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New York Times, Wednesday, July 12, 2023

Author:
Brooke Husic and Brian Thomas
Editor:
Will Shortz
Like some drills and vacuums
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Brian Thomas

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQV} This is puzzle # 19 for Ms. Husic. This is puzzle # 14 for Mr. Thomas. Wednesday freshness: 84%
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We made this puzzle two years ago. Hope you enjoy!

Jeff Chen notes:
Ah, TU ES BELLE. I remember doing C.C.'s puzzle, my Spidey-sense going haywire when I filled in the mystifying TUESBELLE. I took five ... read more
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© 2023, The New York Times7/12/23 ( No. 26,909 )
Across
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About 85%-90% of Muslims, globally [1st of 7] : SUNNI
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*shrug* : MEH
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Weight : HEFT
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Conjecture's lack : PROOF
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Reddit Q&A session : AMA
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Jacqueline du Pré's instrument : CELLO
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Scottish cattle breed : ANGUS
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Hollywood's Ricardo or Paolo [2nd of 7] : MONTALBAN
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Go here and there : ROAM
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Spiky fruits with a noxious odor : DURIANS
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Sch. in Troy, N.Y. : RPI
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Place for garage sale receipts : CASHBOX
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French for "You are beautiful!" [3rd of 7] : TUESBELLE
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Requests kibble, say : MEOWS
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End result : UPSHOT
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Rocky Mountain National Park sight : ELK
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About 10%-15% of Muslims, globally : SHIA
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Flutter, as eyelashes : BAT
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"Yippee for us!" [4th of 7] : WEDIDIT
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English suffix equivalent to Spanish's -ando and -iendo : ING
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Word in a traditional New Year's Eve song : AULD
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Bother and bother : NAG
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People for whom two states are named : DAKOTA
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Goal of a bedtime story reading : SLEEP
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Digital confrontations? [5th of 7] : THUMBWARS
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___ Bedingfield, 2000s pop star with the hits "Unwritten" and "Pocketful of Sunshine" : NATASHA
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This, that or whichever : ANY
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Looked up to : ADMIRED
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"Come ___!" : ONIN
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One of Robin Hood's Merry Men [6th of 7] : FRIARTUCK
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Government program heads, informally : CZARS
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Come from behind : RALLY
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Heaven knows where, for short : MIA
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Brings home : EARNS
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Symbols of wisdom : OWLS
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Suffer the consequences : PAY
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One with horns [7th of 7] : SATAN
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Place to unplug : SPA
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Archaeologist's find : URN
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Holiday quaff : NOG
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Give sustenance : NOURISH
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In that case : IFSO
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Warm-blooded sort : MAMMAL
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Punk subculture : EMO
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Like some drills and vacuums : HANDHELD
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Scary roller coaster twists : HELIXES
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Actor Idris of "The Wire" : ELBA
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Cousin of a tres leches cake : FLAN
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Oodles : TONS
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Ricochet : CAROM
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Setting for a "Rubber Duckie" singalong : TUB
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Winning blackjack combo : ACETEN
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"Queen of Drag" with 12 Emmys : RUPAUL
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Mortar's partner in food prep and chemistry : PESTLE
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Some December lawn decorations : SLEIGHS
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Oom-pah-pah boomers : TUBAS
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Stick for a 15-Across player : BOW
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Buckeye : OHIOAN
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Like a snow globe scene : WINTRY
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Major ordeals : SAGAS
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"Big Little Lies" actress Nicole : KIDMAN
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Load of information all at once : DATADUMP
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What Ctrl+T might open : TAB
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"Nope," "I'm innocent" and "Huh-uh" : DENIALS
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Subject of the 2008 documentary "The Black Candle" : KWANZAA
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Deflect, as an insult or a sword : PARRY
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"Er … I suppose that works" : UHOKAY
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Lunar New Year : TET
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Natural hairstyle : AFRO
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Tie : DRAW
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Structure historically found by a river : MILL
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Frosts : ICES
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Surveillance org. : CIA
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Word with fine or folk : ART
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Modern vaccine base : RNA
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Application info, often : SSN

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