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Opposites Attracting

New York Times, Sunday, June 25, 2023

Author:
John Westwig
Editor:
Will Shortz
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John Westwig

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 132, Blocks: 72 Missing: {QXZ} This is puzzle # 8 for Mr. Westwig. Sunday freshness: 97%
Will Shortz notes:
John Westwig is a software engineer in Seattle. He got into crosswords when he was very young, solving Games magazine on car trips with his family. Constructing came soon after. He sold ... read more
John Westwig notes:
This puzzle has an interesting property: I've "stolen" one of the theme answers from another puzzle with an entirely different theme! Tom McCoy adds "AL" to common phrases, so "Spring ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
OPPOSITES ATTRACT attracts a lot of constructors! This is the third one we've seen in less than a year, with a Sunday and a Tuesday riffing on the same idea. I appreciated that John took a ... read more
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© 2023, The New York Times6/25/23 ( No. 26,892 )
Across
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Tiny trunks : SPEEDO
7
Party person : HOST
11
"Are you freaking kidding me?" : FORREAL
18
Rural greeting : HOWDEDO
20
Many a "Survivor" setting : ISLE
21
Bit of doubling down from a parent : ISAIDNO
22
Event at a hot new club? : INOUTING
24
"I wish I were under four feet tall," e.g.? : SHORTLONGING
26
M.S.G. team, on scoreboards : NYK
27
Lot lot : AUTOS
29
Name found on a calendar : APRIL
30
For whom the bell tolls : THEE
31
Tactical reductions in lighting, as during W.W. II : DIMOUTS
33
Sommelier's superlative : OAKIEST
35
Great garage sale find : STEAL
38
Career for a scammer? : PROCONNING
40
Scissors' sound : SNIP
44
Muse of comedy and idyllic poetry : THALIA
46
German "village" : DORF
47
Bubbly, in a way : FOAMING
49
Forwards : RESENDS
51
How Cassius looks to Caesar, in Shakespeare : LEAN
53
Muscle relaxers : HOTPACKS
54
Dripping in jewelry, slangily : ICY
55
Real dope : GOOF
57
Secret service member? : ELOPER
59
Choler : IRE
60
What's said in passing? : NAH
61
Test subject : LABANIMAL
63
Repeated small role for Paul Rudd : ANTMAN
66
Transcript fig. : GPA
67
Slinky? : SPRINGFALLING
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That's in Seine! : EAU
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Six-winged biblical being : SERAPH
72
Famous drawing of a ship? : SIRENSONG
73
Theater rival of Regal and Cinemark : AMC
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Double-helix material : DNA
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Food fight sounds : SPLATS
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Sight along a country road : SILO
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Score on a clean sheet : NIL
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Lead guitarist of Queen, who has a Ph.D. in astrophysics : BRIANMAY
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Black humor : BILE
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Kind of race that's not quite a half-marathon : TENMILE
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Kicks down the road : PUNTSON
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Kate of "House of Cards" : MARA
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___ Troi, character on "Star Trek: T.N.G." : DEANNA
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Kind of lily : SEGO
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Dinner date that makes a good story? : ODDEVENING
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Richard Parker in "Life of Pi," for one : TIGER
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Like much prized blue-and-white porcelain : MINGERA
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Crab or lobster : DECAPOD
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Texter's toodle-oo : TTYL
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"Bleeding Love" singer Lewis : LEONA
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1970 hit for Neil Diamond : SHILO
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Ad Council output, in brief : PSA
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A kiss, a hug, a wave, the works? : WHOLEPARTING
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Title of an essay by a hit man? : ONOFFING
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Weeks, in Oaxaca : SEMANAS
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Analogy words : ISTO
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Common pet name : SWEETIE
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Goes on and on and on : JABBERS
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Bet bit : CHIP
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Work-from-home wear, informally : SWEATS
Down
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It's guarded in soccer : SHIN
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Carnival ride : PONY
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Jedi ally from Endor : EWOK
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End of a college search? : EDU
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Some work at a car wash : DETAILING
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Public hatred : ODIUM
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Adjective often capitalized in the Bible : HIS
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Org. concerned with plants : OSHA
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Serve, as messy cafeteria food : SLOPON
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Earthling, in sci-fi : TERRAN
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Act on behalf of : FILLINFOR
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Bear, in Bogot√° : OSO
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Diatribes : RANTS
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Considerably large, in Appalachian dialect : RIGHTSMART
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Rock's ___ Brickell & New Bohemians : EDIE
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One of two for six of VIII? : ANNE
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Record : LOG
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Leading : ONTOP
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Thanksgiving table decoration : GOURD
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The first man ever created, in Maori lore : TIKI
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You might see one upside down on a bar : STOOL
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Broad valley : DALE
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Still shot of a moving image, in tech-speak : SCREENGRAB
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"Grand slam" in showbiz : EGOT
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Relationship conditions, so to speak : STRINGS
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New England vacation destination, familiarly : THECAPE
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"Whoa there, Warren G.!"? : EASYHARDING
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That one will never have again : OFALIFETIME
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Compliment for a lexicographer? : NICEMEANING
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Squid squirt : INK
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Family-friendly ratings : PGS
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Coors of brewing fame : ADOLPH
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Making an impression? : APING
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What prices and hearts may do : SOAR
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Unclaimed area : NOMANSLAND
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Greetings : HELLOS
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Certain government agent, informally : FBISPY
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Friend group : PALS
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Kapoor who played the game show emcee in "Slumdog Millionaire" : ANIL
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Tried to engineer an advantage : ANGLED
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Author who wrote "Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them" : AAMILNE
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Energy option : NUCLEAR
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Touches on both sides : SPANS
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Still fighting : INIT
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Cutting class in med school? : ANATOMYLAB
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Old timer : SANDGLASS
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Not quite enough : ONETOOFEW
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Some gas stations, in brief : BPS
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Regret : RUE
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Stop hiding behind? : MOON
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Former Indigenous inhabitants of modern-day Buffalo : ERIES
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Word after Minute or meter : MAID
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Chili variety that means "wide" in Spanish : ANCHO
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Some of the wildlife in the 20,000-year-old paintings in Lascaux Cave : DEER
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Hot : EROTIC
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Go "poof!" : VANISH
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Increases : GAINS
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Good name for a political pundit? : ILENE
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Street clearers : PLOWS
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Nickname for Atlanta : THEA
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Resting place : TOMB
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Prefix in the names of many causes : ANTI
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Pocket at a restaurant : PITA
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Bit of a fit : SNIT
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For-eh-ver : AGES
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Publication co-founded in 1889 by Dow and Jones, in brief : WSJ
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Course number : PAR
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Red grp. : GOP
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Late ___ : FEE

Answer summary:
20 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 5 unique to Modern Era but used previously.

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