS
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Pieces in the game Rummikub : TILES
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Was very exciting, informally : SIZZLED
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Something you might hear while you're on hold : MUZAK
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Lion dance holiday : TET
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Its index case occurred in Meliandou, Guinea : EBOLA
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Was successful at the carnival booth, say : WONAPRIZE
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As small as two cups? : PINTSIZE
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Outerwear for an old 7-Down : PEACOAT
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Flora : PLANTS
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Native of the Dutch Caribbean : ARUBAN
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Cellist Pablo : CASALS
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Whistler on the range : KETTLE
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Broncos, but not Impalas, in brief : SUVS
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Heracles killed its eponymous lion : NEMEA
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Go-to spot for multiple dates? : PALM
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Some extractions : ORES
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Singer/songwriter ___ Rexha : BEBE
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Big fight : ROW
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Place for a frog or a mouse? : PAD

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