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New York Times, Thursday, August 18, 2022

Author:
Adam Wagner
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 32 This is puzzle # 9 for Mr. Wagner.
Adam Wagner notes:
Cracking a theme idea usually gives me an endorphin rush, a sort of cruciverbal runner's high. (Punner's high?) (Sorry.) (Actually, ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I've hit the elusive INBOX ZERO a total of once this past year, and it was such a feeling of freedom and joy; a veritable HEAVE(N ON ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times8/18/22 ( No. 26,581 )
Across
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Cleric's closetful : ALBS
5
One working on a tablet, say : ETCHER
11
Common creature in rebus puzzles : BEE
14
It's on the hook : BAIT
15
Google's streaming device : CHROMECAST
17
Juice veggie : CUKE
18
Paradise : HEAVENONEARTH
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Attempts to be a team player? : TRIESOUT
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Accessory for dinner and a show? : TVTRAY
22
Bland : VANILLA
23
Antique tint : SEPIA
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Night class, perhaps, in brief : ESL
26
Parts of a spine : DISCS
28
Kind of adapter : ACDC
30
"Big" thing overseas : BEN
31
Smooths, in a way : SANDS
34
Hive-minded? : APIAN
38
Mars' counterpart : ARES
40
Proverbial assessment for whether or not an idea can be taken seriously : LAUGHTEST
42
Pay to play : ANTE
43
It's a start : ONSET
45
Seal the deal : ICEIT
47
What a cellist may take onstage, in two senses : BOW
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Tag along : COME
50
Tricky billiards shot : CAROM
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Take the wrong way? : ROB
55
Break into parts and analyze : PARSE
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"This too shall pass," for one : MAXIM
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Game face? : AVATAR
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Cheesy dish served "Detroit-style" : PANPIZZA
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Hot tub shindig : JACUZZIPARTY
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In public : SEEN
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1972 Gilbert O'Sullivan hit with a melancholy title : ALONEAGAIN
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Captures a "poisoned pawn" in chess, e.g. : ERRS
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Fig. whose first three digits were geographically based until 2011 : SSN
70
Showing a conceited attitude : SNOTTY
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Rx amount : DOSE
Down
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"Grey's Anatomy" airer : ABCTV
2
Half of the only mother/daughter duo to be nominated for acting Oscars for the same film : LAURADERN
3
Targets of some waxing : BIKINILINES
4
Inures : STEELS
5
Bounce off the walls : ECHO
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Country with more immigrants than any other, informally : THEUS
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Fruit container : CRATE
8
Kind of lane : HOV
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Poison control remedy : EMETIC
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Home of more than 16,000 slot machines : RENONEVADA
11
Fitness class inspired by ballet : BARRE
12
"Cómo ___?" : ESTAS
13
Kind of alcohol that is a fermented biofuel : ETHYL
16
Litter maker : CAT
20
Bladders, e.g. : SACS
24
No longer done : PASSE
27
Khan who founded Khan Academy : SAL
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Many an auditor, for short : CPA
30
Xiao long ___ (soup dumplings) : BAO
32
More likely to get coal, perhaps : NAUGHTIER
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Prefix meaning "10" that's associated with 12 : DEC
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Ambitious email goal, and a hint to four squares in this puzzle : INBOXZERO
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Misters : ATOMIZERS
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Still shrink-wrapped, say : NEW
39
Jiffy : SEC
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First X or O : TIC
44
State gemstones of Utah and Texas : TOPAZES
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Pat (down) : TAMP
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Almond confection : MARZIPAN
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Brought up : RAISED
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Indian princes : RAJAS
53
Some tracks : OVALS
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Bits in a salad, perhaps : BACON
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Small, oily fish : SPRAT
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Face-plant : EATIT
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Stately estate : MANSE
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Large vat : TUN
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Part of a Mad. Ave. mailing address : NYNY
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Back : AGO

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle.

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