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New York Times, Monday, February 3, 2020

Doo-wop rock band that performed in the movie "Grease"

Author:
Michael Schlossberg
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 39 Missing: {JQVX} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Schlossberg. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Michael Schlossberg notes:
I'm thrilled to be making my Times debut on a Monday. Thanks to Will Shortz and his staff for reading through all of my submissions, ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Animal themes have been done ad infinitum in crosswords, so an extra layer is essential. Thankfully, that's what Michael has given us ... read more
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© 2020, The New York Times2/3/20 ( No. 25,654 )

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1
Crumbly cheese in a Greek salad : FETA
5
___ Xtra (Dr Pepper alternative) : PIBB
9
World faith founded in Persia : BAHAI
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Fatty ingredient in pie crust : LARD
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Raison d'___ : ETRE
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Warning : ALERT
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App customer : USER
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Prized blackjack cards : ACES
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Old-school "Cool!" : NEATO
20
Theme song for "Rocky III" : EYEOFTHETIGER
23
___ Hawkins of "Li'l Abner" : SADIE
24
Red wine choice, for short : ZIN
25
Combat sport fought in a cage: Abbr. : MMA
28
Height of excellence, metaphorically : THEBEESKNEES
33
Company nicknamed "Big Blue" : IBM
36
Paper for jotting notes on : PAD
37
Lowly laborers : PEONS
38
Feature of a 95° day in Phoenix, but not Miami : DRYHEAT
41
Not outsourced : INHOUSE
43
Singer Mann : AIMEE
44
"No seats remaining" sign : SRO
45
"I 💗 Mom" on a bicep, e.g. : TAT
46
Hangover remedy in which one continues drinking : HAIROFTHEDOG
51
Surgery sites, briefly : ORS
52
Cry of discovery : AHA
53
Wanders : ROAMS
57
Classic horror tale by W. W. Jacobs : THEMONKEYSPAW
62
Wiener topper that's "sauer" : KRAUT
64
Common downtown street name : MAIN
65
Killer whale : ORCA
66
Like some whiskey barrels : OAKEN
67
___ Domini : ANNO
68
Need for a cash-strapped car buyer : LOAN
69
"Peace out!" : SEEYA
70
Slumps : SAGS
71
Burden : ONUS
Down
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Chimney pipes : FLUES
2
Course that's a cakewalk : EASYA
3
Out on a limb, literally : TREED
4
Deft : ADROIT
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Bog fuel : PEAT
6
Poison ivy reaction : ITCH
7
Glided effortlessly (through) : BREEZED
8
Favoritest friend : BESTIE
9
Gun noise : BANG
10
Sheltered, at sea : ALEE
11
"I know you think this is a ludicrous idea, but ..." : HEARMEOUT
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The "A" of MoMA : ART
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"Who am ___ judge?" : ITO
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"Bah!" : FEH
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Drop-___ (unexpected visitors) : INS
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High-I.Q. bunch : MENSA
27
Real estate or money in the bank : ASSET
29
Fuel economy authority, for short : EPA
30
Athletic club? : BAT
31
Speed limit letters, abroad : KPH
32
Prefix with classical : NEO
33
State known for its potatoes : IDAHO
34
Br'er Rabbit's hideaway : BRIAR
35
"Oops, sorry!" : MYMISTAKE
39
"On ___ Majesty's Secret Service" : HER
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Help-wanted inits. : EEO
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Fury : IRE
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Doze (off) : NOD
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Doo-wop rock band that performed in the movie "Grease" : SHANANA
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Mom, pop and the kids, say : FAM
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Supreme Court justice Clarence : THOMAS
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Suffix with direct or deposit : ORY
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Leave the band to make it big on one's own : GOSOLO
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Cook's garment : APRON
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Chinese region dubbed the "Vegas of Asia" : MACAU
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Feathered Tchaikovsky dancers : SWANS
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___ Lewis and the News : HUEY
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Periodic Sicilian erupter : ETNA
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Piece between a bishop and a queen : KING
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Son of Seth : ENOS
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Flattens in boxing, for short : KOS
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Issa of HBO's "Insecure" : RAE

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

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