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New York Times, Saturday, December 31, 2016

Join, as two pieces of metal by application of heat and pressure

Author:
Jeff Chen
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Jeff Chen

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 66, Blocks: 34 Missing: {FJKQXZ} This is puzzle # 64 for Mr. Chen. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
In my first career as a mechanical engineer, we used to tell our clients that they could have two of the following three things: Good ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I had queried Brad Wilber at the Chronicle of Higher Education with a list of made-up compounds in fantasy: UNOBTAINIUM, KRYPTONITE, ... read more
Jim Horne notes:
This is Mr. Chen's 17th NYT crossword in 2016. Others in double digits are David Steinberg (12), Zhouqin Burnikel (12), Patrick Berry ... read more
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© 2016, The New York Times12/31/16 ( No. 24,525 )
Across
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Join, as two pieces of metal by application of heat and pressure : SPOTWELD
9
Scrap : SPAT
13
Preservers of plant specimens : HERBARIA
14
Glaring : HARSH
15
People on the wrong end of a landslide : ALSORANS
16
Vivaldi's birthplace : VENICE
17
Says "But I don't wanna!," say : WHINES
18
Manatee's order, whose name comes from Greek myth : SIRENIA
19
Part of a basketball court : LANE
20
Exposed part of a deal : UPCARD
23
Oscar composition, mostly : TIN
24
Bad actor : MISCREANT
26
Boy's name that's a hardware item : BRAD
27
Cosplay and fanfic are parts of it : NERDCULTURE
29
Peace Palace locale, with "The" : HAGUE
33
A 43-Across may end one : SET
34
Some next of kin : AUNTS
35
Hypothetical miracle material : UNOBTAINIUM
38
Live-streaming problems : LAGS
39
Strips to pieces? : BACONBITS
43
Court coup : ACE
44
Pottery Barn stock : LINENS
45
___ lab (place for an angiogram) : CATH
47
Speedsters : HOTRODS
49
Manhattan topper : CHERRY
51
Like evidence gathered in some stings : ONTAPE
52
Delivery of supplies by air, in a way : PARADROP
54
"Golden Boy" writer : ODETS
55
"To the best of my recollection ..." : IBELIEVE
56
Decorticate : PARE
57
"Hardly a surprise" : NOWONDER
Down
1
Nice thing after getting the cold shoulder? : SHAWL
2
The "P" of P. G. Wodehouse : PELHAM
3
Noble Italian family name shared by three popes : ORSINI
4
Alternatives to rumps : TBONES
5
Enamel finish? : WARE
6
Part of a not-so-clean slate : ERASURE
7
Justin who directed "Star Trek Beyond" : LIN
8
Analogues of circuit solicitors, informally : DAS
9
Not around the bend : SANE
10
Publishing order : PRINTRUN
11
An emoticon is a simple form of it : ASCIIART
12
Chain of seven countries : THEANDES
14
A maverick doesn't follow it : HERD
16
Knowledge of fine arts : VIRTU
18
Approve : SANCTION
21
Losing side in the Battle of Marathon, 490 B.C. : PERSIANS
22
Beat : CADENCE
25
Website with "The Next Big Thing" videos : CNET
26
One of about 3,412 in a kW-h : BTU
28
Term of endearment : LAMB
29
Circus ring? : HULAHOOP
30
1997 adventure/horror film that takes place in the Amazon : ANACONDA
31
Pistol : GOGETTER
32
The TV network in "Network" : UBS
36
Stomach : ABIDE
37
Turn loose? : UNSCREW
40
Stuck at a lodge, say : ICEDIN
41
Besmirched : TARRED
42
Gave it the old college try : STROVE
44
Removes as superfluous : LOPS
46
Hopped up : HYPER
48
Gauge : RATE
50
Dome light? : HALO
52
One standing in an alley : PIN
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Classification system used in some banks : ABO

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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