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New York Times, Sunday, December 6, 2020

"When the country was fallin' apart, Betsy Ross got it all ___ up" ("Maude" theme lyric)

Author:
Tony Orbach
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 72 Missing: {Q} This is puzzle # 27 for Mr. Orbach. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Will Shortz notes:
Tony Orbach, of Montclair, N.J., is a construction project manager, saxophonist, and crossword constructor. Today (Dec. 6) happens to be his 59th birthday. Tony's love of puzzles runs in ... read more
Tony Orbach notes:
I had made a puzzle years ago where the theme consisted of phrases in the form of "___ OF ___," but with the first and last words swapped: one was PARIS OF PLASTER. I remembered that theme ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
By all accounts, I should have disliked this puzzle. It's too simple a theme concept. There are hundreds of theme options, as Tony mentioned, making it too loosey-goosey. I didn't ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

This is the second time this week we've seen ABACI clued as if they are counting devices. This seriously underplays their utility. With your abacus, you can do addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and even square roots.

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© 2020, The New York Times12/6/20 ( No. 25,961 )
Across
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Impromptu musical get-together, informally : JAMSESH
8
Counting tools : ABACI
13
Most up to the task : ABLEST
19
Not much : ALITTLE
20
Oddball : WEIRDO
22
Commotion : CLAMOR
23
Archaeologist's assertion about a finding? : BONECONTENTION
25
Jackson not in the Jackson 5 : LATOYA
26
Benchmark: Abbr. : STD
27
Members of the genus Lepus : HARES
28
Some overseas seasons : ETES
30
Common vinaigrette ingredient : DIJON
31
Russian pancakes : BLINIS
33
Swim team guru? : STROKEGENIUS
36
Geri ___, late jazz pianist : ALLEN
38
Authority : SAYSO
39
Used to be : WAS
40
Hire Phil Collins's longtime band for a gig? : BOOKGENESIS
44
Brand that comes out a head? : PEZ
45
Explosive sound : BLAM
49
Curtain call actions : BOWS
50
One of 32 in the Thai alphabet : VOWEL
51
The Serengeti, e.g.? : PRIDEPLACE
54
TV journalist Curry : ANN
55
Long : PINE
56
Press : IRON
57
Covers with goo : SLIMES
58
Speck : IOTA
59
Quits : DESISTS
62
Shadow during an eclipse : UMBRA
63
Knowing everything that's available to view on Netflix? : STREAMCONSCIOUSNESS
67
Look forward to : AWAIT
68
Clay-based : EARTHEN
69
Unpleasant : ICKY
70
Clishmaclaver or bavardage, to use some fancy language : GOSSIP
72
Trim : PARE
73
A/C measures : BTUS
74
Hwy. offense : DUI
77
Amenity offered at an internet cafe? : FREECHARGE
79
Nickname for baseball great Ernie Banks : MRCUB
81
Gets out in dodgeball, say : PEGS
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Sticks in : ADDS
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Yes, in Brest : OUI
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Bit of reading at a bar mitzvah? : RITEPASSAGE
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Director Lee : ANG
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Entertain : AMUSE
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Deconstruct for analysis : PARSE
90
Stand-up's bombs? : COMEDYERRORS
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Keys near G's : AFLATS
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Actor Rutger of "Blind Fury" : HAUER
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Keister : REAR
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Less friendly : ICIER
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Assistance : AID
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Peninsula shared by Italy, Slovenia and Croatia : ISTRIA
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Art shop worker's manual? : FRAMEREFERENCE
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Urbanize : CITIFY
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Spit it out! : SALIVA
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Part of a canopy : TREETOP
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The plus side : ASSETS
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Cuisine that specializes in beef barbecue : TEXAN
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No-parking-zone fixture : HYDRANT
Down
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Pokes : JABS
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Bushels : ALOT
3
"Whoa!" : MINDBLOWN
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Geneviève, for one: Abbr. : STE
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Imprinting indelibly : ETCHING
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M.I.T.'s business school : SLOAN
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Mathematician Poincaré with a famous conjecture : HENRI
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Flabbergasts : AWES
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___ E. King, singer and co-composer of "Stand by Me" : BEN
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River islet : AIT
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Ye olde news announcers : CRIERS
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"Same here!" : IDOTOO
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Knee part, for short : ACL
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Fan group? : BLADES
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Like "alter ego" and "alma mater" : LATIN
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Prayer hands, for one : EMOJI
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"... or ___ think!" : SOYOU
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Part of L.G.B.T.Q. : TRANS
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Short race, for short : ONEK
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Your: Fr. : TES
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"When the country was fallin' apart, Betsy Ross got it all ___ up" ("Maude" theme lyric) : SEWED
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Albanian coins : LEKS
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Something that's often rigged : SAIL
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TV's Burrell and baseball's Cobb : TYS
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Looks longingly : GAZES
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Band that won the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest : ABBA
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Minnesota's state bird : LOON
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Orlando-to-Miami dir. : SSE
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Role for Patti LuPone and Madonna : EVITA
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Brand X : NONAME
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Flock member : EWE
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Spotted bean : PINTO
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"Well, I'll be," to a Brit : BLIMEY
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Offspring of a 43-Down : LAMBS
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Taiwanese PCs : ACERS
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Big butte : MESA
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A dime a dozen, say? : PRICE
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It can help you get a grip : ROSIN
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Drops (down) heavily : PLUNKS
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Beautifully worded : POETIC
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Joe Jackson's "___ Really Going Out With Him?" : ISSHE
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Van Gogh painting that once fetched a record amount at auction ($53.9 million) : IRISES
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Hair pattern protector : DORAG
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___ nous : ENTRE
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Get in gear? : SUITUP
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Dubbing need : SWORD
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Used a stun gun on : TASED
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___ pants : CAPRI
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Take a dive, maybe : SCUBA
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Digital imaging company that used to make film : AGFA
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Apt rhyme for "baloney" : PHONY
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Dating notation: Abbr. : BCE
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Start of a seasonal request : DEARSANTA
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"Fluff Yeah" slipper sandals, e.g. : UGGS
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"Gotcha" : ISEE
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Helical bit : AUGER
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Be off the mark : MISS
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GPS calculation: Abbr. : RTE
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Exam for H.S. jrs. : PSAT
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Original tale of robot rebellion : RUR
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Boxed a bit : SPARRED
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Untethered : ADRIFT
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Biblical mount : ARARAT
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Team spirit : MORALE
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Spanish term of affection between young women : CHICA
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Spring in northern Africa : OASIS
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Many rescues : MUTTS
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Gooseflesh-inducing, maybe : EERIE
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Some coin tossers : REFS
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Serve well? : ACE
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Liquor store purchase : FIFTH
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Suspicious : LEERY
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Where Shiraz is located : IRAN
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Pic to click : ICON
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Corp. division : DEPT
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Exclamations of regret : AYS
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Combine : MIX
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Green of "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" : EVA
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Always, in verse : EER

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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