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New York Times, Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Classic hairstyle ... or a hint to the puns in 17-, 25-, 39- and 51-Across

Author:
Jonathan Schmalzbach and Bill Albright
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {QX} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 31 for Mr. Schmalzbach. This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Albright.
Constructor notes:
BILL: This theme came from the observation that much of French culture is widely known in the United States and thus the personages ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Pretty good homophones for Frenchmen, Jules = JEWELS, Claude = CLOD, Toulouse = TOO LOOSE, Blaise = BLAZE. I've seen TOO LOOSE before ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

This is Mr. Schmalzbach's 31st NYT crossword, but his first in 20 years. Here's his previous one from 1998.

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© 2018, The New York Times5/16/18 ( No. 25,026 )

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Across
1
Issue : TOPIC
6
Fodder for sports analytics : STATS
11
Place, as a bet : LAY
14
What a current flows through : ANODE
15
Dickens's ___ Heep : URIAH
16
"Aladdin" monkey : ABU
17
Nickname for a glitzy author? : JEWELSVERNE
19
It contains M.S.G. : NYC
20
Emmy-winning Falco : EDIE
21
Stark of "Game of Thrones" : NED
22
A cluttered one is a sign of a cluttered mind, it's said : DESK
23
[Don't touch my bone!] : GRR
25
Nickname for a clumsy composer? : CLODDEBUSSY
28
Sunken track : RUT
29
Key below Z, on a Mac : ALT
30
Country singer Tillis : MEL
31
John who played an older Kunta Kinte on "Roots" : AMOS
33
"The bay in the fifth," for one : TIP
35
Actress McDonald : AUDRA
39
Nickname for a sloppy painter? : TOOLOOSELAUTREC
43
"Get Happy" composer : ARLEN
44
Gangster's gun : GAT
45
Setting for 46-Across on a very hot day : HIGH
46
See 45-Across : ACS
48
"___ official ..." : ITS
50
Compete : VIE
51
Nickname for a fiery philosopher? : BLAZEPASCAL
56
Shape of a swan's neck : ESS
57
Get under the skin of : RILE
58
___ grecque (served with olive oil, lemon juice and seasonings) : ALA
59
Names in film credits : CAST
61
City where trap music originated: Abbr. : ATL
62
Classic hairstyle ... or a hint to the puns in 17-, 25-, 39- and 51-Across : FRENCHTWIST
66
Prefix with colonialism : NEO
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According to : ASPER
68
Chair designer Charles : EAMES
69
Parched : DRY
70
Prime minister called "Pandit" : NEHRU
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Address, with "to" : SPEAK
Down
1
___ Mahal : TAJ
2
Start of every ZIP code in Pennsylvania : ONE
3
Jigsaw, e.g. : POWERTOOL
4
Named, for short : IDED
5
Toyota coupe sold from 1970 to 2006 : CELICA
6
Hyundai Santa Fe or Tucson, briefly : SUV
7
Focus of a Facebook sidebar : TREND
8
Put on TV : AIRED
9
Kind of bike or kayak : TANDEM
10
Miss identification? : SHE
11
Freeway divisions : LANES
12
Deep, deep pit : ABYSS
13
Eliciting an "ugh," maybe : YUCKY
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Have as a customer : SELLTO
22
Port at the west end of Lake Superior : DULUTH
23
Persona non ___ : GRATA
24
It might begin "Did you hear ...?" : RUMOR
26
Old blues singer Johnny : OTIS
27
Fellow bringing roses, perhaps : BEAU
32
Sordid sort : SLEAZE
34
Hard throw, in baseball : PEG
36
Rush-hour : DRIVETIME
37
TV host Philbin : REGIS
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Bodily complaints : ACHES
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First word of "The Raven" : ONCE
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Secular : LAIC
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Hook up (to) : ATTACH
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Few and far between : SPARSE
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Schedules : SLATES
51
___ X : BRAND
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Soda bottle unit : LITER
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Bronze, but not silver or gold : ALLOY
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Beth's preceder : ALEPH
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More rational : SANER
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Give and take : SWAP
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Item above a kitchen stove : FAN
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Grand finale? : CRU
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"The vasty deep," in Shakespeare : SEA
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"What a shame!" : TSK

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle.

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