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New York Times, Saturday, May 13, 2023

Author:
Spencer Leach
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Spencer Leach

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 34 Missing: {QXZ} This is the debut puzzle for Spencer Leach. Saturday freshness: 58%
Spencer Leach notes:
This puzzle's grid was inspired by a grid from the incomparable Robyn Weintraub , whom I had the pleasure of meeting at this year's ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
1-Across can be so important for drawing a solver into your puzzle. This rock climber was elated to write in CRIMP! I used to hate ... read more
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© 2023, The New York Times5/13/23 ( No. 26,849 )
Across
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Fingertips-only rock-climbing grip : CRIMP
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Warning accompanying a link : NSFW
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"Understood," once : IDIG
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"___ can be dissected, as a frog can, but the thing dies in the process": E. B. White : HUMOR
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Orphan of British literature : EYRE
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Supersized : MEGA
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Like the Count of Monte Cristo : IMPRISONED
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Undesirable sound at a stone-skipping contest : PLOP
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Do some spinning at a club? : POLEDANCE
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Eccentric : BATTY
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Fashion designer Anna : SUI
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Baddies on TNT's "Falling Skies," for short : ETS
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Comfort : SOLACE
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Gains grains : REAPS
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Spicy Thai condiment : SRIRACHA
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Four-dimensional mathematical model of the universe : SPACETIME
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Boat propeller : OAR
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It may be entered when checking out : PROMOCODE
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Public health org. : CDC
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Place for an exhibition : ARTCENTER
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Expression of frustration stronger than a facepalm : HEADDESK
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Things getting stepped on : SOLES
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Some users of they/them pronouns, informally : ENBIES
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Smidge : TAD
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Word with nose or snow : JOB
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Irks : MIFFS
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Who controls the leftmost set of buttons on an arcade cabinet : PLAYERONE
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Vegetarian symbol on a menu, perhaps : LEAF
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Subtly signals interest : DROPSAHINT
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It might be a lot : ACRE
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Flower shower : VASE
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Principle : TENET
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What a zythophile loves : BEER
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Changed the locks? : DYED
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Like some regrettable decisions : HASTY
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Bits of Intel? : CHIPS
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Bit of tea, to Brits : RUMOUR
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Gets at : IMPLIES
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Seconds, e.g. : MORE
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Events people might come out to celebrate : PRIDEPARADES
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Electric shades : NEONS
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Match up : SYNC
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Priceless? : FREE
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Middle col. on a calendar : WED
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Car model named for an antelope : IMPALA
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Fast food chain whose name becomes another company when its last two letters are removed : DELTACO
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"Understood" : IGOTCHA
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Break before starting college, for some : GAPYEAR
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Important figures on H.S. transcripts : SATSCORES
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Yawning incessantly, say : BOREDTODEATH
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Game with a lot of instructions : SIMONSAYS
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Tinder, e.g. : APP
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A little bit of company? : STOCK
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Texas university whose mascot is Sammy the Owl : RICE
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CPR performers : EMTS
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Jellied fish in a traditional English dish : EEL
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Place for reactions and solutions : CHEMLAB
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Soul singer Williams : DENIECE
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Figure calculated at the end of a ride : CABFARE
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Meets up with again : REJOINS
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Stand out (from) : DIFFER
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It might be 70 feet long : SONNET
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Like some TV shows and athletes' joints : TAPED
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Titular girl in a 2020 Taylor Swift tune : BETTY
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Speak while kneeling, say : PRAY
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Leave in the dust : LOSE
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Mother of the first generation of Olympian gods : RHEA
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Format with "extras" : DVD

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