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New York Times, Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Author:
Michael B. Berg
Editor:
Will Shortz
Barrel of monkeys
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13/15/2023
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Michael B. Berg

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQWZ} Puzzle has duplicate clues. This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Berg. Wednesday freshness: 16%
Michael B. Berg notes:
For one glorious year of my early childhood, I went to daycare in a bowling alley. When we weren't perched on stools watching Sesame ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Back in college, I spent many hours playing SONIC THE HEDGEHOG with a bunch of dormmates. Idyllic times, doggedly redoing levels over ... read more
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© 2023, The New York Times3/15/23 ( No. 26,790 )
Across
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Many a rescue : MUTT
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Bit of wisdom : PEARL
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Playful sound while tapping someone's nose : BOOP
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Brainchild : IDEA
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Buildup of tanks? : ALGAE
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Atmospheric glow : AURA
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Barrel of monkeys : DONKEYKONG
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Symbol seen on more than 30% of the world's flags : STAR
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Catalog : INDEX
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Person you might see in August? : GUS
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Whac-A-___ : MOLE
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Word after high or seven : SEAS
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Rice option : PILAF
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With 50-Across, blue streak : SONICTHE
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Shapes up : TETRIS
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Black, in verse : EBON
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Barrier in certain zoo enclosures : MOAT
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Dora the Explorer's cousin : DIEGO
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Bit of ink : TAT
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Leather band used to sharpen razors : STROP
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Landon who lost in a landslide to F.D.R. : ALF
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Sch. with campuses in Amherst and Lowell : UMASS
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Eye affliction : STYE
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Voter on a failed 2014 independence referendum : SCOT
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Ghost in the machine : PACMAN
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See 28-Across : HEDGEHOG
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Partner of dreams : HOPES
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Life-or-death : DIRE
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Blue-green shade : TEAL
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Florida politico Demings : VAL
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"Toodles," but more formally : ADIEU
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Rip : REND
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Knock me down with a feather : ANGRYBIRDS
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Start of a fairy tale : ONCE
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Actress Messing : DEBRA
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What the fourth little piggy had : NONE
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Batik worker : DYER
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Like many theater camp productions : ARTSY
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Shred the ___ (skiing slang for conquering difficult terrain) : GNAR
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Skirt covering the knees : MIDI
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Noodles often served in broth : UDON
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Oversee, as a flock : TEND
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Adopts : TAKESIN
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Insert a token, say : PAY
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Sight at Rocky Mountain National Park : ELK
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Excited : AGOG
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Accumulated, as charges : RANUP
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Goes by foot, informally : LEGSIT
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Rice option : BASMATI
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Unobtainable : OUTOFREACH
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___ motor skills (baby's development) : ORAL
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Trim : PARE
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C.T.O. or C.F.O. : EXEC
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Paper pushers? : ATMS
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They can be parting : SHOTS
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Captained : LED
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Sting operation, e.g. : SETUP
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"A Promised Land" author, 2020 : OBAMA
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"No way!" : NOTACHANCE
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"Mostly harmless" place, per "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" : EARTH
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Home with a dome : IGLOO
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Giant head? : SOFTG
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Messed (with) : TOYED
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Spa treatment, informally : PEDI
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Burn like embers : SMOLDER
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Chump : SAP
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Playoff ranking : SEEDING
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One side of the Hoover Dam : NEVADA
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Get, as a quick lunch : GRAB
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More even-keeled : SANER
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Walked (on) : TROD
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Tiny, informally : EENY
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Orientation inits. : LGBT
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It makes up about a third of our planet's mass : IRON
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___ Mode, "no capes" advocate in "The Incredibles" : EDNA
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Operator : USER
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B&O and others : RRS
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"Huzzah!" : YAY

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

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