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Flying Colors

New York Times, Sunday, June 4, 2023

Author:
Rafael Musa
Editor:
Will Shortz
Blog:
Double-breasted outerwear
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Rafael Musa

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 20 Words: 133, Blocks: 88 Missing: {QZ} This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Musa. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. Sunday freshness: 7%
Will Shortz notes:
Rafael Musa, of San Francisco, is a software engineer at Airbnb. This is his third crossword for The Times. The idea for it came from a giant 57/58-Across at the intersection ... read more
Rafael Musa notes:
As Will mentioned, this puzzle is very special to me as it's being published almost exactly ten years after I first came out. My 17-year-old self had no idea what was in store for ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I love color in the Sunday Magazine, and these six colors at the start of Pride Month are picture-perfect. We've seen some pride flag puzzles before, but solvers have always had ... read more
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© 2023, The New York Times6/4/23 ( No. 26,871 )
Across
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___'s number, cognitive limit to how many relationships a person can maintain : DUNBAR
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Buy-lines? : SLOGANS
14
Bit of bedroom furniture : ARMOIRE
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Onetime set of 13 : COLONIES
17
Intermittently : ONANDOFF
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They're right on an election map … or a description of 17-Across? : REDSTATES
20
Taunting response to a challenger : WHOYOU
21
"Indeed" : ITISSO
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What's the deal? : SALE
25
Implement used with a Venetian fórcola : OAR
26
Start of some California city names : LOS
29
Core group : ABS
30
Reference for exploring America : USATLAS
33
Screwdriver component … or a description of 37-Across? : ORANGEJUICE
37
Olympics no-nos : STEROIDS
38
Actor/activist George : TAKEI
39
Prefix with -pod : OCTO
40
Earthy pigment : OCHER
41
"The One," in a sci-fi film series : NEO
42
English meaning of the Portuguese "e" : AND
44
Private plane producer : CESSNA
46
Part of the Statue of Liberty that's about four feet long : TOE
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Negative space? : DARKROOM
51
Marley in "Marley & Me," e.g. … or a description of 48-Across? : YELLOWLAB
55
"Help!" : SOS
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Actress Teri : GARR
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With 58-Across, what's represented by this puzzle's colored "stripes" : PRIDE
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See 57-Across : FLAG
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Dressing room assessment : FIT
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Have : OWN
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Something that can be "dead" that was never alive : MAIL
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Competitor of The Vitamin Shoppe : GNC
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Before, once : ERE
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Gender-neutral possessive pronoun : ONES
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City between Gainesville and Orlando : OCALA
71
Tarot card figure classically depicted in ragged clothing : FOOL
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Clickable address : URL
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Bureaucracy surrounding environmental regulations … or a description of 76-Across? : GREENTAPE
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Device with a pair of spools : CASSETTE
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A year in Portugal : ANO
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Slow-moving creatures : SLOTHS
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Time in history : ERA
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Title TV character whose name is an acronym : ALF
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Strike : SMITE
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I, in the Greek alphabet : IOTA
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I, in the NATO alphabet : INDIA
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Double-breasted outerwear : PEACOATS
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N.H.L. team from Ohio … or a description of 93-Across? : BLUEJACKETS
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D.M.V. issuances : IDCARDS
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T.S.A.-offered program, familiarly : PRE
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Lil ___ X : NAS
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Like a glib answer : PAT
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Subject line abbr. : ATTN
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Relaxed : ATEASE
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2014 boxing documentary : IAMALI
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Bygone medical device used in electrotherapy … or a description of 111-Across? : VIOLETRAY
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"The Martian Chronicles" author : BRADBURY
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Film battle sequence, e.g. : SETPIECE
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Unfaithful sort? : ATHEIST
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Spayed, say : DESEXED
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R.S.V.P. tally : YESSES
Down
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Heavy cart pulled by a carriage : DRAY
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"Sorry … I don't think so" : UMNO
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Small bump : NODULE
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Book jacket bit : BIO
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Woof : ARF
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Get a better rate, for short : REFI
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Copy writer : SCRIBE
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Silty soil : LOESS
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Sharon who has a Pulitzer Prize for poetry : OLDS
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Take a bad turn : GOSOUTH
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Tiny pest : ANT
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Actress Long of "Boyz N the Hood" : NIA
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Gets started on : SETSTO
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Parka relative : ANORAK
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Tightly enclose : SEALIN
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Catherine of "Schitt's Creek" : OHARA
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Glam rock band with six #1 hits in England in the 1970s : SLADE
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"Yay!," in internet-speak : WOOT
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Food truck offerings : TACOS
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Canadian gas brand : ESSO
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___ de Dios ("God's eye") : OJO
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Relief : SUCCOR
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Deal with : SEETO
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One of four on most keyboards : ARROW
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By : NEAR
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Ornamental tree with fan-shaped leaves : GINKGO
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Agenda bit : ITEM
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Burn : SCALD
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Titus in the WWE Hall of Fame : ONEIL
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Outcome with no winner : DRAW
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Aleppo's land : SYRIA
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Folklore creature : ELF
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"What are you ___?!" : DOING
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Fall bloom : ASTER
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"… maybe that's a bad idea, though" : ORNOT
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Tiny building blocks : LEGOS
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Language from which Alaska gets its name : ALEUT
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Support for a dancer : BARRE
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Bay Area airport code : SFO
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Kind of diet that eschews processed foods : PALEO
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Work well (with) : GEL
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12th-most-common street name, per the U.S. Census Bureau : MAPLE
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What a face emoji often lacks : NOSE
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Dungeons & Dragons figure : CLERIC
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Multitude : SEA
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Play lists? : CASTS
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Make more secure, in a way : FASTEN
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Belgian painter James : ENSOR
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Circumforaneous sort : NOMAD
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French pet name that means "cabbage" : CHOU
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Word with gas or think : TANK
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Dominoes, e.g. : TILES
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Samoan capital : APIA
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Part of a modern entertainment system : LEDTV
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"Actually …" : FACTIS
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Cry before overtime : ITSATIE
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Palindromic Steely Dan album title : AJA
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Deviate (from) : DEPART
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Major wine-producing country : ITALY
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Province in 91-Down : ASTI
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Did some paddling : CANOED
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Behaved like an ass : BRAYED
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Theatrical lines that break the fourth wall : ASIDES
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"Ciao!" : PEACE
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Triceratops contemporary, informally : TREX
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Consumer-to-consumer marketplace : EBAY
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"Irish Rose" lover : ABIE
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Dishevel : MUSS
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Letters by some bars : LTE
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"Twist and Shout" and "Yesterday," for the Beatles : EPS
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GPS suggestion: Abbr. : RTE
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Satisfied sounds : AHS

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