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New York Times, Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Author:
Barbara Lin
Editor:
Will Shortz
Blog:
Starting with an X in the corner, say?
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Barbara Lin

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {QX} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 11 for Ms. Lin. Wednesday freshness: 31%
Barbara Lin notes:
It seems there should be a name for syllable-palindromes. One day I was doing Spelling Bee, and uncovered ALOOF and LOOFA in ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
A common game, palindromified into a strategy for that game? Genius-level find in TIC TAC TOE TACTIC. No one tell my kids about ... read more
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© 2023, The New York Times8/2/23 ( No. 26,930 )
Across
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A hot one might lead to an embarrassing moment : MIC
4
Shelled out : PAID
8
November imperative : VOTE
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Two-term presidencies, say : ERAS
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College attendee in "Toy Story 3" : ANDY
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Autobiographical heroine of the "Little House" series : LAURA
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Starting with an X in the corner, say? : TICTACTOETACTIC
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Billionaires' homes, often : ESTATES
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Name with Slim or Diamond : JIM
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"Stupid me!" : DOH
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Excel (at) : SHINE
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Formula 1 Grand Prix locale : MONACO
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Rocket launcher that makes a whimsical buzzing sound? : KAZOOBAZOOKA
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Informal garb for working from home, informally : PJS
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Make a pitiful noise : MEWL
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It may be marked with an X : ERROR
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Feels remorse about : RUES
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Part of a bad trip, maybe : DELAY
40
"Winning ___ everything" : ISNT
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Ran in place : IDLED
43
Store whose products often come with Allen wrenches : IKEA
45
"Woo-hoo!" : YAY
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Become a leading citizen of North Dakota? : GOFARINFARGO
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Activist Abrams : STACEY
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"Wouldn't that be nice!" : IWISH
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Feeling in Yosemite Valley, say : AWE
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Used to be : WAS
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Italian dish similar to grits : POLENTA
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Disrespected adviser? : TORMENTEDMENTOR
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One who might check all the boxes? : MOVER
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___ Rachel Wood of "Westworld" : EVAN
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Ship or mail : SEND
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It goes downhill fast : SLED
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Lucy's "I Love Lucy" co-star : DESI
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Daisy Ridley's role in "Star Wars" : REY
Down
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Hands (out) : METES
2
Like everyone on March 17, it's said : IRISH
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Prickly pears, for example : CACTI
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Unit in a duel : PACE
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Life study of the biologist E. O. Wilson : ANTS
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Possible response to "Who wants ice cream?!" : IDO
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What might get to the root of a problem? : DYEJOB
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Shop ___ (article of cleaning equipment) : VAC
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Like hiking, bird-watching and similar activities : OUTDOORSY
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The Ronettes, e.g. : TRIO
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A pop : EACH
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Reeked : STANK
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Some breathing lessons : LAMAZE
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Starters : ATEAM
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Fey who wrote "Bossypants" : TINA
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Placate : MOLLIFY
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___ Bush, Missouri representative and Black Lives Matter activist : CORI
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End of the London Blitz? : ZED
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Be beholden to : OWE
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Coffee-growing region of the Big Island : KONA
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Affected, in a way : ARTY
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Strait-laced sort : PRIG
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Sport whose name means "way of gentleness" : JUDO
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Kind of gas station that's illegal in New Jersey : SELFSERVE
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Goal for a politician : SEAT
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Alias letters : AKA
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"___ out!" (ump's cry) : YER
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Part of a chest : DRAWER
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Able to bend over backward, say : AGILE
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Volunteer's statement : ICAN
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Like matryoshka dolls : NESTED
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Jesse who won four Olympic gold medals in 1936 : OWENS
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Bury : INTER
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Diamond, e.g. : STONE
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Like pansies, but not touch-me-nots : HARDY
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Bread boxes? : ATMS
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Ewe got it! : WOOL
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Smartphone ancestors, in brief : PDAS
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Prefix with -vore : OMNI
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Word after Club or before school : MED
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Time of preparation, maybe : EVE

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

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