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New York Times, Thursday, February 25, 2021

Blackjack bet ... or a hint to applying the five circled regions in this puzzle

Author:
Dylan Schiff
Editor:
Will Shortz
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12/25/2021
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Dylan Schiff

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: none – this is a pangram. This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Schiff.
Dylan Schiff notes:
I've been designing puzzles for as long as I can remember, from mazes in elementary school to "crosswords" on my Scrabble board in ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Debut! Not a new idea, having had a quad repeat a few months ago and something nearly identical a few years back, but there are some ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

A simple RegEx will find plenty of DOUBLE DOWNs, but here's a more restricted search that looks at internal duplications, i.e., ones ignoring the first two and last two letters.

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Y
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D
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C
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B
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R
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R
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G
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© 2021, The New York Times2/25/21 ( No. 26,042 )
Across
1
Literary pal of Porthos : ATHOS
6
Architect of the original Sisyphean task : HADES
11
Nudge, in a way : JOG
14
Area for development : TRACT
15
Venerate : EXALT
16
Home of the N.C.A.A.'s Cavaliers : UVA
17
Arizona's ___ National Forest (whose name is Spanish for "stupid") : TONTO
18
Holden's late brother in "The Catcher in the Rye" : ALLIE
19
Spot for a tap : KEG
20
Like some diet soda : SUGARFREE
22
Bill ___, noted Vietnam War-era activist : AYERS
24
Unreactive : INERT
25
Collaborator on 1968's "Two Virgins," familiarly : YOKO
27
Lacks existence : ISNT
29
Some exchanges via AOL, once : IMS
31
Oil spot? : STUDIO
35
Choleric : MAD
36
Masterstroke : COUP
37
Garment whose name comes from the Malay for "sheath" : SARONG
38
Final Oldsmobile model : ALERO
40
Central difficulty : RUB
42
Middle of a sustainability slogan : REUSE
43
Biggest French-speaking Swiss city : GENEVA
45
Choler : RAGE
47
Unfortunate occasion for a spelling error : BEE
48
Regard : ESTEEM
49
"___ this!" : TRY
50
Alternatives to melts, maybe : BLTS
51
Organization with pledges, informally : FRAT
53
Get into it, in a way : ARGUE
55
Bridge declaration, in casual play : IPASS
58
Bounced back : REBOUNDED
62
Kind of page : FAQ
63
Carmaker from Japan : ISUZU
65
Lead-in to phobia : AGORA
66
___ season : FLU
67
Single-take shots, in film lingo : ONERS
68
Took back, as a trophy : REWON
69
Vote for : YEA
70
Newswoman O'Donnell : NORAH
71
Impenetrable : DENSE
Down
1
Courtroom figs. : ATTS
2
Pants, slangily : TROU
3
Feature of some bibliographic citations : HANGINGINDENT
4
Piece of the pie, perhaps : OCTANT
5
Cache : STORE
6
Stethoscope detection : HEARTMURMUR
7
Turning point : AXLE
8
Surname of two former Chicago mayors : DALEY
9
Director Roth of cinema's Splat Pack : ELI
10
Dish often topped with raw egg yolk : STEAKTARTARE
11
Vintage diner fixture, in brief : JUKE
12
Done : OVER
13
Practical jokes : GAGS
21
Cold, in Caracas : FRIO
23
"___ the best!" : YOURE
26
Forerunner of the C.I.A. : OSS
27
N.A.A.C.P. ___ Awards : IMAGE
28
Closer's specialty : SALES
30
Gush : SPURT
32
Blackjack bet ... or a hint to applying the five circled regions in this puzzle : DOUBLEDOWN
33
Map feature : INSET
34
Molding curves : OGEES
36
Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You," for example : COVERVERSION
39
Prime snorkeling spots : REEFS
41
Former first and second lady : BARBARABUSH
44
Physicians' grp. : AMA
46
Halal cart offering : GYRO
50
Jumper cable? : BUNGEE
52
More aligned : TRUER
54
Watch : GUARD
55
Uncertain : IFFY
56
Like beige and lilac : PALE
57
Shade at the beach : AQUA
59
Book before Nehemiah : EZRA
60
Psyche's mate in Greek mythology : EROS
61
Hamlet, for one : DANE
64
Hostess ___ Balls : SNO

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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