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New York Times, Monday, April 25, 2016

"Don't mess with" him, per an old song lyric ... or a hint to 18-, 20-, 55- and 58-Across

Author:
Betty Keller
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Betty Keller

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQV} This is puzzle # 2 for Ms. Keller.
Jeff Chen notes:
Singing: don't mess with Mr. In-Between! I recognized that lyric, but when I went to look up the song, Google misdirected me to a very ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

Accentuate the Positive was written by two of the greats from the American Songbook era. Music is by Harold Arlen, lyrics by Johnny Mercer.

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© 2016, The New York Times4/25/16 ( No. 24,275 )
Across
1
Go out with ___ : ABANG
6
Toy with a tail : KITE
10
"Get ___ writing" : ITIN
14
"Vive ___!" (old French cry) : LEROI
15
Score after deuce : ADIN
16
U2 lead singer : BONO
17
Walter who created Woody Woodpecker : LANTZ
18
64-, 65- and 66-Across, in this puzzle : BOTTOMROW
20
Heavy vehicle that smooths a road surface : STEAMROLLER
22
Time in history : ERA
23
Ernie of the P.G.A. : ELS
24
Antipoverty agcy. : OEO
25
Goof up : ERR
26
Samurai sash : OBI
27
___ Trueheart, Dick Tracy's love : TESS
29
The year 2051 : MMLI
31
Rotisserie rod : SPIT
32
TV series with "NY," "Miami" and "Cyber" spinoffs : CSI
34
Thoroughfare in the name of Springsteen's band : ESTREET
37
"Don't mess with" him, per an old song lyric ... or a hint to 18-, 20-, 55- and 58-Across : MRINBETWEEN
39
College or company starter : FOUNDER
40
Big name in ice cream : EDY
41
Putter or 9-iron : CLUB
42
Promotional hoopla : HYPE
44
Court legend Arthur : ASHE
48
Thornton Wilder's "___ Town" : OUR
49
"I love," to a Latin lover : AMO
51
Sixteenths of lbs. : OZS
53
Dress (up) : TOG
54
K-O connector : LMN
55
Means of fortunetelling : PALMREADING
58
Audio feature that comes standard on cars : AMFMRADIO
60
Provoked : RILED
61
Gloomy : DOUR
62
Card with the headings "Appetizers," "Entrees" and "Desserts" : MENU
63
Overly anxious : ANTSY
64
Rotating car part : AXLE
65
Mumbai titles : SRIS
66
Proverbial waste maker : HASTE
Down
1
Completely ready : ALLSET
2
John, Paul, George or Ringo : BEATLE
3
James of "Gunsmoke" : ARNESS
4
The "N" of N.B. : NOTA
5
Thingamabob : GIZMO
6
Explosion sound : KABOOM
7
TV's discontinued "American ___" : IDOL
8
Big name in golf balls : TITLEIST
9
Exit's opposite : ENTER
10
"Let's Build a Smarter Planet" co. : IBM
11
Ripped the wrapping off : TOREOPEN
12
Circling the earth, say : INORBIT
13
"Oh, hang on a minute!" : NOWAIT
19
Former Bruin Bobby : ORR
21
Jog the memory of : REMIND
28
Use elbow grease : SCRUB
30
Apprehensive : LEERY
31
"Ciao!" : SEEYA
33
One of the seven "deadly" things : SIN
35
Pluck, as an eyebrow : TWEEZE
36
Crimson, e.g. : RED
37
Heavy-hearted : MOURNFUL
38
Witness : BEHOLDER
39
Discombobulate : FLUMMOX
41
Piña ___ (fruity drink) : COLADA
43
Permeable : POROUS
45
Beach building supports : STILTS
46
"I kid you not!" : HONEST
47
Easter dip : EGGDYE
49
Mo. before May : APR
50
Sirs' partners : MAAMS
52
Politico Palin : SARAH
56
5x5 crossword, e.g. : MINI
57
Actress Merrill : DINA
59
Field fare for a G.I. : MRE

Answer summary: 2 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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