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New York Times, Monday, May 20, 2024

Author:
Jack Scherban
Editor:
Joel Fagliano
Blog:
Beatles album character who apparently is an infantry leader
TotalDebut
15/20/2024
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ScrabDebutFresh
1.61426%
Jack Scherban

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FJQXZ} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Scherban. Monday freshness: 71%
Jim Horne notes:

Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) is an electronic system that allows a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participant to pay for food using SNAP benefits.

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© 2024, The New York Times5/20/24 ( No. 27,222 )
Across
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It's working! : LABOR
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Move back and forth, as a dog's tail : WAG
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___ paint (graffiti artist's canful) : SPRAY
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Yoga pose : ASANA
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Balloon filler : AIR
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Depart : LEAVE
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Ogre with a donkey sidekick : SHREK
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This dice roll: [ • ] [ • ] : SNAKEEYES
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Beatles album character who apparently is an infantry leader : SERGEANTPEPPER
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Early afternoon hour : ONE
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Use a chair : SIT
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Inits. on a food stamps card : EBT
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Show interest at an auction : BID
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Cool ___ cucumber : ASA
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Baking amts. : TSPS
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Hotels.com mascot who must be a commanding officer : CAPTAINOBVIOUS
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Hot dish that sounds cold : CHILI
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Norm: Abbr. : STD
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Public perception : IMAGE
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Fast-food icon who surely heads a brigade : COLONELSANDERS
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The "S" of GPS: Abbr. : SYST
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Extra part of a leap year : DAY
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Above, in poetry : OER
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Guys : MEN
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___-mo (sports replay effect) : SLO
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Precious stone : GEM
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Unfazed response to a threat from 20-, 31- or 38-Across? : YOUANDWHATARMY
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Penguin Random House or HarperCollins : PUBLISHER
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Wonderland girl : ALICE
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Change, as the Constitution : AMEND
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Praiseful poem : ODE
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Grocery bag option : PAPER
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Yucatán people of old : MAYAS
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Holder of peas : POD
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Swiss borders? : ESSES
Down
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Cattle-catching rope : LASSO
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Very pale : ASHEN
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Wall fixture in a ballet studio : BARRE
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Universal donor's blood type, briefly : ONEG
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Earns tons of money : RAKESITIN
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"Hey, that ___ so bad!" : WASNT
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Informal contraction : AINT
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Purple pop : GRAPESODA
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Caught some z's : SLEPT
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Chick's chirp : PEEP
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Comic actress Martha : RAYE
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Declare : AVER
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"Of course!" : YES
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Skewered meat dish of the Mideast : KEBAB
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Opera set in ancient Egypt : AIDA
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Secondary story, in TV lingo : BPLOT
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Fidgety : ANTSY
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Microwave feature : TIMER
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Fly sky-high : SOAR
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Wrinkly-faced dogs : PUGS
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Opposite of NNW : SSE
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Bok ___ (Chinese vegetable) : CHOY
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Troubles : AILS
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Travel from Kauai to Maui to Oahu, say : ISLANDHOP
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Medium for old home movies : VIDEOTAPE
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Includes on an email, for short : CCS
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Utopias : EDENS
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Mardi Gras city, casually : NOLA
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Cleaning professionals : MAIDS
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Rip to pieces : SHRED
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Holds tightly on to : GRIPS
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Host an awards show : EMCEE
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Mike who voiced 17-Across : MYERS
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Arizona city or county : YUMA
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Follow, as rules : OBEY
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Bone in the forearm : ULNA
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"This Is How ___ It" (1995 hit) : WEDO
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"What a pity" : ALAS
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Jim's love on "The Office" : PAM

Answer summary:
3 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Modern Era but used previously.

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