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As Heard Around the Dinner Table

New York Times, Sunday, March 5, 2023

Author:
John-Clark Levin
Editor:
Will Shortz
Vegetarian options … or what the shaded letters in this puzzle are, phonetically
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John-Clark Levin

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Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 76 Missing: {JQXZ} Puzzle has duplicate clues. This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Levin. Sunday freshness: 2%
Will Shortz notes:
John-Clark Levin, of Ojai, Calif., is a Ph.D. student at Cambridge, in England, studying how governments can better anticipate the impacts of artificial intelligence. In his spare time, ... read more
John-Clark Levin notes:
This idea first came to me during a brainstorming session with Jeff Chen back in 2018. We were tossing around concepts for puzzles to collaborate on, but the phonetic substitutions here ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
One thing that Jill appreciates about me is that I love her food. When it's her turn to cook, whatever she puts in front of me, I eat with gusto. With one exception. Years ago, ... read more
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© 2023, The New York Times3/5/23 ( No. 26,780 )
Across
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Commuter's ticket : BUSPASS
8
They take bows : ARCHERS
15
G-rated, say : TAME
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"It's not coming to me" : IFORGET
20
Floral brew : ROSETEA
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Quintessential ingredient to borrow from a neighbor : SUGAR
22
Dine out : GOTOARESTAURANT
24
Competitive setting in Fortnite : ARENA
25
Like many phone cards : PREPAID
26
Often-mispunctuated word : ITS
27
Lets it all out, say : VENTS
28
Aurora, to the Greeks : EOS
31
Powerful weapon, for short : NUKE
32
Pop option : COLA
34
Firefly, e.g. : BEETLE
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Aid in some makeshift repairs : DUCTTAPE
38
Blackhead remover : PORECLEANSER
40
Company that created Pong : ATARI
41
They can make a huge impact : ASTEROIDS
42
Spongy mushroom : MOREL
43
Movie character who said "I love you" to 110-Across : LEIA
45
Network supported by "Viewers Like You" : PBS
46
Literary character who cries "I am madness maddened!" : AHAB
50
Bog : FEN
51
Ill-humored : DOUR
52
"Cool!" : RAD
55
Act theatrically : EMOTE
56
"Meet the Press" host Chuck : TODD
57
Attractions for antique hunters : YARDSALES
60
Donnybrooks : BRAWLS
61
Ironically funny : WRY
62
Part of many a weight-loss ad : BEFOREPICTURE
64
Buck chaser? : DOE
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Something checked at a T.S.A. checkpoint : IDCARD
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One vs. 52? : SOLITAIRE
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Go on and on : RANT
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"Cool!" : NEATO
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Crib : PAD
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Bad impression? : DENT
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Tiny bit of work : ERG
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Famed Deco designer : ERTE
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Whitman of "Parenthood" : MAE
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Aftermath of a toddler's meal : MESS
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Train that stops in New Haven and New York : ACELA
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They often don't mature until they turn 30 : MORTGAGES
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Yucatán native : MAYAN
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Lie out on a scorching day : BAKEINTHESUN
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Landmark at the entrance to Narnia : LAMPPOST
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"Yeah, but still ..." : EVENSO
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Online handicrafts marketplace : ETSY
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Bareilles who sang "Love Song" : SARA
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Tribe native to the Great Basin : UTE
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Suit fabric : SERGE
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Agcy. impersonated in some scam calls : IRS
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Crouched in terror : COWERED
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Private : INNER
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Vegetarian options … or what the shaded letters in this puzzle are, phonetically : MEATSUBSTITUTES
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"The Three Musketeers" action scenes : DUELS
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Flatten : PANCAKE
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Movie character who replied "I know" to 43-Across : HANSOLO
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They may be long and shocking : EELS
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Clink : SLAMMER
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Gray matter? : ANATOMY
Down
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Tom Hanks movie featuring a giant piano : BIG
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It might turn out to be a drone : UFO
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Barfly : SOT
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Blue diamond in "Titanic," e.g. : PROP
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Lab culture medium : AGAR
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Star close to Venus? : SERENA
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Take responsibility : STEPUP
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Bandleader Shaw : ARTIE
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Share the ___ (sign) : ROAD
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Fort Collins sch. : CSU
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"___ Loss" (2022 #1 album by Drake and 21 Savage) : HER
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Cyber Monday merchant : ETAILER
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Mall security guard, pejoratively : RENTACOP
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Exams with a 400-1600 range : SATS
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Soup-serving dish : TUREEN
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Interfacers with publishers : AGENTS
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Layer between the crust and the core : MANTLE
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Need for a tough crossword, perhaps : ERASER
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Command for creating a revised draft : SAVEAS
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Sushi bar drink : SAKE
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Wax-coated cheese : EDAM
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Like words this clue the in? : OUTOFORDER
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Easily frightened sort : SCAREDYCAT
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Where you might go down in the ranks? : COT
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Bauxite or galena : ORE
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Things usually made in the morning : BEDS
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What's in : TREND
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'Fore : TIL
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MADD ad, e.g. : PSA
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Lefty : LIB
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Apple wireless file transfer : AIRDROP
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Do nothing : LOAF
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Paris bar tender? : EUROS
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Reddit Q&A : AMA
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"The nerve!" : HOWDAREYOU
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Finally : ATLONGLAST
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Under siege : BESET
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Turned red, say : DYED
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Like an allegro tempo : RAPID
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Landed : ALIT
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Subjects of VH1's "I Love the ..." series : DECADES
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'Fore : ERE
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Packaging string : TWINE
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Actress Ward : SELA
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Many teens' rooms, to parents : STIES
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Pulitzer-winning columnist Stephens : BRET
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"Du-u-u-ude!" : BRO
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Large coffee vessels : URNS
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Made a fast stop? : ATE
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"Previously on ..." segment : RECAP
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"The kissing disease" : MONO
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"Coming face to face with yourself," per Jackson Pollock : ART
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Otherworldly : ETHEREAL
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Minority in New Zealand's parliament : MEN
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What goes "up to 11," in "Spinal Tap" : AMP
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Pot grower? : ANTE
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Skinflints : MISERS
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Does well on a test, say : GETSANA
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Wild donkey : ASS
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Fellow : GUY
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Along : BESIDE
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Many a Monopoly property : AVENUE
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Ear piece? : KERNEL
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Marx's co-author for "The Communist Manifesto" : ENGELS
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They can be passed but not failed : LAWS
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Franklin who sang "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" : ARETHA
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Robin Hood's love : MARIAN
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On the wagon : SOBER
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Little mischief-makers : IMPS
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Veggie that's often pickled : CUKE
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Virgil described its "cloud of pitch-black whirling smoke" : ETNA
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Sign of neglect : DUST
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Channel that airs old MGM and RKO films : TCM
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___ Bankman-Fried, fallen crypto mogul : SAM
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Excessively : TOO
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Boston's Liberty Tree, for one : ELM
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Kind of sauce for dim sum : SOY

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