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Bring Your A Game

New York Times, Sunday, April 16, 2023

Author:
Mike Hobin
Editor:
Will Shortz
Painted 25% of the house?
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 75 Missing: {JQVZ} Puzzle has duplicate clues. This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Hobin. Sunday freshness: 23%
Will Shortz notes:
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© 2023, The New York Times4/16/23 ( No. 26,822 )
Across
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Inundates with messages : SPAMS
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Starting from : ASOF
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Farm male : BOAR
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Slip : LAPSE
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Word spelled starting with an alif in Arabic : ALLAH
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Style of Chicago's NBC Tower, informally : DECO
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Traditional wisdom : LORE
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Fine woodworking detail : INLAY
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Blender button : PULSE
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Lottery prize? : AWARDOFTHESTATE
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Deception, metaphorically : SMOKE
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Cambridgeshire's historic ___ Hall : ELTON
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They were once advertised with the slogan "Polly wants a cracker?" : SALTINES
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Painted 25% of the house? : BRUSHEDASIDE
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"Eww, yuck!" : BLEH
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It's a snap : PHOTO
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768 parts of a gal. : TSPS
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Lacking in vitality : ANEMIC
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Heavy cookware item : WOK
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Dancer's boss : SANTA
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Cruet contents : OIL
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Hogwash : TRIPE
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Obama's first chief of staff : EMANUEL
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Make one's long story overly short? : ABRIDGETOOFAR
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Canner's purchase : LABELS
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Dog owner's hope … or a cat owner's pipe dream? : OBEDIENCE
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Regulator of e-cigarettes, for short : FDA
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Butter maker : CHURN
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Trees whose wood is used for model airplanes : BALSAS
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One of Randall's daughters on "This Is Us" : TESS
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Just the refreshments, not the viewing? : HALFAWAKE
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Ode to reparation for sin? : ATONEPOEM
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Hunt out : SEEK
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Really into : HOTFOR
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Tic-tac-toe sides : XANDO
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Went unused : SAT
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Make easier to tear, in a way : PERFORATE
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One of twenty-five in this clue : LETTER
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One darling percussion instrument? : ACUTETRIANGLE
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Sage : WISEONE
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Work with a pick and an ax? : STRUM
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Apt name for a worrywart : STU
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Off-white shade : CREAM
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"Gangnam Style" rapper : PSY
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Track star? : SINGER
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Giant things in the 1954 sci-fi film "Them!" : ANTS
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Taunts : GIBES
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Kind of exam : ORAL
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Where stealth is found in the dictionary? : AHEADOFSTEAM
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Looking blue : SADFACED
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Shoelace tip : AGLET
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Goes to town on : HASAT
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Successfully used Rogaine? : SLOWLYGREWAPART
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Legendary figures : ICONS
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2020 movie lead-in to "land" : NOMAD
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The "a" of a.m. : ANTE
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The "E" of HOMES : ERIE
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Drum also known as a tumbadora : CONGA
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Lawsuit filers : SUERS
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Get into a computer's memory : LOAD
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"___ Blue" : NYPD
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Word with word or jar : SWEAR
Down
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Drains : SAPS
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Vertically level : PLUMB
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"It's ___ nothing" : ALLOR
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Protect oneself against Covid, say : MASKUP
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Expression of exasperation : SHEESH
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___ Limón, first Latina poet laureate of the U.S. : ADA
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Like clothing patches : SEWEDON
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City west of Daytona Beach : OCALA
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Kids' creations from sofa cushions : FORTS
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Lightheaded sorts? : BLONDS
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[Man, that hurts!] : OOF
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Creative writing and industrial design, for two : ARTS
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Restorative process : REHAB
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Hear : LISTENTO
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Flawed but relatable protagonist : ANTIHERO
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"___ ahead" (redundant advice) : PLAN
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Fill : SATE
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Most spiders have eight of them : EYES
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Egging-on phrase : DOIT
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"First Lady of Song," familiarly : ELLA
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Pulls a fast one on : HOSES
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And others: Abbr. : ETAL
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Classical form of poetry : EPODE
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Symptom : SIGN
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Tee off : MIFF
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Product used with a stylus : IPAD
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Actor Michael : CERA
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Raquel of "Fantastic Voyage" : WELCH
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Hold 'em variation : OMAHA
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World capital located more than a mile above sea level : KABUL
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Reserve for later … or something to reserve : TABLE
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Fivers : ABES
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Class speaker : LECTOR
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Weakens, in video game lingo : NERFS
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Arm bones : ULNAE
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Nutrition fig. : RDA
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"___ for Innocent" (Sue Grafton novel) : IIS
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Many an Olympic gold medalist in gymnastics : TEEN
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Sturdy flooring material : OAK
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The Keebler elves, e.g. : BAKERS
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Makes more attractive, with "up" : SEXES
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Flood : SPATE
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Shed some tears : WEPT
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Fairy tale ending? : AFTER
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Hoof, in part : TOE
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Ranked #1 : ONTOP
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Utopias : EDENS
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Amsterdam of "The Dick Van Dyke Show" : MOREY
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Affectionate sobriquet : HON
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Many a URL ending : ORG
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Common deodorant ingredient : TALC
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Freshness : SASS
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When the curtains open : ACTI
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Time to go : TURN
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The Beatles' "Lovely ___" : RITA
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Animal life : FAUNA
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An arm and a leg : LIMBS
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Back-and-forth struggle : TUGOFWAR
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Rare finds in Minecraft : EMERALDS
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Ragamuffin : WAIF
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Narcissist's indulgence : EGOTRIP
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Salacious : RACY
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Unfrozen : THAWED
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Genesis creator : SEGA
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Branch of philosophy : ETHICS
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Manatee : SEACOW
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Rightful : LEGAL
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Muesli brand : ALPEN
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Affectionate sobriquet : DEARY
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In sync : ASONE
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Japanese graphic novel style : MANGA
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Nine-digit IDs : SSNS
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M.L.B. family name : ALOU
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Cupola relative : DOME
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Early Bond villain : DRNO
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Old imperial title : TSAR
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Itinerary initials : ETA
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Excellent adventurer of film : TED

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