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New York Times, Saturday, July 22, 2023

Author:
Robert Logan
Editor:
Will Shortz
Blog:
Ones at the bar for a few drafts?
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Robert Logan

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 62, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Logan. Saturday freshness: 70%
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© 2023, The New York Times7/22/23 ( No. 26,919 )
Across
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Turnovers on a football field, maybe? : CARTWHEELS
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Chicken soup and eucalyptus oil, for two : HOMEREMEDIES
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Extreme challenges : DOUBLEDOGDARES
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Use : EMPLOY
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Rings : ARENAS
18
Big blows : GALES
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Measure of inflation: Abbr. : PSI
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Military acronym first used in W.W. II : SNAFU
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Like the expensive stuff, often : AGED
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Inflated : VAIN
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Like archaeological finds, typically : DATED
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Musical unit : SET
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Ones at the bar for a few drafts? : HANGGLIDERS
29
National security adviser under Obama : SUSANRICE
30
Report on a match : IMETSOMEONE
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"Just a sec," in texts : BRB
36
General starting point? : CADET
37
Periodic table no. : ATWT
38
What goes to pot? : SOIL
39
Richard ___, longtime chief foreign correspondent for 46-Down : ENGEL
40
001-01-0001, for one: Abbr. : SSN
41
Red dot in the middle of the forehead : BINDI
42
Rang up : DIALED
44
Pan-fried dishes served to commemorate the Miracle of the Oil : LATKES
45
Academic umbrella : ARTSANDLETTERS
49
Members of one's chosen family : SOULBROTHERS
50
Places to find faults : EPICENTERS
Down
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Heroic piece of writing : COUPLET
2
Wasn't in a hurry : AMBLED
3
Some new job requirements, in jargon : RELOS
4
Long shot in sports : TREY
5
Make one : WED
6
Kaiser's grp. : HMO
7
Mind reading, in brief? : EEG
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Snorri's story : EDDA
9
Game with rolling and bluffing : LIARSDICE
10
Court in a courtyard, perhaps : SERENADE
11
Something one can pay for free : HOMAGE
12
Subject of the 1787 Connecticut Compromise : SENATE
13
"L'Absinthe" painter : DEGAS
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Like the leeward side : SAFER
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Heady stuff? : SUDS
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Hats originating in Ecuador, despite their name : PANAMAS
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Some seals : SIGNETS
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___ hair : INGROWN
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Glass for cerveza : VASO
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Finds, and fast : HUSTLESUP
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Dryer detritus : LINT
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Feature of a work boot : STEELTOE
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Like some cakes and games : ICED
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Fad suffix : MANIA
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Sue Grafton Memorial Award and others : EDGARS
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Nuts or bananas : BONKERS
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Parts of some contracts : RIDERS
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Paradise : BLISS
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One who usually works an evening shift : SITTER
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Come clean? : BATHE
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Subject of a museum in St. Petersburg, Fla. : DALI
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Mikhail Baryshnikov, by birth : LETT
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RCA spinoff : NBC
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Dr. ___ : DRE
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Chaney who was known as "The Man of a Thousand Faces" : LON

Answer summary:
6 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Modern Era but used previously.

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