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New York Times, Saturday, May 15, 2021

42-Across : Locks you pick?

Author:
Sam Trabucco
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 66, Blocks: 27 Missing: {FQX} Minimum word length: 4 This is puzzle # 26 for Mr. Trabucco. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Sam Trabucco notes:
I made this puzzle at the same time I was making the finals puzzle for Boswords 2020. I wanted to minimize 3s since I thought that ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Maniacally difficult layout to work with. Three-letter entries are so key to most themeless puzzles because without them, you're ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

Here are the other NYT grids with no three-letter answer words.

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© 2021, The New York Times5/15/21 ( No. 26,121 )
Across
1
Event with kings and queens : DRAGSHOW
9
Avon lady, for one : BRITON
15
Beverage such as huangjiu or cheongju : RICEWINE
16
"We absolutely aren't doing that!" : OHNONO
17
Put off paying, say : OPENATAB
18
What might go through the wringer : WETMOP
19
"Dumb and Dumber" duo : SILENTBS
20
Odorless hydrocarbon : ETHANE
21
Runs or walks : STAT
22
Willing participant? : HEIR
24
Dome of Notre-Dame? : TETE
25
Iconic sports cars, for short : VETTES
27
Jolly laugh : HOHO
29
Worked in Starbuck's business : WHALED
33
Patronize farm stands and farmer's markets, say : EATLOCAL
35
Co-star of TV's "thirtysomething" : KENOLIN
37
Terra firma : DRYLAND
38
Apocalyptic event in Norse mythology : RAGNAROK
40
Revises : EMENDS
41
Lumber : PLOD
42
Locks you pick? : TOUPEE
44
Took some steps : TROD
46
Word on a Champagne bottle : BRUT
47
Triangular sails : JIBS
51
"___ Twain" (platinum album of 1993) : SHANIA
53
iPhone on display at an Apple Store, e.g. : DEMOUNIT
55
Rise : ASCEND
56
"You don't need to tell me ..." : IREALIZE
57
Fixed : SPAYED
58
Moonstone, for Florida : STATEGEM
59
No fans : HATERS
60
Hip joints : HOTSPOTS
Down
1
Rubbish : DROSS
2
Smack a baseball hard : RIPIT
3
What's on the fast track? : ACELA
4
"The Balcony" playwright Jean : GENET
5
Lead-in to son or song : SWAN
6
Drop down suddenly : HITTHEDIRT
7
With money at stake : ONABET
8
Safari destination : WEBSITE
9
Who defeated Holyfield to become the world heavyweight boxing champion in 1992 : BOWE
10
Butler in the old South : RHETT
11
Short : INTHEHOLE
12
Incapable fighter, in boxing slang : TOMATOCAN
13
Start of a two-part thought : ONONEHAND
14
Informal denial : NOPE
23
Perceptive sense : READ
25
Soccer star Carlos : VELA
26
Halal cart fare, informally : STREETMEAT
28
Mother and father, slangily, with "the" : OLDS
29
Sitcom station : WKRP
30
Where some sweaters hang : HEALTHSPA
31
Pet breed from Turkey : ANGORACAT
32
Sight from Big Ben : LONDONEYE
34
___ disease : LYME
36
One getting pwned in online gaming : NOOB
39
Language spoken in Iraq : KURDISH
43
___ Vallarta (popular gay vacation destination) : PUERTO
45
Where a "houseboat" is a banana split : DINER
47
Southern refreshment : JULEP
48
___ Montoya, swordsman in "The Princess Bride" : INIGO
49
"Carmen" composer : BIZET
50
Sticks in the mud? : STEMS
51
It's fit for a queen : SASH
52
Puts on : ADDS
54
Overnight ___ (trendy breakfast) : OATS

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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