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New York Times, Thursday, January 7, 2021

Author:
Matthew Stock and Sid Sivakumar
Editor:
Will Shortz
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
21/7/20211/13/20211
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0001100
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1.91000
Matthew Stock
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
66/22/20201/7/20213
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0100302
ScrabbleRebusCirclePangram
1.75110
Sid Sivakumar

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 42 Missing: {Q} Spans: 1 Scrabble average: 2.15 This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Stock. This is puzzle # 6 for Mr. Sivakumar. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Constructor notes:
MATTHEW/SID: Our pre-written construction notes are below, but our hearts are very heavy today. This is a dark time in American ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I solved on computer, confidently typing in FELT HATS, then quickly realizing I had to put Xs in for some reason. Easy enough change. ... read more
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© 2021, The New York TimesNo. 0107 ( 25,993 )
Across
1
Java server : URN
4
Drum typically played with one hand : TABOR
9
Outfit rarely worn out, for short : PJS
12
Migration formation : VEE
13
Big wheels : HUMVEE
15
Quick haircut : TRIM
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Cocktail specification : WITHATWIST
18
Top of the line : AONE
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Chip in, in a way : ANTE
20
"Get your negative energy outta here" : DONTHATE
22
Bitter criticism : VITRIOL
26
Symbol of freshness : DAISY
27
Brian in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame : ENO
28
Rare blood type, for short : BNEG
30
Worked in a wood shop, say : SAWED
33
"Thanks for noticing me" character of kid-lit : EEYORE
35
Volcanologist's study : LAVA
36
2007 black comedy directed by Frank Oz : DEATHATAFUNERAL
41
Grain-shaped pasta : ORZO
42
Wetlands waders : IBISES
43
Twiddles one's thumbs, say : WAITS
45
Whole lot : SLEW
46
What an electrolyte produces : ION
49
Partner of fast : LOOSE
52
Magazine with the annual Black Women in Hollywood Awards : ESSENCE
54
Fedoras, e.g. : FELTHATS
57
Makes a scene? : ACTS
58
Et ___ : ALII
59
Words of correction ... or a hint to 16-, 20-, 36- and 54-Across : STRIKETHAT
63
"Let's go already!" : CMON
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One whose work is on the books? : WRITER
65
New Year's ___ : EVE
66
Whole lot : TON
67
Test, as ore : ASSAY
68
Main : SEA
Down
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Sunburn cause, for short : UVWAVE
2
Curtail : REININ
3
Abutting : NEXTTO
4
Texter's message of appreciation : THX
5
Kind of TV cable: Abbr. : AUX
6
"Ultimate driving machine," in ads : BMW
7
Poet who said "Let others praise ancient times. I am glad I was born in these" : OVID
8
Do a landscaper's job on : RESOD
9
Conflict waged on behalf of superpowers : PROXYWAR
10
Bring bad luck : JINX
11
Disney henchman with long, white sideburns : SMEE
14
Italian stratovolcano : ETNA
15
Results of some foreclosures : TAXSALES
17
Gen ___ : XER
21
They follow the nus : XIS
23
Animal also called a steinbock : IBEX
24
Dark rock : ONYX
25
Pope whose pontificate lasted less than one month in 1605 : LEOXI
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Apt rhyme of "nabs" : GRABS
31
Actress Mendes : EVA
32
Indian lentil dish : DAL
33
Harmful bacterial secretion : EXOTOXIN
34
Return online? : EFILE
36
Blue-chip index : DOW
37
K's help it : ERA
38
More than can be imagined : AZILLION
39
Exercises : USES
40
What's happening : NEWS
44
Beantown team : SOX
46
Marks of a ruler : INCHES
47
A to A, say : OCTAVE
48
Brand with a three-leaved logo : NESTEA
50
Annual Austin festival, familiarly : SXSW
51
What's more : EXTRA
53
Chow down : EAT
54
Bit of trivia : FACT
55
Resident at 123 Sesame Street : ELMO
56
Hindu honorifics : SRIS
60
Often-mispunctuated word : ITS
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Mauna ___ : KEA
62
Suffix with brew or quack : ERY

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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