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New York Times, Thursday, September 15, 2022

Author:
Ruth Bloomfield Margolin
Editor:
Will Shortz
What a red flag at a beach may signify
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {FQXZ} This is puzzle # 14 for Ms. Margolin.
Ruth B. Margolin notes:
I enjoy puzzles that play with idioms — often by making them literal and thereby skewing their meaning entirely — so I look for idioms ... read more
Jim Horne notes:
Jim here, sitting in for Jeff Chen, who is counting the number of puppeteers needed to manipulate Topo Gigio, in Italian! I think I ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times9/15/22 ( No. 26,609 )
Across
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Wanes : EBBS
5
Clark with the #1 country hit "Girls Lie Too" : TERRI
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___ fide : MALA
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Title dog in a 1981 thriller : CUJO
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Like the creator deity Viracocha : INCAN
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Declaration after getting a hand : IMIN
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Stagger : REEL
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What a red flag at a beach may signify : NOSWIMMING
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Pops, in a way : UNCORKS
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Computer correspondent : EMAILER
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Name on a Chinese menu : TSO
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Mötley ___ : CRUE
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"Fabulous!" : YAY
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Prefix with center : EPI
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Flour in Indian cuisine : ATTA
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Something a game may have, for short : MVP
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"Which do you want to hear first?" option : GOODNEWS
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Like some upholstery : WELTED
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Used up : GONE
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"Schitt's Creek" matriarch : MOIRA
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Top-of-the-line : AONE
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Praise for a zinger : OHSNAP
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Downside : NEGATIVE
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Number of puppeteers needed to manipulate Topo Gigio : TRE
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Walkie-talkie word : OVER
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River of France and Belgium : LYS
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Big D cager : MAV
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Beaux-___ : ARTS
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Word in "___ or no ___?" : ICE
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Product made by smelting : IRONBAR
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Like accommodations for friars and nuns, typically : SPARTAN
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Totally out : SOLASTYEAR
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Spot on a map : ISLE
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Self-satisfied : SMUG
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Savory sensation : UMAMI
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Seven ___ : SEAS
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Thanksgiving dish : YAMS
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The Shroud of Turin, e.g. : RELIC
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History, with "the" : PAST
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Neutral hue : ECRU
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Good, in Guadalajara : BUEN
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Make one's opposition known, literally : BJECTIONS
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Goes it alone : SOLOS
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Protest, literally : TINK
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Slaughter in Cooperstown : ENOS
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Alternatives to Cokes and Pepsis : RCS
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Pinker or greener, perhaps : RAWER
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Alleviate income insufficiency, literally : INIMUMWAGE
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"La Bohème" seamstress : MIMI
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See children through to adulthood, literally : AMILY
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Top of an I.R.S. form : LINEA
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More than miffed : ANGRY
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Binchy who wrote "Circle of Friends" : MAEVE
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Horse of a certain color : ROAN
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Where $50 bills and crossing your legs may be considered bad luck : CASINOS
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Toaster waffle : EGGO
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Fictional character who says "A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside" : POOH
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De-escalate tension, literally : TEMPERATUR
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Helium, on the periodic table : TWO
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City planner's map : PLAT
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Job for an auto shop : DENT
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Demonstrate a bit of bathroom etiquette, literally : TOILETSEA
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Major theme of "Othello" : ENVY
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Defend borders? : DEES
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M.L.K. Jr., for one : REV
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Dubai denizens : ARABS
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One of five in "La Bohème" : ARIA
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Rapper Elliott : MISSY
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Bakery product that can't be purchased : AROMA
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Show respect to one's neighbors late at night, literally : VOLUM
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"You might be surprised" : TRYME
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Potato chip, in England : CRISP
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Pesters : NAGS
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Finno-Ugric language group : SAMI
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Put on sale, literally : PRIC
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[Sigh] : ALAS
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Fit together, as mixing bowls : NEST
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Ending with arbor : EAL

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

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