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New York Times, Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Author:
Peter Gordon
Editor:
Will Shortz
Process of picking winners in 51-Across
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Peter Gordon

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQV} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 125 for Mr. Gordon. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. Tuesday freshness: 76%
Jeff Chen notes:
My friend Frewin and I recently won our 16-team fantasy basketball season. That's a threepeat of either finishing first in the regular ... read more
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© 2023, The New York Times3/14/23 ( No. 26,789 )
Across
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What butchers trim away : FAT
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Woman: Fr. : FEMME
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Leaves at the library? : PAGES
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"Telephone Line" band, to fans : ELO
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Letter-shaped train track beam : IRAIL
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___ 16 : SWEET
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Nada : ZIP
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Rapper Minaj : NICKI
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Intense suffering : AGONY
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Process of picking winners in 51-Across : BRACKETOLOGY
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Communication service launched in 2004 : GMAIL
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Children's TV character with a falsetto voice : ELMO
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Chimed : RANG
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Down in the dumps : SAD
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Enjoying a candlelit meal, say : DINING
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Word after "jai" in a sport's name : ALAI
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Things to believe in : CREEDS
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"Candyman" director DaCosta : NIA
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What lower-seeded 51-Across participants hope to become : CINDERELLATEAMS
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Swiatek who won the 2022 U.S. and French Opens : IGA
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How a well-plotted story wraps up : NEATLY
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P.D. alerts : APBS
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Guarantee : ENSURE
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Nincompoop : ASS
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Tick off : RILE
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Type size : PICA
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Fury : ANGER
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Annual college basketball tourney, rounds of which can be found in the circled squares at their appropriate numbers : MARCHMADNESS
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Canon competitor : RICOH
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Fabric fold : PLEAT
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Wood used in cabinetry : ELM
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Flavoring in the German Christmas cookie springerle : ANISE
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Leader in a 1917 revolution : LENIN
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Who's solving this puzzle : YOU
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Ebb and neap, for two : TIDES
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Additional : EXTRA
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Something that has to be broken before it can be used : EGG
Down
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Hat with a tassel : FEZ
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"He died the most beloved person on the planet," per Ken Burns : ALI
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Head honchos : TOPBANANAS
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___ 4 : FINAL
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Guitarist Clapton : ERIC
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Truck brand with a bulldog in its logo : MACK
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Podcaster's purchase : MIKE
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___ 8 : ELITE
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Composer of a sacred song : PSALMIST
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"Oh, yer joshin' me" : AWGOON
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Park ranger's subj. : GEOG
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Start of a counting-out rhyme : EENY
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Messy place : STY
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Like hard-liners : RIGID
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"Good" times? : OLDDAYS
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Name on the mansion of New York City's mayor : GRACIE
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Speak ill of : MALIGN
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Sound from an owl : SCREECH
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2,808 square feet, for a tennis court : AREA
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Greek letter used for a 2021 Covid variant : DELTA
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"Never gonna happen!" : INAPIGSEYE
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Light-footed or quick-witted : NIMBLE
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Funny joke, in slang : GASSER
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Building annexes : ELLS
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Adds vitamins and minerals to : ENRICHES
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Merits : EARNS
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Revolted : UPROSE
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More than enough : AMPLE
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Giant in health insurance : AETNA
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Bite-size, say : MINI
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Like a biting wit : ACID
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Actress Borstein of "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" : ALEX
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Fender flaw : DENT
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Depilatory brand : NAIR
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One who snitches : RAT
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Captain's journal : LOG
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Hot cocoa holder : MUG

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

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