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New York Times, Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Author:
John Ficarra and Patrick Merrell
Editor:
Will Shortz
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14/1/20201
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John Ficarra
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1.61554
Patrick Merrell

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQXZ} Spans: 3 This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Ficarra. This is puzzle # 91 for Mr. Merrell. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Constructor notes:

John Ficarra was the long-time executive editor of Mad Magazine because "no one else would hire me."

Jeff Chen notes:
What do you mean when you say ARE YOU KIDDING ME about the historic town in in Hungary? I am not kidding, sir. It's Pápa. WHO THE HELL ... read more
Jim Horne notes:
This puzzle reminds me of a 2004 crossword, also by Patrick Merrell, that includes my favorite NYT clue: "Extinct Namibian shrub ... read more
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© 2020, The New York TimesNo. 0401 ( 25,712 )

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Across
1
French Open court material : CLAY
5
One thing ... or a twosome : ITEM
9
Alfred Nobel or Anders Celsius : SWEDE
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McDonald's arches, e.g. : LOGO
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Model/actress Delevingne : CARA
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Ebbed : WANED
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Historic town in Veszprém county, Hungary, noted for its baroque architecture : AREYOUKIDDINGME
20
Short line at the top of a column, in typesetting : WIDOW
21
Turn out : ENDUP
22
+ or - atom : ION
23
Thigh-baring dress feature : SLIT
25
Spore-producing plant : FERN
27
Soldier clad in gray, for short : REB
30
Bisected : INHALF
33
Start of Caesar's boast : VENI
36
"It's about time!" : ATLAST
38
A Stooge : MOE
39
Fits of anger : IRES
40
Left tributary of the Vitim River in Irkutsk Oblast, Russia : WHOTHEHELLKNOWS
43
Only ape to orbit the earth (1961) : ENOS
44
___ sequitur : NON
45
Colombia's capital : BOGOTA
46
Went by taxi or train : RODE
47
From Florence or Pisa : TUSCAN
49
Like a 1960s-'70s TV "squad" : MOD
50
One-size-fits-all garment : SARI
52
Opposed to, rurally : AGIN
54
Piñata smasher : BAT
56
Board a moving vehicle : HOPON
59
Part of a suspension bridge : CABLE
63
Village between Kruszyna and Jacków in Silesian Voivodeship, Poland (pop. 305) : IHAVENTGOTACLUE
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TV newsman Willie : GEIST
67
Janis's partner in the comics : ARLO
68
Knoll : HILL
69
Retort to "Are too!" : AMNOT
70
One of the Lennons : SEAN
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Numbered composition : OPUS
Down
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End of a hammer : CLAW
2
Greiner of "Shark Tank" : LORI
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Like Gruyère or Grandpa : AGED
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Idiots : YOYOS
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R.N.'s workplace : ICU
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What the Lord sometimes does, in a classical expression : TAKETH
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Land o' leprechauns : ERIN
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Sober-minded org. : MADD
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Criticism that might be made behind someone's back : SWIPE
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Ashen : WAN
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Scotty's domain on the U.S.S. Enterprise : ENGINEROOM
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Brief how-to : DEMO
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Where fruit-picking originated? : EDEN
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Wise-looking : OWLISH
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Gym clothes holder : DUFFELBAG
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Aim : INTENTION
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Enjoying the great outdoors ... indoors : RVING
27
Less cooked : RAWER
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Prefix with -centric : ETHNO
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Laundry problem for Dracula? : BLOODSTAIN
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Chorus of approval : AMENS
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"Hahaha" : LOL
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Unfamiliar with : NEWTO
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Feels down : ISSAD
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Where icebergs are found : ATSEA
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The Rockets, on scoreboards : HOU
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Classic camera brand : KONICA
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Cooking oil option : CANOLA
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Butler of fame : RHETT
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Kind of chip : NACHO
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Nickname for major-league baseball's Angel Stadium, with "the" : BIGA
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"Uh ... excuse me" : AHEM
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Some fund-raising grps. : PTAS
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People eater : OGRE
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Sonar signal : BLIP
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Doozy : LULU
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Serpentine swimmers : EELS
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Letters on a brandy bottle : VSO
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Bridge limit unit : TON

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle.

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