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New York Times, Monday, March 20, 2023

Author:
Adam Vincent
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Adam Vincent

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JKQVZ} This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Vincent. Monday freshness: 71%
Adam Vincent notes:
The idea for this puzzle started with BANANA SPLIT, which got me thinking about two-word phrases that combined foods and synonyms for ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
A couple of months ago, a friend pinged me with a "hidden synonyms" concept, featuring entries like BOUNCE, ROLL, JET, PEEL, ... read more
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© 2023, The New York Times3/20/23 ( No. 26,795 )
Across
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Important skill in an awkward interaction : TACT
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Pearly ___ (entrance to heaven) : GATES
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Org. overseeing Rx's : FDA
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"Here comes trouble …" : UHOH
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Cured slice on a deli tray : SALAMI
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Place to lay a napkin : LAP
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Ice cream dessert served in a boat : BANANASPLIT
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Address ending in .com or .edu, e.g. : URL
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Vegan version of a classic brunch dish : TOFUSCRAMBLE
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Basic country dance : TWOSTEP
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Bird symbolizing the arrival of spring : ROBIN
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Vietnam's capital : HANOI
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"M*A*S*H" eatery : MESSTENT
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"Peeper" that makes no sound : EYE
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Podcasting partner, e.g. : COHOST
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Pushing the envelope, so to speak : EDGY
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Citrusy cocktail garnish : LEMONPEEL
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Lofty spot for K-I-S-S-I-N-G, in a schoolyard taunt : TREE
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"Count me in!" : IMDOWN
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What the fish said when it swam into a concrete wall, per an old joke : DAM
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Witty banter : REPARTEE
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Euphemism for an expletive, with "the" : FWORD
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Love to bits : ADORE
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Neighbors of flutists, in an orchestra : OBOISTS
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Sweet spiral pastry topped with icing : CINNAMONROLL
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Hit the ___ (go to bed) : HAY
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Not pay for a meal at a restaurant ... or a hint to each half of 16-, 19-, 34- and 50-Across : DINEANDDASH
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Durable wood that's softer than oak : ELM
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Numerous beyond calculation : UNTOLD
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Big name in dry-erase markers : EXPO
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Stubborn animal : ASS
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Lowly workers : PEONS
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Cut the crop? : REAP
Down
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Big ice cream container : TUB
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"Eureka!" : AHA
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Pro's opposite : CON
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"Oh, really?" : THATSO
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Fill one's tank : GASUP
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Mountains where St. Bernards were originally bred : ALPS
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Soft mineral powder : TALC
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Kuwaiti ruler : EMIR
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Instruments for Ravi and Anoushka Shankar : SITARS
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Misspoke a line, e.g. : FLUBBED
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"Honey" or "sugar" alternative : DARLING
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Galore : APLENTY
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Out of danger : SAFE
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Catch sight of : NOTICE
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Quintessential Route 66 lodging : MOTEL
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With 23-Down, a person's soul mate : THE
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Method : WAY
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See 21-Down : ONE
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World, in French : MONDE
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Bruins legend Phil, to fans : ESPO
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Fume (over) : STEW
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Skip over : OMIT
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Catcher's spot, in baseball : HOME
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Get educated (about) : LEARN
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Surround completely : ENFOLD
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Windpipe : TRACHEA
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Tries to call again : REDIALS
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Ones after whom others are named : EPONYMS
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Fancy hairstyles, informally : DOS
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Museum hangings : ART
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Physicians, for short : MDS
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Get educated (on) : READUP
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Harder to tame : WILDER
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Tests taken verbally : ORALS
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Connect as pals : BOND
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"It's ___, all ___!" : MINE
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Not hoodwinked by : ONTO
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Like glow paint colors : NEON
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Lumberjack's implement : AXE
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Me-day destination : SPA
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Partner of skip and jump : HOP

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

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