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New York Times, Thursday, September 22, 2022

Author:
Helen Chen
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Helen Chen

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 32 Missing: {QZ} This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Chen.
Helen Chen notes:
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© 2022, The New York Times9/22/22 ( No. 26,616 )
Across
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Part of the deck from which a dealer deals : TOP
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Appear to be fine : SEEMOK
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Shots of shooting stars, say : ARCS
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Not online, to a texter : IRL
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Where Hemingway worked on "For Whom the Bell Tolls" : HAVANA
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Kind of wave : HEAT
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*Wagers at the casino (11) : PLACESABET
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It goes in the middle of a table : ANTE
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"___ away" ("RuPaul's Drag Race" catchphrase) : SASHAY
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Water-confiscating org. : TSA
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Commercial prefix with Pen : EPI
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Lead-in to state or stellar : INTER
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*Profit at the casino (+2 = 13) : AMOUNTWON
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Woman's name that sounds like a pair of letters of the alphabet : EDIE
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Certain buckwheat pancake : BLIN
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Bait : TEASE
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What some toy horses do : ROCK
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Burrower in sand or mud : EEL
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Device making robocalls : DIALER
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*Casino game associated with the sum of this puzzle's shaded squares : BLACKJACK
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Isolated : SILOED
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The tallest one in the U.S. is California's Oroville : DAM
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Icicle locale : EAVE
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Neighbor of a Saudi : OMANI
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Offload quickly : DUMP
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Sue at Chicago's Field Museum, e.g. : TREX
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*They're worth 10 points at the casino (+1 = 14) : FACECARDS
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Command for hard copies : CTRLP
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Years ___ : AGO
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Suffix with second, but not third : ARY
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It's mouth-watering : SALIVA
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Knoll : RISE
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*Has a wash at the casino (+7 = 21!) : BREAKSEVEN
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Creatures on an Escher Möbius strip : ANTS
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Kind of culture satirized in "American Psycho" : YUPPIE
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Figures on "The X-Files," in brief : ETS
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Flow slowly : SEEP
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Like good catchphrases and comebacks : SNAPPY
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Henna, for one : DYE
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A bit more buzzed : TIPSIER
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Location of the "The Most Magical Place on Earth" : ORLANDO
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An estimated 80% of marine debris : PLASTIC
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Fleece : SHEAR
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Like pie, but not cookies? : EASY
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Actress Noblezada who got a Grammy for "Hadestown" : EVA
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Mischievous fairy queen : MAB
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Approximate weight of the Liberty Bell : ONETON
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Japanese fried cutlet : KATSU
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"Got it!" : AHA
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What may be cheaper if it's automatic : RENEWAL
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Yoga asana often paired with Cow : CATPOSE
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Max ___, Academy Award-winning composer of "Now, Voyager" : STEINER
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What's highlighted in some makeup tutorials : CHEEKBONE
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Shenanigan : ANTIC
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Smart ___ : ALEC
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Chewy chocolaty morsel : MILKDUD
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It whistles in the kitchen : TEAKETTLE
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Bit of condensation : BEAD
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A little sweaty, say : DAMP
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Camera brand with a red circle logo : LEICA
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Some copier woes : JAMS
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To the extent that : SOFARAS
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Picture : IMAGINE
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Polo brand : LACOSTE
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Last word in GPS directions, often : ARRIVED
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Buttery-soft : VELVETY
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It's a stretch : EXPANSE
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Rehearsal : DRYRUN
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"Sir, this is an ___" (meme punch line) : ARBYS
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"The Ballad of ___ Jones" : CASEY
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Bypass : SKIP
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It's a "gift" : ESP
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Clean water org. : EPA
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Messenger, for one : APP

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle.

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