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New York Times, Thursday, March 30, 2023

Author:
Adam Wagner and Brooke Husic
Editor:
Will Shortz
Blog:
Soft opening?
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
204/20/20215/23/20244
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6151700
RebusCircleScrabDebutFresh
281.6313358%
Adam Wagner
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
208/8/202012/22/202317
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1102187
ScrabDebutFresh
1.6113768%
Brooke Husic

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 14 for Mr. Wagner. This is puzzle # 17 for Ms. Husic. Thursday freshness: 90%
Constructor notes:
Brooke: I love when I look at the latest NYT byline and see Adam's name because more often than not I'm about to be faced with a theme ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Today would have been perfect for one of Dick Dastardly's trademark "Double drat!" outbursts. I loved his chuckle-wheezing sidekick, ... read more
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© 2023, The New York Times3/30/23 ( No. 26,805 )
Across
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It's true! : FACT
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"Not my favorite" : MEH
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Soft opening? : MICRO
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Mar contents : AGUA
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Mer contents : EAU
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Like spaces reserved for compact cars : NARROW
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Tease / Tease : RIBROAST
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Hockey goalie's domain : CREASE
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Word rhymed with "intelligent" in T. S. Eliot's "The Waste Land" : ELEGANT
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Brillo offering : SOAPPAD
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Wasteland : DESERT
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Sighs of relief : AHS
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Subj. of "The Silva Mind Control Method" : ESP
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Lax LAX option? : TSAPRE
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Faith that follows teachings of The Báb : BAHAI
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Dairy aisle purchase : EGGS
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Nora ___ a.k.a. Awkwafina : LUM
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Comeback : RETORT
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A. A. Milne's Baby ___ : ROO
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Toilet / Toilet : POTHEAD
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Gives the thumbs-up : OKS
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Tries to swat : HITSAT
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Mean fig. : AVG
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Online market since 2005 : ETSY
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Like a sheet of dollar bills : UNCUT
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Slice down the middle : BISECT
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"Blast!" : GAH
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See 20-Down : HER
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Spoiled : RUINED
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Potential response to "Look! I colored on the walls!" : YOUWHAT
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How model trains are built : TOSCALE
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Ready to roll : INGEAR
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Quit / Quit : DROPKICK
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Tech support service : PCHELP
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Sale, for a retailer : AIM
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Nickname that sounds like its first two letters : EVIE
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Got busy on : SETTO
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Hits up privately, in Twitter-speak : DMS
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"Bill & ___ Excellent Adventure" : TEDS
Down
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Made out : FARED
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Like a mind that can solve crosswords : AGILE
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Chops evenly, in a way : CUBES
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What arrows might point at : TARGETS
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Was deeply appreciated : MEANTALOT
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Riyadh-to-Abu Dhabi direction : EAST
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House of straw, maybe : HUT
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Rooney ___ of 2022's "Women Talking" : MARA
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"Once again …" : IREPEAT
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"Drat!" / "Drat!" : CRAPSHOOT
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Activist known as "the mother of the freedom movement" : ROSAPARKS
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Had to pay : OWED
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Some U.S.N. personnel : NCOS
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Shell propellers : OARS
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With 45-Across, pronoun pair : SHE
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Tricep curls? : ARMHAIR
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Place : PUT
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One might be turned down : BED
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Wee : ITSY
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Two-stringed Chinese instrument : ERHU
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Presale alert? : GOINGONCE
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Heard / Heard : GOTCAUGHT
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Spaces where people pay to destroy household objects with sledgehammers : RAGEROOMS
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Word before or after "down" : PAT
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Chevy Bolts and Nissan Leafs, for short : EVS
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"Ni-i-ice" : SUHWEET
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Digital boarding pass, e.g. : ETICKET
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Raise, maybe : BET
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Zodiac sign transition : CUSP
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Many-stringed instrument : HARP
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Foolable : NAIVE
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Medieval Spanish conqueror : ELCID
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Feints on the ice : DEKES
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Sudden, temporary loss of athletic ability, with "the" : YIPS
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Purity ring? : HALO
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Request to a barber : TRIM
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___ joke : DAD

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

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