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New York Times, Friday, September 9, 2022

Author:
Brandon Koppy
Editor:
Will Shortz
Dreams for aspiring bands
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Rows: 19, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 96 Missing: {JQVZ} Grid is asymmetric. There are unchecked squares This is puzzle # 9 for Mr. Koppy.
Brandon Koppy notes:
This must set a record for most black squares in a weekday puzzle, right? I was worried it might be a nonstarter with those four extra ... read more
Jim Horne notes:
Jim here, sitting in for Jeff Chen, who is shredding a solo with his ax. Caleb Rasmussen had a Tetris-themed crossword a decade ago. ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times9/9/22 ( No. 26,603 )
Across
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Troubles : PERTURBS
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Got on board, in a way : LADED
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Out of nothing, in creation myths : EXNIHILO
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Spanish monarch beginning in 2014 : FELIPE
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Tackle together : TEAMUPON
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Sinks from not far away : TAPSIN
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Dreams for aspiring bands : RECORDDEALS
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Many-headed monster : HYDRA
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Org. that "Moscow Centre" represents in George Smiley novels : KGB
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"___-yew!" : PEE
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Prefix with zone or pop : EURO
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George Smiley, for one : BRIT
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Mozz sticks and queso, e.g. : APPS
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Utterly amazed : AGOG
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N.F.L. QB Tagovailoa : TUA
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Upright : HONEST
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Anti-establishment cause : POPULISM
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Big name in multilevel marketing : AMWAY
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Had in mind : MEANT
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Fyodor the Blessed, e.g. : TSAR
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Experiments with Zener cards : ESPTESTS
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Computer custom-built for playing games, in slang : RIG
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Conflict of no consequence : SPAT
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Nicolas who directed "Don't Look Now" : ROEG
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French, perhaps, in England : SNOG
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One also known as Rahman : ALLAH
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Mirror-and-prism system, in brief : SLR
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Golden ___ : AGER
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It can be shredded with an ax : GUITARSOLO
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One of three things traditionally eaten to break a Ramadan fast : DATE
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Ironic-sounding plot device in "Total Recall" : AMNESIA
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It's just under one's nose, informally : STACHE
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Iconic phrase in old "Dick and Jane" stories : SEESPOT
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Irish ___ : SETTER
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Snit : PET
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Suffix for many install files : EXE
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Modern vaccine material : RNA
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"___ and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!" (comedy sketch series) : TIM
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Classic role for Nichelle Nichols and Zoë Saldana : UHURA
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Quite stinky : RIPE
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Hugely successful film … or an apt description of a 59-Down player? : BLOCKBUSTER
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Picture of health? : SONOGRAM
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Direct : LEAD
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Mont Blanc, par exemple : ALPE
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Trick of being suddenly nowhere to be found … or an apt description of victory for a 59-Down player? : DISAPPEARINGACT
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The "sacred disease," to ancient Greeks : EPILEPSY
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Like osmium among all the elements : DENSEST
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Busy business around Mother's Day : FTD
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1 of 2,297 for Hank Aaron : RBI
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Load : HEAP
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Bygone car named for its country of origin : YUGO
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"Don't be a stranger" … or an apt request from a 59-Down player? : DROPMEALINE
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Bad lands? : ROGUESTATES
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"Eww!" : THATSGROSS
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One of two 1978 Nobel Peace Prize winners : ANWARSADAT
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Coloring : TINT
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Sacred syllables : OMS
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Unit in Mario Kart games : LAP
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Meh : SOSO
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Poker table giveaway : TELL
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"Faust" playwright : GOETHE
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Stories that might take a while : SAGAS
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Distinctive peacock feature : PLUME
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Actress Judy of "Arrested Development" : GREER
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Trunk fastener : HASP
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___ Grande : RIO
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Took a load off : SAT
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Best-selling video game celebrated in this grid : TETRIS

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

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