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Simile Irresistible

New York Times, Sunday, February 19, 2023

Author:
Rebecca Goldstein
Editor:
Will Shortz
Presidential "pet" that sprouts an Afro
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© 2023, The New York Times2/19/23 ( No. 26,766 )
Across
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Gas light : NEON
5
Spa garment : ROBE
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Hebrew word for "spring" : AVIV
13
Ideal course : PLANA
18
Chow chow chow : ALPO
19
Presidential "pet" that sprouts an Afro : CHIAOBAMA
21
Challah braids, e.g. : LOAVES
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24
Bowlers : DERBIES
25
Ingredient in un cortado : LECHE
26
___ across the board (perfect score) : TENS
27
Subatomic particles : MUONS
29
Antiquated, quaintly : OLDE
30
Looks to pick things up : SHOPS
32
Photosynthesize? : GREENASGRASS
35
Some classic Chuck Taylor All Stars : HIGHTOPS
39
Little Energizers, say : AAAS
40
Replay tech. : SLOMO
41
United : ALLIED
42
Volunteer : ENLIST
44
Gift for a budding myrmecologist : ANTFARM
48
Peal? : SOUNDASABELL
51
Garments often seen at royal weddings : ALBS
53
Stead : LIEU
54
Secondhand : USED
55
"American Greed" network : CNBC
56
"Jump" duo ___ Kross : KRIS
57
Finales : CODAS
58
Disposable sock in a shoe store : PED
59
Frame of mind : MOOD
61
Abhor : DETEST
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Words stealthily mouthed to a friend while stuck in a boring conversation : SAVEME
65
Photoshop? : PRETTYASAPICTURE
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Olympic snowboarding event : BIGAIR
71
Family-style meal with simmering broth : HOTPOT
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Frolic : ROMP
73
Intelligence org. : NSA
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Stinks : ODORS
77
Actress Ward : SELA
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Kristen of "Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar" : WIIG
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Mama pigs : SOWS
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Full house, in poker slang : BOAT
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Exquisitely made basket : DUNK
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Sting? : SMARTASAWHIP
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Olympic runner ___ Felix : ALLYSON
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Takes an oath : SWEARS
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Role on "Seinfeld" : ELAINE
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Onetime Turkish title : PASHA
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"What's the ___?" : HARM
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Aggressively enterprising sort : GOGETTER
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Iron? : SMOOTHASSILK
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2006 mockumentary with a 2020 "Subsequent Moviefilm" : BORAT
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___ Alto : PALO
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Multiple-choice choice : OTHER
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Drudge : PEON
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It's-time connector : ABOUT
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Tickler's targets : ARMPITS
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Quenched? : PLEASEDASPUNCH
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Soaks in hot water : STEEPS
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Wear white to a chili cook-off, you might say : TEMPTFATE
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Marathon segment : MILE
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Setting for ultra close-up photos : MACRO
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For two, musically : ADUE
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Crockpot creation : STEW
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Collared shirt accessory : STAY
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Table salt, to a chemist : NACL
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One of the Hearst magazines : ELLE
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International grp. headquartered in Vienna : OPEC
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Comedian Trevor : NOAH
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TV brand : RCA
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"You're embarrassing me!" : OHSTOP
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Muscles targeted by curls : BICEPS
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Brings in : EARNS
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Muscles targeted by planks : ABS
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Large container : VAT
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Cry from someone who's disheveled : IMAMESS
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Esteem : VALUE
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"___ qué?" ("Why?," in Spanish) : POR
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Passion project, perhaps : LABOROFLOVE
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Spanish city enclosed within intact medieval walls : AVILA
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Food, air, water, etc. : NEEDS
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Tushies : ASSES
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Yiddish laments : OYS
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Teachers' teachings : LESSONS
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Took five : RESTED
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23andMe facilities : DNALABS
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Ending with clip or slip : ONS
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"Today" co-host Kotb : HODA
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Chutzpah : GALL
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Commuter option : RAIL
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Big Ben hrs. : GMT
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Hosts, as at a penthouse : HASUP
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"Can't win 'em all" : ILOSE
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Affixed in a scrapbook, say : GLUED
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Posterior : HIND
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Evidence derived from personal experience and observation : ANECDATA
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Recede : EBB
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Ankle bones : TARSI
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Help around the House : AIDE
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Paper purchase : REAM
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Think out loud : MUSE
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Subject of Queen Mary : SCOT
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Phrase that may be repeated in a long story : ANDTHEN
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Course for an English major, informally : LITCRIT
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Stayed toasty : KEPTWARM
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Kvetch : CARP
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Scans that may involve dye injections, in brief : MRIS
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Anthem contraction : OER
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Pseudoscientific ability, for short : ESP
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Terence who's known as the "Mozart of Mathematics" : TAO
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Total : SUM
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One who's no fun at all : PARTYPOOPER
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Breakfast centers? : YOLKS
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Ancient Roman formal wear : TOGA
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Tea served with a jumbo straw : BOBA
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Golden calf, for one : IDOL
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Hockey score : GOAL
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Pitch-perfect? : NOHIT
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Pigs : SWINE
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"___ my last email …" : ASPER
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Shade providers : SUNHATS
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"Where's My Refund?" org. : IRS
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Whack : SWAT
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Down B-52s, say : DOSHOTS
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Close tightly : SEAL
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Signifying symbol : MARK
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Company that created a Sonic boom? : SEGA
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Handle at the bar : ALETAP
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Succeeded at musical chairs : SAT
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Imagine ___ Peace (Ben & Jerry's flavor) : WHIRLED
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Campfire remnant : ASH
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Skilled in : GOODAT
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Elaborately decorated : ORNATE
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Muscle contraction : SPASM
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Kauffman who co-created "Friends" : MARTA
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Ancient Mesoamerican civilization : OLMEC
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Places for some piercings : SEPTA
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Objections : BEEFS
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Winter setting in S.F. : PST
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Tushies : BUMS
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"Dealing with that right now!" : ONIT
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Campus with the ZIP code 90095 : UCLA
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Place to swim or play b-ball : THEY
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Stock launch, in brief : IPO
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Image on Australia's coat of arms : EMU
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Donkey Kong, for one : APE
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Make final, with "up" : SEW

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7 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Modern Era but used previously.

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