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Aural Surgery

New York Times, Sunday, July 23, 2023

Author:
Chandi Deitmer
Editor:
Will Shortz
Clothing style with hippie influences
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Chandi Deitmer

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 20 Words: 137, Blocks: 80 Missing: {JXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 4 for Ms. Deitmer. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. Sunday freshness: 54%
Will Shortz notes:
Chandi Deitmer, of Cambridge, Mass., is an editor for Elevate Labs, a brain-training app. Her crosswords have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The New Yorker, The ... read more
Chandi Deitmer notes:
Happy to be Sunday-ing today! I truly love being able to stretch out in a Sunday — gotta stay juicy, or at least try. This was one of those themes where you look at a phrase for a ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I've brainstormed so many concepts around various barriers, including the SOUND BARRIER — Chandi's is a WITT! (Wish I'd Thought of That.) She takes commonplace phrases and breaks ... read more
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© 2023, The New York Times7/23/23 ( No. 26,920 )
Across
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Org. for Sandra Bullock in "Miss Congeniality" : FBI
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Shawarma wraps : PITAS
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Tear things : DUCTS
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Sorry : SAD
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Dress (up), quaintly : TOG
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Dress up : ADORN
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___ nous : ENTRE
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Bring up to ___ : CODE
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Nocturnal bird known for its distinct calls, informally : WHO
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– : TOWEL
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How things might go on the internet : VIRAL
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Fit : HALE
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___ Moshfegh, author of the 2015 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award-winning novel "Eileen" : OTTESSA
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Collections of bets : POOLS
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Response to a repeat introduction : WEMET
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Respond to : ACTON
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Some outdoor seats : LAUNCH
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– : HEIRS
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14,000-foot volcano in California : SHASTA
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Hallmarks of Scottish accents : BURRS
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Long walk : TREK
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Secret lairs : HIGH
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– : DOUBTS
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Grammy winner Hill : LAURYN
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Green beginning : ECO
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Lifted, as spirits : BUOYED
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Swelling : BULGE
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Sch. with the mascot Sparky the Sun Devil : ASU
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Zakat, in Islam : ALMS
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Equivalent of one gallon : FORK
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– : WARTS
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Some roofing material : TAR
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Part of a day care schedule : NAP
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From India or Pakistan : DESI
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Wee, in one spelling : TEENIE
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Hit Mach I … or a hint to answering eight pairs of consecutive entries in this puzzle : BREAKTHESOUNDBARRIER
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Run for it! : OFFICE
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Beneficent : KIND
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Denomination of Boston's historic Charles Street Church: Abbr. : AME
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Real so-and-so : ASS
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"Anything you want!" : NEIGH
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– : MITT
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Nibble (on) : GNAW
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Substance banned for agricultural use in 1972, for short : DDT
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Style that flares out from the waist : ALINE
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One crying "Help!"? : BEATLE
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Big money exec : CFO
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Growing season : SPRING
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Former magazine that featured male nudes : PLAGUE
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– : EARL
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Up there, so to speak : AGED
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Princess of Power, in the comics : SHERA
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Let live : SPARED
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2 vis-à-vis 8, 3 vis-à-vis 27, etc. : QUEUE
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– : BRUTES
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Lauder of cosmetics : ESTEE
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Amherst sch. : UMASS
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Tied up : LACED
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Fade hairstyle sported by Grace Jones : FLATTOP
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Stack up : RATE
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Skin marks : POCKS
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Lollygagger : SLOPE
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– : OAK
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Among : AMID
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Lingered (on) : DWELT
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Hit one out of the park : HOMER
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Member org. of the Five Eyes alliance : NSA
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Something picked in an argument : NIT
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Habitat for vicuñas : ANDES
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Some essays : OPEDS
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Couturier who created Le Smoking tuxedo, for short : YSL
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"Victory!," in internet shorthand : FTW
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Clothing style with hippie influences : BOHOCHIC
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"Look at the time!" : IGOTTAGO
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Easily recognizable : PATENT
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Responses prompted by an officiant : IDOS
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Tugboat jobs : TOWS
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Side by side, maybe? : AREA
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Show shot in Studio 8H, for short : SNL
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Gobbles up : DEVOURS
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Marriages : UNIONS
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Copy command on a keyboard : CTRLC
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Offensive line in football, say? : TRASHTALK
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Fleur de ___ (seasoning) : SEL
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"Same here" : SOAMI
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Irene ___ ("the Woman," to Sherlock Holmes) : ADLER
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411 : DEETS
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Fresh : CHEEKY
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Nonsense, to Brits : TOSH
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Medicare section that covers prescription drugs : PARTD
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Comment when trying to get a discussion back on track : WHEREWEREWE
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U.S. Davis Cup player for 10 years : ASHE
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Slippery stuff : LUBE
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Heap praise on : ADULATE
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Believes, so to speak : BUYS
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Something to pray on : RUG
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Pep : OOMPH
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Like many true-crime dramas : LURID
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Aslan's world : NARNIA
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Overdraft fees, e.g. : BANKCHARGES
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Cap'n's subordinate : BOSN
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Fenced-in patches of mud : STIES
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___ guide : USERS
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Reality show fodder : FEUD
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___ Lingus : AER
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Long-term security option, in brief : TBOND
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Responded to "Speak!" : ARFED
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Modernizes the equipment of : REFITS
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"___ forget …" : DONT
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Steamed food items eaten with the hands : TAMALES
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Recipient of a 2008 govt. bailout : AIG
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Scraping (by) : EKING
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Browser destination : SITE
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Language group of sub-Saharan Africa : BANTU
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"That's ... so ... crazy!" : MINDBLOWN
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Agog : GAGA
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Many do this on the beach : LIE
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What an errant red sock may do in a load of whites : BLEED
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All ___ : EARS
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Humorously exaggerated : CARTOONY
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Exemption from consequences : FREEPASS
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Shoppe descriptor : OLDE
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Took a breather : PAUSED
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Things revealing basic truths? : PHTESTS
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Like Zambia relative to Angola : EAST
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Feed, as a pup might : SUCKLE
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Fades (out) : PETERS
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Holy text divided into suras : QURAN
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Savory quality : UMAMI
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Suffer an embarrassing loss : EATIT
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Sped : RACED
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Something that closes quickly : FLOP
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Capital of Togo : LOME
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Parroted : APED
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Sidewalk snogging, e.g., for short : PDA
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"Dexter" channel, familiarly : SHO
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___ Penn, actor who held a post in the Obama White House : KAL

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

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