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Crunch Time

New York Times, Sunday, August 20, 2023

Author:
Michael Schlossberg
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 77 Missing: {JZ} Spans: 1 Grid has mirror symmetry. Puzzle has duplicate clues. This is puzzle # 9 for Mr. Schlossberg. Sunday freshness: 25%
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© 2023, The New York Times8/20/23 ( No. 26,948 )
Across
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Wildfire season stat, for short : AQI
4
Title feline in a Hanna-Barbera cartoon : TOPCAT
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Act impartially : BEFAIR
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Capital of Peru? : PEE
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Hebrew letter on a dreidel : NUN
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Communities for some commuters : EXURBS
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Gridiron standout : ALLPRO
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Article in El Mundo : LAS
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Taylor Swift's "___ the Damn Season" : TIS
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Spanish wine classification : SOLERA
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Produce in bunches : GRAPES
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Trojans' sch. : USC
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Big shows : EXPOS
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Grassy area : LEA
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Parliament member : OWL
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TikTok alternative, familiarly : INSTA
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Neologism : COINAGE
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Family feud participant : MCCOY
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Brainstorming aid : IDEAMAP
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"Really, you too?" : ETTU
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Nutrition fig. : RDA
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Word said four times in the Lord's Prayer : OUR
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Each : PER
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Page in a passport, perhaps : VISA
47
Machine shop tools : DIES
48
Actor Somerhalder of "The Vampire Diaries" : IAN
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Longtime newswire inits. : UPI
50
When repeated, reply to "Who wants a cookie?" : IDO
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Woman in Camelot : ENID
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"Green" : ECO
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Italian wheels : ALFA
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SCOTUS appointee of '93 : RBG
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Since : ASOF
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Home of Umm al Quwain: Abbr. : UAE
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Gent : FELLA
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Crashed and burned : ATEIT
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Cat scratchers : CLAWS
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Draws : TIES
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Heavy lifter? : CRANE
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Words in an analogy : ISTO
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French vineyard region : MEDOC
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"The highest result of education," according to Helen Keller : TOLERANCE
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Sheep shelters : COTES
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Excited jackpot cry : IWONIWON
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Goofy image, maybe : CEL
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Forewarned : ONNOTICE
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Base of a nonmeat burger : SOY
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"___ I a Woman?" : AINT
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Stumbling sounds : ERS
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Look at quickly … or closely : SCAN
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Many a fed. holiday : MON
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Thrilla in Manila result, in brief : TKO
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Does some massaging : KNEADS
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Least inviting : ICIEST
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Fade out : END
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Like many consigned goods : USED
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Part of the fam : SIS
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When repeated, slangy sound of eating : NOM
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Makes some alterations to : HEMS
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Sound like a real jackass : BRAY
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Org. with a Canine Good Citizen certification : AKC
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___ Eisley, where Luke Skywalker meets Han Solo : MOS
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"Tarnation!" : NUTS
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Serenades, as the moon : HOWLSAT
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Audibly gobsmacked : AGASP
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Spot for a bowler : HATRACK
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"Thanks ___" : ALOT
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Strings entered during checkout : COUPONCODES
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Magic word : ABRA
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Classic children's book character eating its way through this puzzle, with "the" : VERYHUNGRYCATERPILLAR
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Choice words : ORS
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And others, in Latin : ETALIA
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Sold products on behalf of : REPPED
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Grp. that measures 1-Across : EPA
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Place to crash while camping : COT
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Brother of Eos and Selene : HELIOS
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Navarra's land : ESPANA
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Harden : SET
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Go before : ANTECEDE
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Idealistic, and then some : QUIXOTIC
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Notwithstanding : INSPITEOF
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Actress Thompson of "Thor: Love and Thunder" : TESSA
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Big name in spatulas : OXO
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Tricked somebody : PULLEDAFASTONE
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First Nations group : CREE
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Middle name of James Garfield : ABRAM
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Govt. agency established in November 2001 : TSA
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Clutch, for one : BAG
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Jetson son : ELROY
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Gemologist's consideration : FLAW
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Civil engineering or molecular biology : APPLIEDSCIENCE
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Pique : IRE
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Riveting icon : ROSIE
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"1984" superstate : EASTASIA
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Feature of an action comedy : ESCAPADE
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Heavy load : ONUS
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Place for a pew : NAVE
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Merely cosmetic feature of some electric vehicles : GRILLE
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Time to stop trying? : COURTRECESS
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Server at a royal table, once : CUPBEARER
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Tasting the forbidden fruit : ORIGINALSIN
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Slobbers : DROOLS
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What makes her hear? : ANA
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Italian novelist Pera : PIA
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Singer with the 2001 #1 hit "Fallin'" : ALICIAKEYS
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What makes an avocado rich : FATCONTENT
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Kind of jacket inspired by a school's uniform : ETON
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Femur-tibia connector, for short : ACL
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What "puppy paws" equal, in craps : TEN
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"Hurray!" : WOOT
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Drops in midair : MIST
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Member of a furry race : EWOK
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"Go ahead. I'm not scared" : DOYOURWORST
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Focused, workwise : ONTASK
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___ de' Medici, who founded the Medici dynasty : COSIMO
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Subjects of some grade school posters : TIMESTABLES
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Paul Krugman's subj. : ECON
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Thrill : SEND
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Air force? : WIND
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Poet who wrote "The Cow" and "The Panther" : NASH
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"What's Eating Gilbert Grape" actor : DICAPRIO
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Fruity desserts : COMPOTES
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Brackish : SALTY
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Certain subway art : MURAL
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Slow dance with quick turns : BOLERO
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Keyless : ATONAL
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Tibetic language : SHERPA
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Difficult situation : SCRAPE
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State of mayhem : HAVOC
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Sharp : ACUTE
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"La Maja Desnuda" and others : GOYAS
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Anti-apartheid org. : ANC
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Near miss : SCARE
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Rocky Mountain town : ASPEN
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Assayer's unit : KARAT
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Wrinkly fruit : UGLI
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"What's Eating Gilbert Grape" actor : DEPP
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Little chuckle : HEH
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Gilbert and Sullivan princess : IDA

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

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