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New York Times, Friday, May 10, 2024

Author:
Jesse Cohn
Editor:
Joel Fagliano
"None of this makes any sense!"
TotalDebut
15/10/2024
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ScrabDebutFresh
1.54556%
Jesse Cohn

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 28 Missing: {JKQXZ} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Cohn. Friday freshness: 16%
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© 2024, The New York Times5/10/24 ( No. 27,212 )
Across
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Pop of color for an interior designer : ACCENTWALL
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Scotch flavorer : PEAT
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"Oh, why not" : WHATTHEHEY
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It has a world-famous North Shore : OAHU
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So hot right now : ALLTHERAGE
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Singer in the dawn chorus : WREN
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Home of the Teatro di Marcello : ROMA
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First name in country : REBA
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Aunt of 31-Down : SELMA
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"Of the," abroad : DES
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Darn, e.g. : SEW
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Verklempt, say : TEARY
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"None of this makes any sense!" : IMSOCONFUSED
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First and foremost : ABOVEALL
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A strong one may be burning : DESIRE
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Evidence of a past personal connection? : NAVEL
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Scale fourths : FAS
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Set out : BEGIN
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High range : TREBLE
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Coffee shop amenity : INTERNET
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Good thing to have in the city : STREETSMARTS
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Hardly flowery : TERSE
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Some hired professionals, for short : PIS
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"Heyo" : SUP
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Stock holders? : BARNS
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Tie up : LACE
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"Make ___" (catchphrase of Captain Picard) : ITSO
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Swimmer also known as a moonfish : OPAH
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Level bests? : HIGHSCORES
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The East, to the West : ASIA
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Request after being barraged with questions : ONEATATIME
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Look after : TEND
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Contents of some bins : WASTEPAPER
Down
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Speech prompter, perhaps : AWARD
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Actress ___ Grace Moretz : CHLOE
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Placates : CALMS
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Name that's also a suffix in Italian : ETTA
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High degree : NTH
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British P.M. between David and Boris : THERESA
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One who can't handle their moonshine well? : WEREWOLF
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Who soliloquizes "The path to my fixed purpose is laid with iron rails, whereon my soul is grooved to run" : AHAB
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Played smoothly and flowingly : LEGATO
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Wood ash + water : LYE
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Tech-savvy folks : POWERUSERS
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Snowdrops, for spring : EARLYSIGN
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Attention seeker? : AHEM
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Certain salad base : TUNA
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Options for the risk-averse : SAFEBETS
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Noses : SMELLERS
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Dead ___ : END
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"Curses! It was a ruse!" : IVEBEENHAD
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Say, say : CLAIM
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Iroquois foe in the Beaver Wars : ERIE
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Negative impression? : DENT
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Certain infestation : ANTS
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TV boy who said "I'm this century's Dennis the Menace!" : BART
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Not take rest days before a race, say : OVERTRAIN
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App originally called Picaboo : SNAPCHAT
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Travelers from far away, for short : ETS
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Italian seaport that's home to Miramare Castle : TRIESTE
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___ Meyer, the V.P. on "Veep" : SELINA
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Lose the threads? : STRIP
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Bill Withers hit of 1972 : USEME
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Wannabe : POSER
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Punt, e.g. : BOAT
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Chapel part : APSE
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Quite a while : AGES
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Tiny bit : IOTA
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Expression of shock : HOW
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Lie, in slang : CAP

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

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