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Punctuation Matters

New York Times, Sunday, April 23, 2023

Author:
Katie Hale and Scott Hogan
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 142, Blocks: 76 Missing: {QX} Puzzle has duplicate clues. This is puzzle # 7 for Ms. Hale. This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Hogan. Sunday freshness: 40%
Will Shortz notes:
Katie Hale, originally from Houston, is a freelance crossword editor now living in London with her husband and 6- and 10-year-old kids. Scott Hogan is a patent attorney from Midland, ... read more
Constructor notes:
KATIE: I know I say this about all my puzzles, but this one really is my favorite. I love when a theme falls into place like this while you work through other ideas and end up on a tangent ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
My son is obsessed with "Grizzy and the Lemmings." I don't get it, but he and his classmates have these hilarious conversations about how much they hate that darn grizzly. BEAR'S IN their ... read more
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© 2023, The New York Times4/23/23 ( No. 26,829 )
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With frequency : OFT
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Little disagreement : SPAT
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Rank for Porthos of "The Three Musketeers" : BARON
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Speak in Spanish : HABLA
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Court entrance? : PLEA
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Meaty sauce : RAGU
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Polynesian love : ALOHA
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High grade : APLUS
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Instrument anyone can play : AIRGUITAR
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"Oh, now I understand the significance of the troupe's performance in 'Hamlet'!" : PLAYSATRICK
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W-4 collector, for short : HRREP
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Window treatment : TINT
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Singer Rita : ORA
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Touches up, as a tattoo : REINKS
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"I can't get past this witness box!" : STANDSINTHEWAY
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Like many burns, paradoxically : COLD
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Word that can be represented by a number : TOO
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Part of M.I.T.: Abbr. : INST
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Accidental "subject" of certain snapshots : LENSCAP
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"Watch out for that bully!" : JERKSAROUND
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Lead-in to air or Atlantic : MID
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Application : USE
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"Father of," in Arabic : ABU
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Deborah of "The Innocents," 1961 : KERR
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Bamboozle : SCAM
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Passage straight from the heart : AORTA
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Gave medicine : DOSED
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"Everyone dislikes autumn now!" : FALLSOUTOFFAVOR
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Where artwork is often hung : EYELEVEL
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Self-___ : AWARE
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20,000 drops, pharmaceutically : LITER
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Big name in laptops : ACER
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Euphemistic term for love : LWORD
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Lisa with the 1994 #1 hit "Stay (I Missed You)" : LOEB
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Where to see party people out on the floor? : CSPAN
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Actor Willem : DAFOE
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Really succeed : GOPLACES
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"Dracula has lived half a millennium!" : BATSFIVEHUNDRED
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Talk like Foghorn Leghorn : DRAWL
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Lets out : FREES
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Name that becomes an adjective when "-y" is added : EARL
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Scottish refusals : NAES
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Actress Whitman of "Parenthood" : MAE
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Word that can be represented by a number : FOR
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Industrious animal in a classic fable : HEN
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"I'm thinking of a grizzly!" : BEARSINMIND
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Brandy container : SNIFTER
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Queen's onetime rock style : GLAM
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Fish of the future : ROE
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Twisted do : LOCS
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"Careful, the shrub may have fingerprints on it!" : PLANTSEVIDENCE
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Portmanteau expressions popularized by Tyra Banks : SMIZES
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Trendy : HOT
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Not just a couple : SOME
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Many a Mormon : UTAHN
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"I finished this crossword!" : PUZZLESOVER
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Staple of Coen brothers films : DARKHUMOR
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Buck who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2022 : ONEIL
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Closed captioner's machine : STENO
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101-Down opera : AIDA
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Currency of the Philippines : PESO
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Diurnal phenomena : TIDES
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Acknowledge wordlessly : NODTO
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Shape of a fox's pupil : SLIT
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Haven : DEN
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Make goo-goo eyes : FLIRT
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Earth : TERRA
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Title of respect : SRI
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R&B's LaBelle : PATTI
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Over : AGAIN
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Amped (up), slangily : TURNT
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Korean word for cooked rice : BAP
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Permits : ALLOWS
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Find hilarious : ROARAT
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"Well, that's awesome!" : OHYAY
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"Stillmatic" rapper : NAS
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Talk smack about : HATEON
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Taxing times? : APRILS
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Something you shouldn't pass on : BLINDCURVE
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"Diligence is the mother of good ___": Benjamin Franklin : LUCK
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Consults : ASKS
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"Men in Black" role : AGENTK
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Braided buns, e.g. : UPDOS
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Rainbow-esque : ARCED
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Water down, say : THIN
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Water down, say : SOAK
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Purpose : END
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It might be a stretch : LIMO
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Family name synonymous with wealth in early America : ASTOR
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Oviform : egg :: pyriform : ___ : PEAR
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Relative of lime and mint : JADE
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TikTok persona typified by floppy hair and grunge clothing : EBOY
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Stratagem : RUSE
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Cite, with "to" : REFER
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___-B : ORAL
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Certain link : URL
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Chum : MATE
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Went way, way up : SOARED
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Lemon ___ : CURD
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Away from home : AFIELD
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Hiker's snack, perhaps : OATBAR
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March on, so to speak : ELAPSE
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Gentle roasts : DECAFS
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By the book : LAWFUL
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Require smelling salts, say : SWOON
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Dud : FLOP
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Start of a boast by Julius Caesar : VENI
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Bert of Cowardly Lion fame : LAHR
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Rock veins : LODES
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Leslie of "Gigi" and "Lili" : CARON
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Disinfected : STERILIZED
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School honcho : DEAN
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Boots, tent, mosquito spray, etc. : GEAR
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Spaghetti-strapped top, informally : CAMI
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Actor McGregor : EWAN
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Toy that may have a rope : SLED
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They might have matching half-heart necklaces, in brief : BFFS
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Swerve : VEER
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Vaccine molecule : RNA
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One who's always on the phone? : SIRI
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"Steppenwolf" author : HESSE
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Something that might be put on plastic bags : BAN
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Many front-line workers, in brief : EMTS
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"Thanks, Captain Obvious" : NODUH
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Come together : MEETUP
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Muppet bear : FOZZIE
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Immune system components : TCELLS
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Ready to play catch, say : GLOVED
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Unexpressed : LATENT
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Passport requirement : PHOTO
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Pops : SODAS
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Where @ is at? : EMAIL
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Composer Giuseppe : VERDI
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Picked : NAMED
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Picked : CHOSE
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Subject of a 2001 bankruptcy : ENRON
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Give as a handicap, as points : SPOT
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Local bond, informally : MUNI
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Tax ID : SSN
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Pooh's rhyming friend : ROO
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Krazy ___ of cartoons : KAT

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

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