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New York Times, Saturday, March 11, 2023

Author:
Tom Pepper
Editor:
Will Shortz
Trick-taking card game
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Tom Pepper

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 66, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQ} This is puzzle # 14 for Mr. Pepper. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. Saturday freshness: 63%
Tom Pepper notes:
As much as "GIMMICK puzzle" and "a puzzle's GIMMICK" are common Crossworld parlance, I'm surprised GIMMICK has never appeared in a NY ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
You had me at OH HELL. Sometimes you can tell right away when a themeless is going to vibrate at your resonant frequency. ... read more
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© 2023, The New York Times3/11/23 ( No. 26,786 )
Across
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Trick-taking card game : OHHELL
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Monastery head's jurisdiction : ABBACY
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"Sweet!" : COOLIO
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Patisserie offering : BRIOCHE
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Author of the influential 1950 paper "Computing Machinery and Intelligence" : TURING
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Piffle : CLAPTRAP
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It's northwest of 1 : ESC
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Fully commit : GOWHOLEHOG
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Jack Bauer's wife on "24" : TERI
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Here, in Latin : HIC
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Messing around on a TV set? : DEBRA
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Fund-raising attractions at carnivals : DUNKTANKS
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Word with dance or date : RAIN
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Ones getting under your skin? : XRAYTECHS
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Blast maker : TNT
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Apt anagram of "I sew a hole" : ELIASHOWE
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Some coll. degrees : BAS
38
Winsome : ENDEARING
40
Stir : FLAP
42
Started fighting : GOTINTOIT
44
Tiny pit in the 55-Across : FOVEA
46
Skin blemish : WEN
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Potential cause of a respiratory problem : SMOG
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"Hold up …" : HANGONASEC
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Low sound : MOO
54
Some garage conversions : MANCAVES
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See 44-Across : RETINA
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Air-purifying device : IONIZER
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Tripping : ONACID
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One holding all the cards : DEALER
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Pumps up : STOKES
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Four + four : OCTET
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Accommodated, in a way : HOUSED
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Bit of dark magic in Harry Potter : HORCRUX
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Name in "fuel injection" : ELI
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TV journalist Lisa : LING
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Business card feature : LOGO
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Asia's ___ Sea : ARAL
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One standing on one's own two feet? : BIPED
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"Why ___?" : BOTHER
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Word from the Greek for "walking on tiptoe" : ACROBAT
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Discomfiture : CHAGRIN
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Informal agreement : YEP
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Cryptocurrency technologies : BLOCKCHAINS
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Green, black, white and yellow are varieties of these : CHINESETEAS
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"Bummer!" : WHATADOWNER
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Memo starter : INRE
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Subject for a myrmecologist : ANT
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Ingredient in the Tuscan soup ribollita : KALE
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Evening : TYING
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Cut off : SHORN
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"Hot Lips" Houlihan portrayer : SWIT
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Genesis 5 figure : ENOS
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Close one, in brief : BFF
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Folk song whose name translates to "Farewell to Thee" : ALOHAOE
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Habitat for giraffes : SAVANNA
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Attention-getter, maybe : GIMMICK
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Makeup kit item : PENCIL
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Coin with a polar bear on its reverse, informally : TOONIE
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Looking steadily : AGAZE
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Provokes : GOADS
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No longer affected by : OVER
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Versace ___ (high-end fragrance) : EROS
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U.S. government product made at twice the cost of what it's worth : CENT
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Prefix with section : MID
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Natural order of the universe, in East Asian philosophy : TAO

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