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New York Times, Thursday, March 16, 2023

Author:
Rebecca Goldstein
Editor:
Will Shortz
Golfer's involuntary wrist spasms while putting, with "the"
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Rebecca Goldstein

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {CJQZ} This is puzzle # 7 for Ms. Goldstein. Thursday freshness: 33%
Rebecca Goldstein notes:
At some point (before seeing one rolling across the highway somewhere between Sedona and Phoenix), TUMBLEWEED became a common phrase ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
TUMBLEWEEDs rolling through the puzzle, the letters W E E D progressing in such an orderly fashion. Note that the first W starts in ... read more
Jim Horne notes:
Jeff and I sometimes disagree. You've seen tumbleweeds on TV, if not in person, and they maintain their inner structure as they roll ... read more
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M
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© 2023, The New York Times3/16/23 ( No. 26,791 )
Across
1
What Do You ___? (popular modern party game) : MEME
5
Kind of ray : GAMMA
10
Who says "Play it, Sam" in "Casablanca" : ILSA
14
Pink-slipped : AXED
15
Deafening : AROAR
16
Beef that's aged? : FEUD
17
Form of racing that requires one foot on the ground at all times : SPEEDWALKING
19
Satirist Mort : SAHL
20
Take hold : SETIN
21
Sort unlikely to stoop, say : SNOB
23
Motorist's offense, for short : DWI
24
[Shrug] : IDUNNO
26
Complicated situation : TANGLEDWEB
28
Notable : VIP
29
Spot for a stud … or a "bud" : EAR
31
Buenos ___ : AIRES
32
Heading in the right direction? : EAST
34
Hockey legend Gordie : HOWE
37
This might be rigged : MAST
38
"Count us in!" : WOULDWEEVER
41
Churn : ROIL
43
Home of the Nobel Peace Center : OSLO
44
Big to-do : STIR
48
Ones who know what's coming? : SEERS
49
Blubber : SOB
51
Woman's name that's a palindrome : ANA
52
"Through the Looking-Glass" character : TWEEDLEDUM
56
Intestine's place : MIDGUT
58
Pop singer's nickname that omits 51-Across : ARI
59
Ingenuity org. : NASA
60
Italian for "milk" : LATTE
61
Golfer's involuntary wrist spasms while putting, with "the" : YIPS
63
Plant seen rolling through this puzzle? : TUMBLEWEED
66
Hexagon bordering two rectangles : UTAH
67
Great Lakes people : ERIES
68
John Irving protagonist T. S. ___ : GARP
69
Hawaiian goddess of volcanoes and fire : PELE
70
Hit the mall, say : SPEND
71
Possible cause of a cough : SMOG
Down
1
Gargantuan : MASSIVE
2
Kayak alternative : EXPEDIA
3
Get-togethers : MEETUPS
4
Singer McCain with the 1998 hit "I'll Be" : EDWIN
5
16 cups: Abbr. : GAL
6
Holy scroll holder : ARK
7
Like towelettes in a fast-food restaurant : MOIST
8
It's heaven-sent : MANNA
9
Neighbor of chlorine on the periodic table : ARGON
10
Contingencies : IFS
11
Chairs, e.g. : LEADERS
12
"Bee-you-tiful!" : SUHWEET
13
Wings things : ADLIBS
18
Sister of King Charles III : ANNE
22
Mediocre effort : BGAME
25
Home of the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial : OAHU
27
Make-up artists? : LIARS
30
Candy in a gold foil wrapper : ROLO
33
Go a few rounds, say? : TWIRL
35
Essay count: Abbr. : WDS
36
Creatures described as anguilliform : EELS
39
Elizabeth of "WandaVision" : OLSEN
40
"Va-va-___!" : VOOM
41
Editorial overhaul : REWRITE
42
Like a certain Freudian complex : OEDIPAL
45
Take on together : TAGTEAM
46
Developing, say : INUTERO
47
Family-friendly, for the most part : RATEDPG
48
Not go to bed : STAYUP
50
Shakespearean humor : BILE
53
Sees : DATES
54
Seize : USURP
55
First lady between Bess and Jackie : MAMIE
57
University of Georgia athletes, to fans : DAWGS
62
"___ Said" (critically acclaimed 2022 biographical drama) : SHE
64
Hebrew word meaning "son of" : BEN
65
Psycho- pharmacology inits. : LSD

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

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