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New York Times, Friday, April 30, 2021

Electricity-shooting Pokémon

Author:
Kate Hawkins
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Kate Hawkins

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 30 Missing: {FJQXZ} This is puzzle # 6 for Ms. Hawkins.
Kate Hawkins notes:
I kicked off this puzzle with LANE CLOSED. I've always been a fan of street signs, and it made me smile to include a ubiquitous phrase ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Fantastic southwest corner, colorful SIDE HUSTLE anchoring the triplet, understandable even if you've never heard the term. My kids ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times4/30/21 ( No. 26,106 )

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Across
1
Mason jar, in a pinch : VASE
5
Brogues, e.g. : DRESSSHOES
15
Corp. debuts : IPOS
16
It often includes Fox, but not Fox News : BASICCABLE
17
Hype : TOUT
18
One who might reply to "Thank you" with "No wukkas" : AUSTRALIAN
19
Name invoked when reciting the shahada : ALLAH
21
Certain peaceful protest : LIEIN
22
Redundant word before "result" : END
23
Going over the head of : LOSTON
25
Dot on a timeline : EVENT
27
Ones getting you down? : GEESE
28
"Ah, yes ..." : ISEENOW
32
R&B/jazz artist Booze who sang "See See Rider Blues" : BEA
33
Crushes, e.g. : SODAS
36
Experimental delivery option : DRONE
37
Response of modesty : ITRY
39
___ the bud : NIPIN
41
Comportment : MIEN
42
Something built with curls, informally : BICEP
44
Top-flight destination : ATTIC
46
Gone unused : SAT
47
Bike brand : SCHWINN
49
Receive : GREET
51
Cheer made with beer : SKOAL
53
Appropriate name for that woman's husband? : HERMAN
55
Internet ___ : ERA
58
Bitter : ACRID
60
Muse of lyric poetry : ERATO
61
Sign before merging : LANECLOSED
64
Related : AKIN
65
Secondary gig : SIDEHUSTLE
66
Captain who says "I am not what you call a civilized man!" : NEMO
67
"Who's got an idea?" : ANYGUESSES
68
Chile's Nevado ___ Cruces National Park : TRES
Down
1
Life-sustaining : VITAL
2
Sorry : APOLOGETIC
3
Look inward : SOULSEARCH
4
Biltmore or Hearst Castle : ESTATE
5
Corporate alias abbr. : DBA
6
One of the Castros : RAUL
7
Davis of "Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries" : ESSIE
8
Part of an OSHA inspection : SITEVISIT
9
Uses a crystal ball : SCRIES
10
Like books for Project Gutenberg : SCANNED
11
"Open the pod bay doors, ___" (classic movie line) : HAL
12
Award typically presented in Manhattan's Webster Hall : OBIE
13
Zip : ELAN
14
Bad button to hit by accident : SEND
20
Farm animal, in farm-speak : HOSS
24
Element of show business? : NEON
26
Normal length of a pregnancy : TERM
29
New Year's Eve handout : NOISEMAKER
30
Cry to an unruly crowd near an entrance : ONEATATIME
31
Took a turn : WENT
32
What babies and marathoners both use : BIBS
34
She played Dorothy Gale in "The Wiz" (1978) : DIANAROSS
35
Address abbr. : APT
38
Ornamental trees : YEWS
40
"The time is ___" : NIGH
43
Electricity-shooting Pokémon : PIKACHU
45
One of the official languages of Canada's Northwest Territories : CREE
48
"Beats me!" : NOCLUE
50
Off the mark : ERRANT
52
BuzzFeed fodder : LISTS
54
Double negatives? : NONOS
55
Jewelry designer Peretti : ELSA
56
It may come in buckets : RAIN
57
___ Dwyer, role for Chris Pratt on "Parks and Recreation" : ANDY
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"Drop it," editorially : DELE
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Meas. of brain activity : EEG
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Start of some French surnames : DES

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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