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New York Times, Thursday, January 16, 2020

What five answers in this puzzle do phonetically, in defiance of their clues?

Author:
Erik Agard and Jeff Chen
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Erik Agard
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Jeff Chen

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 78, Blocks: 40 Missing: {QVZ} Grid has mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 52 for Mr. Agard. This is puzzle # 107 for Mr. Chen.
Constructor notes:
JEFF: Once in a while, some oddity of the English language will strike me, and I'll have to stop whatever I'm doing to write it down. Genealogy ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Tough grid to figure out, with awkward themer lengths. Interesting finds, but of length 10, 8, 9, 9, 7, 7? Bleh! Good thing I happen to enjoy ... read more
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© 2020, The New York Times1/16/20 ( No. 25,636 )
Across
1
White pizza topping : FETA
5
Green bits of ornamentation : SPRIGS
11
Masala ___ (hot beverage) : CHAI
15
Bestower of the Movies for Grownups Awards : AARP
16
Keep the beat, in a way : TOETAP
17
Parts of a nuclear reactor : RODS
18
Where Miners have majors : UTEP
19
Type of fluffy wool : ANGORA
20
___ surgeon : ORAL
21
Word following sing or play : NIALONG
23
Furrowed feature : BROWNIE
25
Wait on : ATTEND
26
Tribal leaders : ELDERS
27
Language that's the source of "gesundheit" : JOURNEYMAN
32
Uber alternative? : MEGA
35
Pint-size : PEEWEE
36
___ Day and the Knights ("Animal House" group) : OTIS
40
Suits : EXECS
42
"___ it!" ("Hush!") : STOW
43
Place for a bench : PIANO
44
Ancient name for Ceylon : LANKA
45
Terse rebukes : TSKS
46
Invite to the roof, say : ASKUP
47
Like a desk that's a sign of genius, it's said : MESSY
49
Gobbledygook, metaphorically : GREEK
50
Flight schedule abbr. : ETA
51
The mister, affectionately : HONEYBEE
56
N.L. East city, on scoreboards : ATL
58
Lithuanian, e.g. : BALT
60
In the worst way : DIRELY
61
Neighbor of an Arkansawyer : OKIE
62
It has cork and a bell : OBOE
63
1950s-'70s football star nicknamed "The Golden Arm" : UNITAS
64
Part of a pot : ANTE
65
Bra brand : OLGA
66
Stop waffling : DECIDE
67
Fight protractedly : FEUD
68
E, F and G, but not H : KEYS
69
Opposite of the point? : ERASER
70
Collectors' goals : SETS
Down
1
Animals, collectively : FAUNA
2
Face-plant, say : EATIT
3
Ice cream cone, e.g. : TREAT
4
Breakfast cereal in a green box : APPLEJACKS
5
Routine activity? : STANDUP
6
Beer ___ : PONG
7
On the ___ (frequently, in slang) : REG
8
Skater Midori : ITO
9
Attire : GARB
10
"I don't want to hear it" : SPAREME
11
Sounds made by fans : CROWDNOISE
12
Lena of "Cabin in the Sky" : HORNE
13
Firefighter Red : ADAIR
14
Lands in the sea : ISLES
22
Hawaiian fish with a palindromic name : ONO
24
Ending with pay : OLA
28
Squiggle on a musical score : REST
29
Ends up with : NETS
30
Sci-fi forest dweller : EWOK
31
Trees with red berrylike fruit : YEWS
32
Funnyman Brooks : MEL
33
Piece of furniture often covered with crinkly paper : EXAMTABLE
34
Study of rocks : GENEALOGY
37
What five answers in this puzzle do phonetically, in defiance of their clues? : TAKEAKNEE
38
Language of the Canadian Arctic : INUKTITUT
39
Conciliatory gesture : SOP
41
Window frame : SASH
43
Trim : PARE
48
"Sup, bro!" : YODUDE
49
Yellowstone attraction : GEYSER
50
Work on a tablet : EBOOK
52
Bay Area athlete, for short : NINER
53
Kane of "All My Children" : ERICA
54
Sightings in the Himalayas : YETIS
55
Oar : BLADE
57
English city where the Who once recorded a top 5 live album : LEEDS
59
11-Across and others : TEAS
61
Bumbling bunch : OAFS

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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