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New York Times, Monday, December 21, 2020

"Huh?" ... or a possible response to 1-, 19-, 25-, 48- and 57-Across

Author:
Sarah Keller and Derek Bowman
Editor:
Will Shortz
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021255200
ScrabbleRebusCirclePangram
1.51111
Sarah Keller
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108/27/200912/21/20204
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ScrabbleRebusCirclePangram
1.62122
Derek Bowman

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: none – this is a pangram. Scrabble average: 1.91 This is puzzle # 53 for Ms. Keller. This is puzzle # 10 for Mr. Bowman. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Constructor notes:
SARAH: I have always enjoyed co-creating crosswords with Derek. (Never a cross word) Emailing facilitates the task of back-and-forth ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
A puzzle filled with malarkey? This one's for you, Mr. President! Funny-sounding words get tapped for crosswords all the time — a ... read more
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© 2020, The New York Times12/21/20 ( No. 25,976 )
Across
1
Prattle : BLATHER
8
Public square : PLAZA
13
Like records stored for research : ARCHIVAL
15
Popeye's profession : SAILOR
16
Browser's start-up point : HOMEPAGE
17
Buses, as tables : CLEARS
18
Freshly : ANEW
19
Nonsense : MUMBOJUMBO
21
Second letter after epsilon : ETA
23
Tic-tac-toe win : OOO
24
Prohibit : BAN
25
Worthless talk : JIBBERJABBER
31
Fury : IRE
32
Financial claim : LIEN
33
Hanker (for) : YEARN
37
Neighs : horses :: ___ : sheep : BAAS
39
Landscaper's tool : EDGER
42
Raft for a polar bear : FLOE
43
= : EQUAL
45
It's not odd : EVEN
47
R.N.'s touch : TLC
48
Unintelligible jargon : GOBBLEDYGOOK
52
"So that's it!" : AHA
55
Itinerary preposition : VIA
56
Inexperienced reporter : CUB
57
Twaddle : BALDERDASH
61
Line down the length of a skirt : SEAM
65
Signing-on info : USERID
66
Sudden thought that makes you go "Wow!" : EPIPHANY
68
Poisons : TOXINS
69
Goes through hurriedly, as during a robbery : RANSACKS
70
Jacket alternatives to buttons : SNAPS
71
"Huh?" ... or a possible response to 1-, 19-, 25-, 48- and 57-Across : SAYWHAT
Down
1
___ Men, group with the 2000 hit "Who Let the Dogs Out" : BAHA
2
Scientology founder ___ Hubbard : LRON
3
Highest point : ACME
4
Where spiders get their information? : THEWEB
5
Way cool : HIP
6
Actress Saint of "North by Northwest" : EVAMARIE
7
Alternative to Prego : RAGU
8
1957 title role for Frank Sinatra : PALJOEY
9
In ___ of (replacing) : LIEU
10
March goes out like this, as the expression goes : ALAMB
11
"___ the Greek" : ZORBA
12
Pyromaniac's crime : ARSON
14
Old NASA moon-landing vehicle : LEM
15
Great Dane of cartoons, informally : SCOOB
20
Short hairstyle : BOB
22
___ Aviv, Israel : TEL
25
Match up (with) : JIBE
26
Baghdad's land : IRAQ
27
Boyfriend : BEAU
28
Bartlet of "The West Wing" or Clampett of "The Beverly Hillbillies" : JED
29
Figure made by lying in the snow and waving one's arms : ANGEL
30
Sports official, informally : REF
34
Voice below soprano : ALTO
35
Chocolate/caramel candy : ROLO
36
Narrow part of a bottle : NECK
38
Droop : SAG
40
Christmas ___ (December 24) : EVE
41
Mao Zedong was its leader : REDCHINA
44
1960s hippie gatherings : LOVEINS
46
Big Apple sch. : NYU
49
Hawks and doves : BIRDS
50
Rebuke to a dog : BAD
51
"Pygmalion" playwright, for short : GBSHAW
52
Borders : ABUTS
53
Wears, as clothes : HASON
54
Amazon's virtual assistant : ALEXA
58
Icicles and burning candles both do this : DRIP
59
___ Lingus : AER
60
Mineral springs : SPAS
62
Individually : EACH
63
Singer/lyricist Paul : ANKA
64
Classic computer game set on an island : MYST
67
"Gangnam Style" singer : PSY

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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