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New York Times, Thursday, January 6, 2022

Author:
Andrew Linzer
Editor:
Will Shortz
Cup holder, usually
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Puzzle has duplicate clues. This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Linzer. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Andrew Linzer notes:
So excited to make my NYT debut! I grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, and recently moved to Oakland, CA, where I work in healthcare analytics. ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Mind-bending concept, three animals replaced by their collective noun. Three CROWs equal a MURDER, three LIONs a PRIDE, and three ANTs ... read more
Jim Horne notes:
"Cup holder, usually" — I love it! Two clues are different in print: 55-Down : "Language written as اردو in its script" : URDU 62-Down ... read more
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LION
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© 2022, The New York Times1/6/22 ( No. 26,357 )
Across
1
Go over : SPAN
5
Like the eventual inheritors of the earth, in Matthew : MEEK
9
Mark of divinity : HALO
13
A G.I. may be seen in it : CAMO
14
Actress Fisher of "Wedding Crashers" : ISLA
15
Brain connection : AXON
16
Like fans who hold season tickets, typically : AVID
17
Genre for Agatha Christie or Arthur Conan Doyle : MURDERMYSTERY
19
Rapper ___ Nas X : LIL
20
Kissing on the subway, e.g., for short : PDA
21
Like some relationships : SAMESEX
22
June : PRIDEMONTH
25
Baby fox : KIT
26
Bit of Western neckwear : BOLOTIE
28
Items on a checklist : TODOS
32
One of two sultanates in the United Nations : BRUNEI
34
N.B.A. legend nicknamed "Black Mamba" : KOBE
36
Egg cells : OVA
37
U-shaped bike accessory : LOCK
38
Last word in an improv show : SCENE
40
A rainbow is said to be a good one : OMEN
41
Beseech : ASK
42
Word with high or seven : SEAS
43
Reach for the stars : ASPIRE
45
No-frills : BASIC
47
Things might get swept up in it : DUSTPAN
49
___ jeans : MOM
51
Early 19th-century Australia, for one : PENALCOLONY
54
Water tower? : TUGBOAT
58
Funny one : WIT
59
"Funny one!" : HAH
60
Intellectual conformity ... or a hint to interpreting 17-, 22- and 51-Across : GROUPTHINK
62
Some frills : LACE
63
Lay off : IDLE
64
Net emissions target : ZERO
65
Lively, in music: Abbr. : ANIM
66
"Wabbit" hunter Elmer : FUDD
67
One of two sultanates in the United Nations : OMAN
68
Right-hand page numbers, typically : ODDS
Down
1
Garden item frequently added to cream cheese : SCALLION
2
World's fair sight : PAVILION
3
Great thing to feel like : AMILLIONBUCKS
4
Signal agreement : NOD
5
Little bit of power : MICROWATT
6
Funds might be held in this : ESCROW
7
Classic boulevard liners : ELMS
8
Boat going back and forth? : KAYAK
9
Would really rather not : HATETO
10
x, y and sometimes z : AXES
11
Romulus, Remus and the founding of Rome, e.g. : LORE
12
Jet-black gem : ONYX
17
Cheers, boos and such : CROWDNOISE
18
Strike down : SMITE
20
+ or - thing : POLE
23
Brother : MONK
24
Boosts, redundantly : HIKESUP
27
Time period, or an anagram of one? : EON
29
Cup holder, usually : DOMINANTHAND
30
"Back to you" : OVER
31
Compos mentis : SANE
32
Spill the beans : BLAB
33
Detective Diaz on "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" : ROSA
35
One reading Kerouac or Ginsberg, say : BEATNIK
39
Sleazeball : CAD
40
Birthstone after sapphire : OPAL
42
Inside info : SCOOP
44
Tiff : SPAT
46
Filled (with) : IMBUED
48
Like scouting patches : SEWNON
50
___ ball : MATZO
52
Tums, for one : ANTACID
53
Country songs? : ANTHEMS
54
End-of-week exclamation : TGIF
55
Language of Pakistan's Daily Khabrain : URDU
56
Top prize : GOLD
57
"How do you like ___ apples?" : THEM
61
Glass who shared the first-ever Pulitzer in Audio Journalism : IRA
62
Language in which most words are monosyllabic : LAO

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle.

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