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October 23

· By Ben Zimmer · Published by Malaika Handa

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  • j 🤓1:12 · 8 months ago
    that's a lot of good stuff in one puzzle!
    • Kelly Wright 10:00 · 8 months ago
      Great puzzle, Ben! Thanks for the fun this morning 🙂
      • Michael Lieberman 🤓1:09 · 8 months ago
        this is so dang good
        • Ben B 🤓1:22 · 8 months ago
          Ha, I thought "What 11-across might call 4-down" was the clue for 4-down.
          • Jeremy Kahn 🤓6:19 · 8 months ago
            That was fun! Thanks Ben and Malika!
            • Jon 2:45 · 8 months ago
              Nice
              • michael 🤓1:30 · 8 months ago
                great puz! loved the cluing
                • Norah 🤓3:00 · 8 months ago
                  NICE
                  • Barnacle 🤓1:58 · 8 months ago
                    The Norah NICE makes it all worth it
                  • Dob 🤓3:25 · 8 months ago
                    Very nice!
                    • Bodegas 🤓3:17 · 8 months ago
                      Lots of fun clues and answers but ugh, clues referring to other clues/answers are the worst.
                      • judiemsea 🤓7:18 · 8 months ago
                        Fun! I had to leave and come back for the clues to sink in! Great variety!
                        • Frisco17 🤓1:50 · 8 months ago
                          SO smooth!
                          • brucery 🤓2:00 · 8 months ago
                            Cool!
                            1APlanks may fortify them
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                            Across
                            1. 1A
                              Planks may fortify them
                            2. 4A
                              What 11-across
                              Singer of the line "No, I don't do crosswords" in Megan Thee Stallion's "Savage Remix"[-------]
                              might call 4-down
                              See 4-across[-------]
                            3. 7A
                              More than a brief smooch
                            4. 9A
                              Diamond-loving showgirl played by Marilyn
                            5. 10A
                              Film impresario DuVernay
                            6. 11A
                              Singer of the line "No, I don't do crosswords" in Megan Thee Stallion's "Savage Remix"
                            7. 15A
                              Game where a player might act "sus"
                            8. 16A
                              Underworld overlord
                            9. 17A
                              "...and others I could mention"
                            Down
                            1. 1D
                              First word of the first self-evident truth in the Declaration of Independence
                            2. 2D
                              Part of a social media profile
                            3. 3D
                              Kind of tan
                            4. 4D
                              See 4-across
                              What 11-across might call 4-down[---]
                            5. 5D
                              Zamboni's domain
                            6. 6D
                              Hit a trail at Vail
                            7. 8D
                              Single off of Elton John's "Madman Across the Water"
                            8. 11D
                              "My __!" (mea culpa)
                            9. 12D
                              ___ bangs (style with hair covering one eye)
                            10. 13D
                              Piece of the action, perhaps
                            11. 14D
                              Key that may be pressed in panic
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