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New York Times, Monday, January 24, 2022

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Author:
John Guzzetta
Editor:
Will Shortz
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John Guzzetta

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JZ} This is puzzle # 38 for Mr. Guzzetta.
John Guzzetta notes:
I've been a Tom Brady fan long before he joined my hometown Tampa Bay Bucs, so it should be no surprise that I referenced his name for ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times1/24/22 ( No. 26,375 )
Across
1
Drains of strength : SAPS
5
Top celebs : ALIST
10
Witch : HAG
13
Jazzy Fitzgerald : ELLA
14
Tongue sense : TASTE
15
Contented cat's sound : PURR
16
It doesn't need time to rise before baking : QUICKBREAD
18
Monster often seen wielding a club : OGRE
19
Actress Thurman : UMA
20
Rarin' to go : EAGER
21
Commence : BEGIN
22
Bed-and-breakfast, e.g. : INN
23
Bill known as the "Science Guy" : NYE
24
"___ word is a lamp unto my feet ...": Psalms : THY
26
Director DuVernay : AVA
27
The "N" in TNT : NITRO
29
One of two "royal" sleeping options : QUEENBED
31
U.K. award : OBE
33
Web address : URL
34
"What ___ have you got?" : ELSE
35
Social crafting event : QUILTINGBEE
38
Created yarn or tales : SPUN
40
Industrial tub : VAT
41
Help : AID
42
ATV with four tires : QUADBIKE
44
___ nodes : LYMPH
48
Coffee dispenser : URN
49
"___ your head!" : USE
50
"Chairman" of Chinese Communism : MAO
52
U.N. agcy. awarded the 1969 Nobel Peace Prize : ILO
53
Fall bloom that resembles a daisy : ASTER
55
Big name in shapewear clothing : SPANX
57
Apt rhyme for "grab" : NAB
58
Actor Guzmán of "Traffic" : LUIS
59
Key member of a football team, in brief ... or a feature of 16-, 29-, 35- and 42-Across? : STARTINGQB
61
Elevate : LIFT
62
Spooky : EERIE
63
Chimney duct : FLUE
64
Pig's wallowing spot : STY
65
Rises and shines : WAKES
66
Sediment in a wine barrel : LEES
Down
1
Sparkly bit on a gala gown : SEQUIN
2
College reunion attendees : ALUMNI
3
Flexible : PLIANT
4
Cul-de-___ : SAC
5
Kept in check : ATBAY
6
Size above medium : LARGE
7
"Now it's clear" : ISEE
8
Breakout movie role, say : STARTURN
9
CNN founder Turner : TED
10
Cuddle-worthy : HUGGABLE
11
Shows up : ARRIVES
12
Hand-held explosive : GRENADE
15
Author of "The Gold-Bug" : POE
17
Obi-Wan ___ (Jedi master) : KENOBI
21
"See ya!" : BYE
25
Mate for Hägar the Horrible : HELGA
28
Spherical : ROUND
29
Extremely : QUITE
30
Like a partner who can't spend a second apart from you : NEEDY
32
Grammy winner Costello : ELVIS
35
Put a number on : QUANTIFY
36
Enjoys a late-afternoon snack, as a Brit might : TAKESTEA
37
Mississippi city on the Gulf of Mexico : BILOXI
38
Sudden storms with whipping winds : SQUALLS
39
Hobby : PURSUIT
43
Prickly seedcase : BUR
45
Socialize at a party : MINGLE
46
Commemorative tablet : PLAQUE
47
Calvin's tiger companion, in the comics : HOBBES
50
Curie who coined the term "radioactivity" : MARIE
51
Pays for a hand : ANTES
54
Superlative suffix : EST
56
Playground place : PARK
59
Stitch : SEW
60
Super Bowl org. : NFL

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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