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New York Times, Friday, June 2, 2023

Author:
John Ewbank
Editor:
Will Shortz
Blog:
It's an uphill climb from here
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John Ewbank

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 32 Missing: {JQWXZ} Spans: 1 Puzzle has duplicate clues. This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Ewbank. Friday freshness: 6%
John Ewbank notes:
This puzzle started life with ALCOHOL-FREE BEER down the middle, but that rightly got poured away and was replaced by EVEREST BASE ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
EVEREST BASE CAMP is such an evocative phrase, bringing up images of people who have nearly died while attempting to battle one of ... read more
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© 2023, The New York Times6/2/23 ( No. 26,869 )
Across
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Police officers, in British slang : PLODS
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Promotes, informally : REPS
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Provisos : IFS
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Subject of the Jake Gyllenhaal movies "Donnie Darko" and "Source Code" : TIMETRAVEL
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Small fragment : SNIP
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Genre for "Dune" and "Flash Gordon" : SPACEOPERA
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European tourist attraction that's erupted in popularity : ETNA
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Party animal? : DONKEY
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Brink : RIM
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Arctic food fish : CHAR
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Part of a comic strip : PANEL
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Something out standing in its field? : STALK
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Styx figure : ACHILLES
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Any of the "Bad Boys" in the 1980s-'90s N.B.A. : PISTON
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Traveler's aid : GUIDE
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Traveler's aid : ATLAS
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Figure at a shareholders' meeting, in brief : CFO
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Engaged in : UPTO
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In check : ATBAY
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Out to lunch : DAFT
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Targets for crunches, informally : ABS
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Swell : BLOAT
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"Look for yourself" : GOSEE
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Full of pluck : FEISTY
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They're first to play : STARTERS
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Goes on and on : RANTS
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Maker of Gator utility vehicles : DEERE
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"Post hoc, ___ propter hoc" (causal fallacy) : ERGO
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Any chess move in which one gives up a piece, informally : SAC
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Reach through reasoning : DERIVE
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Hawk : SELL
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One working with a set of keys : PIANOTUNER
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Language spoken in Canada : CREE
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General motor? : ARMOREDCAR
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Doofus : ASS
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Org. with a small, one-story building in Times Square : NYPD
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Mergers and acquisitions : DEALS
Down
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Possible concern for a vet : PTSD
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Certain cosmetic procedure, for short : LIPO
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Land with an exclave on the Strait of Hormuz : OMAN
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Hit the ___ : DECK
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Skyline sight : STEEPLE
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Freestyle, e.g. : RAP
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It's an uphill climb from here : EVERESTBASECAMP
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Jeopardy : PERIL
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Wrestling move : SLAM
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"Well, then ..." : INTHATCASE
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You can take it or leave it : FINALOFFER
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Website with a No Fear Shakespeare section : SPARKNOTES
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Adjective applied to the U.K.'s Air Force and Navy, but not Army : ROYAL
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Vaishnavism and Shaivism, e.g. : SECTS
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"Groovy!" : NEATO
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Member of the fam : SIS
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Taqueria beverage : AGUAFRESCA
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Attendants at a saturnalia : CUPBEARERS
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Billboard Hot 100 listings : HITSINGLES
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Marriage agreement? : IDO
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Suffer consequences : PAY
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Milky drink : LATTE
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Gymnast Raisman : ALY
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"i" piece : DOT
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Group with 26-Down in Korean, Japanese and English : BTS
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Waved at, say : GREETED
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Loosely worn item of attire : STOLE
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Zeal : ARDOR
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No-no for a vegan : DAIRY
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About 80 meters, for an Airbus A380 : SPAN
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"So inconsiderate!" : RUDE
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___ Empire : INCA
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Wiener schnitzel ingredient : VEAL
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Has it wrong : ERRS
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Positive indication? : NOD

Answer summary:
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