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New York Times, Thursday, April 20, 2023

Author:
Simeon Seigel
Editor:
Will Shortz
Blog:
Off-the-books business, perhaps
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Simeon Seigel

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 32 Missing: {JQVX} Scrabble average: 1.87 Puzzle has duplicate clues. This is puzzle # 6 for Mr. Seigel. Thursday freshness: 87%
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© 2023, The New York Times4/20/23 ( No. 26,826 )
Across
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Stick under the bed? : SLAT
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Served flawlessly? : ACED
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Play with, as a catnip mouse : PAWAT
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Off-the-books business, perhaps : CASHTRADE
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Olympics venue : ARENA
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Shifty type? : UPPERCASE
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Lubricate again : REOIL
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Words before a deadline : DUEBY
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Site of a Herculean task : NEMEA
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Function : USE
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Sparkly wine cocktail : SPRITZ
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Praises to the heavens : LIONIZES
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Fumble : GOOF
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Cog on a wheel : TOOTH
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___ crawl : NEWS
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Mideast federation since 1971, in brief : UAE
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Dunderhead : NITWIT
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Fraternity letter : TAU
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Brand of congestion medication : SUDAFED
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Where wild animals are most likely to see you : ZOO
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Old-fashioned "Whoopee!" : HUZZAH
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Capital of Brazil until 1960, informally : RIO
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Refuses to : WONT
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Make broader : WIDEN
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Desert home to the legendary Mongolian death worm : GOBI
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Conservative, in a sense : CAUTIOUS
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Subject of a fully exposed image? : NUDIST
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Affirming words : IDO
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Surprise encounter : RUNIN
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Polite refusal : NOSIR
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Muppet named after a character in "Midnight Cowboy" : RIZZO
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How this puzzle's grid must be rotated in order to read the answers to the starred clues, when written in 17-Across : CLOCKWISE
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Bamboozle : COZEN
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1977 Linda Ronstadt hit : ITSSOEASY
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Word before and after "to," in a religious phrase : ASHES
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Org. endorsing P.P.E. for workers : OSHA
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Jean who wrote "Wide Sargasso Sea" : RHYS
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Moves quickly, as a cloud : SCUDS
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Really enjoy : LAPUP
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In keeping with : ASPER
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Video game franchise starring major-league baseballers : THEBIGS
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Shortest path connecting two points on a sphere : ARC
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Surname of father/son actors James and Scott : CAAN
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Henry Ford's sole heir : EDSEL
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Consider something to be : DEEMIT
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Overly suspicious : PARANOID
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Word often abbreviated to its middle letter in texts : ARE
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*Like a household with a stay-at-home parent, maybe : WEOUZHWZO
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Sambuca flavoring : ANISE
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Padded accounts? : TALES
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"___ see it from my perspective …" : TRYTO
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*Longtime Mazda catchphrase : EOONEOON
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*Annual gathering of superhero fans : ZOUUHEOU
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Member of TV's Addams Family : ITT
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It comes and goes : FAD
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Last in a series : NTH
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Mer makeup : EAU
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*Babe-in-the-woods quality : WUZWUOZZH
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Where the smallest bones in the body are found : EAR
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Tiny particle : ION
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Wee 'un : TOT
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Antique tools for pressing clothes : SADIRONS
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Ficus fruit : FIG
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Mighty Patch target : ZIT
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Lot in Genesis, e.g. : WIDOWER
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Papal emissary : NUNCIO
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Swindle : BUNKO
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More or less, in time : CIRCA
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Señor's send-off : ADIOS
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River deposits : SILTS
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N.B.A. Hall-of-Famer Thomas : ISIAH
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Best-selling 2019 memoir subtitled "A Coming-of-Gender Story" : SISSY
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Components of a hard six, in craps : TREYS
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Quick bite : NOSH
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Last in a series : ZEE
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Farm delivery letters : CSA

Answer summary:
7 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Modern Era but used previously.

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