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New York Times, Friday, March 6, 2020

22-Across : Subject of a scandal, maybe

Author:
Caitlin Reid
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Caitlin Reid

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 5 for Ms. Reid. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Caitlin Reid notes:
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Jeff Chen notes:
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© 2020, The New York Times3/6/20 ( No. 25,686 )

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Across
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Artificially inflates : PADS
5
Sub (for) : TEMP
9
"The Emancipation of ___" (6x platinum Mariah Carey album) : MIMI
13
Oath locale : COURT
14
Men's grooming aid : HAIRTONIC
16
Oath locale : ALTAR
17
404 Not Found, e.g. : ERRORCODE
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Shower amenity : LOOFA
19
Tight : CLOSEKNIT
20
Turner on a record : TINA
22
Subject of a scandal, maybe : SEXT
23
"Heavens to Betsy!" : OHMYGOSH
27
Points : AIMS
31
___ suit : MAO
32
Smoking or procrastination, e.g. : HABIT
34
Alfred who pioneered in I.Q. testing : BINET
35
"Make it snappy!" : IDONTHAVEALLDAY
38
Set out on the highway? : TIRES
39
Big cast? : HEAVE
40
Barely : ILL
41
Lose sleep (over) : STEW
42
Dirty look : STINKEYE
44
Literary character played by Gregory Peck, Patrick Stewart and Orson Welles : AHAB
48
You can bet on them : ODDS
49
Help to set the scene : STAGECREW
53
Old knockout? : ETHER
57
Counter sign? : ORDERHERE
58
Per diem : DAILY
59
Wretch : POORDEVIL
60
Casual phone greeting : ITSME
61
Make (out) : SUSS
62
Matches : SEES
63
Co-author of the 1957 memoir "The Untouchables" : NESS
Down
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Standard part of preppy attire : POLO
2
An exhausted person might be on it : AUTO
3
Like a hospital gown, maybe : DRAFTY
4
They're in good hands : STRAIGHTS
5
Place "rocked" in a 1982 top 10 hit : THECASBAH
6
Noble sort : EARL
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"The Spanish Playing Cards" and "Nude With Mirror" : MIROS
8
Novel filler : PROSE
9
Faux alcoholic drink : MOCKTAIL
10
A part of : INON
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French for "noon" : MIDI
12
Grammy winner whose name sounds like a beverage : ICET
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Low-___ : CAL
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Threat bearing small arms? : TREX
21
One famous for seeing double? : NOAH
23
Cuts out : OMITS
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"I've ___!" : HADIT
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Poet Marianne who won a 1952 Pulitzer : MOORE
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Sources of buzz : HIVES
28
Opposite of mainstream : INDIE
29
Like a bad apple, maybe : MEALY
30
Punk, e.g. : STYLE
33
Hand dryers : TEATOWELS
34
Wasn't conspicuous : BLENDEDIN
36
Crystal collectors, maybe : NEWAGERS
37
Like big fans : AVID
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Big 12 school, familiarly : KSTATE
45
Do a cowboy's job : HERD
46
Pines : ACHES
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Two whole notes, essentially : BREVE
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Soaks (up) : SOPS
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Drop ___ : TROU
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Dustups : ADOS
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City on a lake of the same name : ERIE
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Cat sound : HISS
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Eugene O'Neill's "Desire Under the ___" : ELMS
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Kvass ingredient : RYE

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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