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New York Times, Monday, April 25, 2022

5-Across : Desensitizes, as with Novocain

Author:
Li Ding
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 34 Missing: {KQWXZ} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Ding. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Li Ding notes:
Excited to be making my NYT crossword debut! A little about me: I grew up in Denver, CO, graduated from Duke, and currently live in ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Appropriate that GENERAL TSO kicks off today's theme because this is a five-star puzzle. Delicious theme, aromatic bonuses, and plated ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times4/25/22 ( No. 26,466 )
Across
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Unit of bread : LOAF
5
Desensitizes, as with Novocain : NUMBS
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Prefix with potent : OMNI
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Pimply skin condition : ACNE
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High-heat oven setting : BROIL
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Sizable paper quantity : REAM
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Military leader who lends his name to a Chinese dish : GENERALTSO
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Dot on a radar screen : BLIP
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Loud and flashy : GAUDY
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Slenderest parts of Champagne flutes : STEMS
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Director DuVernay : AVA
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Cartoon films like "Spirited Away" and "Ninja Scroll" : ANIMES
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With 49-Across, the face of Kentucky Fried Chicken : COLONEL
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Bar mitzvah, for one : RITE
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One making a listing on Airbnb : HOST
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Rally around a common cause : UNITE
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Clear as ___ (plain to see) : DAY
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Chocolate-and-caramel candy brand : ROLO
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Trig ratios : SINES
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Type of battle that 17-, 26-/49- and 60-Across might be engaged in? : FOODFIGHT
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Desert watering hole : OASIS
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Humble reply to "Nice job!" : ITRY
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Slump : SAG
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Russian pancakes served with sour cream : BLINI
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Mom to Jaden and Willow Smith : JADA
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Walk a ___ in someone's shoes : MILE
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See 26-Across : SANDERS
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Work in clay or marble : SCULPT
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U.S. public health org. : CDC
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Puzzle type with pictures : REBUS
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Really bothered : ATEAT
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Touch up before publication : EDIT
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Cereal mascot in a naval uniform : CAPNCRUNCH
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Nick at ___ : NITE
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Bacon or Hamm, e.g. : ACTOR
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Berry in a smoothie bowl : ACAI
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Grammy winner who sometimes sings in Gaelic : ENYA
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Something shared on Instagram : PHOTO
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"And I – I took the one ___ traveled by": Robert Frost : LESS
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Straggling sort : LAGGARD
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South Pacific region : OCEANIA
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Income source for some retirees : ANNUITY
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"I'm hungry!" : FEEDME
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Where Wizards play with Magic, in brief : NBA
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Web addresses, for short : URLS
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Abolitionist Lucretia : MOTT
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Halve : BISECT
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Sports replay effect : SLOMO
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Spherical shape : ORB
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Pigment giving color to skin : MELANIN
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Gullibility based on inexperience : NAIVETE
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Runs through with a sword : IMPALES
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Deli bread variety : RYE
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Like winter roads during a thaw : SLUSHY
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"Get outta here!" : SHOO
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"You can bet ___" : ONIT
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Grayed : OLD
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"Modern Family" actress Vergara : SOFIA
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More promising : ROSIER
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Locate : FIND
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"___ be an honor" : ITD
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Mardi ___ : GRAS
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Shockingly vulgar : OBSCENE
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1992 Disney film with the ballad "A Whole New World" : ALADDIN
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Nickname for Las Vegas : SINCITY
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Something that may be golden or broken : SILENCE
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Camel relatives of South America : ALPACAS
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"Here's the best part ..." : GETTHIS
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Composer of the "Brandenburg Concertos," in brief : JSBACH
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Held in common : MUTUAL
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Summary of last week's episode, perhaps : RECAP
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Electric or hybrid product, maybe : CAR
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No more than : UPTO
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Annoying little squirt : SNOT
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Pekoe or Darjeeling : TEA
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___-Magnon : CRO

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