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New York Times, Friday, March 10, 2023

Author:
Claire Rimkus
Editor:
Will Shortz
Protagonist's pride, often
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 32 Missing: {QXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 7 for Ms. Rimkus. Friday freshness: 26%
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© 2023, The New York Times3/10/23 ( No. 26,785 )
Across
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Protagonist's pride, often : TRAGICFLAW
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Rather : ABIT
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"Man, oh, man!" : HOLYTOLEDO
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Pantsless Disney character : POOH
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Skedaddle unexpectedly : UPANDLEAVE
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It has a higher population of pigs than people : IOWA
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Beginning of a large amount of work : DENT
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"___ Vidi Vicious" (critically acclaimed 2000 album by the Hives) : VENI
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High on marijuana, in slang : BAKED
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"The salt of conversation, not the food," per William Hazlitt : WIT
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Speedo-like : SCANTY
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Big little role in the Marvel Universe : ANTMAN
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Tolkien's Sauron, for one : LORD
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Salt component : ION
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Actress Lindsay : LOHAN
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Pronounced : ORAL
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When "NCIS" has aired for most of its run: Abbr. : TUE
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Firm support for a mom-to-be : PREGNANCYPILLOW
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___ Highness : HER
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Out of control : AMOK
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One who may wear a badge : AGENT
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Schooner filler : ALE
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Plays favorites, perhaps : BETS
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Clears : ERASES
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Goddess who helped Perseus defeat Medusa : ATHENA
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"Better Call Saul" character ___ Fring : GUS
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Community spirit : ETHOS
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1 on a scale of 1 to 5, maybe : POOR
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Vehicle whose name may or may not be derived from the phrase "just enough essential parts" : JEEP
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Reclines : LIES
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Citrus drink since 1979 : MELLOYELLO
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Seconds : MORE
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Toy brick figurine : LEGOPERSON
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Lacking width and depth, for short : ONED
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Some days reserved for wellness : SPAWEEKEND
Down
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A bad joke might land with one : THUD
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Bit of cowboy gear : ROPE
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Page or Ameche of football : ALAN
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Ibsen's "Peer ___" : GYNT
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"___ be an honor …" : ITD
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Civil rights pioneer Claudette of Montgomery : COLVIN
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Assembly of starships : FLEET
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Slight advantage, in political forecasting : LEAN
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Like some boards : ADVISORY
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Trouble : WOE
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Like a hive mind? : APIAN
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Things on spines : BOOKTITLES
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Words of appreciation : IOWEYOUONE
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Jazz trumpeter Jones : THAD
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They're easy to read, typically : BADLIARS
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Poseurs : WANNABES
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Losing dice roll : CRAP
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Dominant : ALPHA
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Like singer Michelle Williams and actress Michelle Williams : NORELATION
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"It's all gonna be OK" : THERETHERE
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People, e.g., informally : MAG
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Secures : LOCKS
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Cousins of axolotls : NEWTS
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Service call? : AMEN
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"Shut your mouth!" : NOTAPEEP
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Luggage tag letters for a Delta hub : LGA
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It's blue on a Risk board : EUROPE
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Cheated, in slang : HOSED
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Use smear tactics, say : GOLOW
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Sesame Street resident : ELMO
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Kurylenko of "Black Widow" : OLGA
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No-goodnik : JERK
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"What ___?" : ELSE
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North Carolina college town : ELON
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Turtle's habitat : POND
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Org. for D.C. United : MLS
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"___-haw!" : YEE

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