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New York Times, Thursday, February 4, 2021

2017 hit by Lorde (also a 2008 hit by John Legend, and a 1968 hit by the American Breed)

Author:
Derek Allen
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Derek Allen

This puzzle:

Rows: 16, Columns: 15 Words: 79, Blocks: 46 This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Allen. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Will Shortz notes:
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© 2021, The New York TimesNo. 0204 ( 26,021 )
Across
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Join together : WELD
5
Average : MEAN
9
#1 choice : FAVE
13
Post-human race of sci-fi : ELOI
14
Kind of palm : ACAI
15
Phil in the Poker Hall of Fame : IVEY
16
Explorer of children's TV : DORA
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1993 country hit by Joe Diffie : JOHNDEEREGREEN
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Popular afternoon talk show : ELLEN
22
Fig. on some I.R.S. forms : EIN
23
Sticking point for a craftsperson? : AWL
24
Dances with a fast-fast-slow rhythm : SALSAS
26
___ Xing : PED
27
Nintendo console : WII
28
The slightest bit : ONEIOTA
30
Camaro competitor : MUSTANG
32
1966 hit by the Rolling Stones : PAINTITBLACK
34
Egyptian symbol of life : ANKH
35
Ice cream unit : SCOOP
37
Uneasy feeling : ANGST
38
Ballet classroom fixture : BARRE
42
Stock symbol? : BRAND
44
Building superintendent's apartment number, often : ONEA
45
1983 hit by Billy Idol : WHITEWEDDING
50
Get rid (of) : DISPOSE
54
Make more enticing : SWEETEN
55
"Who ___?" (song from "Les Misérables") : AMI
56
53-Down's catchword : BAM
57
Where originally found : INSITU
58
Not be serious : KID
59
Some do it gracefully : AGE
60
___ Ababa : ADDIS
61
1966 hit by the Beatles : YELLOWSUBMARINE
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Itty-bitty biter : GNAT
67
Figure skater Lipinski : TARA
68
Its products often come with Allen wrenches : IKEA
69
Where the Iditarod ends : NOME
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Some cameras, in brief : SLRS
71
Staying power, so to speak : LEGS
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River that comprises the fifth circle of Dante's Inferno : STYX
Down
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Join together : WED
2
"Mr. Blue Sky" grp. : ELO
3
Singing siren : LORELEI
4
Calls a talk show, say : DIALSIN
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Regal : MAJESTIC
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M.B.A. class : ECON
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Spa sound : AAH
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Prime-time time : NINEPM
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Maniacs : FIENDS
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Alternative to La. or Dr. : AVE
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Big name in bridal gowns : VERAWANG
12
Secret-indicating gestures : EYEWINKS
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"Mon ___!" : DIEU
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2017 hit by Lorde (also a 2008 hit by John Legend, and a 1968 hit by the American Breed) : GREENLIGHT
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Founder of Taoism : LAOTSE
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Soak up : SOP
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Political analyst Navarro : ANA
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Progress made in step one : ATOB
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Cousin of ocher : TAN
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1991 hit by Michael Jackson : BLACKORWHITE
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Feet in a pound : PAWS
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Portion of a sum : ADDEND
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2017 hit by Cardi B : BODAKYELLOW
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People who believe that all natural objects have souls : ANIMISTS
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Leftover : RESIDUAL
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38-Down genre : RAP
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What it may take to solve old problems : NEWIDEAS
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Patterns : DESIGNS
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"Nuh-uh!" : ITISNOT
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Clear : NET
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Bearded beast : GNU
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Former first family : OBAMAS
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Quite a tale : SAGA
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Chef known by his first name : EMERIL
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Rare blood type, for short : ANEG
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Sound made while shaking : BRR
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Kyle's brother on "South Park" : IKE
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Writer Sedaris : AMY
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___ Avery, Bugs Bunny creator : TEX

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

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