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New York Times, Thursday, January 28, 2021

Author:
Steve Mossberg
Editor:
Will Shortz
Something directly following a penultimate position -- that is to say, diametrically opposed to a primary one
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Steve Mossberg

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 40 Missing: {QX} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Mossberg. Thursday freshness: 9%
Steve Mossberg notes:
What a thrill to be making my New York Times debut today! I'm an elementary school music teacher based in Medford, MA. I've been ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I'm not sure I can explain this theme. Do I even understand it? I'm not sure that I do. Or should I say, that I do-ily? Now that ... read more
Jim Horne notes:
"Penultimate" is a great word, but as English continues to erode, I mean evolve, it's in danger of losing precision. It means "second ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times1/28/21 ( No. 26,014 )
Across
1
Singer Del Rey : LANA
5
Giant walking combat vehicle in "Star Wars" films : ATAT
9
Stuffs : SATES
14
Not just occasionally : ALOT
15
Blue shade : NAVY
16
Without backup : ALONE
17
Poppycock : TOSH
18
Release, as a song, in modern lingo : DROP
19
"OK, you win" : IGIVE
20
Something directly following a penultimate position -- that is to say, diametrically opposed to a primary one : THELASTWORDILY
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Gracefully send away : EASEOUT
24
Passing comment? : AYE
25
Girl group with the 1999 #1 album "FanMail" : TLC
26
90s, say : AAVERAGE
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Lie in the sun : BAKE
34
L iKe aN Ov eN : HOTMESSILY
36
Demographic figure : AGE
37
"Bullet" in a food fight : PEA
38
Female kangaroo : DOE
39
Golden blades that may be tenderly chew'd by equine or bovine beings : HAYLOFTILY
44
None of it is good, as the saying goes : NEWS
45
One committing insurance fraud, maybe : ARSONIST
46
Prospector's find : ORE
48
___ Halles (central food market in Paris, once) : LES
49
It may end with a reality check : EGOTRIP
53
The cat's meow, baby. Dig? : ALLTHATJAZZILY
57
Follower of pigs or cows : EIEIO
58
Be plentiful : TEEM
59
In perpetuity : EVER
60
Country sound : TWANG
61
Black-and-white swimmer : ORCA
62
Name meaning "born again" : RENE
63
Shipment : CARGO
64
Actor Damon : MATT
65
Till section : ONES
Down
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Drink from a machine : LATTE
2
Colorful kind of shirt : ALOHA
3
Common congestion points : NOSES
4
Figure skater, for one : ATHLETE
5
With more of the same sort : ANDSUCH
6
Donna ___, 2014 Pulitzer winner for "The Goldfinch" : TARTT
7
Confess openly : AVOW
8
Mistakke, of a sort? : TYPO
9
Agreed to tie the knot : SAIDYES
10
North African capital : ALGIERS
11
Work : TOIL
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"That most odious and antisocial of all passions": John Stuart Mill : ENVY
13
Date : SEE
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Pioneering I.S.P. : AOL
22
Four-star : RAVE
26
Wiped out : ATEIT
27
Human rights lawyer Clooney : AMAL
28
Number two : AIDE
29
What crystal jellies do when disturbed : GLOW
30
Views : EYES
31
___ Men (one-hit wonder group of 2000) : BAHA
32
Food thickener : AGAR
33
Janitor's janglers : KEYS
35
Decides : OPTS
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Not doing a darn thing : LOLLING
41
Cry toward the end of a list : ONETOGO
42
Source of some omega-3s : FISH
43
It may be rolled out for exercise : YOGAMAT
44
Competitor of 21-Down : NETZERO
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Cartoonist Chast : ROZ
49
Tape recorder button : EJECT
50
Torn asunder : RIVEN
51
TV producer Chaiken : ILENE
52
Funerary burners : PYRES
53
Classic name in audio equipment : AIWA
54
Shakespeare character who says "How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is / To have a thankless child!" : LEAR
55
Model in a science classroom : ATOM
56
Computing prefix : TERA
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Alternative to an ellipsis : ETC

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