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New York Times, Friday, March 17, 2023

Author:
Carter Cobb
Editor:
Will Shortz
Staples of horror movies
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 28 Missing: {QXZ} Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry. Puzzle has duplicate clues. This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Cobb. Friday freshness: 55%
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This puzzle started with the grid layout — I really like the look of 90-degree rotational symmetry, and I figured the relative ... read more
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© 2023, The New York Times3/17/23 ( No. 26,792 )
Across
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Staples of horror movies : JUMPSCARES
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Commoner : PLEB
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Pest so named because it was originally found in royal tombs : PHARAOHANT
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Rocker Grohl : DAVE
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Join a boxer rebellion? : GOCOMMANDO
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Spot : AREA
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1967 song by the Monkees : SHE
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Learning opportunity, so to speak : MISTAKE
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Game from Africa : GNU
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Gel-ocity maker : BIC
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Superlatively swell : NEATEST
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First aid provider : MEDIC
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Carriage with its horse : RIG
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Easily put out : TESTY
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Browns, e.g. : EARTHTONES
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Tech giant once known as Multitech : ACER
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Ride at some amusement parks : TRAM
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Four-time Emmy winner Woodard : ALFRE
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It can mean hello or goodbye : WAVE
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Bit of film : ALGA
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Ones calling across the ocean? : BLUEWHALES
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Colorless bodily fluid : LYMPH
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Moreover : AND
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Isn't for you? : ARENT
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Unimaginative : PROSAIC
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It's just past due : TRE
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English ___ : LIT
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Examined, as a dog might : SNIFFED
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Pivotal part of a revolution : HUB
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Pallid : ASHY
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One fearful of crowded places : AGORAPHOBE
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Ready to be driven : TEED
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Flew over seas? : PARASAILED
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Mixes things up, say : ERRS
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Wannabes : PRETENDERS
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Alternatives to GIFs : JPGS
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[Gulp!] : UHOH
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Garam masala spice : MACE
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Follower of all or turn : PRO
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Slangy lunch fare : SAMMICH
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"Cathy" or "Luann" : COMIC
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Moments of clarity : AHAS
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Go off : RANT
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At serious risk : ENDANGERED
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Feed : STOKE
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Locking lips by the lockers, e.g., for short : PDA
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Epic : LARGESCALE
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Neck and neck : EVENSTEVEN
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Retirement plan whose prospects are looking good? : BEAUTYREST
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Not fast : EAT
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Alternatives to GIFs : BITMAPS
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Some china : TEAWARE
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Possible souvenir from a surgery : METALPLATE
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One seeing stars upon waking, perhaps : EARLYRISER
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Queen with a protégé : DRAGMOTHER
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Prepare some leaves for burning? : ROLLACIGAR
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Just for kicks and giggles : INFUN
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"Q" neighbor : TAB
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Patch, e.g. : SEW
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Dense buildup in makeup powder containers : HARDPAN
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Entertains, with "over" : HAS
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Like some online purchases : INAPP
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Give hints about, but not more : TEASE
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Lead-in to cast or castle : FORE
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School group, informally : FRAT
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Well, essentially : HOLE
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Modern ride : UBER
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Hotel capacity : BEDS
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N.F.L. divisions : YDS
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Didn't seek, say : HID

Answer summary:
9 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Modern Era but used previously.

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