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New York Times, Monday, August 7, 2023

Author:
Chloe Revery and Alissa Revness
Editor:
Will Shortz
"Monster" on the web
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Chloe Revery
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Alissa Revness

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {HQXZ} This is puzzle # 2 for Ms. Revery. This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Revness. Monday freshness: 33%
Constructor notes:
A theme that is Alissa's own, Of vexing creatures, widely known. Chloe is Alissa's niece, And thus this is a family piece. This ... read more
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Such a devilishly clever theme: four monstrous phrases that describe real-life bad actors. The main reason Jim Horne and I don't allow ... read more
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© 2023, The New York Times8/7/23 ( No. 26,935 )
Across
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Not in a bottle, at a bar : ONTAP
6
N.Y.C. home to van Gogh's "The Starry Night" : MOMA
10
Home of Mongolia and Myanmar : ASIA
14
"Thanks" in French : MERCI
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Idle who sang "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" while tied to a cross : ERIC
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Bronzes in the sun : TANS
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Not a single person : NOONE
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Counterpart of fem. : MASC
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Sound from a pigpen : OINK
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"Monster" on the web : INTERNETTROLL
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Flower with thorns : ROSE
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Transfer from a device to the cloud, say : UPLOAD
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Having a graceful and elegant bearing : POISED
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"Busy" buzzer : BEE
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Messenger molecule : RNA
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Pinnacle : ACME
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"Monster" on the highway : SPEEDDEMON
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Where hair roots grow : SCALP
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Sailor's affirmation : AYE
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Not showing emotion : STOIC
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"Monster" with a sweet tooth : SUGARFIEND
45
Word after muscle or dial : TONE
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Commercial prefix with Pen : EPI
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Not feeling well : ILL
48
00s, in James Bond novels : AGENTS
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Highly active person : DYNAMO
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___ and soul : BODY
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"Monster" who drains people emotionally : ENERGYVAMPIRE
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Pic file format : JPEG
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Literary heroine Jane : EYRE
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Equipment in a control tower : RADAR
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Shows, as a TV show : AIRS
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1982 film whose use of C.G.I. made it ineligible for a best visual effects Oscar : TRON
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Place of combat : ARENA
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Sunset direction : WEST
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Roughly half of babies, to their parents : SONS
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Exams : TESTS
Down
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Prefix with potent or present : OMNI
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Like many blinking signs that say "Open" : NEON
3
Gait between a walk and a canter : TROT
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Teen's skin woe : ACNE
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South Dakota's capital : PIERRE
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Viral jokes like Grumpy Cat and Sad Frog : MEMES
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Make a formal speech : ORATE
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Fine setting on a hose nozzle : MIST
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Built up, as interest : ACCRUED
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Ring-shaped reef : ATOLL
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Japanese manga heroine with a feline sidekick named Luna : SAILORMOON
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Traveler's stopover : INN
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Inquire : ASK
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Says yes, but silently : NODS
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Opinion columns, in brief : OPEDS
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Consecrate with oil : ANOINT
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Tango and foxtrot, for two : DANCES
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Made the grade : PASSED
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___ Wall Street (protest movement) : OCCUPY
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Designers of Disney attractions : IMAGINEERS
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Actress Ward : SELA
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"___ there, done that" : BEEN
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Container used to make a sand castle : PAIL
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Single feature of a Cyclops : EYE
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Suffix with kitchen or bachelor : ETTE
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Top-quality, as beef : PRIME
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Broccoli tips : FLORETS
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Early word for a baby : DADA
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Fitness enthusiast, slangily : GYMRAT
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Feeling of deep anxiety : ANGST
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Lord ___, "Don Juan" poet : BYRON
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Devices often found under stovetops : OVENS
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Greek sandwich with tzatziki : GYRO
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Trim (down) : PARE
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The ___ of March : IDES
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Tirade : RANT
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Some time periods : ERAS
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Big part of a T. rex : JAW
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Pastry in a county fair competition : PIE

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