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New York Times, Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Author:
Michael Lieberman
Editor:
Will Shortz
Blog:
Salad dressing with chopped liver
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Michael Lieberman

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 34 Missing: {FJQXZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 17 for Mr. Lieberman. Wednesday freshness: 28%
Michael Lieberman notes:
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© 2023, The New York Times8/23/23 ( No. 26,951 )
Across
1
Ballpark quartet : BASES
6
Reacts to something gross : GAGS
10
Greek god that sounds like 66-Across : ARES
14
Roll with the punches : ADAPT
15
Chess piece with the second-highest value : ROOK
16
Mardi Gras follower : LENT
17
Salad dressing with chopped liver : BALSAMICVINEGAR
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CPR pro : EMT
21
M&M's color replaced by blue : TAN
22
New kid on the block : NOVICE
23
"You betcha!" : ISUREDO
27
They might be pitched by the Rockies : TENTS
28
Sandwich with wild rice : MONTECRISTO
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"Why, what an ___ am I!": Hamlet : ASS
32
Logicians' creations : TREES
33
Actress De La Garza of "FBI" : ALANA
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Vessel for violets : VASE
36
"The Bare Necessities" bear : BALOO
38
Stud alternative : DRAW
42
"Get Out" director Jordan : PEELE
44
Find a new purpose for : REUSE
45
End of a two-player Harlem Globetrotters play : OOP
48
Desserts with split peas : PEACHMELBAS
51
"Top Chef" network : BRAVO
53
Underlings forced to do unpleasant work : STOOGES
54
Word before job or track : INSIDE
56
One channel that airs "NCAA March Madness," with "TV" : TRU
57
Sort of : ISH
60
Egg dish with a lemon turnover : WESTERNOMELETTE
64
___ code : AREA
65
Home of Timbuktu : MALI
66
Zodiac sign that sounds like 10-Across : ARIES
67
Where one needs GPS to find The Gap? : NYSE
68
Opposite of sans : AVEC
69
Some overly long Facebook posts : RANTS
Down
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___ Didrikson Zaharias, Olympic gold medalist in track and field who went on to win 10 L.P.G.A. major championships : BABE
2
First lady's husband : ADAM
3
Square snack items : SALTINES
4
Binge-watching units, for short : EPS
5
Ones with chiseled jawlines, often : STATUES
6
W.N.B.A. star Brittney : GRINER
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D.C. "Squad" member : AOC
8
End of a White House address : GOV
9
Injure, as a knee : SKIN
10
Naproxen brand : ALEVE
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Saskatchewan's capital : REGINA
12
Puts on the books : ENACTS
13
Changing it converts "convert" from a verb to a noun : STRESS
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Jacobs of fashion : MARC
19
Off one's game : NOTON
24
Get into hot water? : STEEP
25
Shanghainese, e.g. : DIALECT
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Capital that was once part of Denmark : OSLO
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"The Challenge" network : MTV
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60 minuti : ORA
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Chinese path : TAO
34
"Hello" singer : ADELE
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Source of some wax : BEE
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"Ah, so it goes" : ALAS
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Adds insult to injury : RUBSITIN
40
Drunk-skunk connector : ASA
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Governor Moore of Maryland : WES
43
Lyric poem : EPODE
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Alternative to high-octane : REGULAR
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Mentor of Anakin and Luke : OBIWAN
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Cantankerous : ORNERY
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Makes the grade : PASSES
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Source of a scandalous comment : HOTMIC
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"But wait — there's ___!" : MORE
52
The "V" in C.V. : VITAE
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Bombeck who said "Onion rings in the car cushions do not improve with time" : ERMA
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Editor's "my bad," maybe : STET
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Gas company with toy trucks : HESS
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Sat ___ (GPS in the U.K.) : NAV
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Bullfight cheer : OLE
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Important stretch : ERA

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