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Give Me a Break!

New York Times, Sunday, March 19, 2023

Author:
Robert Ryan
Editor:
Will Shortz
Milton who designed the "I ❤️ NY" logo
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 68 Missing: {JQ} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Ryan. Sunday freshness: 85%
Will Shortz notes:
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Robert Ryan notes:
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© 2023, The New York Times3/19/23 ( No. 26,794 )
Across
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Texas terminus of I-35 : LAREDO
7
Place for a plug : ADSPACE
14
Sport coached by Ted Lasso : SOCCER
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Relative of a June bug : SCARAB
21
Animal farm facility : FEEDLOT
22
Shining intensely : AGLARE
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Zone out? : DEPARTMENTALLY
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Milton who designed the "I ❤️ NY" logo : GLASER
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Off : SCREWY
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A handful : SOME
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Channel for watching N.C.A.A. games : ESPNU
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Aid for a novice guitarist : TAB
33
Fool, from the Yiddish : YUTZ
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Beginner's edition? : INTROVERSION
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Home of Bahla Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site : OMAN
39
German article : DAS
40
Certain vaccine target : MEASLES
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Big mouths : MAWS
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Fairy lookalike : SPRITE
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God who lent his name to a weekday : THOR
45
Bruce Wayne in the Batman comics, e.g. : ORPHAN
47
Seat at the dining table? : SUPPOSITION
50
Meds often come in them, for short : MGS
51
Identifying statement : ITSME
54
Real name that becomes a fake one by changing its first letter : ELIAS
55
Tranquil state of mind : ZEN
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Character at the center of "Dunkirk"? : KAY
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Without holding back : FREELY
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Kicked out of school, say : SENTHOME
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Atop : UPON
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Beverage that can be served hinata-kan ("sun-bathed") : HOTSAKE
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Beauty that runs in the family? : KINESTHETIC
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Family member : MOBSTER
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Brazilian currency : REAL
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Price of ignorance, so to speak : IDIOTTAX
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Like much baby food : PUREED
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U.S. agcy. originally set up to fund war expenses : IRS
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Words of praise : ODE
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"Psycho" mother : NORMA
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Search blindly (for) : GROPE
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Some significant others, for short : BFS
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Boys' club? : MALEFACTION
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Shape of a certain bean : KIDNEY
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Expose : BARE
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Bounded : LEAPED
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Result of some bargaining : PLEA
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Words to a pet at the door : INOROUT
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Dollop : GOB
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Greasy garage job : LUBE
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Swindle by instant messaging? : CONTEXTUALLY
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Reproductive cell : OVUM
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Something to aim for on a golf course : PAR
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Irish name meaning "lover of hounds" : CONOR
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Toronado or Cutlass, informally : OLDS
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Pointed at, say : BLAMED
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Tone deafness, medically : ASONIA
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Use a family crypt? : INTERRELATIONS
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Like Halley's comet every 75 or so years : RESEEN
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Not tell a soul : KEEPMUM
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House floor manager? : ROOMBA
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Formal : DRESSY
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Adventure-seeking travelers, in old usage : ERRANTS
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Polynesian language : TONGAN
Down
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Supposed influence on Pink Floyd's "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn" : LSD
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One in the hand? : ACE
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Knock : RAP
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The ___ Tour (2023 Taylor Swift concert series that broke Ticketmaster) : ERAS
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"Pride and Prejudice" surname : DARCY
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Becomes unduly prominent : OBTRUDES
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Forty winks : AFEWZS
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When said three times, mantra for some accused : DENY
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Completed collection : SET
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Conspicuous kissing, e.g., for short : PDA
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Like some casts : ALLSTAR
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Orange and peach, for example : COLORS
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Word has it! : ETYMOLOGY
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Droop : SAG
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One giving creepy looks : OGLER
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Yearbook signers : CLASSMATES
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World's largest inland body of water : CASPIANSEA
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Thus far, poetically : ERENOW
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You might see them now and again : RERUNS
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Fortune 500 company whose logo is a blue infinity symbol : META
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Wisconsin politico Tony : EVERS
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Cornhole attempts : TOSSES
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Lab vial : AMPULE
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Long, narrow piece of jewelry : BARPIN
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"If u ask me ..." : IMHO
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He can be found above it : NEON
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Particularly: Abbr. : ESP
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Pester with little bites : NIPAT
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"Rubbish!" : TOSH
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Food container : TIN
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Jazz great Al : HIRT
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Third-largest city of Turkey : IZMIR
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It comes after nine but not after ten : TEEN
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Flowing tresses : MANE
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Subject of D.C.'s Stone of Hope memorial : MLK
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Word before tooth or candy : EYE
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Chancellor who oversaw Germany's reunification : KOHL
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Centers of attention : FOCI
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Gave a thumbs-up : OKED
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Exploits : USES
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Organizer of a school field day, for short : PTA
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Extra-crisp, informally : HIDEF
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Goofs up : ERRS
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Sea change? : TIDE
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Dealership stat : MPG
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The "Noster" in "Pater Noster" : OUR
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Rhinoplasty target, maybe : BROKENNOSE
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Some vintage photo tints : SEPIATONES
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Got started, with "off" : TEED
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At some point : ONCE
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Come to : TOTAL
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Cause to stumble : TRIPUP
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It divides and multiplies : AMOEBA
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Friend of Buffy on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" : XANDER
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"So to speak" : IFYOULIKE
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Shout heard in the Plaza México : OLE
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___ box (lunch option) : BENTO
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Long-handled hammer : MAUL
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Affectedly creative : ARTY
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Pink Floyd's light-refracting prism, for one iconic example : ALBUMART
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Cancel : NIX
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Reinforce : BOLSTER
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Predecessor of a USB drive : PCCARD
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Like a screw after being turned counterclockwise : LOOSER
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Gilda of the original "S.N.L." cast : RADNER
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Clay figures in Jewish lore : GOLEMS
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Like the Toyota logo : OVAL
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People of western New York : ERIES
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"Same" : METOO
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More than just a sec? : BRUT
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One-named singer with the 1961 #1 hit "Runaround Sue" : DION
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Word with where and how, but not usually why : ANY
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Org. established by 111-Down : EPA
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Prez who established the 110-Down : RMN
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Initial shock? : OMG
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Suns setting, for short : NBA
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Japanese honorific : SAN

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

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