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New York Times, Thursday, February 18, 2021

Many P.S.A.s ... or the four circled squares in this grid?

Author:
Zachary Spitz
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Zachary Spitz

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 34 This is puzzle # 6 for Mr. Spitz. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Zachary Spitz notes:
I'm excited to be published again after a three-year hiatus! This puzzle came into existence after a pandemic-induced revisiting of my ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Adding to our Schrödinger list! TV SPOTS is a great way to justify a T/V duality. Some fantastic finds, too, both George Washington ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

In the answers below the grid, we have arbitrarily used T for the Across answers and V for the Down ones.

1
E
2
C
3
H
4
O
5
A
6
S
7
K
8
M
9
E
10
B
11
E
12
E
13
F
14
L
E
O
N
15
S
K
O
A
L
16
R
A
R
E
17
I
N
TV
E
18
N
T
I
O
N
S
19
I
T
R
Y
20
S
T
E
R
E
O
S
21
S
A
22
L
T
S
23
S
E
L
E
S
24
U
25
I
E
26
A
C
C
27
R
28
A
29
A
R
S
E
30
F
I
N
31
A
M
O
R
A
L
32
L
33
S
A
T
S
34
R
E
M
O
TV
E
35
E
36
M
37
T
38
T
V
S
P
39
O
T
S
40
W
E
E
41
C
A
R
42
TV
E
R
43
E
N
I
A
44
C
45
C
L
E
A
V
E
46
C
H
E
47
A
48
L
49
E
50
S
51
O
T
E
R
I
52
G
T
I
53
I
N
A
W
E
54
G
N
A
55
S
H
56
A
57
N
T
I
TV
A
X
58
C
59
H
O
I
60
C
A
61
R
T
O
O
N
I
S
T
62
B
U
D
S
63
U
N
C
U
T
64
E
S
T
E
65
S
E
S
H
66
M
A
S
S
E
67
S
H
E
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© 2021, The New York Times2/18/21 ( No. 26,035 )
Across
1
Pedal effect on a guitar : ECHO
5
"Shoot" : ASKME
10
Chuck, e.g. : BEEF
14
Larry's housemate on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" : LEON
15
A toast : SKOAL
16
Hardly to be had : RARE
17
Designs : INTENTIONS
19
Humblebragger's words : ITRY
20
Parts of surround sound systems : STEREOS
21
Socks (away) : SALTS
23
Winner of nine Grand Slam titles : SELES
24
Short turnaround? : UIE
26
Capital of 52-Down : ACCRA
29
Keister, in Leicester : ARSE
30
Half of a sawbuck : FIN
31
Unprincipled : AMORAL
32
Exams for future J.D.s : LSATS
34
Separate from all the others, say : REMOTE
35
Urgent care provider, in brief : EMT
38
Many P.S.A.s ... or the four circled squares in this grid? : TVSPOTS
40
Lilliputian : WEE
41
Famous peanut grower : CARTER
43
"Giant Brain" unveiled in 1946 : ENIAC
45
Split : CLEAVE
46
Revolutionary icon : CHE
47
Browns and stouts : ALES
51
1990s "S.N.L." cast member : OTERI
52
VW hatchback : GTI
53
Dazzled : INAWE
54
Grind : GNASH
56
Like some libertarians : ANTITAX
58
Broadcast personality Kelly : CHOI
60
One drawing lots? : CARTOONIST
62
Friends : BUDS
63
Whole : UNCUT
64
Ciudad del ___, Paraguay : ESTE
65
Informal meeting : SESH
66
Pool shot with lots of spin : MASSE
67
Place to store things : SHED
Down
1
Michigan congresswoman Slotkin : ELISSA
2
Focal point : CENTER
3
Some accommodations : HOVELS
4
Length of a short, maybe : ONEREEL
5
Concerning : ASTO
6
Mountain coverings? : SKISUITS
7
"Kitchy-kitchy-___!" : KOO
8
Where a minister lives : MANSE
9
Animated sister of princess Anna : ELSA
10
"The Inbetweeners" or "Fawlty Towers" : BRITCOM
11
Shamefully admits defeat : EATSCROW
12
Miscalculate, say : ERR
13
"S.N.L." head writer from 1999 to 2006 : FEY
18
Early platform for The Legend of Zelda, for short : NES
22
Suburb of San Diego : LAMESA
25
Put under a microscope : INSPECT
27
Give five stars, say : RAVE
28
Sheltered at sea : ALEE
30
Longtime Packers QB Brett : FAVRE
31
Man's name that sounds like two letters of the alphabet : ARTIE
33
Sweetener from a leaf extract : STEVIA
35
Shoe brand originating in Denmark : ECCO
36
Kind of Ovaltine : MALT
37
Kodama, in Japanese mythology : TREEGODS
39
Taking a break : ONHIATUS
42
Certain outer coating : VARNISH
44
Dental pointers? : CANINES
48
Like an Oscars afterparty : LAVISH
49
Discarded computers and the like : EWASTE
50
Had a stimulating conversation? : SEXTED
52
See 26-Across : GHANA
53
"How was ___ know?" : ITO
55
Pond film : SCUM
57
A or B, but not Y or Z : NOTE
58
"Mom" network : CBS
59
Shade : HUE
61
Some colas : RCS

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

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