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New York Times, Saturday, March 27, 2021

Franchise that includes three top-10 highest-grossing films of all time

Author:
Michael Hawkins
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Michael Hawkins

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 32 Missing: {JQX} This is puzzle # 21 for Mr. Hawkins. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Michael Hawkins notes:
With this crossword I broke from my tendency of opening with a triple-stack of long entries and instead took inspiration from Robyn ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Back before things shut down, Mike and I used to go out for a drink every once in a while. Super fun to talk shop, and since he works ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times3/27/21 ( No. 26,072 )

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Across
1
Singer with a supporting role in 2019's "Hustlers" : LIZZO
6
Women's soccer star Wambach : ABBY
10
So : THUS
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Staples, e.g. : CHAINSTORE
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Some legwear : HOSE
17
Start of a nudge : DONTFORGET
18
Form of the Latin "sum" : ERAT
19
One who's got the bug? : SPY
20
What the name Frances is often misspelled with : ANI
21
Carrier based near Kuala Lumpur : AIRASIA
23
No small favor : BIGASK
25
Word with field or sales : EVENT
26
Heart-to-hearts, say : CHATS
28
Lexicographical listings : USAGES
30
Pest control target : ROACH
31
Spot to have a look sea? : CROWSNEST
34
The Phantom in "The Phantom of the Opera" : ERIK
35
"Caligula" writer : CAMUS
36
Trouble, with "at" : GNAW
37
"Not even close!" : FARFROMIT
39
Topping that becomes the food it's eaten with when its vowels are changed to A's : PESTO
40
Makes blush? : ROUGES
41
Tangles up (in) : MIRES
42
/ : SPARE
44
Some museum displays : RELICS
46
Onetime name in weight-loss supplements : TRIMSPA
48
Prosecution figure, for short : ADA
49
It began as a comic book with the tagline "Humor in a jugular vein" : MAD
52
Spanish for "weight" : PESO
53
Entry point in the walls of Babylon : ISHTARGATE
56
Follower of new or golden : AGER
57
"Not my fault!" : THATSONYOU
58
Bolted : TORE
59
___ Park, New York birthplace of F.D.R. : HYDE
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Blasts with junk : SPAMS
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Components of some calculators, for short : LCDS
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Where to order a Rooty Tooty Fresh 'N Fruity : IHOP
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Bonkers : ZANY
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It might be right under your nose : ZIT
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One way to accept something : ONFAITH
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Openings in the hotel business? : ATRIA
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Locale for moss : BOG
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Soars to success : BREAKSOUT
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Figure on Disney's Expedition Everest ride : YETI
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Franchise that includes three top-10 highest-grossing films of all time : THEAVENGERS
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Smarts : HORSESENSE
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Bolting Bolt : USAIN
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Assail : SETAT
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Apple Music tab : SONGS
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Rules, informally : REGS
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Unable to stay away, say : BACKFORMORE
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Reckon : SURMISE
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Celebrity chef Cat ___ : CORA
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It's a fright : HAIRRAISER
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Reactions to something sweet ... or something disappointing : AWS
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One making a call : REF
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Out of the picture, say : CAMERASHY
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Senior moments? : SATS
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Divisor in the golden ratio : TWO
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It may be in the works : COG
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Wishes undone : RUES
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Rogues : PICAROS
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___ touch : MIDAS
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Eponym of an N.Y.C. cathedral : STPAT
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Polite response in Palermo : PREGO
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Not your average joe? : LATTE
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Crux of the matter : PITH
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Six-time W.N.B.A. All-Star Moore : MAYA
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A little bit of everything? : ATOM
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"Ditat ___" (Arizona's state motto) : DEUS
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Snookered : HAD
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Economic fig. : GNP

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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