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New York Times, Monday, February 6, 2023

Author:
Taylor Johnson
Editor:
Will Shortz
Blog:
C minor and F sharp major, for two
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JX} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Johnson. Monday freshness: 85%
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G
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© 2023, The New York Times2/6/23 ( No. 26,753 )
Across
1
Apt rhyme for "paws" : CLAWS
6
Cries loudly : SOBS
10
Mountain : PEAK
14
Maximum allowed : LIMIT
15
One really shouldn't be used to clean your ears, doctors say : QTIP
16
Relaxed feeling : EASE
17
The first Mrs. Donald Trump : IVANA
18
Strong desire : URGE
19
Gazelle, to a cheetah : PREY
20
Red hat of the Ottoman Empire : FEZ
21
One of the two main branches of Islam : SHIA
23
Dogs with curly tails : AKITAS
25
Higher on the Rotten Tomatoes rating scale : FRESHER
27
Ire : WRATH
28
Clothing line? : SEAM
29
Not yet found, as a criminal : ATLARGE
32
Popular same-sex dating app : GRINDR
35
Be hurting : ACHE
36
Birth control option, for short : IUD
37
Sounds of wonderment : OOHS
38
Singing voice above baritone : TENOR
40
Italian wine region : ASTI
41
Sweetie : BAE
42
Like some retro carpeting : SHAG
43
Most strange : ODDEST
45
More intelligent : SMARTER
47
Wowed : AWED
48
The "R" of H.R.H. : ROYAL
49
What one should do twice before cutting once : MEASURE
53
Major toymaker : MATTEL
55
Sound of a contented cat : PURR
56
The "p" of m.p.h. : PER
57
"Fancy seeing you here!" : OHHI
58
Very: Fr. : TRES
60
U.S. facility in Cuba, informally : GITMO
62
Country bordering Yemen : OMAN
63
Bring on staff : HIRE
64
Egg-shaped : OVOID
65
___ pot (device for clearing sinuses) : NETI
66
Thanksgiving side dish : YAMS
67
Al ___ (firm, as pasta) : DENTE
Down
1
Steep drop-off : CLIFF
2
Meat that may be "chopped" : LIVER
3
Wow : AMAZE
4
Take the pot, in poker : WIN
5
Tucked (away) : STASHED
6
Wiggle from discomfort : SQUIRM
7
___ vez (again, in Spanish) : OTRA
8
Humongous : BIG
9
Ancient tool for hunters or warriors : SPEARTHROWER
10
Edible squash seed : PEPITA
11
Phenomenon witnessed from space … or a hint to this puzzle's sequence of shaded squares : EARTHRISE
12
On the ocean : ASEA
13
C minor and F sharp major, for two : KEYS
22
Like a diet low in sodium and favoring whole grains : HEARTHEALTHY
24
Salad green some chefs massage to soften : KALE
26
Tax IDs: Abbr. : SSNS
27
Texas city between Dallas and Austin : WACO
30
Courage, metaphorically : GUTS
31
Computer menu with Undo and Redo : EDIT
32
Bunches : GOBS
33
Wander : ROAM
34
"Gotcha" : IHEARTHAT
35
"Life of Pi" director Lee : ANG
39
___ Grey tea : EARL
40
Does sums : ADDS
42
Eyelid irritation : STYE
44
"For heaven's sake!" : DEARGOD
46
Twisty-shaped pasta : ROTINI
47
Entertains : AMUSES
50
Supermodel Kate : UPTON
51
Send, as a payment : REMIT
52
Wear away : ERODE
53
What the Apollo 8 crew was orbiting when astronaut Bill Anders took his iconic 11-Down photograph : MOON
54
"Alas!" : AHME
55
Salon job : PERM
59
Narrow inlet : RIA
61
"So ___ heard" : IVE

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

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