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New York Times, Saturday, July 15, 2023

Author:
Jeff Chen
Editor:
Will Shortz
Assume the spotlight
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Jeff Chen

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQZ} Spans: 3 Grid has mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 145 for Mr. Chen. Saturday freshness: 4%
Jeff Chen notes:
Even after a decade of constructing crosswords, I still learn from my mistakes. I learned quite a lot from making this ... read more
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© 2023, The New York Times7/15/23 ( No. 26,912 )
Across
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Way out : AFAR
5
[Gulp!] : OHGOD
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Concern for a physiognomist : FACE
14
Do some modeling : POSE
15
Wolfgang ___, pioneer in quantum physics : PAULI
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Not just suggest : AVOW
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Assume the spotlight : TAKECENTERSTAGE
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One of many produced in a particle accelerator : MESON
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Subjects of King Vajiralongkorn : THAIS
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What might be said by successful bettors … or sesame seeds? : WEREONAROLL
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"I get it" : SAYNOMORE
27
Title abroad : SAO
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Words after grace, perhaps : LETSEAT
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Meilleur ___ (French "bestie") : AMI
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Fast pace : CLIP
36
Item that can be described by changing its last letter to a P : SHARD
37
Many a Mauritanian : ARAB
38
Job actions that come with reimbursement packages, in brief : RELOS
40
Figure in the Book of Samuel : ELI
41
Nickname that sounds like its second and third letters : ARTIE
42
Record label : EXPLICITCONTENT
45
Question that suggests "That's crazy!" : WHA
46
N.F.L. coach Rivera : RON
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Household sighting that one hopes is just a speck of dirt : ANT
48
Got with : MET
49
Like Google searches, typically : CASEINSENSITIVE
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Tourist town NE of Snowbird : ALTA
54
___-feuille (French pastry named for its layers) : MILLE
55
Selfish sort : USER
56
Classmate, e.g. : PEER
57
___ one : ADMIT
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Buzz : RING
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O.E.D. unit: Abbr. : SYLL
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Makes some preparations during pregnancy : NESTS
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North Macedonia joined it in 2020 : NATO
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Mailing address abbr. : APT
2
Head of the bar? : FOAM
3
A bit off, say : ASKEW
4
Brand name associated with cups : REESES
5
Alertness : OPENEYES
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World's largest ethnic group, representing about 18% of the global population : HAN
7
Tear down to the studs : GUT
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Informal adjective after "big" or "good" : OLE
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Where one might get into a rut : DIRTROAD
10
Natasha ___ ("Rocky and Bullwinkle" antagonist) : FATALE
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Prove useful to : AVAIL
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Unimportant workers, metaphorically : COGS
13
Milk source : EWE
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Natural jewelry material : CORAL
19
Lacking : SHORT
23
Where spies work : ONTHEINSIDE
24
Bloody Mary request : NOSALT
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English class largely unconcerned with the English? : AMERICANLIT
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Some bottle openers : SCREWCAPS
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Writer who collaborated with Malcolm X on his posthumous 1965 autobiography : ALEXHALEY
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Crayon alternative : OILPASTEL
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Plant genus named after the Greek goddess of nature : ARTEMISIA
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Headliner : MAINEVENT
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"Would you look at the time!" : IBETTERGO
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Who's in the running? : POL
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___ film : ART
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Tech debut of 2011 : SIRI
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Not supporting : ANTI
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Hustler : CONMAN
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Early phases : ONSETS
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___ Boykins, longtime N.B.A. player who stood at only 5'5" : EARL
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They form parallel lines along the National Mall : ELMS
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Take for a spin? : TURN

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

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