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New York Times, Friday, February 3, 2023

Author:
Barbara Lin
Editor:
Will Shortz
Long ones can be measured in centuries
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Barbara Lin

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 28 Missing: {JXZ} This is puzzle # 9 for Ms. Lin. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. Friday freshness: 83%
Barbara Lin notes:
This puzzle is personal. It got its start when I faced a scary medical procedure in April, 2021, and thought to myself, "Wish me ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
So much of a themeless solving experience is personal. I used to have ELKHOUNDS in my life and remember them with great fondness. I'm ... read more
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© 2023, The New York Times2/3/23 ( No. 26,750 )
Across
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Finishing-line cry? : BINGO
6
Guinness with an Oscar : ALEC
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Thigh muscle, informally : QUAD
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Beginning to happen : AFOOT
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Result of a normal distribution : BELLCURVE
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Tickets : CITES
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Long ones can be measured in centuries : BIKERIDES
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Is short : OWES
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"Fingers crossed!" : WISHMELUCK
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Recruit : NEWHIRE
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Outbuilding that's sometimes converted into a dwelling : OAST
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Capacious : ROOMY
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Minds one's own business : BUTTSOUT
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Things a mysophobe is afraid of : GERMS
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Some bonds, for short : MUNIS
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Tiny messenger : RNA
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Ending with electro- : LYTE
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Quack grass and others : WEEDS
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Award quartet : EGOT
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"Wow!" : OOH
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College figures : DEANS
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Onetime Swedish exports : SAABS
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Begins to believe : BUYSINTO
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Extra-crispy, to put it nicely : BURNT
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IBM component: Abbr. : INTL
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Midweek milestone : HUMPDAY
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Crush cans, maybe : GRAPESODAS
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Give an edge to : HONE
49
Perseverance, e.g. : MARSROVER
50
___ Gandhi, longest-serving president of the Indian National Congress : SONIA
51
In science fiction, suspended animation of a body at a very low temperature : CRYOSLEEP
52
Kind of office tray : INOUT
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Name written with an accent in Irish English : SEAN
54
Estimating words : ORSO
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Heading in a contract : TERMS
Down
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Some striped strips : BACON
2
Lead-in to some unsolicited advice : IFIWEREYOU
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Striking : NOTEWORTHY
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Ends a vacation : GOESHOME
5
Extra play opportunities, in brief : OTS
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Hoffman who wrote "Revolution for the Hell of It" : ABBIE
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Island rings : LEIS
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National dogs of Norway : ELKHOUNDS
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Flowering plant such as "old man's beard" : CLEMATIS
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Participates in a bee, maybe : QUILTS
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Language that's mutually intelligible with Hindi : URDU
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Opposite of "sans" : AVEC
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Secretary, e.g. : DESK
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Families and waves might have them : CRESTS
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Tongue-in-cheek : WRY
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Quick notes, quickly : IMS
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Good, in Guadalajara : BUENO
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Driver's license designation : ORGANDONOR
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Mined compound in the "Avatar" universe : UNOBTANIUM
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Ink spots, for short : TATS
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Lump : GLOB
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"Where's the beef?" inquirer? : MEATLOVER
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Broke up a band, say : WENTSOLO
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Modern meeting aid for many : EARPHONE
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Greasy spoons : DINERS
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Word with dim : SUM
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Nurses : SIPSON
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Part of an urban fleet : BUS
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Sofia's husband in "The Color Purple" : HARPO
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Poet who wrote "I have spread my dreams under your feet / Tread softly because you tread on my dreams" : YEATS
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Some pickups : GMCS
45
Like a Buffalo nickel : RARE
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Maisie Williams's role on "Game of Thrones" : ARYA
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Edges of a diamond? : DEES
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Pose : SIT

Answer summary:
8 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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