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New York Times, Monday, March 27, 2017

67-Across : Unscripted comedy, informally

Author:
Tom McCoy
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Tom McCoy

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 81, Blocks: 42 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 25 for Mr. McCoy. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Tom McCoy notes:
For the past few years, I've been a member of the Yale Grammatical Diversity Project (YGDP), which studies how grammar varies across dialects. ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
STAKEOUT parsed as S TAKE OUT, i.e. take out S's people tend to colloquially toss in. That first themer threw me for a loop — do people ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

I love this puzzle. Language Log has a nice post about it.

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R
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A
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Y
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S
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C
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A
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W
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L
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E
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T
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U
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P
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S
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M
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R
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A
M
O
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U
T
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A
L
L
S
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K
N
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W
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C
H
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S
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S
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M
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N
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T
K
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S
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A
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L
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G
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W
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S
O
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F
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F
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S
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T
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R
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O
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F
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T
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N
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E
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S
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T
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A
K
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T
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G
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M
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O
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O
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B
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S
K
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P
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T
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A
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T
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I
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S
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S
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H
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T
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R
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H
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H
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G
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M
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© 2017, The New York Times3/27/17 ( No. 24,611 )
Across
1
Set of pictures at a dentist's : XRAYS
6
Crow's sound : CAW
9
Reprieves : LETUPS
15
Event for meeting new people : MIXER
16
"I love," to Cato : AMO
17
Perfect world : UTOPIA
18
"The one thing that's clear to me ..." : ALLSIKNOW
20
Picked : CHOSEN
21
Appear : SEEM
22
"Smoking or ___?" : NON
23
Boxing achievements, in brief : TKOS
24
Distant : ALONGWAYSOFF
29
Narrow water passage : STRAIT
32
"___ day now ..." : ANY
33
Villainous count in the Lemony Snicket books : OLAF
35
Obama's successor : TRUMP
36
Jason's ship : ARGO
37
Pull off perfectly : NAIL
38
Many millennia : EON
39
Police operation ... or, when read another way, what a grammarian would like to do to 18-, 24-, 52- and 65-Across? : STAKEOUT
43
Day-___ paint : GLO
44
Japanese soup : MISO
46
Boaters' implements : OARS
47
Some woodwinds : OBOES
49
Lose traction on the road : SKID
50
Vietnamese soup : PHO
51
What Google's Ngram program tracks, for word usage : TRENDS
52
Narrative connector : ANDTHENISAYS
56
Peach pit or walnut : SEED
57
Greedy one : HOG
58
Peach or walnut : TREE
62
Cuba's capital : HAVANA
65
"What do you think of ...?" : HOWSABOUT
67
Unscripted comedy, informally : IMPROV
68
Mimic : APE
69
Watch over : GUARD
70
Blue state? : MISERY
71
Fluorescent bulb alternative, for short : LED
72
Novices : TYROS
Down
1
Dec. celebration : XMAS
2
Tick off : RILE
3
What car wheels turn on : AXLE
4
Polite affirmative : YESMAAM
5
___ Lanka : SRI
6
Group of books that an educated person is supposed to be familiar with : CANON
7
In the company of : AMONG
8
Blow away : WOW
9
Jealous words of congratulations : LUCKYYOU
10
Cultural spirit : ETHOS
11
"You can't joke about that yet" : TOOSOON
12
FedEx rival : UPS
13
Thanksgiving dessert : PIE
14
___ Juan, Puerto Rico : SAN
19
Problem with a shoelace : KNOT
23
Dance in which one partner might hold a rose between his teeth : TANGO
25
One might apply gloss to them : LIPS
26
Things for sale : WARES
27
Old-fashioned wine holder : FLAGON
28
Unsuccessful : FAILED
29
Thorny parts of roses : STEMS
30
Group of three : TROIKA
31
Enters hurriedly : RUNSIN
34
Often-unheeded advice from dentists : FLOSS
36
Ohio city that was once the Rubber Capital of the World : AKRON
40
Liable to tip over, maybe : TOPHEAVY
41
Expressed amazement : AAHED
42
Labourite's opponent, in British politics : TORY
45
"Most likely ..." : ODDSARE
48
Big electronics chain : BESTBUY
51
License plates : TAGS
53
Choir member : TENOR
54
"Fingers crossed!" : IHOPE
55
Planted, as discord : SOWED
59
Sound to fear in the savanna : ROAR
60
Currency of France or Italy : EURO
61
When planes are due to take off, for short : ETDS
62
That guy : HIM
63
"What ___, chopped liver?" : AMI
64
Biden and Pence, in brief : VPS
65
Actor Holbrook : HAL
66
10%-er: Abbr. : AGT

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle.

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