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New York Times, Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Describing one's bathroom routine in detail, say

Author:
Ross Trudeau
Editor:
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 23 for Mr. Trudeau. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Ross Trudeau notes:
This puzzle is a good example of how cluing decisions affect the solving experience. The theme clues as I submitted them were: THREE ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
This is a fantastic example of one of my favorite early-week theme types, where seemingly unconnected phrases suddenly link together ... read more
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B
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B
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O
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Y
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I
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N
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R
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A
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P
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R
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N
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H
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M
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P
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M
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G
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© 2020, The New York Times1/7/20 ( No. 25,627 )

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Across
1
Break-dancer, slangily : BBOY
5
Not yet out of contention : INIT
9
Big, fat mouth : TRAP
13
Gun, as an engine : REVUP
15
"Silkwood" screenwriter Ephron : NORA
16
Bigger than big : HUGE
17
"Hello" singer, 2015 : ADELE
18
Nickname for baseball's Reggie Jackson : MROCTOBER
20
Long jumper, in hoops : THREEPOINTER
22
Call to the U.S.C.G. : SOS
23
One of 10 felled in a strike : PIN
24
Big name in lighters : BIC
25
Terse affirmative : IAM
28
Very slight probability : GHOSTOFACHANCE
32
On vacation : AWAY
33
Triage locales, briefly : ERS
34
Bottom-left PC key : CTRL
35
Beyond well-done : BURNT
37
Audiophile's rack contents : CDS
38
Ream unit : SHEET
39
What the "E" stands for in HOMES : ERIE
40
Trifling amount : SOU
41
Subj. for an M.B.A. student : ECON
42
Picture from Ansel Adams, say : LANDSCAPEPHOTO
46
H.S. math class : ALG
47
"___ favor" : POR
48
Island ring : LEI
49
Wall St. debut : IPO
51
What 20-, 28- and 42-Across are : OUTSIDESHOTS
54
Relative via remarriage : STEPNIECE
57
Reaction to the Beatles in 1964, e.g. : MANIA
58
Give a smooth surface : PAVE
59
Hoppy quaffs : ALES
60
What a lenient boss might cut you : SLACK
61
Gave the heave-ho : AXED
62
Turndown from Putin : NYET
63
"Let It Go" singer in "Frozen" : ELSA
Down
1
Spoiled sorts : BRATS
2
One monopolizing a mattress : BEDHOG
3
Describing one's bathroom routine in detail, say : OVERSHARING
4
Time for a TV log : YULE
5
How LPs were originally recorded : INMONO
6
"Me neither" : NORI
7
Cell window fixtures : IRONBARS
8
Military science subject : TACTICS
9
Hammer-wielding Norse god : THOR
10
Cause chafing, perhaps : RUB
11
969, for Methuselah at his death : AGE
12
One ___ customer : PER
14
Gets a furtive glimpse of : PEEPSAT
19
Part of I.T., for short : TECH
21
"Alas!" : PITY
25
Like some flagrant fouls : INTENTIONAL
26
Lot unit : ACRE
27
Go soft : MELT
29
Dominated, in gamer lingo : OWNED
30
Sick and tired : FEDUP
31
"Gesundheit!" elicitor : ACHOO
35
___ Fleck, banjo virtuoso : BELA
36
River of Eurasia : URAL
37
In a crude way : COARSELY
38
Splits that may give rise to sects : SCHISMS
40
Nova ___ (Halifax native, say) : SCOTIAN
41
Sword with a sensor : EPEE
43
Like cocoons and cotton candy : SPUN
44
Like Liesl, among the von Trapp children : ELDEST
45
Public perception, in political lingo : OPTICS
50
Port of Honshu : OSAKA
51
Essay offering an alternative viewpoint : OPED
52
Drink similar to a Slurpee : ICEE
53
In fine fettle : HALE
54
Place where one might get a mani-pedi : SPA
55
Line on a bill just above the total : TAX
56
First lady : EVE

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