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New York Times, Wednesday, November 6, 2019

8-Down : More out there, as humor

Author:
Ross Trudeau
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FKQ} Scrabble average: 2.11 This is puzzle # 21 for Mr. Trudeau.
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© 2019, The New York Times11/6/19 ( No. 25,565 )
Across
1
Unspecified series ender : NTH
4
Unrefined barrelful : CRUDE
9
Spelunking spots : CAVES
14
Toilette water : EAU
15
Dynamited, maybe : RAZED
16
"___ we a pair?" : ARENT
17
Raciest classification : XXXRATING
19
One that "eats, shoots and leaves," in a classic joke : PANDA
20
Group overthrown by Zeus : TITANS
21
Marvel hero with multiple M.I.T. degrees : IRONMAN
23
"Star Wars" nickname : ANI
24
One of a ZZ Top duo? : ZEE
25
Preschoolers : TOTS
26
Hip-hop artist with the 2006 hit "Ms. New Booty" : BUBBASPARXXX
31
Members ___ : ONLY
32
AOL, for one, in brief : ISP
33
Vows : OATHS
37
Charles Kingsley's "___ to the North-East Wind" : ODE
38
Three-screen cinema ... or a hint to 17-, 26-, 46- and 61-Across : TRIPLEX
41
Going viral, say : HOT
42
Puccini title heroine : TOSCA
44
Lo-o-ong stretch : EON
45
Austin ___ (Tennessee university) : PEAY
46
Contest in which the Cowboys beat the Steelers 27-17 : SUPERBOWLXXX
50
Shark attractant : CHUM
53
Loop trains : ELS
54
Genre for 26-Across : RAP
55
Danish cheese : HAVARTI
57
Brit's gasoline : PETROL
60
Capital of Nigeria : ABUJA
61
Article of clothing at the very end of the rack : XXXLSHIRT
64
Word before light or study : PILOT
65
Seal the deal : ICEIT
66
24-Across, in London : ZED
67
Rubberneck : STARE
68
Tilt-a-Whirl and bumper cars : RIDES
69
Start to succeed? : ESS
Down
1
Deli counter call : NEXT
2
Curbside call : TAXI
3
1980s-'90s sitcom family : HUXTABLES
4
Skulls : CRANIA
5
"Dang it!" : RATS
6
___ Gal (eponymous gun designer) : UZI
7
Fox's home : DEN
8
More out there, as humor : EDGIER
9
Mafia head : CAPO
10
___ Sánchez Vicario of the International Tennis Hall of Fame : ARANTXA
11
Mobile payment service owned by PayPal : VENMO
12
Conclude by : ENDAT
13
Set of seven Asian countries, informally : STANS
18
Explained quickly to get an O.K. : RANBY
22
Dinosaur in "Toy Story" : REX
24
Mosquito killers : ZAPPERS
26
Kick out : BOOT
27
Excel command : UNDO
28
Common base word : SIR
29
Chi follower : PSI
30
Affectionate sign-off : XOX
34
Award that encourages technological development to benefit humanity : THEXPRIZE
35
Elaborate deception : HOAX
36
River of Hades : STYX
38
Sigma follower : TAU
39
Softball toss : LOB
40
Brian of ambient music : ENO
43
Student with coding homework, for short : CSMAJOR
45
Sylvia who wrote "The Bell Jar" : PLATH
47
Something a zoo animal isn't : PET
48
Magic potion : ELIXIR
49
Seizes by force : WRESTS
50
Togs for a cowboy : CHAPS
51
Good thing to break, maybe : HABIT
52
Throat dangler : UVULA
56
Assign stars to, say : RATE
57
Movement that's French for "bent" : PLIE
58
Unrefined cartfuls : ORES
59
Bygone Fords : LTDS
62
Nero's 91 : XCI
63
Struck (out) : XED

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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