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New York Times, Monday, May 15, 2023

Author:
Tomas Spiers
Editor:
Will Shortz
California basketball team originally located in Minnesota
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Spiers. Monday freshness: 72%
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© 2023, The New York Times5/15/23 ( No. 26,851 )
Across
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Bovine animals that are raced in Tibet : YAKS
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Astronaut's realm : SPACE
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Sandwich often stuck with a toothpick : CLUB
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Name hiding in "named names" : EDNA
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Most abundant noble gas in the earth's atmosphere : ARGON
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Assistant : AIDE
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Earth or Tatooine : SMALLWORLD
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Frame of mind : MOOD
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German skin care brand : NIVEA
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Angry : MAD
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Sch. founded by Benjamin Franklin : PENN
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Simple ballroom dance : ONESTEP
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Exhibitions : FAIRS
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N.B.A. or W.N.B.A. : LITTLELEAGUE
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Fiery felonies : ARSONS
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Some snakelike fish : EELS
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Communication syst. in the deaf community : ASL
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___ Kong : HONG
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Bonsai tree holder : POT
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Inedible part of most fruit : STEM
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Second letter after epsilon : ETA
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CAT ___ (M.R.I. alternative) : SCAN
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California basketball team originally located in Minnesota : LAKERS
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Heineken or Pabst : MICROBREWERY
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Sort of, informally : KINDA
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Get a move on, slangily : HAULASS
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Questionable : IFFY
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"___ no more!" : SAY
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Big muscle for Popeye after he eats spinach : BICEP
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Place for an urban garden, maybe : ROOF
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Ballerina or Rockette : TINYDANCER
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Great Plains tribe : OTOE
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Playful semiaquatic animal : OTTER
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The "E" of HOMES : ERIE
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Road safety grp. : MADD
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Like some breakups and dorm rooms : MESSY
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Rational : SANE
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Like questions in 20 Questions : YESNO
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Online community moderator, for short : ADMIN
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Scoundrel : KNAVE
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Book for recording purchases : SALESLOG
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Tool with teeth : SAW
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Right on time : PROMPT
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Taj Mahal locale : AGRA
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Second thoughts, metaphorically : COLDFEET
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Conclusion : END
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Picture snapper : CAMERA
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Movie studio behind "The Hunger Games" : LIONSGATE
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Thick Japanese noodle : UDON
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Mattress's place : BED
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"Per se" and "quid pro quo" language : LATIN
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Desserts that may be served à la mode : PIES
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U.F.O. pilots : ETS
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"___ aboard!" : ALL
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Sierra ___ (African country) : LEONE
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App customer : USER
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Majestic trees : ELMS
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[Um … I'm standing right here] : AHEM
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Flatbread made with atta flour : ROTI
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Crackers, chips and other between-meal bites : SNACKFOOD
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Organism that lives off another : PARASITE
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Urban photography subjects : SKYLINES
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Japanese tech giant : SONY
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Kind of oil derived from marijuana, for short : CBD
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Meadow : LEA
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The "A" of the ABC Islands : ARUBA
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Improvised, musically : RIFFED
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"But of course!" : WHYYES
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Ghana's capital : ACCRA
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Welcome at the door : SEEIN
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All-out shopping trip : SPREE
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Minuscule amount : IOTA
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Picnic nuisances : ANTS
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___-com ("When Harry Met Sally …," e.g.) : ROM
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Male cat : TOM
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Hang on a clothesline, perhaps : DRY

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