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New York Times, Thursday, February 9, 2023

Author:
Alex Rosen
Editor:
Will Shortz
Went to third, say
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Alex Rosen

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 83, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JQY} This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Rosen. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. Thursday freshness: 22%
Alex Rosen notes:
A few more clue ideas that didn't make it into the puzzle: [Al Green] GORE [Horse chestnut] ROAN [Firm up] PIXAR [Shower door] MONTYHALL ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Now, this is the type of bait-and-switch I like! Alex baited me in with [Engagement ring], which had to be … BOUT? What's that aBOUT? And [Firm ... read more
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© 2023, The New York Times2/9/23 ( No. 26,756 )
Across
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Like some committees : ADHOC
6
Many a Syrian or Yemeni : ARAB
10
"Ri-i-i-ight" : IBET
14
"Je t'aime" : French :: "___" : Spanish : TEAMO
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Does some tech work : CODES
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Firm fruit : DOLE
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With 66-Across, hint for solving this puzzle : REVERSEEACH
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"Roll doubles to get out of jail," or "You do not talk about Fight Club" : RULE
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Supreme Egyptian deity : AMENRA
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Centerpiece of an agenda : MAINITEM
24
Actor George of "The Goldbergs" : SEGAL
27
Museum curators' degs. : MFAS
28
"Lah-di-___!" : DAH
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Some nightclub performances : CABARETS
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Sound of impact : BAM
36
Vexed : ATEAT
38
Garment patented in 1914 by Mary Phelps Jacob : BRA
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"My alarm didn't go off," for one : EXCUSE
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Young musician : NEIL
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Mount Olympus : TRIPOD
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Look good : SCAN
45
One of the Three Magi : CASPAR
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Insurance giant bailed out in 2008 : AIG
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Some turban wearers : SIKHS
49
Hwy. accident respondent : EMT
50
Call home : BATTERUP
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Singer with the 2016 #1 hit "Cheap Thrills" : SIA
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Gossip : DISH
55
Sticky plant stuff : RESIN
57
As a unit : TOGETHER
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Takes a whiff : SNIFFS
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Thick Japanese noodle : UDON
66
Continuation of 18-Across : TWOWORDCLUE
69
Cuts short : BOBS
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Feature of a helmet, maybe : VISOR
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Absorb, as information : LEARN
72
Water buffalo : ERIE
73
___ Midas Wolf (Disney's "Three Little Pigs" antagonist) : ZEKE
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Senator Joni of Iowa : ERNST
Down
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Gillette razor name : ATRA
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Judge : DEEM
3
Give birth to : HAVE
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Signs of trouble : OMENS
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Emend : CORRECT
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No soft serve : ACE
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Caviar, for example : ROE
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Only human, briefly : ADAM
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Wasn't, then was : BECAME
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Actor Elba of "Cats" : IDRIS
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Engagement ring : BOUT
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What is she in France? : ELLE
13
Abound : TEEM
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Went to third, say : SHIFTED
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Story spanning generations : SAGA
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Lil ___ ("Old Town Road" rapper) : NASX
25
U.S.A., USB or U.S.C. : ABBR
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Wild West show rope : LARIAT
28
Word with square or line : DANCE
29
Crew top : ATEAM
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Job bank : HEIST
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Symbol of sharp wit : RAPIER
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Does not : BUCKS
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Official beer sponsor of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics : ASAHI
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Group thinking : MENSA
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Grossglockner, for one : ALP
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CBS forensic drama : CSI
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Object of hate-watching, perhaps : TRASHTV
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Giant storybook : OGRE
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Not very much : ABIT
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Rod used to make yarn : SPINDLE
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1978 movie musical starring Diana Ross : THEWIZ
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U.N. member until 1991 : USSR
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Like a neutron star : DENSE
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Not as nasty : NICER
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Part IV : TUBE
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Evidence of expiration : ODOR
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Cold Asian desert : GOBI
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National flower of England : ROSE
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Cold Spanish dessert : FLAN
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Pelts : FURS
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Lampooned, with "up" : SENT
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Pan Asian : WOK
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Rock hard : ORE

Answer summary:
2 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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