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New York Times, Saturday, April 8, 2023

Author:
Sid Sivakumar
Editor:
Will Shortz
Supporting elements in a story?
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Sid Sivakumar

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 60, Blocks: 37 Missing: {JQ} Average word length: 6.27 This is puzzle # 14 for Mr. Sivakumar. Saturday freshness: 93%
Sid Sivakumar notes:
This grid dates back to mid-2020, when I first started toying with ultra-low word count themeless puzzles (as I unexpectedly had a lot ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Interesting riff on the "black square pyramid" low word count design that we've seen more and more and more recently. I enjoy ... read more
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© 2023, The New York Times4/8/23 ( No. 26,814 )
Across
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Knocks for a loop : DAZES
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Source of masago, in Japanese cuisine : SMELT
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Soft drink that originally contained the mood-stabilizing drug lithium citrate : SEVENUP
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General senses : TENORS
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Men on a mission : APOSTLES
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Wipes out : EATSIT
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"Relax, I'm almost finished" : DONTRUSHME
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Collaborative work : WIKI
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___ Brothers, winners of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014 : ISLEY
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One picking out something for a cart, maybe : COALMINER
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Number in brackets : SEED
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Some tailgate party accessories : BEERBONGS
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They have bags under their eyes, for short : TSA
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Cultural draws for New York and Los Angeles : ARTSCENES
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Appeal : PLEA
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Top gear? : HATS
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Astronomer's calculation : SOLARTIME
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___-green : PEA
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Hosts of the 1988 and 2010 Winter Olympics : CANADIANS
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Leave to others? : WILL
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Things from Mars available for purchase : CANDYBARS
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Followers : SHEEP
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Gets off the fence, so to speak : OPTS
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A promising talent : ONETOWATCH
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They're always launching new projects : SPACEX
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2019 chart-topper for Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello : SENORITA
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Campus protection : TENURE
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Lifts : PILFERS
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Emma Thompson and Anna Wintour, for two : DAMES
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Name that spells something nice to have backward : TESSA
Down
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Boots, so to speak : DEPOSES
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"Anne of Green Gables" setting : AVONLEA
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Like some citrus fruit : ZESTED
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Unit of logs : ENTRY
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Longtime character revealed to be gay in 2016's "Star Trek Beyond" : SULU
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Supporting elements in a story? : STEELBEAMS
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Sorry start? : MEA
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Coils : ENTWINES
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Money that goes to a casino : LOSINGS
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Rides for rug rats : TRIKES
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Dominatrix, perhaps : SADIST
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Consumer of cod, but not cow : PESCETARIAN
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Tizzy : STIR
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Metaphor for one's personal perspective : SHOES
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Rigidly conform : MARCHINSTEP
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Game that's hard to follow : MONTE
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They help keep food fresh : BREADBOXES
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Ease : ALLAY
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Dirty film : PONDSCUM
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Rock band named after its founding guitarist : SANTANA
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Amounts at a deli : TARES
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Conventional respects : PIETIES
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Figure in Greek tragedy who says "I ask this one thing: Let me go mad in my own way" : ELECTRA
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Pack leaders : ALPHAS
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Like some data plans : CAPPED
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Docking points : WHARFS
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Go for : COST
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Ripped, in slang : SWOLE
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Words after step or sleep : ONIT
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"I will find you twenty lascivious turtles ___ one chaste man": Shak. : ERE

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

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