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New York Times, Friday, May 5, 2023

Author:
Jacob McDermott
Editor:
Will Shortz
Blog:
Holders of many long-handled forks
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Jacob McDermott

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 66, Blocks: 35 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. McDermott. Friday freshness: 79%
Jacob McDermott notes:
My wife was pregnant when I wrote this puzzle which was very front-of-mind when writing this set of clues (See 8-A, 33-A, 20-D, 39-D, ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Whoa, a tough 66-worder on a Friday! It's relatively rare to have quad-stacked entries in two corners and even more rare to have them ... read more
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© 2023, The New York Times5/5/23 ( No. 26,841 )
Across
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Popular TikTok character : HASHTAG
8
Growth area for many : WOMB
12
That's incredible! : TALLTALE
13
Indecisive child's first word, perhaps : EENIE
14
One way to reach a distant star : FANLETTER
15
What a graph may show : TREND
16
Networking group? : ITSUPPORT
17
Pantheon of Norse gods : AESIR
18
Kickoff : START
19
Asa Butterfield's role on "Sex Education" : OTIS
21
Big name in house speakers : BOSE
22
Went like a bat out of hell : TORE
23
Silly sallies : WISECRACKS
25
Appeasement : SOP
26
Take a broad view? : PAN
27
1983 Herbie Hancock funk classic : ROCKIT
28
"Same ___" : HERE
29
Owl-light : DUSK
30
On : ABOARD
33
Muscles that stretch during pregnancy : ABS
34
Crossover, for one : SUV
37
Holders of many long-handled forks : FONDUEPOTS
40
Mandlikova with four Grand Slam tournament wins : HANA
41
First name in civil rights : ROSA
42
Award-winning PBS docuseries : NOVA
43
Leeward island where Alexander Hamilton was born : NEVIS
44
Cub Scout den leader : AKELA
46
Vital concern : PULSERATE
48
Dum-dum : MORON
49
Epic fails? : PLOTHOLES
50
Diplomatic professional : ENVOY
51
Little romance, maybe : EASYREAD
52
Try for : SEEK
53
Creator of Aunt Annie and Benjamin B. Bickelbaum : DRSEUSS
Down
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"Impish Fruit" artist, 1943 : HANSARP
2
Intrigue : ALLURE
3
Had dreams, presumably : SLEPT
4
Prefix on the links : HTTP
5
Planet with a Wookieepedia page : TATOOINE
6
Sources of some dings : ALERTS
7
First animated dinosaur (1914) : GERTIE
8
Words after a commercial break : WEREBACK
9
The odd thing about laundry : ONESOCK
10
Bunny slope option : MINISKI
11
Doctor's order : BEDREST
12
Needle work : TATTOO
13
Traveler's approx. : ETA
14
They may be shaken, but not stirred : FISTS
20
Delivery person's uniform : SCRUBS
23
Joint chief of staff? : WARDEN
24
Nellie Tayloe ___, first female governor of a U.S. state (Wyoming) : ROSS
26
Source of the Amazon River : PERU
28
Peeked : HADALOOK
29
Ransomware threat : DATALOSS
30
Chalet alternatives : AFRAMES
31
Series opener : BOOKONE
32
Like a set without a break, in tennis : ONSERVE
34
Telly on the telly, once : SAVALAS
35
Part of many soccer team names : UNITED
36
Tulipieres, e.g. : VASES
38
Was visually exciting : POPPED
39
Like oocytes : OVULAR
40
Frontline workers, to many : HEROES
43
First prime minister of an independent India : NEHRU
45
Whatever : ANY
47
Malady that rhymes with the area it affects : STYE

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

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