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New York Times, Friday, January 10, 2020

Author:
Brendan Emmett Quigley
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Brendan Emmett Quigley

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 34 Missing: {QVXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 184 for Mr. Quigley. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
Four contenders for clue of the year in this puzzle; such cleverness: Being an Oakland A diehard in my youth (anyone else ... read more

Four contenders for clue of the year in this puzzle; such cleverness:

  1. Being an Oakland A diehard in my youth (anyone else follow Rickey Henderson's stolen base count in that exciting 1982 season?), I grinned at [A home in the major leagues?]. That's "A" home, as in where an Oakland A could be found. (Sorry, baseball haters!)
  2. I didn't understand the p's and q's reference on PINKIE. How does a PINKIE mind p's and q's? I was about to question Jim Horne when I looked down to find the Q to write "question." D'oh! The PINKIE indeed types p's and the q's.
  3. [Term for a group of (insert animals here)] usually makes me groan. I have to know the zoological term for a group of moles? BEQ WHY MUST YOU … oh. Mole, as in a spy. Ahem. I knew that.
  4. LAWYER going through the (literal) motions – brilliant.

BEQ's Monday themelesses (on his website) are usually too edgy / bleeding-edge for me to figure out. Not infrequently, he seeds them with some piece of latest slang that I'm too uncool to know. (Insert sound of teenage snickering here.) Today, that was AFROFUTURISM, BITMOJI, JUUL PODS, and TAKE THEL. Turns out THEL is a made-up word like YAS in YAS QUEEN, which I just learned a few months ago! THEL is short for … huh? It's THE L, as in TAKE THE LOSS?

I knew that, too. I was simply testing you. Boy, are you uncool!

Along with not being familiar with APPLE SHORTCAKES and ON THE LAST DAY feeling contrived, I didn't connect that well to the puzzle. A lot of that might be on me — I'm so uncool that I can't even figure out exactly how much the opposite of EPT I am. Sure appreciated those four brilliant clues, though!

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Across
1
Expressive cartoon avatar : BITMOJI
8
Absorbs : SOPSUP
14
Like some congressional bills : OMNIBUS
15
A home in the major leagues? : OAKLAND
16
Loud and disorderly : RAUCOUS
17
Steals : PIRATES
18
When some contest entries are submitted, just in time : ONTHELASTDAY
20
In particular: Abbr. : ESP
21
Language suffix : ISH
22
Car ad abbr. : APR
25
Proofreader's notation : ITAL
28
Alley ___ : OOP
30
1954 Patti Page hit that begins "It was winter when you told me you were leaving" : ICRIED
33
Leap out, so to speak : POP
34
Over three-fifths of its land is owned by the federal government : IDAHO
36
Perfume : CENSE
37
Some fruit-filled desserts : APPLESHORTCAKES
40
Tampa suburb named after a pope : STLEO
41
Flip a top off : UNCAP
42
Sign : INK
43
Boil : SEETHE
45
Tory party symbol : OAK
46
Gym units : SETS
47
Series ender : NTH
48
TV character who went to high school for 122 years : ALF
50
Capable, jocularly : EPT
52
"Black Panther" genre : AFROFUTURISM
58
Term for a group of moles : SPYRING
61
20th- and 21st-century artist known by his first name : CHRISTO
62
"Sounds about right" : IDAGREE
63
Not as likely to hold water, say : SEEPIER
64
One who goes through the motions? : LAWYER
65
"Goodness gracious!" : BLESSME
Down
1
Manhattan, e.g., informally : BORO
2
Mononymous model : IMAN
3
Hardware fastener : TNUT
4
Mont-Saint-___ (French tourist island) : MICHEL
5
High winds : OBOES
6
Puff pieces? : JUULPODS
7
"Insecure" creator Rae : ISSA
8
Greeted someone : SAIDHI
9
Succotash ingredient, at times : OKRA
10
Part of some McDonald's restaurants : PLAYAREA
11
Convened : SAT
12
Article in Arles : UNE
13
Workplaces for dets. : PDS
15
Decides : OPTS
19
Gradually steal : SIPHONOFF
23
P's and q's typer : PINKIE
24
Take umbrage at : RESENT
25
"Skip me" : IPASS
26
Highlights collection, maybe : TOPTEN
27
Java product : APPLET
29
Locale of a noted 1941 attack : OAHU
31
Letters on cosmonauts' helmets, once : CCCP
32
Newsroom units : DESKS
34
The "I" of I. M. Pei : IEOH
35
Penguin predator : ORCA
38
Languor : LETHARGY
39
Admit defeat, in modern slang : TAKETHEL
44
Money maker : EARNER
46
Funnies : STRIPS
49
Premium ticket spec : LOGE
51
Make into mush : PUREE
53
What Vulcan was the god of : FIRE
54
Golden State school inits. : UCSB
55
Goddess wearing a vulture headdress : ISIS
56
Check : STEM
57
"What's ___ ..." : MORE
58
Meaning of an embossed "S," maybe : SIL
59
Smack on the street, e.g., for short : PDA
60
Side-to-side motion : YAW

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle.

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