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New York Times, Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Author:
Tom Pepper and Zhouqin Burnikel
Editor:
Will Shortz
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
102/6/20128/7/20204
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0331210
ScrabbleRebusCirclePangram
1.64011
Tom Pepper
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
7011/13/20127/21/202020
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622207582
ScrabbleRebusCirclePangram
1.56281
Zhouqin Burnikel

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {GJQXZ} This is puzzle # 9 for Mr. Pepper. This is puzzle # 69 for Ms. Burnikel. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Constructor notes:
C.C.: I originally had a set of entries where each theme entry is clued as [This is not a toy], [This is not a joke], etc. Will and ... read more
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© 2020, The New York TimesNo. 0512 ( 25,753 )
Across
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Rapids transits? : RAFTS
6
Foot or furlong : UNIT
10
With 10-Down, enthusiastic south-of-the-border assent : SISI
14
Constellation with Rigel and Betelgeuse : ORION
15
Prefix with second : NANO
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Prep school near Windsor Castle : ETON
17
*Dessert with light and dark streaks : MARBLECAKE
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Puts the cuffs on : NABS
20
The Black Knights of college football : ARMY
21
Computer seen at a Genius Bar : MAC
22
Gustav who composed "The Planets" : HOLST
23
Dundee denial : NAE
24
*First thing to do on a to-do list : TOPPRIORITY
27
Building material that was no problem for the Big Bad Wolf : STRAW
29
Catering hall dispenser : URN
30
Pioneer in email : AOL
31
Microsoft virtual assistant introduced in 2014 : CORTANA
35
About, on a memo : INRE
36
Product warning label appropriate for the answers to the four starred clues : THISISNOTATOY
39
Like Brown University since 1971 : COED
40
Comic convention, for one : FANFEST
41
Info for an Uber or Lyft customer, for short : ETA
42
35mm camera type : SLR
43
Sells hard : HYPES
47
*Sidewinder, for one : RATTLESNAKE
52
"Whaaa?" : HUH
53
Broncos Hall-of-Famer John : ELWAY
54
___ Lanka : SRI
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"Encore!" : MORE
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"What a pity" : ALAS
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*One having trouble keeping weight off : YOYODIETER
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Not prerecorded : LIVE
61
Establishments at many highway interchanges : INNS
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Like the flavor of some barbecue sauces : SMOKY
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Discarded part of a watermelon : SEED
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Walk back and forth : PACE
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___ code : PENAL
Down
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Residents of the Eternal City : ROMANS
2
Noah's Ark landing site : ARARAT
3
Less yielding, as a mattress : FIRMER
4
Country singer Keith : TOBY
5
Show with Kate McKinnon, in brief : SNL
6
Open, as a bottle : UNCAP
7
___ Image Awards : NAACP
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Printed publicity, slangily : INK
9
One of 20 for a bear : TOE
10
See 10-Across : SENOR
11
Language in which "thank you" is "grazie," to natives : ITALIANO
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Excuse meant to elicit sympathy : SOBSTORY
13
Au courant : INSTYLE
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Angst-ridden rock genre : EMO
22
Pumpkin : HON
24
Deuces : TWOS
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___ the mill (ordinary) : RUNOF
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Steaming mad : IRATE
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It's below 7 on the pH scale : ACID
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Rummage (through) : RIFLE
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Ivan the Terrible and Peter the Great : TSARS
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___ Arbor, Mich. : ANN
35
Wee : ITTY
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What a whopper! : TOTALLIE
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When air-conditioners really hum : HEATWAVE
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ESPN's Arthur ___ Courage Award : ASHE
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Post boxes? : CEREALS
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On the ___ (sneakily) : SLY
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Light particle : PHOTON
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"I've found it!" : EUREKA
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Crow with nine Grammys : SHERYL
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Used a stun gun on : TASED
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Justin Timberlake's former band : NSYNC
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Came to light : AROSE
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Not be serious : KID
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Something frequently reposted : MEME
57
Puppy's bark : YIP
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"I'm ___ roll!" : ONA
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Comcast, e.g., for short : ISP

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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