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New York Times, Saturday, October 17, 2020

13-Down : Gadfly

Author:
Victor Barocas and Brad Wilber
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 35 Missing: {VYZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 16 for Mr. Barocas. This is puzzle # 55 for Mr. Wilber.
Constructor notes:
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Jeff Chen notes:
Fantastic RETURN OF THE JEDI clue! Talk of an emperor's fall had me bamboozled. And that's even more impressive, considering that "The ... read more
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© 2020, The New York Times10/17/20 ( No. 25,911 )
Across
1
Pattern of five shapes arranged like this puzzle's central black squares : QUINCUNX
9
Highlands memorials : CAIRNS
15
Like Davy Jones's locker : UNDERSEA
16
Request before a deal : ANTEUP
17
Type face? : EMOTICON
18
Treaty signed by Carter and Brezhnev : SALTII
19
Some last a lifetime : BANS
20
Grind : GNASH
22
Hunger (for) : LUST
23
Summer Mass. hrs. : EDT
24
___ Yonath, 2009 Chemistry co-Nobelist : ADA
25
No-goodnik : RAT
26
Roman's foe in the Gallic Wars : CELT
28
Building supports : STUDS
30
"Veep" actress Chlumsky : ANNA
31
About to explode, maybe : IRATE
33
Do some supermarket work : RESTOCK
35
More repulsive : ICKIER
37
Chemistry student's expense : LABFEE
38
With 61-Across, two-time N.C.A.A. football champs of the 2010s : CLEMSON
40
Inexperienced with : NEWAT
41
Puts away : EATS
42
Alternatives to Nikes : PUMAS
44
God with a chariot pulled by goats : THOR
47
Overseer of millions at work, perhaps : CFO
48
Govt. research grant org. : NIH
49
Ending with xylyl : ENE
50
Goblins, old-style : HOBS
52
Follow : ENSUE
54
Changed one's tune, in brief? : DJED
55
One side of the Ural Mountains : EUROPE
57
Who definitely isn't the real McCoy? : HATFIELD
59
Setting for "The Great Escape" : STALAG
60
Present person : ATTENDEE
61
See 38-Across : TIGERS
62
One of five depicted in this puzzle : PLUSSIGN
Down
1
NATO alphabet letter before Romeo : QUEBEC
2
Needing to be tucked in, say? : UNMADE
3
Disclaimer hinting at false humility : IDONTLIKETOBRAG
4
Brings home : NETS
5
Shout, in Chamonix : CRI
6
SOS responder, for short : USCG
7
Newborn : NEONATE
8
Site of Coleridge's "stately pleasure-dome" : XANADU
9
Paper alternative to plastic : CASH
10
Political commentator Navarro : ANA
11
"___ never work" : ITLL
12
Whence a memorable emperor's fall : RETURNOFTHEJEDI
13
Gadfly : NUISANCE
14
Reaction to an unexpected joke : SPITTAKE
21
___ City (Baghdad district) : SADR
27
Ornaments : TRIMS
28
Sharpen, as a razor : STROP
29
Palindromic tennis champ of the 1990s : SELES
30
Hitting : ATBAT
32
Bronze: Lat. : AES
34
Old ___ : SAW
35
Tailgate party sight : ICECHEST
36
French dessert of fruit encased in sweet batter : CLAFOUTI
39
Theater director Trevor with three Tonys : NUNN
40
Language from which "peyote" comes : NAHUATL
43
Unfortunate event : MISHAP
45
Flamingo's support, often : ONELEG
46
Blush : REDDEN
51
Flounder relative : SOLE
52
Brain wave readers, for short : EEGS
53
"Really? Is nobody on my side now?" : ETTU
54
Rackets : DINS
56
Something to shoot for : PAR
58
Morocco's next-largest city after Casablanca : FES

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle.

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