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New York Times, Thursday, May 20, 2021

Entertainer once known as the Queen of Las Vegas

Author:
Trenton Charlson
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Trenton Charlson

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JKQV} Spans: 2 Grid has mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 29 for Mr. Charlson. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Trenton Charlson notes:
This one came from the realization that SIX FEET UNDER would make a good revealer for a letters-below-the-grid puzzle, but my original ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Been a while since the last "letters outside the grid" puzzle. Today's reminded me of a BURY THE HATCHET one; similar notion of ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times5/20/21 ( No. 26,126 )
Across
1
Seat of Oklahoma's Garfield County : ENID
5
Clammy : MOIST
10
Saddle-making tools : AWLS
14
One of three at the start of a Pac-Man game : LIFE
15
Tea party crasher of fiction : ALICE
16
Person of outstanding importance : LION
17
Ancient pyramid builders : MAYA
18
Doofus : IDIOT
19
Poet ___ Wheeler Wilcox : ELLA
20
Ohm, Hertz and Newton : EPONYMS
22
87-octane gas : REGULAR
24
Get further mileage from : REUSE
25
Dunderhead : ASS
27
Leave nothing behind? : STIFF
28
Heartbeat : SEC
29
With 38-Across, Emmy-winning HBO drama whose name suggests this puzzle's theme : SIXFEET
32
Some remote power sources : AAS
33
Baby food : PAP
35
Grove : COPSE
36
Range of sizes, in brief : SML
37
___Vista, early search engine : ALTA
38
See 29-Across : UNDER
39
Text back and forth, say : CHAT
41
Openly condemn : DECRY
43
Apple found on Apple Music : FIONA
44
What Yggdrasil of Norse mythology is : ASHTREE
47
Covert Cold War deal : SPYSWAP
49
Like areas around waterfalls : MISTY
50
Actress Donovan of "Clueless" : ELISA
51
___ Mawr College : BRYN
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Sordid : SEAMY
55
Minestrone ingredient : ORZO
58
Bit of swamp flora : SEDGE
60
The 500s, in the Dewey Decimal System: Abbr. : SCI
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It's bigger than a family : ORDER
62
Cry of frustration : AARGH
63
French article : LES
64
Cathedral area : ALTAR
65
Muckraking journalist Jacob : RIIS
66
"___ es!" (Spanish for "That's it!") : ESO
67
50-denomination coin whose reverse side shows the Fatima Masumeh Shrine : RIAL
Down
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Brand that many people stick with : ELMERS
2
She played Nicole Chapman on "Fame" : NIAPEEPLES
3
"... know what I'm saying?" : IFYOUCATCHMYDRIFT
4
___ list : DEANS
5
Seriously hurt : MAIM
6
Germanic language of the 8th-12th centuries : OLDSAXON
7
Jr.'s son, maybe : III
8
Nine-time Oscar nominee for Best Director : SCORSESE
9
Rodin's thinker? : TETE
10
Unalaska inhabitant : ALEUT
11
Who said "Presidents come and go, but the Supreme Court goes on forever" : WILLIAMHOWARDTAFT
12
Entertainer once known as the Queen of Las Vegas : LOLAFALANA
13
Wolfs (down) : SNARFS
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"What is it?" : YES
23
Prime meridian std. : GST
26
West Coast law force, for short : SFPD
30
Post-op stop : ICU
31
Poetic adverb : EER
34
Game show loser's prize : PARTINGGIFT
36
Movable aerial platform : SCISSORLIFT
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Nabokov's longest novel : ADA
40
Bug : TAP
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Jr. and sr. : YRS
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"In case it's of interest ..." : FYI
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Uranians, e.g. : ETS
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Drill command : EYESLEFT
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Like havarti or Muenster : SEMISOFT
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Wield : PLY
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Scouts ___, rebranded name since '19 : BSA
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Bring up : REAR
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Super-duper : ACES
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Fervency : ZEAL
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Yossarian's tentmate in "Catch-22" : ORR
59
Sounds of puzzlement : EHS
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Trireme implement : OAR

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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