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New York Times, Friday, February 24, 2023

Author:
Margaret Seikel and Sophia Maymudes
Editor:
Will Shortz
Discreet look?
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
89/2/20205/9/20232
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0141020
CircleScrabblePOWFresh
11.58340%
Margaret Seikel
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
912/6/20182/24/20237
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2000241
RebusScrabblePOWFresh
21.53169%
Sophia Maymudes

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 39 Missing: {FJQVWX} This is puzzle # 7 for Ms. Seikel. This is puzzle # 9 for Ms. Maymudes. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. Friday freshness: 39%
Constructor notes:
MARGARET: Most themeless puzzles have a dozen or more answers with at least eight letters. This one may only have four, but I think ... read more
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© 2023, The New York Times2/24/23 ( No. 26,771 )
Across
1
Cover story : ALIBI
6
How many packages are sent : BYAIR
11
Kings and queens, e.g. : PIECES
12
Something that maybe you shouldn't hold : GRUDGE
13
Discreet look? : NOMAKEUPMAKEUP
15
Transport in the film "Roman Holiday" : MOPED
16
Something plaited : TRESS
17
It's 328 feet in an Olympic-size pool : LAP
18
Gaelic tongue : ERSE
19
Smart ___ : ALEC
20
What musicians pluck on an mbira : TINE
21
Trail mix bit : NUT
22
One who collects just for kicks? : SNEAKERHEAD
25
Not completely worthless : USABLE
27
Wayne ___ : MANOR
28
Sources of psilocybin, informally : SHROOMS
30
Shell filling station? : TACOBAR
34
Nordic noir author Larsson : STIEG
36
Two-bit : CHEAPO
37
Green cappuccino alternative : MATCHALATTE
41
Question from a friendly interviewer : LOB
42
Calls someone by the wrong name, say : ERRS
43
Word with snake or four : EYES
44
Unite : ALLY
45
One end of Suez? : ZEE
46
Aboveboard : LICIT
48
___ Hunt, Tom Cruise's role in "Mission: Impossible" : ETHAN
49
One who makes videos, e.g. : CONTENTCREATOR
52
Country singer Jason : ALDEAN
53
Workplace for a roughneck : OILRIG
54
Sweater over a turtleneck, say : LAYER
55
One side of a '90s boy band rivalry : NSYNC
Down
1
"Save Me" singer Mann : AIMEE
2
___ climbing (discipline that debuted at the 2020 Olympics) : LEAD
3
"Ugh!" : ICK
4
Sort of creature symbolizing rebirth in ancient Egypt : BEETLE
5
Emphatic confirmation about oneself : ISUREAM
6
Wireless support providers, at times : BRAS
7
___ it up : YUK
8
One of two penguin species endemic to Antarctica : ADELIE
9
Lizard with a third eye : IGUANA
10
Shilled for : REPPED
11
Miley Cyrus or Hannah Montana : POPSTAR
12
Some sports V.I.P.s : GMS
13
"Whenever works" : NORUSH
14
Hardly touch, as one's food : PECKAT
15
What QR codes might pull up : MENUS
19
Cause of fatigue : ANEMIA
20
Contraction, for one : THROE
22
Animal identified by its number of toes : SLOTH
23
Passes : ENACTS
24
La ___-Posay (skin-care brand) : ROCHE
26
They're good for poaching : BOSCS
29
Choose … or choice : SELECT
31
One unlikely to make a pass : BALLHOG
32
Electrically neutral, in chemistry : APOLAR
33
One-named singer with the 1997 hit "Show Me Love" : ROBYN
35
Princess Diana or Diana Ross : GAYICON
37
Spirit of Oaxaca : MEZCAL
38
Space between leaf veins : AREOLA
39
In : TRENDY
40
Metaphor for fitting items into a moving van : TETRIS
44
Creepy story? : ATTIC
46
Cordelia's father : LEAR
47
Road trip stopover : INN
48
Take in : EARN
50
Place for a graphic image : TEE
51
Ron who played Tarzan : ELY

Answer summary:
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