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My Two Cents

New York Times, Sunday, June 18, 2023

Author:
Joe DiPietro
Editor:
Will Shortz
Blog:
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Joe DiPietro

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Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 70 Missing: {QXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 140 for Mr. DiPietro. Sunday freshness: 30%
Will Shortz notes:
Joe DiPietro owns the bar "one-star" in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. Its website self-deprecatingly calls it "a dingy hole on a deadish street" (but it gets 4.5 stars on ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I could use some SAGE ADVICE, considering the number of cooking failures I've had over the past three years. My kids have many a SERVING SUGGESTION, including outspoken ones involving a ... read more
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© 2023, The New York Times6/18/23 ( No. 26,885 )
Across
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Lamented, in a way : WEPT
5
Citi Field mascot : MRMET
10
Ray in warm waters : MANTA
15
Scotland's ___ of Arran : ISLE
19
"OMG!," quaintly : EGAD
20
"What's the ___?" : CATCH
21
Be of service to : AVAIL
22
Its capital is Ndjamena : CHAD
23
"It's obvious the actors aren't doing these stunts" : DOUBLETAKE
25
"Hares and rabbits are really the same animal, some say" : GAMETHEORY
27
Rick's last name in "Casablanca" : BLAINE
28
Fight : OPPOSE
30
Natives of the Negev : SABRAS
31
Total kvetch : MOANER
32
Actor Ray : LIOTTA
34
Take (down) : JOT
35
Sound effect when the Stooges whapped each other : BONK
36
Having serial success : ONARUN
40
"Y," as in Yucatán : AND
42
Overture follower : ACTI
45
Bid's counterpart in stock trading : ASK
46
"Waiter, you can hold off bringing the coffee till the end of the meal" : SERVINGSUGGESTION
50
Make difficult to find : STASH
52
Wide-eyed : AGOG
53
11th-century founder of Scholasticism : ANSELM
54
Shares on Twitter, for short : RTS
55
Musk's position at 57-Across, in brief : CEO
57
See 55-Across : TESLA
59
Simu who starred in "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" : LIU
60
Barracks bed : COT
61
"Alas, yes" : AFRAIDSO
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Clipped : TERSE
68
Lead-in to save : AUTO
69
"Wool will keep you the warmest" : BLANKETRECOMMENDATION
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They're never free of charge : IONS
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"___ beaucoup!" : MERCI
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Like some confrontations : TOETOTOE
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Red snapper, on a sushi menu : TAI
78
Sports org. in a 1976 merger : ABA
80
Religion with circled pentagrams : WICCA
83
Smoked ___ : EEL
84
Famed Giant slugger : OTT
85
Easton ___, singer with the 2009 #1 country hit "A Little More Country Than That" : CORBIN
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It has human potential : OVUM
90
"You stay here" : ILLGO
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"Being contrarian is fun!" : DISSENTINGOPINION
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Artist who was part of Der Blaue Reiter : ARP
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Art ___ : DECO
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"Hi and Lois" creator Browne : DIK
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Joan who wrote "Slouching Towards Bethlehem" : DIDION
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Site that reviews tech products : CNET
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Fess (up) : OWN
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One moving left to right : NEOCON
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Lots have lots of them : SPACES
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Smiling, as members of an audience : AMUSED
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Banjo sounds : TWANGS
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Like hot stuff : STOLEN
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"Whaddya mean it's the pits? It's the best part of an apple!" : COREBELIEF
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"Use it for Thanksgiving stuffing and saltimbocca" : SAGEADVICE
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First name in "Casablanca" : ILSA
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TV producer Michaels : LORNE
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Senescence : AGING
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"Too many to list" abbr. : ETAL
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Does in the forest : DEER
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Windblown soil : LOESS
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"What a ___!" : WASTE
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Square : DORK
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Joined tightly : WED
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"I" lift? : EGOBOOST
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Crooner in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame : PAULANKA
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Financial institution that lends its name to a Boston arena : TDBANK
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Court figure with a renowned temper : MCENROE
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Merit : RATE
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Big Apple subway inits. : MTA
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Clothing designer Marc : ECKO
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It's said to be taken upon marriage : THEPLUNGE
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Cartoon Mr. who squints : MAGOO
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"Stop!," nautically : AVAST
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They hold people's handles : NAMETAGS
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Draw : TIE
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Secondary characters, in gamerspeak : ALTS
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Skimmer over a frozen lake : ICEBOAT
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Fail electrically : SHORTCIRCUIT
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Pianist Downes : LARA
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"Scooping since 1928" sloganeer : EDYS
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What many people do on their dating profiles : LIE
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Journey to Mecca : HAJ
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Internet speed-test signal : PING
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M.I.T. Sloan degrees : MBAS
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Resident of Westwood, Brentwood or Hollywood : ANGELENO
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Controversial org. that filed for bankruptcy in 2021 : NRA
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Part of G.P.A.: Abbr. : AVG
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Nonstop jokester : RIOT
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Place to talk turkey, maybe : DELI
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Glinda's reassurance to Dorothy on whether her dog can also return to Kansas : TOTOTOO
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See 67-Down : INSTONE
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The Iron ___, pro wrestling Hall-of-Famer from Iran : SHEIK
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Capital on the Willamette River : SALEM
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Take weapons from : UNARM
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Sch. in Dallas : SMU
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Reads, in a way : SCANS
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Lines of dedication : ODE
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Impassive : STOIC
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Somewhat off : ABITODD
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Kid's buoyancy aid : FLOATIE
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Developed and finished naturally : RANITSCOURSE
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One of the Leewards : STMARTIN
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Resource mined in Minecraft : ORE
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With 44-Down, not subject to change : SET
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Ring-shaped reef : ATOLL
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Physicist Schrödinger : ERWIN
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Including on an email thread : CCING
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Dennis's sister on "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" : DEE
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Had dinner at home : ATEIN
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Big diamond? : ACE
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Strong link : BOND
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Curve cutter for carpenters : COPINGSAW
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Passionate : AVID
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What might get pumped up for a race : BIKETIRE
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Prefix with cycle : UNI
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It's mine in Italy : MIO
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Prominent figure in the O. J. Simpson murder trial : LANCEITO
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Vehicle with lower emissions : GREENCAR
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Goes (for) : OPTS
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What you can't make a silk purse out of, proverbially : SOWSEAR
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More than binge-watch, maybe : ODON
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In the limelight, say : ONSTAGE
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Had a cow : CALVED
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Corn Belt state: Abbr. : NEB
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Four-time gold medalist in the 1936 Olympics : OWENS
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Features of some bookstores : CAFES
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Keeper of the peas? : POD
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___ rock : ACID
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Infiltrator : MOLE
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Small valley : DELL
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Stretched-out yarn? : SAGA
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Certain email folder : SENT
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John for Cleese : LOO
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PX clientele : GIS
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Beef alternative in burgers : ELK

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

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