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New York Times, Friday, September 8, 2023

Author:
Rachel Fabi and Ken Stern
Editor:
Will Shortz
Blog:
It's awful, awful, awful
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
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1.564155%
Rachel Fabi
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210/31/20079/8/20231
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11.50871%
Ken Stern

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 30 Missing: {GKQVXZ} Spans: 1 Puzzle has duplicate clues. This is puzzle # 6 for Ms. Fabi. This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Stern. Friday freshness: 47%
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© 2023, The New York Times9/8/23 ( No. 26,967 )
Across
1
Grouch : CRAB
5
Unintelligible : CLEARASMUD
15
Portrayer of Paolo Gucci in 2021's "House of Gucci" : LETO
16
Pasta whose name derives from the Italian for "little cakes" : TORTELLINI
17
Regarding : ASTO
18
Ones getting some dinner "specials" : EARLYBIRDS
19
___ hours : WEE
20
Seeing red : MAD
21
Olympians score points with their points : EPEES
22
Beyhive, for Beyoncé, or ARMY, for BTS : FANDOM
24
Skip it! : ROPE
27
"'Fraid not, laddie" : NAE
28
Alphabetize, e.g. : ORDER
29
___ Men, 2000 Grammy winners for Best Dance Recording : BAHA
30
Always at the drugstore? : PADS
31
"How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when clearly it is ___": Arthur C. Clarke : OCEAN
32
Torrent : INRUSH
34
It's awful, awful, awful : THELITERALWORST
39
"Not quite yet" : INABIT
40
Tail off, as a storm : ABATE
41
German swimmer Kristin, who won six gold medals at the Seoul Olympics : OTTO
44
Their contracts may be board-certified, in brief : CEOS
45
Pulled behind : TOWED
46
Identity for someone who may prefer platonic relationships, informally : ARO
47
Alphabetize, e.g. : SORT
48
Swinger at a burlesque show : TASSEL
49
Word with set, put or "and so" : FORTH
51
Longtime weekly companion of Ebony magazine : JET
52
Return specialist, for short : CPA
53
Seal of approval : IMPRIMATUR
57
"Little piggies" : TOES
58
One-a-day, for Dunaway : SPOONERISM
59
Remains here? : URNS
60
Led a difficult team, metaphorically : HERDEDCATS
61
X, as in Ximenes? : BESO
Down
1
With 57-Down, old-fashioned bathroom fixture : CLAWFOOT
2
Fact-check, e.g. : RESEARCH
3
One who's coming and going : ATTENDEE
4
Scare quote? : BOO
5
J.V. benchwarmers : CTEAM
6
Bundle : LOAD
7
Go off : ERR
8
Hartsfield-Jackson airport code : ATL
9
Margret and H. A. ___, co-authors of the "Curious George" books : REY
10
"Three Tall Women" playwright : ALBEE
11
Indulge in a former vice … for this once : SLIP
12
Hormonal IUD available since 2000 : MIRENA
13
Zombielike : UNDEAD
14
Puts down : DISSES
20
"Nice to see ya today!" : MORNIN
23
"What's the ___?" : DEALIO
24
Rampaged : RANRIOT
25
"Well, darn it!" : OHRATS
26
Apostle with many epistles : PAUL
29
Singer with the #1 hits "Sorry" and "Love Yourself" : BIEBER
30
Moon that orbits Mars about three times each Martian day : PHOBOS
33
Attempt to smush, as a fly : SWATAT
35
It may be ordered al pastor : TACO
36
Figure that's not weighted : RAWSCORE
37
Becomes increasingly inclined : STEEPENS
38
TV character who said "Heck, you could fill two internets with what I don't know about football" : TEDLASSO
41
Clumsy : OAFISH
42
___ l'oeil : TROMPE
43
Sluggishness : TORPOR
47
You might take one to a new friend : SHINE
48
Provisions : TERMS
50
Stomped (on) : TROD
51
Word that can make a big ask seem smaller : JUST
54
Rx pickup : MED
55
Bow : ARC
56
Aunt, in Andalusia : TIA
57
See 1-Down : TUB

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

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