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It's All On the Table

New York Times, Sunday, July 17, 2022

Opportunity for making professional connections

Author:
Greg Slovacek
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Greg Slovacek

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 142, Blocks: 82 This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Slovacek.
Notepad: A note on Texas hold'em: Players seek to combine one or more of the cards they hold with cards laid out on the table to make the best possible five-card poker hand.
Will Shortz notes:
Greg Slovacek is a software engineer from San Francisco. This is his first published crossword. He finds puzzlemaking similar in a way to programming — both involve problem-solving within ... read more
Greg Slovacek notes:
My biggest surprise in constructing this puzzle was that, as a software engineer, I did not write a custom program to help myself. Maybe I should have! In the beginning, I found plenty of ... read more
Jim Horne notes:
Jim here, sitting in for Jeff Chen who knows when to hold 'em, & etc. I think I understand this one. Step one is to figure out there's a rebus trick going on related to playing cards. Each ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times7/17/22 ( No. 26,549 )
Across
1
Italian almond-flavored cookies : AMARETTI
9
Highland boating spot : LOCH
13
Thick slices : SLABS
18
Local at St. Mark's Square : VENETIAN
19
Put right : REPAIR
21
Bridal path : AISLE
22
Plant with clusters of tiny white flowers : QUEENANNESLACE
23
Come forth : EMERGE
24
Do OK, academically : GETAC
25
Instinctive : GUT
26
Source of the phrase "Look before you leap" : AESOP
28
Opportunity for making professional connections : NETWORKINGEVENT
30
Little cells : AAAS
31
Traditional Easter entree : ROASTHAM
33
MGM rival, once : RKO
34
Part of a sword : HILT
35
Hurriedly : INHASTE
38
More versed in esoterica, maybe : NERDIER
41
Reason one might not go out for a long time? : INSOMNIA
43
"Forbidden" fragrance : TABU
46
Biblical verb with thou : DOEST
47
One after the other : INTURN
50
Model Banks : TYRA
52
Bhutanese bovines : YAKS
53
Fire-resistant tree : ASPEN
57
Fruit also called blackthorn : SLOE
58
Works as a mixologist : TENDSBAR
60
Raid and plunder : MARAUD
62
Taken (with) : SMITTEN
65
Water works, e.g.: Abbr. : UTIL
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Zip : PEP
69
Put on the map, say : PLOTTED
71
Control element in medical trials : PLACEBO
73
Anger : INFLAME
75
Do some hemming, but not hawing : SEW
76
Zip : ELAN
78
Waters of the world, figuratively : SEVENSEAS
80
From Serbia or Croatia, say : SLAVIC
81
Anne Hathaway's role in 2010's "Alice in Wonderland" : WHITEQUEEN
83
Actress Perlman of "Cheers" : RHEA
85
Uses a ride-ordering service : UBERS
86
Public discussion venues : FORA
88
1975 Wimbledon winner : ASHE
90
Daybreaks : SUNUPS
92
Roulette bets with nearly 1:1 odds : EVENS
94
Old imperial title : TSAR
96
Steve Martin, Tina Fey and Drew Barrymore, all more than five times : SNLHOSTS
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Fraser of 1999's "The Mummy" : BRENDAN
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Groups within groups : SUBSETS
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100% : PURE
107
Part of U.S.D.A.: Abbr. : AGR
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Original first name of Mickey Mouse : MORTIMER
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It can have a French or pistol grip : EPEE
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What can keep a bubble from bursting : SURFACETENSION
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Trumpeter Armstrong : LOUIS
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F.D.R. initiative for workers' rights : NRA
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Sci-fi author Asimov : ISAAC
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"That's cool, man" : IDIGIT
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Some loungewear : SMOKINGJACKETS
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"Whole ___ Love" (Led Zeppelin hit) : LOTTA
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Artifacts : RELICS
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Held in high regard : ESTEEMED
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Scornful look : SNEER
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Philosopher Descartes : RENE
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1998 Matt Damon film featuring this puzzle's game : ROUNDERS
Down
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Pop culture sister site of The Onion : AVCLUB
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"I'm back" : MEAGAIN
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Flowers like marigolds and petunias : ANNUALS
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Takes on, as a tenant : RENTSTO
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French summer : ETE
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"___ consummation / Devoutly to be wish'd": Hamlet : TISA
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Yarn : TALE
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Aplenty : INSPADES
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Apollo vehicle, for short : LEM
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Legislative vacancy : OPENSEAT
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Insertion mark : CARET
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Like a geocentric orbit in which the orbital period is more than 24 hours : HIGHEARTH
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Wise : SAGE
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Actor Schreiber : LIEV
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Footnote indicator : ASTERISK
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They might be down for a nap : BLANKETS
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Economy part : SECTOR
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Some tow jobs, for short : REPOS
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Aired again : RERAN
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Hour, in Italy : ORA
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Resort chain since 1950 : CLUBMED
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Tuna type : AHI
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QB stat: Abbr. : ATT
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The Tabard in "The Canterbury Tales," e.g. : INN
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They're picked by the picky : NITS
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Schleps : HAULS
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123-Across's holding that wins this puzzle's game : ROYALFLUSH
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Letter starter : DEAR
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Indicator on a clock … or one of four in this puzzle? : MINUTEHAND
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How words may be recited : BYHEART
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Language in which "khoobsurat" means "beautiful" : URDU
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Frolic : ROMP
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"America" singer, 1981 : NEILDIAMOND
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Noted sparkling wine region : ASTI
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Some gear for a gig : AMPS
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Register ring-up : SALE
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Fore, for the H.M.S. Pinafore : PROW
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Consume : EAT
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Recycling receptacles : BINS
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Site of a counter offer? : DELI
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Literature, theater, filmmaking and others : THEARTS
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Rave attendees, for example : CLUBBERS
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___ the way : PAVE
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Title meaning "commander" : EMIR
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Benching targets, informally : PECS
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Statistics, e.g. : DATA
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Home of Iolani Palace : OAHU
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Place to wear goggles : LAB
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Cardinal point? : NEST
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Good judgment : SENSE
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Small songbird : WREN
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Fireplaces : HEARTHS
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Em or Bee, e.g. : AUNT
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Missouri site of 2014 civil rights protests : FERGUSON
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Think too highly of : OVERRATE
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Entering gingerly : EASINGIN
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Counterpart of "Thx" : PLS
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Humphrey Bogart role : SAMSPADE
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Common component of a tiki bar cocktail : RUM
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Honest and caring : OPENHEARTED
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Diana Ross, once : SUPREME
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One picking up the tab : TREATER
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Spot : SEE
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"Purple" and "Thai" herbs : BASILS
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Polite refusal : NOSIR
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Big swigs : BELTS
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Sign of a full house : SRO
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Public transit customer : RIDER
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Patterned fabric : TOILE
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Kismet : FATE
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Place to dine on a train : CLUBCAR
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Account creator, maybe : USER
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"___ Excited" (Pointer Sisters song) : IMSO
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Yearly January speech to Congress: Abbr. : SOTU
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Chill : ICE
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Give new hope to : HEARTEN
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1960s campus activist grp. : SDS

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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