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New York Times, Thursday, April 27, 2023

Author:
Michael Schlossberg
Editor:
Will Shortz
Like some batteries and baseball teams
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Michael Schlossberg

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JQVXZ} Spans: 1 Grid has mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 7 for Mr. Schlossberg. Thursday freshness: 35%
Michael Schlossberg notes:
I got the idea for this puzzle after seeing DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS in a news article. I thought, hot dog, that phrase has all kinds ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
The pre-production drafts that Jim Horne and I reviewed had a normal grid with none of the lines removed. We were baffled. Between the ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

Quick theme explanation:

  • DOCTORS without borders
  • no end IN SIGHT
  • undivided ATTENTION
  • baseless ACCUSATIONS
  • topless DANCERS
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© 2023, The New York Times4/27/23 ( No. 26,833 )
Across
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The tiniest bit : ASMIDGE
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Windbag? : BELLOWS
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International medical group that won the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize, literally : DOCTORS
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Characteristic of an interminable slog, literally : INSIGHT
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Radical : DRASTIC
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Like some batteries and baseball teams : DOUBLEA
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Good to go : SET
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Film character who says "Donkey, two things, OK? Shut … up" : SHREK
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The Three Lions, on World Cup scoreboards : ENG
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Absolute concentration, literally : ATTENTION
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Digression : ASIDE
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Is no more : WAS
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Lite : LOFAT
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"Think harder!" : FOCUS
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Netflix heroine Holmes : ENOLA
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Alleviates pain a little … or what this puzzle does to certain squares for literal effect : TAKESTHEEDGEOFF
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Beach letters : SPF
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Conscious of : HIPTO
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Make lace : TAT
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Charges lacking merit, literally : ACCUSATIONS
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Passes out in front of a T.S.A. agent? : IDCARDS
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Separates from the mother ship, say : UNDOCKS
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"Same" : DITTO
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Bird that becomes an emotion if an "r" is added to the front : EGRET
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"I'll take that as ___" : ANO
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"How entertaining!" : WHATFUN
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Mattel game with colorful cards : UNO
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___ Excellency : HER
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Some adult nightclub entertainers, literally : DANCERS
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Sch. with satellite campuses in Salt Lake City and Jerusalem : BYU
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Hosp. locales : ORS
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Drag one's feet : SHAMBLE
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Held a session : SAT
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Throws in : ADDS
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Tender : SORE
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Exam for a future OB/GYN : MCAT
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"___ not you …" : ITS
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One of many in a Seurat painting : DOT
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Useful information, metaphorically : GRIST
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Swear off : ESCHEW
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Things that may stand near thrones? : BIDETS
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Mushroom in ramen : ENOKI
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Sch. with a Big Easy medical center : LSU
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Ad ___ : LIB
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Gawk at : OGLE
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"Say ___" : WHEN
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Kind of beetle : STAG
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Tiny messenger : RNA
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Together, musically : ADUE
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Actress Harper of "Tender Mercies" : TESS
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Slavic name that's an anagram of 12-Down : OLEG
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Zip : NONE
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Some times, in brief : AFTS
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Bar on a dish : SOAP
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Traits that trigger repulsion : ICKFACTORS
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Some pedicure treatments : FOOTSCRUBS
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Spider in a garage, informally? : ALFA
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Chief justice before Hughes : TAFT
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Haunted house sound : THUD
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Cassette background noise : HISS
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Greenhouse gas regulator, for short : EPA
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"Not you, too?!" : ETTU
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Slay : DOIN
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Dude in a jazz ensemble : CAT
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Gaggles : CROWDS
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Danish birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen : ODENSE
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December drink : NOG
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Source of more than half of the trout sold in the U.S. : IDAHO
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Locale known for its slang : DINER
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Endpoint of the Great Wildebeest Migration : KENYA
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Of heavy build : STOUT
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Laugh track bit : HAH
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Actress de Armas : ANA
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Channel for a cinephile : TCM
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2/ : FEB
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Link letters : URL

Answer summary:
6 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Modern Era but used previously.

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