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New York Times, Saturday, April 10, 2021

Author:
Evans Clinchy
Editor:
Will Shortz
45-Across : The bare essentials, so to speak
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Evans Clinchy

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 25 Missing: {FVXZ} Spans: 4, (2 double stacks) This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Clinchy. Saturday freshness: 71%
Evans Clinchy notes:
Hello again. I've been out of the NYT themeless game for a solid half-decade, but it hasn't been for any lack of trying. I've still ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
My favorite type of Saturday challenge is one that first appears to be impossible, but there are enough hints of places where you ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times4/10/21 ( No. 26,086 )
Across
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Marketing metric : ADSALES
8
Utter rot : TWADDLE
15
How Dickens describes Marley in "A Christmas Carol" : DEADASADOORNAIL
17
Friend from way back : OLDACQUAINTANCE
18
"In case you forgot ...," e.g. : NUDGE
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Supersmooth : SILKY
20
Spiced quaff : NOG
21
Like some threats : IDLE
22
Set shots? : TAKES
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Actress Ferrell of "White Men Can't Jump" : TYRA
24
"The thing about that is ..." : SEE
25
"Heavens to Murgatroyd!" : MYGOD
26
Figure to the left of Clinton in a famous 1993 photo-op handshake : RABIN
27
Harry and Lloyd's road trip destination in "Dumb and Dumber" : ASPEN
28
Boil down : DECOCT
29
Chopin composed three collections of them : ETUDES
31
Scotch fillet, by another name : RIBEYE
32
Salon offering : DYEJOB
33
It may be sprinkled with sprinkles : DONUT
34
Uncle ___ : REMUS
35
Matchmaking targets? : SOCKS
36
Go nowhere : SIT
39
Actor/comedian Mike : EPPS
40
Refuses to go along : BALKS
41
Casual, dismissive response : UHNO
42
Trouble : AIL
43
___ Brothers (pop trio) : JONAS
44
"Träskor" in Sweden and "geta" in Japan, to name two : CLOGS
45
The bare essentials, so to speak : MEATANDPOTATOES
48
Election plot twist : OCTOBERSURPRISE
49
Must : NEEDSTO
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Letters have them : TENANTS
Down
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Hunk : ADONIS
2
Hoodwink : DELUDE
3
Prepare to ride, with "up" : SADDLE
4
"Opposites attract," for one : ADAGE
5
Tie up : LACE
6
Abbr. on a law firm's letterhead : ESQ
7
Hot links, say : SAUSAGES
8
Put in work : TOILED
9
Detail-oriented sorts : WONKS
10
Affected, in a way : ARTY
11
Cellular data plan? : DNA
12
Classic ballad set to the tune of "Londonderry Air" : DANNYBOY
13
What fennel tastes like : LICORICE
14
Graceful and tasteful : ELEGANT
16
Vegetable whose name is Japanese for "big root" : DAIKON
22
Not so intense, say : TYPEB
23
"Be silent," on a music score : TACET
25
It worked with a prompt : MSDOS
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LE VEL, for one : REBUS
27
French menu phrase : AUJUS
28
Little shots : DINKS
29
Microscope part : EYEPIECE
30
Good example for others to follow : TEMPLATE
31
Goes wild at a concert : ROCKSOUT
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"As if!" : DREAMON
33
Exercise at a Y, maybe : DOLAPS
35
Painter Botticelli : SANDRO
36
Slam-dunk : SHOOIN
37
Eat : INGEST
38
Doesn't sleep well : TOSSES
40
Actress Lisa : BONET
41
Prefix with sonic : ULTRA
43
Digs : JABS
44
Cook's handle, maybe : CAPN
46
Man's name that's a woman's nickname backward : TOD
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Metà di sei : TRE

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