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New York Times, Friday, April 7, 2023

Author:
Lindsey Hobbs
Editor:
Will Shortz
Go for the big yuks
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Lindsey Hobbs

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 66, Blocks: 40 Missing: {QXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 4 for Ms. Hobbs. Friday freshness: 68%
Lindsey Hobbs notes:
I think the seed entry for this puzzle didn't make it into my final grid, but I was pretty enamored with the grid structure and the ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
A tale of two puzzles today, for every KID GLOVES we get MOLTEN LAVA. SWEET TALK crossing a MIND BENDER. Was it EASY PEASY, or was ... read more
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© 2023, The New York Times4/7/23 ( No. 26,813 )
Across
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Go for the big yuks : HAMITUP
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Spiritual journey : HAJ
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Tickles : DELIGHTS
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Dough in Mexico : MASA
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Best of the bunch : TOPBANANA
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Cameo appearance? : OVAL
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It comes with a small charge : ION
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Whack, biblically : SMITE
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City served by the DFW Airport : PLANO
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Crowning event : PROM
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"___ on!" : ITS
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Short refresher : CATNAP
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Join : OPTIN
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"No problem at all" : EASYPEASY
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Communicated visually, in a way : SIGNED
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City known as the "cradle of Italian liberty" : TURIN
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Narrowly avoided disaster : DODGEDABULLET
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Locale depicted in three paintings by Pieter Bruegel the Elder : BABEL
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Hit suddenly, as the brakes : SLAMON
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Charm : SWEETTALK
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Label maker : AVERY
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Lorry units : TONNES
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"Foolery, sir, does walk about the ___ like the sun, it shines every where": Shak. : ORB
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They may be dark or dramatic : ARTS
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Places for forks : ROADS
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What gets hit by a football in "Man Getting Hit by Football" in a classic episode of "The Simpsons" : GROIN
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"Uh, thanks?!" : GEE
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Self-pitier's remark : AHME
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They're good for handling delicate situations : KIDGLOVES
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No couch potato : DOER
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They're on the house : FREEBIES
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Co. once known as Quantum Computer Services : AOL
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Oxidize, say : CORRODE
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Old-school cool : HEP
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Fathers' attire : ALBS
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City with the highest concentration of Art Deco buildings in the world : MIAMI
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Light : IGNITE
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"What you're asking may be too much" : THATSATALLORDER
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Magazine founder Eric : UTNE
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Free spot, for short : PSA
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Title city in a 2017 #1 hit by Camila Cabello : HAVANA
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Some seated postures : ASANAS
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Heap : JALOPY
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"Stay," more formally : DONOTGO
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Hot flow : MOLTENLAVA
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Lethargic : TORPID
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Start-up launches, in brief : IPOS
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It's on the tip of your tongue : PAPILLA
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Twisty puzzle : MINDBENDER
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Montana player : CYRUS
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Renders ineffective : NEGATES
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Bit of income for a magazine, informally : SUB
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Collector's targets : DEBTS
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Traffic org. : DEA
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Comes to light : EMERGES
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Some bakery treats : TORTES
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Place for 15-Down: Abbr. : NYSE
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Fellini's "La ___" : STRADA
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Exclamation that might be followed by "D'oh!" on "The Simpsons" : WOOHOO
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Fabergé material : ENAMEL
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Food chain : KROGER
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Bag End resident : BILBO
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Predecessor of a copter : GIRO
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Reason for being denied entry, perhaps : NOID
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Popeyes rival : KFC
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Civic center? : VEE

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

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