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New York Times, Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Author:
Philip Koski
Editor:
Will Shortz
"The world's most valuable resource," per The Economist
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Philip Koski

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQVXZ} Spans: 1 Puzzle has duplicate clues. This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Koski.
Philip Koski notes:
Very excited to be making my debut in the New York Times. There are three ways ITSA can be broken up to "wrap." I was glad that the ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
WRAP / ITSA. Debut puzzle by … Yoda? Because his robe is a type of wrap? Stop shaking your head at me! I was so stumped at "Name That ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times12/8/21 ( No. 26,328 )
Across
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Sample collector : SWAB
5
Banjo sound : TWANG
10
Computer menu heading : EDIT
14
Hookup that may get kinky? : HOSE
15
Broadcaster : AIRER
16
Soprano who ends up trapped in a vault : AIDA
17
Leave out : OMIT
18
"My name is ...," e.g. : INTRO
19
Automaker that went bankrupt in 2011 : SAAB
20
What intellectual rivals engage in : ABATTLEOFWITS
23
Oktoberfest quaff : LAGER
24
Munch Museum locale : OSLO
25
Election-influencing grp. : PAC
28
Like the Tower of Babel, in two ways : STORIED
31
Arrogant : SNOOTY
33
What chess has that bridge doesn't : BOARD
36
God of passion : EROS
37
"Theodore Roosevelt" or "Robert Louis Stevenson" : SARGENTPORTRAIT
43
Lot calculation : AREA
44
Classic gas brand : AMOCO
45
Fancy drinking glass : GOBLET
48
Percussion instrument that's also the name of a popular ringtone : MARIMBA
53
End of a dean's address : EDU
54
Sign of inactivity : RUST
57
Untrustworthy sort : SNEAK
58
Mid-19th-century Russian ruler described as "autocracy personified" : TSARNICHOLASI
62
Initial stake : ANTE
64
Get into some hot water? : BATHE
65
Work without ___ : ANET
66
See 68-Across : WRAP
67
Edmonton athlete : OILER
68
With 66-Across, director's cry ... or hint to 20-, 37- and 58-Across : ITSA
69
Word after rock, sea or table : SALT
70
Tons and tons : SLEWS
71
Pointillism features : DOTS
Down
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Muscle ___, Ala. : SHOALS
2
Marsupial with distinctive cube-shaped droppings : WOMBAT
3
Italian alpine cheese : ASIAGO
4
"That's more like it" : BETTER
5
Comet feature : TAIL
6
Rioja, for one : WINE
7
"Star Wars" droid, familiarly : ARTOO
8
Spongy balls : NERFS
9
Speaks brusquely : GROWLS
10
It's right on the map : EAST
11
Population beyond the homeland : DIASPORA
12
Journalist Wells or Tarbell : IDA
13
Coke's first diet soda : TAB
21
What many a U.S. state is named after : TRIBE
22
It comes with a charge : ION
26
Yours, in Arles : ATOI
27
Dermatological sac : CYST
29
Long time : EON
30
"The world's most valuable resource," per The Economist : DATA
32
'Neath's opposite : OER
34
Record speed, for short : RPM
35
Send to oblivion : DOOM
37
"Scarborough Fair" herb : SAGE
38
J.Lo's onetime beau : AROD
39
Counterargument : REBUTTAL
40
Actress Gadot : GAL
41
Record label for D'Angelo or Doja Cat : RCA
42
Midsection : TORSO
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Long time : ERA
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Engines with oomph : TURBOS
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Like some decorative wooden floors : INLAID
50
Will, given a chance : MEANTO
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Most despicable : BASEST
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Dogs that were once samurai companions : AKITAS
55
___ mail : SNAIL
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Line on a spine : TITLE
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Last month in the U.S. government's fiscal year: Abbr. : SEPT
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Mull, with "on" : CHEW
61
Gendered pronoun : HERS
62
Reactions to adorableness : AWS
63
Food industry lobby, in brief : NRA

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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