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New York Times, Monday, June 26, 2023

Author:
Taylor Johnson and Christina Iverson
Editor:
Will Shortz
Blog:
Familiar cliché in storytelling, like "the love triangle" or "the girl next door"
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Christina Iverson

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {QXZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Johnson. This is puzzle # 19 for Ms. Iverson. Monday freshness: 71%
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© 2023, The New York Times6/26/23 ( No. 26,893 )
Across
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Back of the neck : NAPE
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Window covering with adjustable slats : BLIND
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Bakery or bookstore : SHOP
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Big brand in skin care : OLAY
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___ the Riveter (woman in an old wartime poster) : ROSIE
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Give up : CEDE
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One growing asparagus, spinach, corn, etc. : VEGETABLEFARMER
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"You ___ Beautiful" (Joe Cocker classic) : ARESO
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Brief unit of time: Abbr. : SEC
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Believer in a non-intervening God : DEIST
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Familiar cliché in storytelling, like "the love triangle" or "the girl next door" : TROPE
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Agreeable suck-ups : YESMEN
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Minor criticisms : NITS
29
Regal, in a way : KINGLY
32
Squad leader, in sports : TEAMCAPTAIN
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Deep sorrow : WOE
38
Clearasil target : ACNE
39
"___ Not Your Negro" (2016 documentary using James Baldwin texts) : IAM
40
Storybook bear whose porridge was too cold : MAMA
41
Often-spiked holiday beverage, familiarly : NOG
42
Certain bluegrass musician : BANJOPLAYER
46
Garden figurines with beards and pointy hats : GNOMES
48
Search for : SEEK
49
Bit of tennis or squash equipment : RACKET
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Representative : AGENT
55
Danger in "Jaws" : SHARK
57
Language related to Thai : LAO
59
The "U" of E.U. : UNION
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"So particular!" … or, in different senses, like 17-, 32- and 42-Across? : PICKYPICKYPICKY
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Common racetrack shape : OVAL
65
Ones downloading and accessing apps : USERS
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Julie ___ Moonves, "Big Brother" host : CHEN
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Head, in French : TETE
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Floral potpourri piece : PETAL
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Little bitty : EENY
Down
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PBS science series since 1974 : NOVA
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Cellphone notification : ALERT
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On-call doctor's summoning device : PAGER
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"Pay full attention while I'm talking!" : EYESONME
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Bikini top : BRA
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High tennis shots : LOBS
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The ___ Brothers ("It's Your Thing" group) : ISLEY
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Nephew's counterpart : NIECE
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Hi-___ TV : DEF
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Cinema unit : SCREEN
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Ernest who wrote "A Farewell to Arms" : HEMINGWAY
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Poems of dedication : ODES
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Sassy : PERT
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Subject to discuss : TOPIC
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Web page moderator, for short : ADMIN
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GPS prediction based on distance and driving speed : ETA
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Hit the slopes : SKI
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Twirl : SPIN
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Togo's capital : LOME
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Wine label information : YEAR
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Powdered orange drink : TANG
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Subj. that studies financial trends : ECON
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Feline with a very fluffy coat : ANGORACAT
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___ Mahal : TAJ
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Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Tori : AMOS
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Act friendly despite feeling otherwise : MAKENICE
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Girl whom Tom Sawyer loves : BECKY
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Inquire : ASK
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Split ___ soup : PEA
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Advantage : LEGUP
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Meghan ___, Duchess of Sussex : MARKLE
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Beethoven's "Für ___" : ELISE
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"Be silent," in music : TACET
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Specialized area of expertise : NICHE
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Arcade game coin : TOKEN
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Apt name for a Dalmatian : SPOT
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Place of busy activity : HIVE
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Pod ingredient in gumbo : OKRA
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Big Apple address abbr. : NYNY
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Baby seal : PUP
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Fashion monogram : YSL

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

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