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New York Times, Friday, March 3, 2023

Author:
Eric Warren
Editor:
Will Shortz
Swords used by Leonardo in "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" cartoons
TotalDebut
13/3/2023
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ScrabDebutFresh
1.611094%
Eric Warren

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 26 Missing: {JVXZ} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Warren. Friday freshness: 86%
Jeff Chen notes:
Love the CLOWN MAKEUP / FIRE EATERS pairing. It's hard enough to fill all your long slots with main-stage material, and to achieve ... read more
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© 2023, The New York Times3/3/23 ( No. 26,778 )
Across
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Funny joke : RIBTICKLER
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Execs who may issue quarterly statements : CFOS
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Work done in the trenches? : OCEANOLOGY
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Gambler's point spread : LINE
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Bud's place, perhaps : BEERFRIDGE
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Great white shark's only known predator : ORCA
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Unproven skill, briefly : ESP
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Extend, in a way : RENEW
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Show nerves, say : SWEAT
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Streaked : TORE
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Something squares lack : HIPNESS
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Choice chickens : CAPONS
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They help you see the big picture : CINEMAS
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Pindar, for one : ODIST
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Metaphorical throwaway : BATHWATER
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Bent : BIAS
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Let go : CEDED
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Regimen with so-called "fat bombs" : KETO
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Nincompoops : BONEHEADS
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Classic mint brand : CERTS
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"Apologies!" : SOSORRY
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Philanthropists have them : CAUSES
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Swords used by Leonardo in "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" cartoons : KATANAS
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Gefilte fish fish : CARP
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Divert : AMUSE
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Primary scheme : PLANA
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The Orioles, on scoreboards : BAL
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BMW marque : MINI
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Mind matter : BRAINCELLS
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Like balsamic vinegar : AGED
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Topping for San Diego-style fries : CARNEASADA
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Stories that may or may not be true : LORE
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Register domain names like googel.com and gogle.com, e.g. : CYBERSQUAT
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It's roomy in a courtroom : ROBE
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Summer treats : ICES
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Caller's signal : BEEP
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2022 Cate Blanchett drama : TAR
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Leading : INFRONT
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Tools that are hollow inside : CORERS
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Kevin of "Bob's Burgers" : KLINE
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Comstock ___ (1850s discovery) : LODE
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Some baking discards : EGGWHITES
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Sazerac component : RYE
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Circus covering : CLOWNMAKEUP
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Ones with a burning passion? : FIREEATERS
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How many 1970s-'80s movies were released : ONCASSETTE
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Rears : SEATS
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Expel : SPEW
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Throws away : TOSSESASIDE
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Very clear, as some images : INHD
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Ballplayer known as "The Georgia Peach" : COBB
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"Hasta luego!" : ADIOSAMIGO
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Professional at pulling strings? : PIANOTUNER
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Desktop organizer : CADDY
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Protection for some hikers : BEARSPRAY
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The "R" of J. R. Ewing, on "Dallas" : ROSS
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Michael of "Paper Heart" : CERA
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Perfect : HONE
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Capital city near Curaçao : CARACAS
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Food factory worker : CANNER
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___ Haasan, Indian megastar in over 200 films : KAMAL
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Queeg's ship in a 1954 film : CAINE
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Lao meat salad : LARB
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Color of the sky, in Germany : BLAU
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Senator Vinick's portrayer on "The West Wing" : ALDA
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Pre-bar hurdle, in brief : LSAT
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Email letters : BCC
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Abbr. on a lawyer's business card : ESQ

Answer summary:
9 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Modern Era but used previously.

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