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New York Times, Wednesday, February 13, 2019

With 36-Down, astronomical rarity ... or a hint to the circled letters

Author:
Ross Trudeau
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {FJQWXZ} This is puzzle # 14 for Mr. Trudeau.
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© 2019, The New York Times2/13/19 ( No. 25,299 )

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Across
1
Bridge : SPAN
5
"I'll take care of that" : ONIT
9
American Girl products : DOLLS
14
Jai ___ : ALAI
15
Common blessing : GESUNDHEIT
17
Undercover buster : NARC
18
Rhyming description for IHOP's "Fresh 'N Fruity" pancakes : ROOTYTOOTY
19
Safety warning for some kitchenware : NOOVENUSE
21
Born : NEE
22
___ Park, Calif. : MENLO
23
Jots : TITTLES
26
Outer thigh stabilizers, in brief : ITBANDS
29
See in court, say : SUE
30
Art Spiegelman's Pulitzer-winning graphic novel : MAUS
31
Craze : RAGE
34
Road Runner cartoon sights : MESAS
38
Goof : ERR
39
Warm and cozy spots : HEARTHS
41
Manning with two Super Bowl M.V.P. awards : ELI
42
Homeland of many 2010s refugees : SYRIA
44
What bugs are found in : BETA
45
Bug on a hook, maybe : BAIT
46
Ctrl-___-Del : ALT
48
On the loose : ATLARGE
50
Big news involving extraterrestrials : CONTACT
54
Caddies' suggestions : IRONS
55
Some four-year degrees, for short : BAS
56
Kangaroo's pouch : MARSUPIUM
59
Loudly angry, as a group : INANUPROAR
62
Flight part : STEP
64
Rolls the dice and moves one's token : TAKESATURN
65
Perfect dives : TENS
66
Parts of porch chairs : SLATS
67
Airport postings, in brief : ETAS
68
Italian wine region : ASTI
Down
1
Lead-in to Francisco or Pedro : SAN
2
With 36-Down, astronomical rarity ... or a hint to the circled letters : PLANETARY
3
Alexander Hamilton's nemesis : AARONBURR
4
___ Maduro, successor to Venezuela's Hugo Chávez : NICOLAS
5
Fairy tale baddie : OGRE
6
Sign gas : NEON
7
Gets tagged, say : ISOUT
8
Rwandan minority : TUTSI
9
Banned insecticide : DDT
10
"Well, well, well!" : OHO
11
Sierra ___ : LEONE
12
Some Millers : LITES
13
Bad eye sight? : STYE
16
Nabokov's nos : NYETS
20
Part of many German names : VON
22
They act in silence : MIMES
24
Big name in antacids : TUMS
25
Meade's opponent at Gettysburg : LEE
27
"Dr." of hip-hop : DRE
28
Onetime Volvo alternative : SAAB
32
Master's seeker's hurdle, for short : GRE
33
Suffix with oper- : ETTA
35
Shipping lanes : SEAROUTES
36
See 2-Down : ALIGNMENT
37
Browser history contents : SITES
39
"Freeze!" : HALT
40
Fedora, for one : HAT
43
McKellen who played Gandalf : IAN
45
One who won't serve the average joe : BARISTA
47
Florida city on a bay : TAMPA
49
Back talk : LIP
50
Ear passage : CANAL
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Japanese city on a bay : OSAKA
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___ blanche : CARTE
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Prey for a brown bear : TROUT
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Smithereens : BITS
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Actress Ramirez of "Grey's Anatomy" : SARA
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Cremation containers : URNS
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Pull in : NET
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___ Intrepid (New York City tourist attraction) : USS
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Letter after "X" : PSI

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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