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New York Times, Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Author:
Margaret Seikel
Editor:
Will Shortz
Blog:
Implement for eating soup but probably not for stirring coffee
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Margaret Seikel

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 42 Missing: {JQXZ} Grid has mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 8 for Ms. Seikel. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. Tuesday freshness: 31%
Margaret Seikel notes:
I first submitted a very different version of this puzzle in August 2020. Three months later, the editors expressed interest in the ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I love crosswords that do something different. I love mirror symmetry — especially when the grid is smiling at me. Smiling's my ... read more
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© 2023, The New York Times5/9/23 ( No. 26,845 )
Across
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Ctrl+V command : PASTE
6
Tennis shot that might be smashed back : LOB
9
"Yes we can" sloganeer of 2008 : OBAMA
14
One of the Ivies : BROWN
15
Japanese sash : OBI
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Disney film set in imperial China : MULAN
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Wasn't overturned, as a ruling : STOOD
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Driving for Uber, e.g. : GIG
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Raffle ticket, e.g. : ENTRY
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✌, at an antiwar protest : PEACESIGN
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"Shoulda listened to me!" : ITOLDYA
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Make believe : PLAYACT
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It's a drag : TOKE
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Reader's download : EBOOK
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___ Mai, singer with the 2018 hit "Boo'd Up" : ELLA
34
Buckwheat noodles in Tokyo : SOBA
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Independent divisions, in corporate jargon : SILOS
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Fission focus : ATOM
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Bottomless well : ABYSS
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Grandma, to Brits : NAN
40
Treasure stash : TROVE
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"Let's do this thing!" : GAMEON
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Bunches of flowers : POSIES
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"___ to Autocorrect" (Martha Silano poem) : ODE
45
Person on a beat : COP
47
___'easter : NOR
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"Spring forward" hrs. : DST
49
Musical set in ancient Egypt : AIDA
50
Cathedral recess : APSE
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✌, from Winston Churchill : VFORVICTORY
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Print maker? : FOOT
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Hawaiian greeting : ALOHA
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"I am woman, hear me ___" : ROAR
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Buy in, say : ANTE
62
___ City (Detroit) : MOTOR
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Shrek or Fiona : OGRE
64
Boilermaker component : BEER
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Captain's "Stop!" : AVAST
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Incline that affords access : RAMP
Down
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"This Old House" network : PBS
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Apt name for a curator : ART
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Phillipa of "Hamilton" : SOO
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✌, when ordering : TWOPLEASE
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Ceased : ENDED
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Early home for Abraham Lincoln : LOGCABIN
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Theater award that sounds like 15-Across : OBIE
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Implement for eating soup but probably not for stirring coffee : BIGSPOON
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Alpha's opposite : OMEGA
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✌, in a silly group photo : BUNNYEARS
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___-pop (eclectic genre) : ALT
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Spoil : MAR
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At ___ rate : ANY
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All those in favor, in the Senate : AYES
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Sorts : ILKS
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"Full speed ahead!" : ITSAGO
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"That's a shame" : TOOBAD
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"I approve" : OKBYME
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Breath mint from a tin : ALTOID
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Garlic segments : CLOVES
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Most docile : TAMEST
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Suffix with schnozz : OLA
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Prefix with political : SOCIO
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Trunk : TORSO
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Frequent descriptor for 9-Across : NODRAMA
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Toaster treat : POPTART
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1904 Nobelist who wrote "Conditioned Reflexes" : PAVLOV
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Ballpark snack topped with cheese sauce : NACHOS
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Label for a post-makeover photo : AFTER
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"404 Not Found," e.g., in computing : ERROR
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Election Day exhortation : VOTE
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Speck : IOTA
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Quiet fitness discipline : YOGA
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The ___ Five (nickname for the "Queer Eye" cast) : FAB
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Soul mate, with "the" : ONE
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Pitching ability, colloquially : ARM
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Be an agent for : REP

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