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New York Times, Wednesday, November 4, 2020

TV personality who once said in an ad, "The only thing bolder than Fuze Iced Tea is ME!"

Author:
Jack Murtagh
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQ} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Murtagh.
Jack Murtagh notes:
I'm thrilled to have a puzzle in the New York Times! Crosswords are in my blood - my grandparents were avid solvers, my dad submitted ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
What a debut! I enjoy letter homophones, and although I've seen similar plays on ESPY = S P AWARD, the rest felt fresh. I started at ... read more
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© 2020, The New York Times11/4/20 ( No. 25,929 )

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Across
1
Change from "Gojira" to "Godzilla," say : DUB
4
Options when picking locks? : WIGS
8
Covers a lot, in a way : PAVES
13
Jobs creation : IPAD
15
Laugh riot : HOOT
16
Group whose teens go through rumspringa : AMISH
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Euro, Zloty : EASYMONEY
19
___ Motel : ROACH
20
Frolicking river mammals : OTTERS
21
Salon competitor : SLATE
23
What many students look forward to: Abbr. : FRI
24
0-0, say : TIE
26
Indigo, Cerulean : ICYBLUE
30
Pool table surface : FELT
32
Recharge, in a way : NAP
34
Many major retailers : CHAINS
35
Skull and Bones members : ELIS
37
Keebler cracker brand : ZESTA
39
Conk : BOP
40
Macaw, Tern : EMPTYNESTER
43
Reward for a successful defense, in brief : PHD
45
"Rumor has it ..." : IHEAR
46
Trade : SWAP
48
Subject of many articles in Allure and Seventeen : BEAUTY
50
It may get a light gloss : LIP
52
Slips : ERRS
54
Noon, Eleven : ANYTIME
56
Sky safety org. : FAA
58
Ming in the Basketball Hall of Fame : YAO
59
In ___ (developing) : UTERO
61
Serene : PLACID
63
Minute Maid Park pro : ASTRO
66
Satellite, Pulitzer : ESPYAWARD
68
Reeves of "The Matrix" : KEANU
69
Singe : CHAR
70
Pennsylvania's Flagship City : ERIE
71
Sentiment in a teenager's diary : ANGST
72
Vehicle with a medallion : TAXI
73
Trophy case locale : DEN
Down
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Go extinct : DIEOFF
2
High and dry : UPATREE
3
In France it's "le 14 juillet" : BASTILLEDAY
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"Anybody up for it?" : WHOSIN
5
F-, for one : ION
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Takes a turn, in a board game : GOES
7
13-Across accessories : STYLI
8
Top choices for one's birthday? : PARTYHATS
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Tiny organism : AMOEBA
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Itinerary word : VIA
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F1 neighbor : ESC
12
"Silence!" : SHH
14
Stock at a salon : DYE
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TV personality who once said in an ad, "The only thing bolder than Fuze Iced Tea is ME!" : MRT
22
Facebook offerings: Abbr. : ACCTS
25
N.W.A member known as "The Godfather of Gangsta Rap" : EAZYE
27
Something in a book lover's wallet : LIBRARYCARD
28
Game akin to crazy eights : UNO
29
Medium strength? : ESP
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Cook of Apple : TIM
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Of prisons : PENAL
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"Tell me already!" : SPITITOUT
38
Roman font feature : SERIF
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Minty herb : THYME
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She may be ruminating : EWE
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Grp. concerned with gutters and pins : PBA
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Lady bird : HEN
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Midwest expanse : PRAIRIE
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Results of some drivers' mistakes : UTURNS
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Some of the Dead Sea Scrolls : PAPYRI
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Dripping : SODDEN
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At attention : ERECT
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In the manner of : ALA
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Factory-inspecting org. : OSHA
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Something a magician may conjure : AWE
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Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor ___ Lorde : AKA
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D.C. V.I.P. : SEN
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It must do it : TAG
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"___ et Lux" (motto for Tufts University) : PAX

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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