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New York Times, Monday, March 6, 2023

Author:
Lynn Lempel
Editor:
Will Shortz
*Region of upstate New York named for its bodies of water
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Lynn Lempel

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 38 Missing: {QXZ} This is puzzle # 100 for Ms. Lempel. Monday freshness: 91%
Lynn Lempel notes:
I have stacks and stacks of scribbled theme ideas, the vast majority of which never become puzzles. Most of those sit around for years ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
This theme made a lot less sense when I confidently plunked in HUMAN GENOME. Fun reinterpretation of NATURE, from "inherent ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

Congratulations, Lynn Lempel, on hitting the NYT Crossword Century Mark. Quite an accomplishment!

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© 2023, The New York Times3/6/23 ( No. 26,781 )
Across
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Greeted a king or queen, say : BOWED
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Barcelona bar bites : TAPAS
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Bone in the mouth : JAW
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Title for Tuck : FRIAR
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Roger who wrote "I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie" : EBERT
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Good prefix for Earth Day : ECO
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*Region of upstate New York named for its bodies of water : FINGERLAKES
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Female pig : SOW
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Slippery fish : EEL
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Kaitlin of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" : OLSON
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Having no doubt : SURE
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Pants leg measurement : INSEAM
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*Navigation hurdle for a sailboat : HEADWIND
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Marble figures : STATUES
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Ticket holders' entitlements : SEATS
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Nile snake : ASP
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Court proceeding : TRIAL
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"Frontline" network : PBS
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*Climbers' warm-ups before mountains : FOOTHILLS
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Houston who fought Santa Anna : SAM
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Pago Pago's land : SAMOA
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Sellout warning, on a sign : SRO
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Weight of a diamond : CARAT
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One prone to mistakes : BUNGLER
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*Source of shade on a desert island, say : PALMTREE
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Stem (from) : DERIVE
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The "A" of M.F.A. : ARTS
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Skateboarding jump : OLLIE
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Companion for Tarzan : APE
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Go down a slippery slope? : SKI
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Set of traits we all have ... or a two-part description of the answers to the starred clues? : HUMANNATURE
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Number of Canadian provinces : TEN
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Tip over : UPEND
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Fat compound : LIPID
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Affirmative vote : AYE
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Like a tech geek : NERDY
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Desirable attribute : ASSET
Down
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Bosom buddy, informally : BFF
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Points in the right direction : ORIENTS
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Apple used for cider : WINESAP
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Young bird of prey : EAGLET
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Rap's Dr. ___ : DRE
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Narrate : TELL
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Embarrass : ABASH
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Orange ___ (tea type) : PEKOE
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Large sports venues : ARENAS
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GPS lines: Abbr. : STS
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Catholic religious order that founded Georgetown University : JESUITS
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Squirrel's stash : ACORNS
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Bowled over : WOWED
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Cesar who played the Cisco Kid : ROMERO
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Q-tips, e.g. : SWABS
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"It ___ tale told by an idiot": Macbeth : ISA
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Onetime spot for fast food : AUTOMAT
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Leave a flight : DEPLANE
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Watches the kids : SITS
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"That's brilliant!" : AHA
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Arm or leg : LIMB
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Places with barns : FARMS
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Make easier to hear, in a way : LOUDEN
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Cracker often served with soup : SALTINE
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Minor mistakes : SLIPUPS
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Daydream : REVERIE
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Smelted material : ORE
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Auto access item : CARKEY
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Performing company : TROUPE
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Without cost : GRATIS
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Italian restaurant staple : PASTA
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Name on a glue bottle : ELMER
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Spiral-horned antelope : ELAND
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___ 500 : INDY
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Attila, notably : HUN
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___ mode : ALA
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Summer hrs. in D.C. : EDT

Answer summary:
5 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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