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Stitchin' Time

New York Times, Sunday, May 21, 2023

Author:
Robert Ryan
Editor:
Will Shortz
Blog:
Eau so big?
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Robert Ryan

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 74 Missing: {QZ} Puzzle has duplicate clues. This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Ryan. Sunday freshness: 9%
Will Shortz notes:
Robert Ryan, of London, is an economist for the U.K.'s Competition and Markets Authority. He lives 10 minutes by foot from the 21-Across. This is his second crossword for The Times, after ... read more
Robert Ryan notes:
This puzzle started with JACKIN' THE BOX (a pun on robbing theatergoers with the best seats in the house), and I set off looking for "X-in-the-Y" phrases, where X was a noun that could be ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I wouldn't have imagined that there were so many creative ways to play on IN to IN' phrases. Although most of the first words don't change meaning much, it's so apt to describe speech ... read more
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© 2023, The New York Times5/21/23 ( No. 26,857 )
Across
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"It's not that simple" : YESANDNO
9
Kind of passage : NASAL
14
When Juliet drinks the potion : ACTIV
19
Race held annually in early March : IDITAROD
20
Computer expert, for short : ITPRO
21
Reading can be found on it : THAMES
23
Bigamy, legally speakin'? : PARTNERINCRIME
25
[I forgot the words ...] : LALALA
26
Eau so big? : MER
27
Stellar, as a pitching outing : NOHIT
28
Pirate fodder, once : BLANKCDS
30
Right hand : AIDE
34
Joel's smuggling partner on HBO's "The Last of Us" : TESS
35
Creative types : ARTISTS
36
Where copy editors are workin'? : CHECKINDESK
40
Beefeater, e.g. : DRYGIN
42
Certain legal guardian : FOSTERDAD
43
Shade : HUE
44
Pitch tents, say : ENCAMP
48
Auction unit : LOT
49
Loads : ATON
50
Heading on a balance sheet : ASSETS
53
Classic Hasbro toy that debuted in 1964 : GIJOE
54
Lenovo competitor : ACER
56
"Enjoyin' your meal?" or "I'll be servin' you today"? : WAITINLINE
59
Super Bowl LVI winners : RAMS
60
One can be empty or veiled : THREAT
63
Spirit : SOUL
64
Brussels administrative official, informally : EUROCRAT
66
Oxford, e.g. : SHOE
68
"___ is like a cat: It only comes to you if you ignore it": Gillian Flynn : SLEEP
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France before it was France : GAUL
72
Animal that resembles a raccoon more than a bear, despite its name : REDPANDA
76
Opposite of da : NYET
78
Spell out in Spanish? : SIESTA
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Crumbly cake topping : OREO
83
Reaction to the climax of a heartbreakin' movie? : ENDINTEARS
87
Equipment used to make "pizza slices" or "French fries" : SKIS
88
Church chorus : AMENS
90
Styled like Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock : AFROED
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Sch. near the Getty Center : UCLA
94
Cooper's raw material : OAK
95
OutKast, e.g. : RAPDUO
97
Gnaw (at) : EAT
98
First-time offense, so to speak : STRIKEONE
100
Concave bodily features : INNIES
102
Statute regulatin' surrogacy? : MOTHERINLAW
104
Big ___ : SPENDER
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2022 horror sci-fi film co-starring Daniel Kaluuya : NOPE
108
Item on a wish list : WANT
109
Japanese fried pork cutlet : TONKATSU
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World capital closest to "Null Island" (0°N, 0°E) : ACCRA
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Before, poetically : ERE
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Cause of warming tropical seas : ELNINO
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Financin' Broadway shows? : BACKINBUSINESS
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Seize an opportunity : POUNCE
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"Snowy" bird : EGRET
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All shook up : INASTATE
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Stood (with) : SIDED
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Hiding spot for a 124-Across : REEDS
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Fully : TOTHEMAX
Down
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Sharp bark : YIP
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Product typically wrapped in paraffin wax : EDAM
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Father : SIRE
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Draw : ATTRACT
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Grams in the U.K.? : NAN
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Beats Electronics co-founder, familiarly : DRE
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Winter Olympics powerhouse: Abbr. : NOR
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Wednesday eponym : ODIN
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Specialty segments : NICHES
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Liable to be lost : ATRISK
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Emits sparks, as a campfire : SPITS
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Stick for a snowman, say : ARM
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Auto racing champion Sébastien : LOEB
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Yet to be apprehended : ATLARGE
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Some protest activity : CHANTING
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Bubbles featurin' comic book dialogue? : TALKINCIRCLES
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Products with screens … or a homophone of a type of big screen : IMACS
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South African grassland : VELDT
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Mouthing off : SASS
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"Gotcha" : NOTED
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Not of the cloth : LAY
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Big-box store with a labyrinthine layout : IKEA
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Blackmail ammunition : DIRT
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Furnish with an income : ENDOW
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B equivalent : CFLAT
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Booze : HOOCH
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Acid-alcohol compound : ESTER
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Entertainers Carvey and Delany : DANAS
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Fencing face-off : DUEL
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Fix, as a bow : RETIE
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Sister channel of QVC : HSN
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Cracked open : AJAR
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N.Y.C. gallery : MOMA
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Irritating sort : PEST
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___ Gawande, best-selling author of "Being Mortal" : ATUL
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What's found at the end of "Citizen Kane"? : SILENTE
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Comfy : SNUG
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One tendin' to reply quickly? : RESPONDINKIND
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Android competitor : IOS
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Georgian and Edwardian, for two : ERAS
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Comprehensive report? : AHA
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Shade : TONE
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French agreement : OUI
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"The Simpsons" teacher Krabappel : EDNA
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Regarded suspiciously : EYED
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Cause of insomnia in a fairy tale : PEA
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Surf sound : ROAR
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Grammy-nominated sister of Aretha : ERMA
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Yawning : DEEP
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Something a P.S.A. lacks : ADFEE
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"Preach!" : TRUTH
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Vans Old ___ (classic sneaker) : SKOOL
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Heroine of Disney's "The Princess and the Frog" : TIANA
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Hastily hung, maybe : ASKEW
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401(k) alternatives : IRAS
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Word with "at home" or "at all" : NOT
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Mess (up) : SCREW
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Annual indie festival : SUNDANCE
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Bread an Italian grandmother might have made? : LIRA
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Similar (to) : AKIN
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Like all animals in the genus Equus, uniquely : ONETOED
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Sailor's rear : STERN
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Diplomatic agreement : ENTENTE
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Form-al org.? : IRS
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Ribbed : MOCKED
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Some cross-references in a research paper, informally : OPCITS
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"___ it up!" : STEP
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Preppy tops : POLOS
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Listless feeling : ENNUI
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Pearl button coating : NACRE
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Very, informally : UBER
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Marginally : ABIT
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Set of sheets? : REAM
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"Dónde ___ …?" : ESTA
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Carbon dating determination : AGE
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Game with "+2" and "+4" cards : UNO
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Held session, as a council : SAT
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"More or less" : ISH
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"Relations" : SEX

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

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