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New York Times, Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Very conventional ... or a hint to the starts of the answers to the four starred clues

Author:
Jules Markey
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 80, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 19 for Mr. Markey.
Jules P. Markey notes:
This crossword was accepted in July 2018, with the comment that these types of "down" puzzles are becoming overdone lately, but ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Will Shortz isn't taking many "words that can precede X" themes these days, as they've become done to death, and as Jules mentioned, ... read more
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© 2019, The New York Times3/12/19 ( No. 25,326 )
Across
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Clueless : ATSEA
6
After the ___ (when to leave a phone message) : BEEP
10
[Bzzt!] : ZAP
13
Some Dairy Queen orders : CONES
14
Frequent Andrew Wyeth model : HELGA
15
Palindromic woman's name : EVE
16
Affected adversely, physically or psychologically : TOOKATOLLON
18
Oil installation : RIG
19
Some Siouans : OTOS
20
Part to play : ROLE
21
Runaway best-selling Apple products of the 2000s : IPODS
23
Pince-___ (style of glasses) : NEZ
24
___ Godiva : LADY
25
Part of the upper deck? : ACE
26
Utopian : EDENIC
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Naked : UNGARBED
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Like an orange tan, say : FAKE
34
Content of a bog : PEAT
35
Western tribe member : UTE
36
Military operation that might last for months : SIEGE
38
Got chicken, say : ATE
39
Largest moon of Saturn : TITAN
41
Org. with a Form 1040 : IRS
42
Modern acronym for "seize the day" : YOLO
44
Play mates? : CAST
45
Supply with updated parts : RETROFIT
47
A puzzling direction : ACROSS
50
Asleep : OUT
51
"Listen!," quaintly : HARK
53
Fresh : NEW
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Aerodynamic : SLEEK
57
Website with crowdsourced reviews : YELP
58
Lip : EDGE
59
Bagel go-with : LOX
60
Bringer of rain : NIMBUSCLOUD
63
The Cardinals, on scoreboards : ARI
64
Creator of a logical "razor" : OCCAM
65
Bird in the flycatcher family : PEWEE
66
Favorite : PET
67
Sport, as a sport coat : WEAR
68
Touches down : LANDS
Down
1
When a play's plot is set in motion : ACTONE
2
Honked : TOOTED
3
*Bo-o-o-ring event : SNOOZEFEST
4
Comics exclamations : EEKS
5
Happy ___ clam : ASA
6
*Go order a drink : BELLYUPTOTHEBAR
7
Fashion magazine with more than 40 international editions : ELLE
8
Psyche part : EGO
9
*Flop sweat producer : PANICATTACK
10
The "x" in Euler's Identity - e + 1 = x : ZERO
11
Gung-ho : AVID
12
Jumping pieces in a classic wooden puzzle : PEGS
14
Car part called a bonnet in England : HOOD
17
Slight vestige : TRACE
22
According to : PER
24
*Scoffing remark to an ignoramus : LIKEYOUKNOW
25
Old Turkish title : AGA
27
Ride, in two different senses : NAG
29
Born: Fr. : NEE
30
Very conventional ... or a hint to the starts of the answers to the four starred clues : BUTTONDOWN
31
H : ETA
32
Screening area? : DEN
36
Noble title : SIR
37
Rage : IRE
38
"Green Book" co-star Mahershala : ALI
40
Country on the Mediterranean: Abbr. : ISR
43
Many a time : OFT
44
Kvetches : CARPS
46
Jane ___, anonymous plaintiff : ROE
48
Transitioned : SEGUED
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People who count to five by saying "ett, två, tre, fyra, fem" : SWEDES
52
Homecoming returnee, informally : ALUM
54
Nonverbal response to an insult : SLAP
55
Mythology : LORE
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Way out : EXIT
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Village People hit with a spelled-out title : YMCA
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Philosopher Zeno of ___ : ELEA
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What a "neat" drink is served without : ICE
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An NCO : CPL

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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