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New York Times, Thursday, October 28, 2021

"Read the clues carefully" and "Check your crossing answers" [You're welcome!]

Author:
Alan Massengill
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQV} This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Massengill.
Alan Massengill notes:
Glad to be back in the Times. This was a really fun puzzle to make. I got the idea last Halloween while looking at some lawn ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
A second Halloween joke puzzle in one week? What is this, Groundhog Day of the Living Dead? Zombies saying I FALL TO PIECES, IT'S A NO ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

"Reason the zombies are, of course, skipping the empty house" is a clue-of-the-year candidate.

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© 2021, The New York Times10/28/21 ( No. 26,287 )
Across
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Possible result of a TMZ story : BADPR
6
Behind, nautically : ABAFT
11
"American Dad!" network : TBS
14
Theme of la festa di San Valentino : AMORE
15
Spanish equivalent of "Basta!" : NOMAS
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Word with know or show : HOW
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Future zombie's last words? : BERIGHTBACK
19
Virtuoso : ACE
20
This is only a test : EXAM
21
Sauce that's 80% vowels : AIOLI
22
Worshiper at the ancient Qorikancha ("Golden Temple") : INCA
23
Core group : ABS
25
Black-and-white movie effect : FLICKER
27
Country music standard at zombie karaoke night? : IFALLTOPIECES
32
Ending for some government 37-Across : MIL
33
Poker giveaway : TELL
34
"Beauty is truth, truth beauty" poet : KEATS
37
Info in a modern bibliography : URLS
39
Gets warmer, so to speak : NEARS
42
Tackles, say : STAT
43
Kind of reform or code : PENAL
45
"Read the clues carefully" and "Check your crossing answers" [You're welcome!] : TIPS
47
Big name in nail polish : OPI
48
Reason the zombies are, of course, skipping the empty house? : ITSANOBRAINER
52
"Abso-lutely not!" : OHGODNO
54
Be over : END
55
Broadcast journalist Paula : ZAHN
56
Purple shade : GRAPE
59
Not do anything : IDLE
63
___-Man : ANT
64
Zombies' cry in the face of defeat? : WEARESODEAD
66
Landmark 1973 court case, familiarly : ROE
67
Sync up : ALIGN
68
With 13-Down, playground promise : PINKY
69
White wine aperitif : KIR
70
Old Apple Store offerings : NANOS
71
Ophthalmological ailments : STYES
Down
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Sweets : BABE
2
Discover alternative, for short : AMEX
3
Toon with a talking map : DORA
4
Fundamental : PRIMAL
5
On the ___ (frequently, in modern slang) : REG
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Pro's opposite : ANTI
7
Classic clown name : BOBO
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Picturesque town on the Gulf of Salerno : AMALFI
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Adroit : FACILE
10
Sound made with one's tongue : TSK
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"I really appreciate it!" : THANKSATON
12
Ball game : BOCCE
13
See 68-Across : SWEAR
18
Expedite : HASTEN
22
Causes of some brain freezes : ICEES
24
Sandwich that's 100% consonants : BLT
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"Ugh!" : ICK
27
"My turn!" : IMUP
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Can : FIRE
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Something that may be pulled in college : ALLNIGHTER
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"Bravo!" relative : OLE
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Author of the "Symposium" : PLATO
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Stick with it! : TAPE
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Commotion : STIR
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Suppressed : SATON
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"Spare" item : RIB
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Wild times at the mall, say : SPREES
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What the D.E.A. might keep tabs on? : LSD
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___ Ysidro, Calif. : SAN
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Bassett of "Black Panther" : ANGELA
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Ideal picnic forecast : NORAIN
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"Yay, me!" : IDIDIT
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Netflix crime drama set in the Midwest : OZARK
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World capital with traditional water puppet shows for tourists : HANOI
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Preceder of a certain "-naut" : ARGO
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Puts on paper : PENS
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Withhold from : DENY
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Canoeing locale : LAKE
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Turkey Hill competitor : EDYS
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Colorless : WAN
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Photo finish? : OPS

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle.

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