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New York Times, Thursday, December 12, 2019

What this puzzle's two-letter answers correspond with, given their locations in the grid

Author:
Alex Eaton-Salners
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Alex Eaton-Salners

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 37 Missing: {JQVZ} Spans: 2 Minimum word length: 2 This is puzzle # 31 for Mr. Eaton-Salners. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Alex Eaton-Salners notes:
The impetus for this puzzle was a bizarre desire to make something interesting out of the terrible crosswordese abbreviation AT NOS. ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Quiz! How many of these chemical symbols can Jeff translate? The clock starts … NOW! Li: lithium Ne: Nebraska? Neon, ha ha, just ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

If you're curious about what Alex Eaton-Salners means when he talks about supersymmetry, you can see examples here. (Scroll down.)

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© 2019, The New York TimesNo. 1212 ( 25,601 )
Across
1
Last name of two of the friends on "Friends" : GELLER
7
January birthstone : GARNET
13
Northern ___ Islands, U.S. commonwealth : MARIANA
14
Lubricated : OILEDUP
16
___ manière de (in the manner of: Fr.) : ALA
17
Staple of the Burning Man festival : BONFIRE
19
Brief address : URL
20
See 34-Across : CA
21
Contemporaries of the Sadducees : ESSENES
22
See 34-Across : TI
23
Prime business : ETAIL
26
Russian fighter jet : MIG
27
Past the sell-by date, say : STALE
30
Drudge : SERF
31
Former African capital of 13+ million : LAGOS
33
Got a move on : HIED
34
What this puzzle's two-letter answers correspond with, given their locations in the grid : ATOMICNUMBERS
37
Under the table : DRUNK
38
Dig : TAUNT
39
Shouted "Encore!," say : BEGGEDFORMORE
42
Bowed, to a cellist : ARCO
43
Cow : DAUNT
44
Movie pizzeria destroyed in a riot : SALS
46
Like the "Step in Time" singers in "Mary Poppins" : SOOTY
48
Underwire ___ : BRA
49
Sonja on the ice : HENIE
50
See 34-Across : SN
51
Insistent comeback : IWILLSO
54
See 34-Across : XE
55
Key near the tilde : ESC
57
Some garden blooms : PANSIES
58
On : LIT
59
Next available : SOONEST
61
Stick-up artist? : MAESTRO
63
Acknowledges nonverbally : NODSTO
64
Fingers : BLAMES
Down
1
Acis's lover in "Metamorphoses" : GALATEA
2
Period of note : ERA
3
See 34-Across : LI
4
Tag : LABEL
5
Biblical figure born to a 105-year-old father : ENOS
6
Unexpectedly came face to face with : RANSMACKDABINTO
7
Putting one's reputation at risk : GOINGOUTONALIMB
8
Moneyed suffix : AIRE
9
Like Harvard Yard, in a Boston accent : RLESS
10
See 34-Across : NE
11
Part of a professor's email address : EDU
12
Animals symbolizing the universe in Chinese culture : TURTLES
13
Spiked clubs : MACES
15
Pursued, as a trade : PLIED
18
Pretend : FEIGN
24
Style of the Waldorf Astoria : ARTDECO
25
Weak excuse : IFORGOT
28
Storied El Capitan climbing route : THENOSE
29
Southwest acquisition of 2011 : AIRTRAN
31
Furrowed : LINED
32
Sting : SMART
35
Make faces : MUG
36
Ski ___ : BUM
39
Charles of "The Great Escape" : BRONSON
40
Rolls up, as a sail : FURLS
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Magic potions : ELIXIRS
42
Dipsticks : ASSES
45
Manage : SEETO
47
"Holy cannoli!" : YIPES
49
Book preceding Joel : HOSEA
52
Were, biblically : WAST
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Notary public's need : SEAL
56
Dove bar? : COO
58
4G ___ (standard for mobile devices) : LTE
60
See 34-Across : ND
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See 34-Across : SM

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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