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Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'

New York Times, Sunday, August 27, 2023

Author:
Rich Katz
Editor:
Will Shortz
Blog:
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Rich Katz

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 70 Missing: {QXZ} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Katz. Sunday freshness: 56%
Will Shortz notes:
Rich Katz, of Park City, Utah, does freelance work in corporate restructuring. This is his second crossword for The Times, following The Final Frontier in January. That puzzle had ... read more
Rich Katz notes:
This theme took shape when I was creating a different grid that included the entry ENMESH, and I idly noted that the word might be punnily repurposed to clue something like NETTING. I came ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Our final contestant in this week's Next Level Constructor is an up-and-comer who I've had the pleasure to work with. Rich is always digging for new ideas, and what I most admire is that ... read more
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© 2023, The New York Times8/27/23 ( No. 26,955 )
Across
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Noon, in France : MIDI
5
"Good Times" and "Happy Days," e.g. : SITCOMS
12
Trees whose berries flavor gin : JUNIPERS
20
Thick soup noodle : UDON
21
Kind of nerve that runs through the leg : SCIATIC
22
Clearing : OPENAREA
23
This puzzle has 21 of them : ROWS
24
Entitle? : NICHOLASNICKLEBY
26
___ horribilis (1992, per Queen Elizabeth) : ANNUS
28
Unconventional protagonist : NONHERO
29
Snoopy grp. : CIA
30
Disreputable sorts : LOWLIFES
32
Seasickness? : COMMONCOLD
38
Hash ingredients, informally : TATERS
39
Neighbor of Georgia : ARMENIA
42
Sport with two diacritics in its name : EPEE
43
Record holder : REGISTRAR
45
Russian legislature : DUMA
48
Catch some rays : TAN
49
Topped, as Tupperware : LIDDED
51
Omission? : OFFICIALORDERS
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Like this clue's number : ODD
56
Occurs to, with "on" : DAWNS
58
Big ___ (props) : UPS
59
Craft project with rubber bands : TIEDYE
60
Bumbler : CLOD
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The "Y" of JPY : YEN
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Start of some praise : ATTA
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Lay one's cards on the table? : DEAL
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Pelvic exercise : KEGEL
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Befriend? : BESTBUDDY
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Hanukkah pancake : LATKE
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200 in the Indianapolis 500 : LAPS
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Door latch : HASP
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It might be pulled in a secret signal : EAR
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19th-century adversary of an 18-Down : YANK
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Child of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle : ARCHIE
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Suffer : AIL
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Phil Dunphy of "Modern Family," for one : TVDAD
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Second picture in an alphabet book, maybe : BEE
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Gee whiz? : GALILEOGALILEI
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Rang : PEALED
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"___ Twist, Scientist" (hit children's book) : ADA
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Designer Gucci : ALDO
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Idly amuses oneself : KILLSTIME
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Some unnamed addressees : SIRS
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Ultimately be fine : ENDWELL
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Puts forward : POSITS
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Peashooter? : POOLPLAYER
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Their sales spike in December : FIRTREES
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Last installment of "The Godfather" (for now) : III
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Decorate again : READORN
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Because : SINCE
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Embosses? : MIDDLEMANAGEMENT
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Chew : GNAW
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Without letup : UNABATED
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Like tires : TREADED
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Last-minute cry at a surprise party : HIDE
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Exponentially : MANYFOLD
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"Egad!" : HORRORS
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Title that shares etymology with "kaiser" : TSAR
Down
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Artwork that's hard to move : MURAL
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Words beginning 32 assertions in Dr. Seuss' "Green Eggs and Ham" : IDONOT
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Depose? : DOWNWARDDOG
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Put down : INSULTED
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Info that's often only partly revealed: Abbr. : SSN
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Frigidity : ICINESS
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Costa Ricans, informally : TICOS
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Sammy with 31 Oscar nominations : CAHN
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"But then again …," in a text : OTOH
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___ marker : MILE
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Few and far between : SCARCE
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Rahm who won the 2023 Masters : JON
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News agency inits. : UPI
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Classic brand of candy wafers : NECCO
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Finish coloring, as a tattoo : INKIN
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Versailles, for one : PALACE
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Before, once : ERE
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19th-century adversary of an 80-Across : REB
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Perhaps : SAY
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Pronto : SOON
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Blockaded, militarily : SIEGED
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When "I'm in love," in a 1992 hit by the Cure : FRIDAY
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Protagonist of a touching story? : MIDAS
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Rough up : MAUL
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Got off the fence : OPTED
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Pioneer in psychedelics : LEARY
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Like flourless cake : DENSE
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Canine calls : ARFS
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Battle of Britain grp. : RAF
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Picture of good health, one hopes? : MRI
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Megagram : TONNE
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Speck : MOTE
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Popular typeface : ARIAL
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Car key button : LOCK
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Not up to much : IDLE
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Funny sort : CUTUP
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Surface alternative : IPAD
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Wait : DELAY
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Some haunted house decorations : WEBS
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Home of India's National Museum : DELHI
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To the slightest degree : ATALL
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"Miracle Workers" cable channel : TBS
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Pair : DYAD
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Ali who retired undefeated : LAILA
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Like most Iranians : SHIA
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Hell of a guy? : DEVIL
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Tee-ball game? : TABLETENNIS
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Common site for a scrape : KNEE
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Scraped (out) : EKED
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Certain spa treatment : PEEL
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Blue, Charlie, Delta or Echo in "Jurassic World" : RAPTOR
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Speechless with shock : AGASP
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Word with station or silence : RADIO
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"Of course," in Spanish : CLARO
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"The thrill of victory … and the ___ of defeat" ("Wide World of Sports" catchphrase) : AGONY
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Unintended signal : TELL
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Thomas Paine and Thomas Jefferson, for two : DEISTS
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Ancient theaters : ODEA
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Politician with a famous "like" button? : IKE
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Part of some rappers' names : LIL
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"Eh? Eh?" [nudge, nudge] : AMIRIGHT
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Way to get ahead in Life? : SPINNER
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Came and went unnoticed : SLIDBY
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Laura of "Big Little Lies" : DERN
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December door décor : WREATH
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Singer Jon with the 1992 hit "Just Another Day" : SECADA
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Rice dish simmered in broth : PILAF
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Deceive : LIETO
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"The Godfather" brother : FREDO
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Pipe down? : SEWER
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Farm-related prefix : AGRO
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Animal on a road sign : DEER
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First name in neo-Marxism? : OMAR
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Keep ___ : MUM
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___ moment : INA
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Savage of "Savage Love" : DAN
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Name of two Spice Girls : MEL
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Throw in : ADD
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QB's stat : TDS

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

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