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I Do, I Do ... Do!

New York Times, Sunday, March 26, 2023

Author:
David Karp
Editor:
Will Shortz
Blog:
Preparing to put earrings in an ogre?
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David Karp

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 72 Missing: {JQWZ} Puzzle has duplicate clues. This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Karp. Sunday freshness: 53%
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© 2023, The New York Times3/26/23 ( No. 26,801 )
Across
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Businesses that might offer "pawdicures" : DOGSPAS
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Subject in sexology : GSPOT
13
Feeling of auditory bliss, in a modern coinage : EARGASM
20
Stacked haphazardly : INAPILE
21
Some religious artwork : ICONS
22
Band stan : GROUPIE
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Preparing to put earrings in an ogre? : PIERCINGSHREK
25
Understood : GRASPED
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Treat, as wood : STAIN
27
Revealer of the Wizard of Oz : TOTO
28
Hostile parties : FOES
29
Nickname for Luigi : GIGIO
31
The Macy's in New York's Herald Square, and others? : ORIGINSTORES
39
Harbor boat : TUG
42
Downside : CON
43
Had trouble with, as an icy road : SLIDON
44
Defeat decisively : THRASH
45
Home to five U.S. national parks : UTAH
47
Instruction in a meringue recipe : BEAT
49
E.M.T.'s apparatus, informally : DEFIB
51
Org. that facilitates adoptions : ASPCA
52
Pentad for a poetry performance? : FIVEPILLARSOFSLAM
56
Outdo : TOP
57
Infection fighter : TCELL
58
In ___ (as found) : SITU
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What "O" might stand for : HUG
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"What's ___ …" : MORE
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TV spy drama of the early 2000s : ALIAS
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Watch all at once, say : BINGE
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Supreme Court surname : ROBERTS
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Shopping for some cereal? : PICKINGONESBRAN
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Deep-fried appetizer often served with chutney : PAPADAM
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Big fuss : STINK
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One side of a battery : ANODE
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"Good heavens!" : EGAD
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The "L" of L.V. : LAS
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Vegan alternative to gelatin : AGAR
84
Literary character described as "a stout little fellow with red cheeks" : FRODO
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What "X" might stand for : TEN
87
Prize in a chowder cook-off? : CERTIFICATEOFCLAM
92
Gen Zer who might be into faux freckles and anime : EGIRL
94
Start of many a Father's Day card : TODAD
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Campy stuff? : GEAR
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___ mater : ALMA
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Was completely depleted : RANOUT
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Smartphone, e.g. : DEVICE
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"Well, ___-di-dah!" : LAH
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You might need just the "last four" of it: Abbr. : SSN
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Old-timey wizard who needs to learn some manners? : SPITTINGMAGE
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Fly : PILOT
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Be overly sweet : CLOY
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"No chickening out!" : DOIT
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Faith founded in Persia : BAHAI
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"Black" or "Pink" animal : PANTHER
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Band with the 1997 hit "Semi-Charmed Life" … or a phonetic hint to this puzzle's theme : THIRDEYEBLIND
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They might wipe the slate clean : ERASERS
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Spine-tingling : EERIE
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Klingon speaker, say : TREKKIE
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Deadlock : IMPASSE
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C-suite members : EXECS
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Pots and pans, e.g. : VESSELS
Down
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Ballroom dance moves : DIPS
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"Will do!" : ONIT
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Greek earth goddess : GAEA
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Lavender unit : SPRIG
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Walk in the park … or sit in a park, maybe : PICNIC
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Actor Mahershala : ALI
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Lookouts : SENTINELS
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General idea : GIST
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Classy establishment? : SCHOOL
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___ favor : POR
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United : ONE
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"You should know better!" : TSK
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Encourage : EGGON
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Stop the progress of : ARREST
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Entree that might be prepared with a brown sugar glaze : ROASTHAM
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"Gloomy" guy : GUS
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What some people use to solve a New York Times crossword : APP
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German "you" : SIE
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Rx request : MED
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Slimy stuff : GOO
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Lacquer, e.g. : FINISH
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Home to wild Bactrian camels : GOBI
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Clears (of) : RIDS
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Lead-in to -logue : IDEO
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N.F.L. quarterback Jared : GOFF
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Surgery sites, in brief : ORS
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Falcon, hawk or eagle : RAPTOR
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Usher : ESCORT
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Tot's geometry lesson, perhaps : SHAPES
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Clump of hair : TUFT
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City at the foot of the Adirondacks : UTICA
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What may bring a meeting to order : GAVEL
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Cholesterol-lowering drug : STATIN
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Landing site : HELIPAD
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Cover, of a sort : ALIBI
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Words for a cover : BLURB
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Like many a lumberjack's shirt : PLAID
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Certain footholds : RUNGS
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Ancient marketplace : AGORA
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Spanish resort island, to locals : MENORCA
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"Do"-to-"do" delivery : SCALE
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Understood : GOT
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Pioneering computer : ENIAC
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National park in the Canadian Rockies : BANFF
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Former retail giant : KMART
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Captivate : ENGAGE
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Cousin of a stingray : SKATE
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Dwindles, with "out" : PETERS
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It's 2.3 years for the average heterosexual American couple : AGEGAP
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Something made in a press : PANINI
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Things a plangonologist collects : DOLLS
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Some semihard cheeses : EDAMS
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Stubbornly old-fashioned : STODGY
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"The museum of social decay," per Gary Oldman : REALITYTV
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The so-called "Pearl of Arabia" : OMAN
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Strapless accessories : CLUTCHES
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As above, in citations : IDEM
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___ bean : FAVA
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"Groovy!" : IDIG
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Like some tradition : ORAL
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Spoil : ROT
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Some bathroom contractors : TILERS
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Comedy's ___ the Entertainer : CEDRIC
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Cartoon character who said "Van Gogh would've sold more than one painting if he'd put tigers in them" : HOBBES
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Like the goddess Hel : NORSE
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March 14 dessert, appropriately : PIE
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"The birds and the bees" and others : TALKS
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Pope writings : ODES
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Sharp increase : HIKE
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Kapoor of "Slumdog Millionaire" : ANIL
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Two weeks after calends, approximately : IDES
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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame architect : PEI
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River offshoot : ARM
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Power ___ : NAP
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Wand-waving org. : TSA
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Merch table offering : TEE
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Spell of bad luck? : HEX
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Seething state : IRE
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Before, in poetry : ERE

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

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