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New York Times, Monday, April 17, 2023

Author:
Katherine Baicker and Scott Earl
Editor:
Will Shortz
Optimists can find them in any situation
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34/17/20233/26/20243
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0120000
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1.471130%
Katherine Baicker
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51/24/20204/17/20231
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0100031
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1.533764%
Scott Earl

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 34 Missing: {FQXZ} Spans: 2 This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Baicker. This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Earl. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. Monday freshness: 33%
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THERE ARE NO WORDS is such a colorful phrase to play upon. The connections to SILENT TREATMENT, EMOJI KEYBOARD, and ELEVATOR MUSIC are ... read more
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© 2023, The New York Times4/17/23 ( No. 26,823 )
Across
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Flavor of yellow Skittles : LEMON
6
Part of a rotary telephone : DIAL
10
Source of maple syrup : SAP
13
Shoe brand with a three-stripe logo : ADIDAS
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Pinnacle : ACME
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In favor of : PRO
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*Cold shoulder : SILENTTREATMENT
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Proofreader's "leave that in" : STET
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Univ. military program : ROTC
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"Understand now?" : SEEIT
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Fail to include : OMIT
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Optimists can find them in any situation : UPSIDES
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*Texter's options for sending faces and symbols : EMOJIKEYBOARD
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Indicate : DENOTE
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Wriggly, as a fish : EELY
33
From ___ Z : ATO
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Like those interested in poetry or painting : ARTY
37
Road trip expense : GAS
38
What a crossing guard's outstretched arm means : STOP
39
"I'm not impressed" : MEH
40
Some baby noises : GOOS
42
Announcement upon arrival : IMHERE
44
*Easy-listening background tunes : ELEVATORMUSIC
47
Small houses, in Spain : CASITAS
49
Castle protector : MOAT
50
Prize for Best Original Score, e.g. : OSCAR
51
At that time : THEN
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Gardener's bagful : SOIL
57
"I can't even!" ... or a hint to the answers to the starred clues : THEREARENOWORDS
60
Start of a countdown : TEN
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Actor Alda or Arkin : ALAN
62
Carsickness feeling : NAUSEA
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Picnic pest : ANT
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Big name in potato chips : LAYS
65
Weasel relative : STOAT
Down
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Scottish girl : LASS
2
Make less wordy, say : EDIT
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One of 26.2 in a marathon : MILE
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Final movement of Beethoven's Ninth : ODETOJOY
5
Mum's mum : NAN
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Bar game projectile : DART
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Something a convenience store sells in bags : ICECUBES
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Group for docs : AMA
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Start of a hypothetical : LETSSAY
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Participates in some singles matches? : SPEEDDATES
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Schwarzenegger, to pals : ARNIE
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Chip ___ ("Beauty and the Beast" teacup) : POTTS
14
Success in pitching or bowling : STRIKE
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Kind of bag that may hold swag : TOTE
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Israeli leader Golda : MEIR
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Cambridge univ. : MIT
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Professional office-seeker, informally : POL
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Dutch cheese : EDAM
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No more than : MERE
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Following a trail, as a bloodhound : ONTHESCENT
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What causes dough to expand and rise : YEAST
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Doughnut shapes : TORI
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Oil price-regulating grp. : OPEC
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Wander off course : GOASTRAY
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Excludes : SHUTSOUT
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"Oh, come on!" : GETREAL
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Eggs in Caesar's salad? : OVA
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Like some decals : IRONON
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Fighting sport, for short : MMA
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Teller of tall tales : LIAR
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Sign of things to come : OMEN
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Terra ___ : COTTA
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Gray in the face : ASHEN
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Birds in a coop : HENS
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Approximately : ORSO
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Brainstorming product : IDEA
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Hurdle for a future "Esq." : LSAT
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In the same way as : ALA
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Is, before : WAS

Answer summary:
2 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Modern Era but used previously.

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