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New York Times, Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Author:
Madeline Kaplan
Editor:
Will Shortz
"Malcolm X" or "Milk"?
TotalDebut
13/22/2023
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1.72554%
Madeline Kaplan

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 36 Missing: {GJX} This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Kaplan. Wednesday freshness: 85%
Madeline Kaplan notes:
The version of this puzzle I originally submitted to the Times had five theme entries and only one movie title for each clue. The ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I've seen this theme type many times before, but FLICK OF A SWITCH is genius. It so perfectly describes "Freaky Friday" and "The ... read more
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© 2023, The New York Times3/22/23 ( No. 26,797 )
Across
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"All right, already!" : OKOK
5
Actress Swinton : TILDA
10
Lemon meringue pie ingredient : ZEST
14
Singer Aguilar with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame : PEPE
15
Decorate : ADORN
16
Crushing on : INTO
17
Oracle : SEER
18
What a captcha tries to detect : ROBOT
19
Exam for jrs. : PSAT
20
"Malcolm X" or "Milk"? : PROFILEPICTURE
23
"Not in a million years!" : ASIF
24
Shushes : QUIETS
25
"Titanic" or "Jaws"? : WATERFEATURE
30
QB protectors, for short : OLINE
31
Run, as dye : BLEED
32
Max : CAP
35
Instrument prominently heard in both Seal's "Kiss From a Rose" and Sonny & Cher's "I Got You Babe" : OBOE
36
Change : COINS
37
Prefix with syllabic : MONO
38
Completely miss the ball : FAN
39
Bozos : BOOBS
40
Live tweeters, of a sort : BIRDS
41
"Wild" or "The Road"? : WALKIETALKIE
43
Commit an illegal act : OFFEND
46
Some pub orders : ALES
47
"Freaky Friday" or "The Parent Trap"? : FLICKOFASWITCH
52
___ bean : FAVA
53
Loved from afar, say : PINED
54
___ pyrite (fool's gold) : IRON
56
"You said it!" : AMEN
57
Direction at the beginning of a stage script : ENTER
58
Firm communication? : MEMO
59
In case : LEST
60
Attention-hoarding, say : NEEDY
61
Members of a flock : EWES
Down
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Covert ___ : OPS
2
Stay fresh : KEEP
3
Classic kids' game that tests motor skills : OPERATION
4
Lamp oil : KEROSENE
5
Duty : TARIFF
6
K-pop star, e.g. : IDOL
7
Section of the brain : LOBE
8
Delete : DROP
9
Many treasured heirlooms : ANTIQUES
10
Plastic fastener : ZIPTIE
11
Follow : ENSUE
12
Be on the A-team, say : START
13
Popular gifts in pledge drives : TOTES
21
Sack : FIRE
22
What falls by the wheyside? : CURD
25
Sound from one at the end of one's leash : WOOF
26
Actress Jessica : ALBA
27
Novel novel format : EBOOK
28
Suspect's need : ALIBI
29
Anxious : TENSE
32
Move in spirals : CORKSCREW
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"Me, myself ___" : ANDI
34
Something you might have to sit still for : POSE
36
"S.N.L." sketch that kicks off the show : COLDOPEN
37
Important number for a middle-distance runner : MILETIME
39
Count (on) : BANK
40
Island near Java : BALI
41
Words shared by forbidden lovers, maybe : WECANT
42
Tacky and loud : TAWDRY
43
Meat market scraps : OFFAL
44
Olympic symbol : FLAME
45
Bills with an estimated life span of 5.5 years (appropriately) : FIVES
48
Numismatic rating : FINE
49
Pot part : ANTE
50
March Madness number : SEED
51
Plate umpire's place : HOME
55
#s : NOS

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