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New York Times, Sunday, April 9, 2023

Author:
John Ewbank
Editor:
Will Shortz
*"Let's stick with what we've got …"
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John Ewbank

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 74 Missing: {J} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Ewbank. Sunday freshness: 15%
Will Shortz notes:
John Ewbank is a British science writer from Macclesfield, near Manchester. He regularly composes cryptic crosswords for The Times of London, but lately has been trying American-style ... read more
John Ewbank notes:
The technical term for these kinds of phrases is "anapodoton," defined as when the main clause of a phrase ("Do as the Romans do") is not stated but implied by a sub-clause ("When in ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Several years back, I spent many hours mulling over phrases like A BIRD IN THE HAND, WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH, IF THE SHOE FITS … How to score them for our word list ? Weighing their ... read more
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© 2023, The New York Times4/9/23 ( No. 26,815 )
Across
1
Precision woodworking tool : FRETSAW
8
When repeated, a 1999 #1 Santana hit : MARIA
13
Passionate : ARDENT
19
Ingredient in a Caesar salad : ROMAINE
20
A tick or a tock : SECOND
21
Highly luminous galactic object : QUASAR
22
*"Let's stick with what we've got …" : ABIRDINTHEHAND
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Dissimilar to : UNLIKE
25
Trivia lover, maybe : NERD
26
Blockhead : TWIT
27
SkyMiles offerer : DELTA
29
Pulitzer winner James : AGEE
30
Modern dance pioneer Duncan : ISADORA
33
*"How clever we both are ..." : GREATMINDS
35
Spice grinder : PESTLE
37
Locale of Hephaestus' forge, in mythology : ETNA
39
Jessica of "The Illusionist" : BIEL
40
Writer/humorist Frazier : IAN
41
"What a pity!" : ALAS
43
A butterfly flying into your home is a good one, some say : OMEN
46
They may be yawning : CHASMS
50
*"Look who it is ..." : SPEAKOFTHEDEVIL
55
Ground grain : MEAL
56
Road hog? : HARLEY
57
Kind of cable, for short : AUX
58
Twitter boss Musk : ELON
60
Target of tetracycline : ACNE
61
"Little" car of song that's "really lookin' fine" : GTO
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Orion's belt points to it : SIRIUS
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Groovy : FAB
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Chew out : RIP
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*"Timid types shouldn't be here ..." : IFYOUCANTSTANDTHEHEAT
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Spot for a tat : PEC
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Male turkey : TOM
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Obsolescent circus workers : TAMERS
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Fate : LOT
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Carpenter's tool : ADZE
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Goes up and down : BOBS
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Honey : BAE
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Hardly tiptoes : CLOMPS
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Classic Memphis-based record label : STAX
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*"Looks can be deceiving ..." : ALLTHATGLITTERS
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From A to Z, maybe : SORTED
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Pants, slangily : TROU
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Except : SAVE
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Palindromic prefix : NON
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Director Kazan : ELIA
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Something a beanie lacks : BRIM
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Parody : SENDUP
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*"Well, if the locals are doing it ..." : WHENINROME
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Tammy who sang "Stand by Your Man" : WYNETTE
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Occupied : HELD
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Greek word meaning "character" : ETHOS
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See 111-Down : AGER
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Where there's smoke : FLUE
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Gather, as volunteers : ENLIST
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"Etc., etc." … or a statement about answers to this puzzle's starred clues? : YOUKNOWTHEREST
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Commonly contracted two-word phrase : ARENOT
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Why you might run out : ERRAND
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Makes gassy : AERATES
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Get goose bumps, say : TINGLE
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"Ciao!" : SEEYA
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Popular papal name : GREGORY
Down
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Nickname that drops -ces : FRAN
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Very formal, or very informal, garment : ROBE
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Royal title : EMIR
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The time machine on "Doctor Who" : TARDIS
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"Toy Story" antagonist : SID
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What makes creamer creamier? : ANI
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What Beethoven did in his 30s and 40s : WENTDEAF
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Use as a rendezvous point : MEETAT
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Essen exclamation : ACH
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What an "@" might signify : ROADGAME
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Word with ear or peace : INNER
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Confuse : ADDLE
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Like swimming and surfing : AQUATIC
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It's worth one point in cricket : RUN
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With Desmond Tutu, co-author of the 2016 best seller "The Book of Joy" : DALAILAMA
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Complete, as a .pdf contract : ESIGN
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Au naturel : NAKED
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Canopy makeup : TREES
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British draft horse : SHIRE
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English dos : TWO
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Four to five spaces, typically : TAB
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Police operation requiring patience : STAKEOUT
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Rose gold, e.g. : ALLOY
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"It's ... OK" : MEH
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Family member that's also a letter in the NATO alphabet : PAPA
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One charged with climate policy : ENERGYCZAR
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Go-ahead : NOD
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Sorta : ISH
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Deck treatment : STAIN
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"Who's That Girl?" rapper : EVE
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It's nothing : NIL
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Where a grilled cheese can be found at McDonald's : SECRETMENU
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Suffix for a fad : MANIA
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Was out : SLEPT
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Choir voice : ALTO
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Smart : HURT
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Have a life : EXIST
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Sends high into the sky : LOFTS
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"I don't think so" : NAH
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Its largest islands are Savai'i and Upolu : SAMOA
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The Jazz, on scoreboards : UTA
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Carnival dance : SAMBA
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Glamping option named for its shape : BELLTENT
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"No bid" : IPASS
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Gave, as nourishment : FEDTO
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Male swan : COB
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Shipshape : NEAT
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Bottom of the barrel : DREGS
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Knee-slapper : HOOT
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Like many suitcase handles : EXTENDING
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Club relative : BLT
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Canon offering, in brief : SLR
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Spotted nocturnal mammal : CIVET
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Play thing? : PROP
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Bit of redacted info, for short : SSN
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Indubitably : TOBESURE
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"Ben-___" : HUR
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A little light combat? : LASERTAG
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___ Lilly & Co. : ELI
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Breakfast nook : DINETTE
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"Have you heard about batik? It's a dyeing ___" (groaner) : ART
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Childish plea : IWANNA
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"Holy smokes!" : MYGOD
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Do some maintenance on, as a PC's disk : DEFRAG
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Resource in the game Catan : WHEAT
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French name that is an anagram of a German river : HENRI
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Pompeo of "Grey's Anatomy" : ELLEN
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"Now I remember!" : OHYES
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Poet Marianne : MOORE
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With 114-Across, crystal collector, perhaps : NEW
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Mother of Apollo and Artemis : LETO
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Account holder, e.g. : USER
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Popular online marketplace : ETSY
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Day on Mars : SOL
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Either of two lead characters in "Kiss Me, Kate" : KAY
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Homophone of 90-Down : HER
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Poetic palindrome : ERE

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

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