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New York Times, Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Much-covered 1956 Screamin' Jay Hawkins song ... hinting at what happens three times in this puzzle's solution

Author:
Peter A. Collins and Bruce Haight
Editor:
Will Shortz
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712253916107
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1.566323
Peter A. Collins
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541/3/20135/7/20206
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3161410560
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1.59043
Bruce Haight

This puzzle:

Rows: 16, Columns: 15 Words: 77, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FQVZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 104 for Mr. Collins. This is puzzle # 37 for Mr. Haight. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Constructor notes:
BRUCE: This was entirely Pete's spelling brew — I just got consulted on the fill. I had recently done a Valentine's puzzle that ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I PUT A SPELL ON YOU = HEX atop YOU, three times in the grid. Even though HEX and YOU are both shorties, they're tough to disguise, so ... read more
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© 2018, The New York Times4/18/18 ( No. 24,998 )
Across
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Southeastern Conference football powerhouse, for short : BAMA
5
Pretentious sort : SNOB
9
Charlie Brown lamentation : RATS
13
Ones making a case for drinking? : SODAS
14
Cork's land : EIRE
15
Mr. 'iggins in "My Fair Lady" : ENRY
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It creates an opening at the dentist's office : TOOTHEXTRACTION
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Leave en masse : EMPTYOUT
20
"Old MacDonald" cry : MOOMOO
21
River isle : AIT
22
News inits. : UPI
23
___ Family Singers (group that inspired "The Sound of Music") : TRAPP
24
Works, as dough : KNEADS
27
Gets comfortable : NESTLES
29
Cause of a cold : GERM
30
Cheers for toreadors : OLES
32
One who talks on the phone a lot? : SIRI
33
It might involve x, y and z : MATHEXAM
36
Buffoon : ASS
37
When repeated, "Old MacDonald" cry : BAA
40
With glee : JOYOUSLY
42
Egyptian menaces : ASPS
44
Section of a clothing catalog : MENS
45
Auction units : LOTS
48
Central Asian plains : STEPPES
50
Loudly mourn : BEWAIL
52
Flynn of film : ERROL
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Apt name for a worrier : STU
55
Alphabet run : CDE
56
Beverage for a flu sufferer : HOTTEA
58
Part of party mix, often : CORNCHEX
61
Much-covered 1956 Screamin' Jay Hawkins song ... hinting at what happens three times in this puzzle's solution : IPUTASPELLONYOU
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Raced : TORE
64
Adjust, as a piano : TUNE
65
Day-Glo colors : NEONS
66
Raced : SPED
67
"Fat chance!" : IBET
68
___ Reader : UTNE
Down
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Taking off, as business : BOOMING
2
Pet from a pet shelter, e.g. : ADOPTEE
3
Groening who created "The Simpsons" : MATT
4
Wan : ASHY
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Make more alluring : SEXUP
6
Frank who was a cohort of Al Capone : NITTI
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Hockey great whose jersey number rhymed with his name : ORR
8
Headlight : BEAM
9
"Fat chance!" and others : RETORTS
10
Kingdom that's spread throughout the world : ANIMALIA
11
Highway patrollers : TROOPERS
12
Quick rundown : SYNOPSIS
13
Tuna cut : STEAK
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Suffix with right : EOUS
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Items at an emergency shelter : COTS
25
Get ready to fight, say : ARM
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Key of Pachelbel's Canon: Abbr. : DMAJ
27
Meeting point : NEXUS
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Those, in Madrid : ESAS
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"Definitely!" : OHYES
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Rock's Kings of ___ : LEON
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Weighty work : TOME
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Swiss miss, maybe: Abbr. : MLLE
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Singles, doubles and triples : BASEHITS
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Colorful, conical candy on a stick : ASTROPOP
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Camera setting : APERTURE
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"That HURTS!" : YOW
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Like leopards and dominoes : SPOTTED
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Hypothetical particle that travels faster than light : TACHYON
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Location of "Yellow Submarine" on the album "Yellow Submarine" : SIDEONE
49
Court proposition : PLEA
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Lump on a trunk : BURL
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BMW alternative : LEXUS
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Public spat : SCENE
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Flat sign : TOLET
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Italian province known for sparkling wine : ASTI
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Like Cockneys, in British lingo : NONU
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Popular tech news site : CNET
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___ crawl : PUB

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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