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New York Times, Thursday, May 26, 2022

You've got to know when to hold 'em

Author:
Jonathan M. Kaye
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQVX} This is puzzle # 6 for Mr. Kaye.
Jonathan M. Kaye notes:
My inspiration for this puzzle was Alex Eaton-Salners' "One for the money / Two for the show / Three to get ready / Four to go" NYT ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Building a puzzle where all the wordplay fun occurs, not in the grid but in the theme clues, can be quite a gamble — appropriate that ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times5/26/22 ( No. 26,497 )
Across
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"The Winner Takes It All" group : ABBA
5
Singer Diana : ROSS
9
Radiate : EMIT
13
Hardly a jaunt : SLOG
14
Ready to go : ONTAP
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Central points : LOCI
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Tolled time : HOUR
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"Byeee!" : SEEYA
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One having a turn at a roast? : SPIT
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You've got to know when to hold 'em : WRESTLINGMATCH
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Worrier's words : OHDEAR
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Former queen of Jordan : NOOR
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Good cheer : OLE
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What do ewe say? : BAA
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Spice ___ : RUB
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Often-changed item of wear : DIAPER
31
Know when to fold 'em : ORIGAMICLASS
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___ Mode, animated film character who says "Words are useless! Gobble-gobble-gobble-gobble-gobble-gobble!" : EDNA
36
It might be in the form of a thumbnail : BIO
37
"The Music Man" locale : IOWA
41
Know when to walk away : LOWBALLOFFER
46
Famed designer whose career was boosted by "American Gigolo" : ARMANI
49
Small batteries : AAS
50
Butter, e.g. : FAT
51
Concern for a tailor : FIT
52
___ facto : IPSO
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Box markings : CHECKS
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And know when to run : ELECTIONSEASON
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Moistens : WETS
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Water nymph : NAIAD
62
Earnest request : PLEA
64
Pueblo people : ZUNI
65
"The Child," also known as Baby Yoda : GROGU
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Snack, as on a knish : NOSH
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Places with springs : SPAS
68
Exclamation after a witty comeback : SNAP
69
___ Major : URSA
Down
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Bit of air pollution : ASH
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Gasbag : BLOWHARD
3
Anthony of "Parts Unknown" : BOURDAIN
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Concur : AGREE
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Speaker's platform : ROSTRUM
6
Scott Turow memoir : ONEL
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Gertrude who wrote "We are always the same age inside" : STEIN
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"___ to This" (song from "Hamilton") : SAYNO
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Jewelry designer Peretti : ELSA
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Mod do : MOPTOP
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It comes to a point when it's too cold outside : ICICLE
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One who gives one-tenth : TITHER
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Tiered temple : PAGODA
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Actress Gilbert : SARA
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Hosp. scans : MRIS
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Light wind? : OBOE
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Lettuce wrap lettuce : BIBB
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"Yeah, suuuure" : ASIF
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Event with a dress code : GALA
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Snoopy grp. : CIA
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German film award akin to an Oscar : LOLA
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Risqué : OFFCOLOR
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"What is your greatest ___?" (interview question) : WEAKNESS
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Section of a Sunday newspaper : ARTS
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"Wilco!" : ONIT
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Erasing, as data : WIPING
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Prepared to skate : LACEDUP
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Org. with thousands of inspectors : OSHA
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Forty winks : AFEWZS
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Provoke : RILEUP
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View from Catania, in brief : MTETNA
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Shoots up : SOARS
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Whopper ingredient : ONION
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College sports channel : ESPNU
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Print collectors, for short : CSIS
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"A Song of Ice and Fire," e.g. : SAGA
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"Why, that's it!" : AHA

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle.

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