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New York Times, Saturday, July 8, 2023

Author:
Brandon Koppy
Editor:
Will Shortz
Milk duds?
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Brandon Koppy

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 35 Missing: {JKQXZ} This is puzzle # 14 for Mr. Koppy. Saturday freshness: 17%
Brandon Koppy notes:
I wanted to make a themeless with a strong 1-Across, so that was my seed entry. My clues appear to be largely intact — although I did ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
MADE FOR TV MOVIE is such a fantastic marquee entry. Not only is it a colorful and fun phrase, but it also lends itself to so many ... read more
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© 2023, The New York Times7/8/23 ( No. 26,905 )
Across
1
Milk duds? : NURSINGBRA
11
Fictional group led by a Dark Lord : SITH
15
Setting for some high school experimentation : SCIENCELAB
16
More than a couple : TRIO
17
Feel elation : FLOATONAIR
18
"Who ___ and mends, to God himself commends": Cervantes : ERRS
19
J.J. or T.J. of the N.F.L. : WATT
20
Mount seen from Reggio Calabria : ETNA
21
Targets of reflexology : FEET
22
Sign of a big hit? : POW
25
Service accessories : HYMNALS
27
Escape room? : GARAGE
29
Longtime celebrity gossip show : ENEWS
31
Film ineligible to get an Oscar : MADEFORTVMOVIE
34
Band whose debut album, "Murmur," was Rolling Stone's 1983 Album of the Year : REM
35
Top spot, in brief : CEO
36
Move quickly : HIE
37
Snack for a pangolin : ANT
38
Ranch alternative : CAESARDRESSING
42
Feuding big-time : ATWAR
43
Betting emotionally, in poker slang : ONTILT
44
Guitarist Carlos : SANTANA
47
Syst. in which making an "L" with the thumb and index finger and raising the pinkie means "I love you" : ASL
48
Musical figure in Dungeons & Dragons : BARD
49
Daredevil's equipment, maybe : RAMP
51
Video game hurdle : BOSS
55
"The Big Lebowski" protagonist, with "the" : DUDE
56
"This outfit looks ridiculous" : IFEELSILLY
59
Apt laptop choice for a tennis pro? : ACER
60
Grass-roots marketing group : STREETTEAM
61
Hankerings : YENS
62
Little surprises in computer games, e.g. : EASTEREGGS
Down
1
Link warning : NSFW
2
Alma mater for Jackie Robinson, in brief : UCLA
3
___ Games, developer behind League of Legends : RIOT
4
Rear guard? : SEATPAD
5
Ding for a QB : INT
6
Base fig. : NCO
7
Holder of very small blueprints : GENE
8
Go on and on : BLATHER
9
Precipitous? : RAINY
10
___ Lincoln Harris, early Black economist : ABRAM
11
Italian football coach ___ Pioli : STEFANO
12
"That's beside the point!" : IRRELEVANT
13
One going out on a limb? : TIRESWING
14
Whole bunch : HOST
23
One taking a lode off? : ORECART
24
Crispy confection : WAFER
26
Archenemy : NEMESIS
27
Hunter gatherer? : GAMEWARDEN
28
B-worthy : GOOD
30
{T, H, I, S}, in mathematics : SET
31
Ragù, e.g. : MEATSAUCE
32
Consequently : THEN
33
Grand outlook : VISTA
34
Company acquired by G.E. in 1986 : RCA
39
Independent in Congress beginning in 1991 : SANDERS
40
Nomads : ROAMERS
41
"OK, try me" : ILLBITE
45
Become apparent : ARISE
46
Pact replaced by the U.S.M.C.A. in 2020 : NAFTA
48
Party time, informally : BDAY
50
Actress Amanda : PEET
52
Man's name that becomes a popular toy brand if you move the first letter to the end : OLEG
53
Smeltery waste : SLAG
54
Jazz singer Sylvia : SYMS
57
Wrangler competitor : LEE
58
Orch. section : STR

Answer summary:
6 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later.

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