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New York Times, Saturday, August 5, 2023

Author:
John Guzzetta
Editor:
Will Shortz
Blog:
Nation smaller than West Virginia with six active volcanoes
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John Guzzetta

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 30 Missing: {JQ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 39 for Mr. Guzzetta. Saturday freshness: 32%
John Guzzetta notes:
Hello all! This puzzle began as a SWORDSMITH working on his temper. As the corner came together, ITS… at 9-Down seemed ripe for a ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Saturday school is in session! Where have I heard the prefix HAGIO? Certainly not from HAGIOGRAPHY … ah, is the Hagia Sophia related? ... read more
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© 2023, The New York Times8/5/23 ( No. 26,933 )
Across
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Expert with a temper? : SWORDSMITH
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Con : SCAM
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Adoration of the Kardashians, e.g. : HAGIOLATRY
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Finale : CODA
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Product of busybodies : IDLEGOSSIP
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Pallid : ASHY
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Flying formations : VEES
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Barnyard sound : BAA
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Oscar nominee for 1997's "Affliction" : NOLTE
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Confuse : ADDLE
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Challenge before entering a haunted house : IFYOUDARE
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Edgar winner Levin : IRA
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Grooves : RUTS
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Rule, informally : REG
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Relating to areas : ZONAL
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Putting out : EMITTING
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"Help!" or "SOS" : SONG
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Defensive motions : PLEAS
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Play group : ACTS
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Quite stylish : TRESCHIC
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___-size (big) : TEXAS
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Early dial-up service provider : AOL
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Part of an eclipse : HALO
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Singer with the 2014 #1 album "1000 Forms of Fear" : SIA
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One aboard the Tiangong space station : TAIKONAUT
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One of the Allman Brothers : DUANE
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Professor in the Potterverse : SNAPE
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Senators' org. : NHL
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Caffeine, for one : DRUG
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Flight unit : STEP
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Eatery with a 1950s vibe, say : RETRODINER
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Maryland athlete, familiarly : TERP
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Belittling : DEROGATIVE
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Major bear? : URSA
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Luxury vantage point : SKYBOXSEAT
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Jewish mourning period : SHIVA
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Didn't go all in, say : WADED
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Eyed rudely : OGLED
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Some Rhine wines : RIESLINGS
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Follow relentlessly : DOG
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One slow on the pick-up? : SLOB
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___ giraffe, tallest land mammal on earth : MASAI
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"You can't tell me what to do!" : ITSAFREECOUNTRY
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Swimming/biking/running event, informally : TRI
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They make compelling suggestions : HYPNOTISTS
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Burn, in a way : SCALD
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Nation smaller than West Virginia with six active volcanoes : COSTARICA
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True believers : ADHERENTS
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Might : MAY
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Send packing : OUST
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M.L.B.'s so-called "dead-ball ___" : ERA
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City near the confluence of the Colorado and Gila rivers : YUMA
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They're there in the clutch : EGGS
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Group members who are the most tech-savvy : ALPHANERDS
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Iranian sage who inspired Nietzsche : ZOROASTER
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"Yo mama" jokes, often : ONELINERS
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Big screens? : TAXAUDITS
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"Right away!" : STAT
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___ Kedrova, Oscar-winning actress for "Zorba the Greek" : LILA
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Recipe directive : CHOP
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"___ Mubarak" (holiday greeting in Islam) : EID
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Letter after I : KAPPA
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Pulse : THROB
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Golfer Palmer, to fans : ARNIE
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___ York : NUEVA
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Everglades predator : EGRET
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Peacock or eye, in broadcasting : LOGO
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Disco ___ ("The Simpsons" character) : STU
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"Oh no!" : EEK
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Actor Shepard of "Zathura: A Space Adventure" : DAX

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

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