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New York Times, Saturday, August 12, 2023

Author:
Rachel Fabi and Christina Iverson
Editor:
Will Shortz
Serpentine symbol of rebirth, from the Greek for "tail-devouring"
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Christina Iverson

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 32 Missing: {JQXZ} Grid has diagonal symmetry. This is puzzle # 5 for Ms. Fabi. This is puzzle # 21 for Ms. Iverson. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. Saturday freshness: 47%
Constructor notes:
RACHEL: I'm glad to be back in The Times with Christina, a fantastic constructor (and editor!). This puzzle collaboration began after ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Sometimes, a themeless feels like it was created specifically for you. The legends around OUROBOROS have fascinated me for decades, so ... read more
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© 2023, The New York Times8/12/23 ( No. 26,940 )
Across
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Perfectly acceptable, humorously : CROMULENT
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#1 : ALPHA
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Serpentine symbol of rebirth, from the Greek for "tail-devouring" : OUROBOROS
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Calibrated, in a way : TARED
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Kitchen organizer : PLATERACK
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Old Ford Motors offering, informally : TBIRD
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Currency that features a phoenix on one of its bank notes : YEN
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Classic board game invented by an Oscar-winning French filmmaker : RISK
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Show rooms? : VENUES
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Jump, in a way : POGO
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Quality of some coincidences : EERINESS
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Some : AFEW
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True-crime series about a physician who commits gross malpractice : DRDEATH
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"Hang On ___" (official rock song of Ohio) : SLOOPY
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Nickname that drops "son" : ALI
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International cricket powerhouse: Abbr. : PAK
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Birthplace of Ang Lee : TAIWAN
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"Ugh, not this again!" : IMSODONE
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Poker variety? : AWL
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Seasons : SALTS
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___ state (overprotective government) : NANNY
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Nonplussed : ATSEA
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They're not easy on the eyes : STYES
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It helps keep you on your toes : BALLETSLIPPER
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"No preference" : IMEASY
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Scarfing down : INHALING
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"Same here" : SOAMI
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Isn't totally in the dark : HASANIDEA
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Never-seen character on TV's "Mork & Mindy" : ORSON
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Heavy load : ONUS
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Animal studied for its regenerative abilities : NEWT
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Makes : NETS
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Heavy read : TOME
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Company whose name sounds like its last two letters : ESSO
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Block of text duplicated and reposted online, in internet slang : COPYPASTA
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Principle underlying just governance : RULEOFLAW
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Citrusy ingredient in some wood polishes : ORANGEOIL
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Bon ___ : MOT
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Over, in Österreich : UBER
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Former Chicago mayor ___ Lightfoot : LORI
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Rubber : ERASER
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Ready to fly, as an arrow : NOCKED
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[How disappointing!] : TSK
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Focal length? : ATTENTIONSPAN
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Yogurt dip often served with pita : LABNEH
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Hybrid with a Latin name : PRIUS
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Toast starter : HERES
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Kicks in : ADDS
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They hold solutions : VIALS
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Cry after stubbing a toe, maybe : OWOW
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Large quantities : REAMS
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Tang, e.g. : DYNASTY
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Affixes to a scrapbook, say : PASTESIN
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Fair hits? : PONYRIDES
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Equestrian princess in the 1976 Olympics : ANNE
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Command and Control : KEYS
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Romano o siciliano : ITALIANO
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NBC current affairs program beginning in 1992 : DATELINE
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The French? : LES
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Alternatives to Budgets : ALAMOS
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A baby one is called a red dog : BISON
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"L'elisir d'___" (Donizetti opera) : AMORE
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Minimal : LEAST
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"My point is …" : INSUM
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Stage : PHASE
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None of it is good, in an aphorism : NEWS
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Castilian cat : GATO
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"___ enough for ya?" : HOT

Answer summary:
9 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Modern Era but used previously.

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