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New York Times, Friday, March 31, 2023

Author:
Rich Norris
Editor:
Will Shortz
Plastic keys?
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Rich Norris

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 34 Missing: {FQWXZ} This is puzzle # 187 for Mr. Norris. Friday freshness: 59%
Jeff Chen notes:
Rich! One of my favorite crossworld people, so deserving of the 2023 Merl Reagle MEmorRiaL Award. He recently retired as the editor of ... read more
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© 2023, The New York Times3/31/23 ( No. 26,806 )
Across
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Something to help you see where you're going : STREETMAP
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Sister brand of Mazola : ARGO
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Classic cars that rivaled the Ford Maverick and Plymouth Duster : CHEVYNOVAS
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Attention-getting cry : LOOK
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Bag of tricks : REPERTOIRE
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Quite a blast? : GALE
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Slightly leading : UPONE
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Fodder for some miners : DATA
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Current event? : EDDY
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___-Einstein condensate, the so-called "fifth state of matter" : BOSE
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Was hard to understand, in a way : SLURRED
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Where an eye test may be given, in brief : DMV
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Plastic keys? : TOYPIANO
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Lead-in to card or credit : DIS
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Spicy, in a way : CAJUN
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Diacritic over the "r" in "Dvořák" : HACEK
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Apple ___ : INC
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Wouldn't release : CLUNGTO
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"That will be ___ the set of sun": Shak. : ERE
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Heavens : ETHER
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Twine fiber : SISAL
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Light line : RAY
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Plagues : TORMENTS
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U.S. health org. : CDC
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Big wheels : POOBAHS
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Its first scene is set near Memphis : AIDA
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Something to think about : IDEA
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Name hidden in "call an audible" : LANA
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Laura of "ER" : INNES
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Some arena illumination, for short : LEDS
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Something that good speakers make with audiences : EYECONTACT
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Sediment : LEES
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Show first performed during 1994's Eurovision Song Contest : RIVERDANCE
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Getting around easily : SPRY
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Sweet, lovable sort : TEDDYBEAR
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No first-stringer : SCRUB
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It ends near Venice : THEPO
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Some consequences for defaulting : REPOS
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Made fair : EVENED
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___ Square, rhyming attraction in the city center of Galway, Ireland : EYRE
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Boomer, for short? : TNT
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Climate : MOOD
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Footwear brand : AVIA
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Blended numbers : PARTSONGS
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Camus's birthplace : ALGERIA
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Grand Prix competitor, e.g. : ROADRACER
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Prosperous period : GOLDENERA
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"You got it!" : OKEYDOKEY
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Company for a king or queen : SEALY
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Confirm : UPHOLD
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Joel who once played Wyatt Earp in film : MCCREA
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France's ___ de Loire : VAL
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African capital on its own gulf : TUNIS
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Products touted in some email scams : DIETPILLS
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No longer able to get out : INTOODEEP
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Iconic 28-Across player : SCHROEDER
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"C'mon, tell us!" : JUSTSAYIT
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Part of X-X-X : TAC
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Row house? : EMBASSY
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Senator, e.g., in brief : NHLER
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Harvard or Cambridge grad : CANTAB
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Laughable : INANE
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Classic music label whose name consists entirely of musical notes : DECCA
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New York ___ (purple bloom) : ASTER
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Actress Campbell : NEVE
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Crushed : ACED
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Memorial Day weekend event, familiarly : INDY
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Airport at one end of the Kennedy Expwy. : ORD

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

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