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New York Times, Thursday, May 4, 2023

Author:
David J. Kahn
Editor:
Will Shortz
What "x" might mean
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David J. Kahn

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 34 Missing: {FJVXZ} This is puzzle # 188 for Mr. Kahn. Thursday freshness: 52%
David J. Kahn notes:
I'm not sure where the idea for this puzzle came from … maybe changing TONI to RIGATONI. But the fact that CAPITAL could be crossed ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Who doesn't love discussing CAPITAL GAINS? Nothing like long-term gains taxed at such a meager rate, not to mention that they're ... read more
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© 2023, The New York Times5/4/23 ( No. 26,840 )
Across
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Scratch the surface of, say : MAR
4
1983 hit that won a Grammy for Record of the Year : BEATIT
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Indication of an operation : SCAR
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Bit of samurai attire : OBI
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Refer (to) : ALLUDE
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Play part : ROLE
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Lose crispness, as cereal : SOG
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What "x" might mean : TIMBERLINES
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Suppress : QUASH
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See 54-Across : SASSE
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Oda ___ Brown, Whoopi Goldberg's character in "Ghost" : MAE
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Lets loose : UNTIES
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A little after the hour : TENPAST
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Loved one : IDOL
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Go back and forth, in a way : WAG
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Some farmer's market setups : TENTS
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Glare reducer : TINT
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Flexible : ELASTIC
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Demon in Japanese folklore : ONI
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With 31-Down, proceeds from the sale of an asset … or a hint to understanding six answers in this puzzle : CAPITAL
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Compadre : PAL
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"Hollywood" vis-à-vis the film industry, e.g. : METONYM
43
___ Alto : PALO
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You might calmly tell someone not to do this : WORRY
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Holy ___ : SEE
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Newspaper section : ARTS
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Like many invitations nowadays : EMAILED
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Kind of identity : RACIAL
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With 22-Across, former senator whose name can be spelled using only the letters in NEBRASKA (his home state) : BEN
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Horace was one, notably : ODIST
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Mag that began endorsing political candidates in 2014 : COSMO
59
Sweetheart : BAKINGSTONE
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Lead-in to goblin : HOB
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Name that can be heard phonetically somewhere in this clue : ERIN
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More discerning : ACUTER
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Brian of ambient music : ENO
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Dungeonlike : DANK
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Metal workers? : ROBOTS
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GPS display: Abbr. : STS
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Criminal patterns, in brief : MOSQUITO
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Overflow with : ABOUNDIN
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Writer Morrison : RIGATONI
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Get in hot water, say : BATHE
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N.F.L. cornerback Apple : ELI
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Charitable relief : ALMS
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Helicon, e.g., musically speaking : TUBA
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Oft-abbreviated Latin phrase : IDEST
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Short : TERSE
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Colombo's country, in Olympics shorthand : SRI
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Scammer : CONMAN
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What the Rays and Jays are in, for short : ALEAST
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Fresh starts : RESETS
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Kind of soup : LENTIL
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Material that's bad for the mouth? : SILT
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Drops in the gym? : SWEAT
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Bench press target : PEC
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Pedigree competitor : ALPO
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See 38-Across : GAINS
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Ailment treated with a warming compress : STYE
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Not as fierce : TAMER
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Former name of Colombo's country : CEYLON
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Fellows : PARISHES
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California concert site featured in the documentary "Gimme Shelter" : ALTAMONT
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Some corp. takeovers : LOSLOBOS
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Hospital diagnostic, for short : MRI
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Fashion designer Rabanne : PACO
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Like an otter's feet : WEBBED
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Mark in the World Golf Hall of Fame : OMEARA
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Jeannette who was the first woman elected to Congress (1916) : RANKIN
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"King Lear" son : EDGAR
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Summer music : DISCO
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Some laptops : ACERS
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Toe-jam? : STUB
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In ___ (completely) : TOTO
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Sign : INK
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Final number, say : NET

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

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