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New York Times, Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Author:
Michael Lieberman
Editor:
Will Shortz
Blog:
Array outside the United Nations headquarters
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Michael Lieberman

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 35 Missing: {JXZ} This is puzzle # 16 for Mr. Lieberman. Tuesday freshness: 89%
Jeff Chen notes:
Repeat after me … again! Again!!! TABOOBOOBOO looks like a BOO BOO, but it sure is fun to say. This concept has been around ... read more
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© 2023, The New York Times3/21/23 ( No. 26,796 )
Across
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Annual destination of about 2.5 million pilgrims : MECCA
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Array outside the United Nations headquarters : FLAGS
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Actress Grier of action films : PAM
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Even a little bit : ATALL
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Place to clip a wireless mic : LAPEL
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Softball stat : RBI
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Injury that's so embarrassing no one is allowed to mention it? : TABOOBOOBOO
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Taylor Swift's "___ Song" : OUR
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Not just yet : LATER
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One of clubs? : MEMBER
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It's no walk in the park : TREK
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Conical dwelling : TEPEE
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Home to the Munch Museum : OSLO
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Tampa Bay footballer, familiarly : BUC
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Result of forgetting to pack a toothbrush for a Doha vacation? : QATARTARTAR
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Big bungle : SNAFU
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Avoid a collision at the last second, say : SWERVE
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"End of story!" : PERIOD
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Soldier's affirmative : YESSIR
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Artery openers : STENTS
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Childbirth assistant : DOULA
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Cuban dance performed at a Russian villa? : DACHACHACHA
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Toilet paper layer : PLY
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Plant in some juices and lotions : ALOE
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Pittsburgh-based giant in the metals industry : ALCOA
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Scene of chaos : MESS
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Made the grade : PASSED
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Earthy pigment : UMBER
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Penultimate Greek letter : PSI
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Indistinct muttering from a ring-tailed primate? : LEMURMURMUR
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Heart test readout, for short : EKG
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___ of Hearts (tart-stealing Wonderland character) : KNAVE
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Fruit whose name precedes "fruit" in the name of another fruit : GRAPE
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Competed in a marathon : RAN
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Lieu : STEAD
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Matches up : SYNCS
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Step on it! : MAT
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Announcement from a flight attendant, for short : ETA
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Iconic San Francisco transport : CABLECAR
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Wear for Dracula : CLOAK
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Not just some : ALOT
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Broccoli tops : FLORETS
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Southeast Asian language : LAO
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Police dept. alert : APB
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What the acorn said when it grew up, in a classic math joke : GEOMETRY
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Gin flavoring : SLOE
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"Survivor" host Jeff : PROBST
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Spanish grandmother : ABUELA
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Something to reflect on? : MIRROR
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Possibly glitchy software release : BETA
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To a greater degree : MORESO
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Largest in a set of kitchen measurers: Abbr. : TBSP
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Ancient alphabet character : RUNE
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"___ Patrol" (Nickelodeon show) : PAW
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Palindromic poetic preposition : ERE
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Fixed share of work : QUOTA
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100% vegan cosmetics brand : AVEDA
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Casts a wide net, maybe : FISHES
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Appealing to self-indulgent impulses : DECADENT
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Figure on the cover of Action Comics #1 : SUPERMAN
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Societal woes : ILLS
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Emanations from the sun : RAYS
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Org. that uses Zambonis : NHL
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"Tic ___ Dough" (bygone game show) : TAC
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Searched exhaustively : SCOURED
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Snazzily dressed : DAPPER
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U.S. state with nearly 34,000 miles of shoreline : ALASKA
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Give support in efforts to acquire a loan, say : COSIGN
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Soccer legend Mia : HAMM
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___ Christmas : MERRY
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Antlered animals : ELKS
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Creepy-crawlies : BUGS
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Astronaut Jemison : MAE
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Sch. in Charlottesville : UVA
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Bars to be scanned, in brief : UPC
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Hi-___ photo : RES

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