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New York Times, Saturday, May 20, 2023

Author:
Erica Hsiung Wojcik
Editor:
Will Shortz
Blog:
Basketball star with five Olympic gold medals
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Erica Hsiung Wojcik

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 66, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 5 for Ms. Wojcik. Saturday freshness: 74%
Erica Hsiung Wojcik notes:
This puzzle's grid was based on a themeless by Kameron Austin Collins. I loved the intersecting 11s and the grid flow from a solver's ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
So many debut entries today! DATA CENTERS was my favorite because of its innocent clue. I attended many networking events in my ... read more
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© 2023, The New York Times5/20/23 ( No. 26,856 )
Across
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Creature of the internet : LOLCAT
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"The ___ deeds like poison weeds / Bloom well in prison-air": Oscar Wilde : VILEST
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At this late stage : ONLYNOW
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It's a drag : AVENUE
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Muttonchops moisturizer : BEARDOIL
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Like the feeling of one's legs after a marathon, maybe : LEADEN
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Helping of gravy? : BONUS
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Silver streaks, e.g. : LODES
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Network behind the Ken Burns docuseries "Jazz" : PBS
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Son of Seth : ENOS
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Be a bad winner, say : GLOAT
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___ gras torchon (French dish) : FOIE
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___ Peres, suburb of St. Louis : DES
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Quite a spread : FEAST
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Hiding places : LAIRS
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Gingerly avoid : DANCEAROUND
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Source of some popular Instagram or Twitter postings : MEMEACCOUNT
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Neuropsychological trait in which one might ascribe colors to numbers or tastes to words : SYNESTHESIA
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Like a 2 1/2-star review, say : TEPID
34
Jockey's main competitor? : HANES
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Caboose, e.g. : CAR
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Don't do it, doc! : HARM
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Term of address in an old-timey introduction : GENTS
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"Don't get ___!" : CUTE
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Get on : AGE
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Blacksmith's need : FORGE
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Vermont municipality SE of Montpelier : BARRE
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Reply to "Whatcha doin'?" : NOTHIN
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Staffers savvy with syringes : ERNURSES
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Weapon that originated in feudal Japan : KATANA
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"Just missed!" : SOCLOSE
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Gave a look? : STYLED
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Some golfing attire : SKORTS
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Like many shots in pickleball : LOBBED
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Low tie : ONEONE
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Landforms seen in South America : LLANOS
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___ the Great, founder of the first Persian empire : CYRUS
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Some operators in Boolean logic : ANDS
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It's between one and many : TOO
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Fancy restaurant service : VALET
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Saint in a nursery rhyme : IVES
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Salonga of Broadway : LEA
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Terminus : ENDPOINT
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Basketball star with five Olympic gold medals : SUEBIRD
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Language class lesson : TENSES
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"Alexander's Bridge" was her debut novel (1912) : WILLACATHER
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Findings under couch cushions, maybe : LOOSECHANGE
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Places for networking : DATACENTERS
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Makeup set? : GENES
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Beasts : FAUNA
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Noted : FAMED
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"Ella and ___" (1956 jazz album) : LOUIS
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Target of acid washing, often : DENIM
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Wine list heading : ROSES
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Dorothy, to the Wicked Witch of the West : MYPRETTY
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Capricorn's symbol : SEAGOAT
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What might precede a million : THANKS
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Tech pointer : CURSOR
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Relaxed : ATREST
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Hershey candy company trademark : REESES
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Ovary, for example : GONAD
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Soccer coaching great ___ Ancelotti : CARLO
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Opposite of thick : FINE
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Chin (up) : BUCK
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Sci-fi villain that Anthony Hopkins once said inspired his performance as Hannibal Lecter : HAL
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Column on an R.S.V.P. spreadsheet : NOS

Answer summary:
7 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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