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New York Times, Saturday, May 6, 2023

Author:
Carter Cobb
Editor:
Will Shortz
Terrible twos?
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Carter Cobb

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 66, Blocks: 21 Missing: {FJQXZ} Spans: 6, (2 triple stacks) This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Cobb. Saturday freshness: 89%
Carter Cobb notes:
I'm pleasantly surprised to be back in the NYT so soon after my debut! This puzzle was submitted in mid-November and accepted in ... read more
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CAROLINA REAPERS / ACTION ADVENTURE / THE NERVE / CRUSADE — reminds me of the "Hot Ones" episode where Pedro Pascal cries from his ... read more
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© 2023, The New York Times5/6/23 ( No. 26,842 )
Across
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Terrible twos? : SOPHOMORESLUMPS
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Much-viewed showdown of 1975 : THRILLAINMANILA
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Classic Jonathan Swift satire : AMODESTPROPOSAL
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Certain movement supporters : CANES
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Takes off, with "it" : BOOKS
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"The 1619 Project" publisher, for short : NYT
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Grocery list listing : EGGS
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What a helicopter might fly out of? : MAPLE
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Mathematician Weierstrass dubbed the "father of modern analysis" : KARL
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Happy exclamation : YES
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Home of Switzerland's oldest university : BASEL
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Nation that moved east of the International Date Line in 1892 and west of it in 2011 : SAMOA
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Neutral pH : SEVEN
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"Don't worry about us!" : WEREOK
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Quarreled : SPATTED
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Remark while browsing an old photo album … or "Guilty as charged!" : THATSME
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Author Susan whom Meryl Streep portrayed in "Adaptation" : ORLEAN
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Debt notes : CHITS
35
Fertile mixtures : LOAMS
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Silk ___ (hairstyling method) : PRESS
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Abbr. in a Car and Driver review : MPG
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College-level course for H.S. coders : APCS
41
Bad sound from an engine : CLUNK
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Mother of Cronus and Rhea : GAIA
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Mens ___ : REA
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Gradually eliminate, with "out" : PHASE
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Some salad veggies : CUKES
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Extremely hot peppers named for their scythelike tails : CAROLINAREAPERS
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Hybrid video game genre : ACTIONADVENTURE
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Cassette forerunners : REELTOREELTAPES
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Voting rights activist Abrams : STACEY
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Amount of resistance : OHMAGE
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They go into outlets : PRONGS
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Prepares for a surprise party : HIDES
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Cries after un gran gol de fútbol : OLES
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Org. for the New England Revolution : MLS
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Like some nondairy milks : OATBASED
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Tear apart : RIPOPEN
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Register : ENROLL
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Participate in a joint session? : SMOKE
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Toddlers' 26-Down, sometimes : LAPS
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2018 inductee into the Toy Hall of Fame : UNO
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Calls incorrectly : MISNAMES
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Recreation area : PLAYROOM
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It allows a swimmer to float more easily : SALTLAKE
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Buff : MAVEN
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Vehicles in a Nintendo racing game : KARTS
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Nondominant personalities : BETAS
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See 11-Down : SEATS
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Things placed in vases : STEMS
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Beat in a bake-off? : WHISK
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One traveling by daylight? : SOLARCAR
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Like much 1960s activism : PROPEACE
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Individually, in a way : ALACARTE
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"So rude!" : THENERVE
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Intense movement : CRUSADE
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Two-dimensional : PLANAR
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Highlighters and such : MAKEUP
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Karine Jean-___, White House media person beginning in 2022 : PIERRE
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Inflates the ego of, with "up" : GASSES
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Fabric whose name may derive from its country of origin : CHINO
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TV medical reporter Sanjay : GUPTA
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Scheme : PLOT
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"___ hurt" : CANT
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___ stick (frequent Jean-Michel Basquiat medium) : OIL
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Jangeo, in Korean cuisine : EEL

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

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