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New York Times, Saturday, July 1, 2023

Author:
Ben Tolkin
Editor:
Will Shortz
Blog:
"Well, that much was clear"
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Ben Tolkin

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 66, Blocks: 43 Missing: {FJQVX} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Tolkin. Saturday freshness: 23%
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© 2023, The New York Times7/1/23 ( No. 26,898 )
Across
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"Well, that much was clear" : SOIGATHERED
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Sequence of steps : DANCEROUTINE
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Present-day request? : LETTERTOSANTA
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Don't match : CLASH
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Cheat : BILK
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Poet Scott-Heron : GIL
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God who is destined to slay the serpent Jörmungandr : THOR
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"Beowulf" and "Gilgamesh," for two : EPICS
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Drain : TIRE
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"You there!" : HEY
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"His ___ little mouth was drawn up like a bow" (line from "A Visit From St. Nicholas") : DROLL
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City planner, at times : ZONER
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Forest giant : REDWOOD
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Right on a map : EAST
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Disney villain inspired by the drag queen Divine : URSULA
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Anxiety : UNEASE
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Mulligan : REDO
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Betray nervousness, in a way : STAMMER
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Shift, for one : DRESS
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"High five!" : UPTOP
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___ End (setting in "The Lord of the Rings") : BAG
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Dutch scientist with an eponymous "cloud" : OORT
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Word with boot or spaghetti : STRAP
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Mark's replacement : EURO
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NewLeaf potato, e.g., in brief : GMO
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"Anything Goes" writer Porter : COLE
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"Skip me" : IPASS
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Flinches, but only a little : BATSANEYELASH
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Study of riddles : ENIGMATOLOGY
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Absence excuser : DOCTORSNOTE
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They're offered seven times a year : SATS
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Classic Beat Generation roman à clef : ONTHEROAD
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Rocks : ICE
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Popular pet originally from Mongolia : GERBIL
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A, for one : ARTICLE
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Saw and punch : TOOLS
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Outer ear? : HUSK
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GPS guess : ETA
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Celebrate, as a new year : RINGIN
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Total : ENTIRE
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One holding all the cards : DEALER
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First word in a 13-Across : DEAR
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London-based insurance company : LLOYDS
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Say "Yay!," say : CHEER
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Via, on signs : THRU
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Peeved, for short : POD
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Ancestral emblem : TOTEM
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Dispenses, with "out" : DOLES
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Sassy, letter-shaped gesture accompanying a retort : ZSNAP
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German food that's better than it sounds? : WURST
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"George," in aviation slang : AUTOPILOT
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Certain surprise party? : AMBUSH
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Department store that once sold mail-order houses : SEARS
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So : ERGO
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Holes in the wall? : OUTLETS
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Subway stop: Abbr. : STA
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Certain creature comfort? : DOGBED
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Ray on one's TV : ROMANO
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Like some N.S.F.W. content : EROTIC
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Hunt : PREYON
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Bat signal : SONAR
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What one star may represent : EASY
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Fatigues, familiarly : CAMO
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Royal attendant : PAGE
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Pepper, for one: Abbr. : SGT
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Chess ranking system named for a Hungarian physicist : ELO

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