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New York Times, Monday, August 15, 2022

Author:
Simon Marotte
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Simon Marotte

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 32 Missing: {FJQXZ} This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Marotte.
Simon Marotte notes:

When cluing 63-Across, I took inspiration from the musings of the great musician Nigel Tufnel. Here's a short video where he discusses his "Mach"-style piece.

Jim Horne notes:
Jim here, sitting in for Jeff Chen who is playing on his Slip 'N Slide. If you're going to create a themed crossword, you typically ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times8/15/22 ( No. 26,578 )
Across
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Fast-food pork sandwich : MCRIB
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Fail badly at the box office : BOMB
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$20 dispensers : ATMS
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Madison Square Garden, e.g. : ARENA
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Minor hurt, in kidspeak : OWIE
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"Dagnabbit!" : DRAT
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Footwear giant headquartered in Boston, Mass. : NEWBALANCE
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Hit 2021 film based on a Frank Herbert novel : DUNE
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Give a hoot : CARE
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App customer : USER
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TV, print, radio, etc. : MEDIA
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Parenthetical remarks : ASIDES
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Fait accompli : DONEDEAL
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Ex-Marine, e.g., informally : VET
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Sounds of contented pleasure : AHS
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Do some threadwork : SEW
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Civil Rights ___ of 1964 : ACT
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Places of bliss : EDENS
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Easter flower : LILY
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Cry to a birthing mother : PUSH
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Ump's call after a first pitch … or a hint to the ends of 17-, 25-, 53- and 63-Across : STRIKEONE
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Actress Ward : SELA
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Fencing blade : EPEE
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The "Aeneid" and "The Faerie Queene," for two : EPICS
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Not get any younger : AGE
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Raggedy ___ (doll) : ANN
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Certain lap dog, informally : POM
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Quick snooze : NAP
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Downward dog, for one : YOGAPOSE
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Scribble absentmindedly : DOODLE
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Portly : STOUT
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Jared of "Dallas Buyers Club" : LETO
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The "S" of A.S.A.P. : SOON
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Global center of Shia Islam : IRAN
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Group of notes that often sounds sad : MINORCHORD
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Gossip, so to speak : DIRT
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Work on, as an essay : EDIT
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Like the sound of a creaky basement door : EERIE
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Makes a choice : OPTS
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Golf ball holders : TEES
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"Pointer" for giving presentations : LASER
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Counterpart of a "she-shed" : MANCAVE
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Folded, as paper : CREASED
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Overhaul, as an article : REWRITE
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Under the covers : INBED
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What did ewe say? : BAA
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Snakes that strangle : BOAS
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Possessed : OWNED
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Super-quick snooze : MICROSLEEP
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"Busy" insect : BEE
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Did some summing : ADDED
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Canadian P.M. Justin : TRUDEAU
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Fiends : MANIACS
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Kind of technology in some modern military aircraft : STEALTH
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Rich with vegetation : LUSH
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Kitten's cry : MEW
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Either "E" of ESE : EAST
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R&B singer with the 2012 hit "Let Me Love You" : NEYO
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Toy that attaches to a garden hose : SLIPNSLIDE
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Top-secret government org. : NSA
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1950s prez : IKE
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Liveliness : PEP
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Nevada gambling city : RENO
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Dory's friend, in a Pixar film : NEMO
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Commits at the altar : SAYSIDO
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Narcissist's "journey" : EGOTRIP
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Works made of toy bricks : LEGOART
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Not alfresco : INDOORS
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One of about 53 in a typical Oreo cookie : CALORIE
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Hardly a penny pincher : SPENDER
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Like the name Rob Banks, for a criminal : APT
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Bad smell : ODOR
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Mothers' sisters : AUNTS
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"___, meenie, miney, mo" : EENIE
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Irish surname that anagrams to A SHOE : OSHEA
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Young 'uns : TOTS
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Was introduced to : MET
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Sheet of an animated cartoon : CEL

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle.

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