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New York Times, Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Author:
Michèle Govier
Editor:
Will Shortz
46-Down : Holiday laughter
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Michèle Govier

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQVXZ} This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Govier. Tuesday freshness: 82%
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© 2023, The New York Times8/29/23 ( No. 26,957 )
Across
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Feature of a garden or novel : PLOT
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One way to be taken : ABACK
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Ingredient in some calming oils, for short : CBD
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Per item : EACH
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Like Venus, but not Aphrodite : ROMAN
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Corduroy feature : WALE
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Marriage, e.g. : RITE
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How many times Napoleon was exiled : TWICE
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Certain golf club : IRON
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With 21-Across, "The Simpsons" character who is a children's TV host : KRUSTY
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See 19-Across : THECLOWN
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Dish eaten with both chopsticks and a spoon : PHO
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Camera lens, essentially : EYE
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Bowling locale : ALLEY
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With 29-Across, fast-food spokesperson with a goatee : COLONEL
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See 26-Across : SANDERS
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Vineyard products made with frozen grapes : ICEWINES
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"O Sole ___" : MIO
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Spots on TV : ADS
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Muscat resident : OMANI
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Horror franchise since 2004 : SAW
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Commercial ending with Water : PIK
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British P.M. before Gladstone : DISRAELI
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With 49-Across, silent film star who portrayed the Little Tramp : CHARLIE
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See 45-Across : CHAPLIN
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Actress Day with a Presidential Medal of Freedom : DORIS
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West of Hollywood : MAE
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Block number, for short? : SPF
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With 56-Across, title Dr. Seuss troublemaker : THECATIN
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See 54-Across : THEHAT
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Learning by memorization : ROTE
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Bernardo's girlfriend in "West Side Story" : ANITA
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Flight-related prefix : AERO
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"Hello, sailor!" : AHOY
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Formal denial : NOSIR
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Hit the ___ (go to bed) : SACK
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"___-hoo!" : YOO
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Welcome : GREET
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"What ___ is new?" : ELSE
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Corporate benefit : PERK
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Villain's headquarters : LAIR
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Grows eightfold : OCTUPLES
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What must go on, per an adage : THESHOW
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Pretentious, perhaps : ARTY
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With 61-Down, accessory worn by 19-/21-, 26-/29, 45-/49 and 54-/56-Across, as depicted four times in this puzzle's grid : BOW
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Friendship : AMITY
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Apt rhyme for "stashes" : CACHES
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Thigh/shin connector : KNEE
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Singer/songwriter King : CAROLE
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Leaf ___ (fall tool) : BLOWER
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Restaurant chain with a Grand Slam breakfast : DENNYS
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"I'm on it!" : WILLDO
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Morrison with a Presidential Medal of Freedom : TONI
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"Please?" : CANI
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K-5 sch. designation : ELEM
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Org. in many spy novels : CIA
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Condition that may involve repetitive behavior, in brief : OCD
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Thin-stemmed mushroom : ENOKI
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Some Pennsylvania Dutch speakers : AMISH
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In low spirits : SAD
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"Sweet!" : NICE
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Herb named for its medicinal properties : SELFHEAL
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Boxing family surname : ALI
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Triumph : WIN
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Costing an arm and a leg : PRICEY
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"Casablanca" role : ILSA
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Allergy symptom : RASH
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Placate : APPEASE
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Retractable feature of a PC or stereo, once : CDTRAY
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Holiday laughter : HOHOHO
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"Am not!" response : ARETOO
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Key of Dvorák's "New World" Symphony : EMINOR
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Absinthe flavoring : ANISE
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Zesty taste : TANG
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Fruity pastry : TART
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Lob trajectories : ARCS
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Take a hit : TOKE
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See 6-Down : TIE

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

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