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New York Times, Tuesday, May 25, 2021

First hit by the Moody Blues (whose title ends with an exclamation point)

Author:
Kristian House and Mike Dockins
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Kristian House
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Mike Dockins

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 38 Missing: {QX} This is puzzle # 22 for Mr. House. This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Dockins. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Constructor notes:
KRISTIAN: Mike had the initial idea for this puzzle, sending me a grid with three of the four theme answers that made the final cut ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
The last example of a "similar colloquial expressions" crossword was seven years ago? Say it ain't so! That can't be right! ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times5/25/21 ( No. 26,131 )
Across
1
Evidence of a recent scrape : SCAB
5
Lead-in to fall : PRAT
9
Expensive Super Bowl purchases : TVADS
14
Actress Reid of "Sharknado" : TARA
15
Timber wolf : LOBO
16
Snookums : HONEY
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Many a graduate of 37-Across: Abbr. : ENGR
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"Not just that ..." : EVENBETTER
20
"Really?!" : IDONTBELIEVEIT
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First hit by the Moody Blues (whose title ends with an exclamation point) : GONOW
23
Word with fishing or lightning : ROD
24
"Impo-o-ossible!" : NOFRIGGINWAY
32
Showed up : CAME
35
Capital of West Germany : BONN
36
Party line? : CONGA
37
Tech sch. in Troy, N.Y. : RPI
38
Store clearance event : BIGSALE
40
Gesture meaning "thank you" : BOW
41
The Jetsons' dog : ASTRO
43
Handicraft website : ETSY
44
Bouts of crying, say : JAGS
45
"Oh, come on now!" : GETOUTTAHERE
48
Little Rock-to-Chicago dir. : NNE
49
Reminder of an old flame? : ASHES
53
"How ridiculous!" : THATSCRAZYTALK
59
Hot seasoning made with peppers : CHILISAUCE
60
Singer Brickell : EDIE
61
Throng : HORDE
62
What some ships and hearts do : SINK
63
Tear down : RAZE
64
Rival of Hydrox cookies : OREOS
65
Part of the body mentioned in "Oh! Susanna" : KNEE
66
E.R.A. or R.B.I. : STAT
Down
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Cartoonist William who created Shrek : STEIG
2
"On it!" : CANDO
3
First noble gas to be discovered : ARGON
4
With no exceptions : BARNONE
5
Commoner : PLEB
6
Go here and there : ROVE
7
___ Prize, annual award in mathematics : ABEL
8
Literature Nobelist Morrison : TONI
9
Longtime singing competition hosted by Carson Daly : THEVOICE
10
Said "nay" : VOTEDNO
11
Saying "nay" : ANTI
12
Bug repellent ingredient : DEET
13
Country once joined with Egypt as the United Arab Republic: Abbr. : SYR
19
North Atlantic shipping menace : BERG
21
Start of every ZIP code in Washington, D.C. : TWO
25
Clarice Starling's employer in "The Silence of the Lambs," in brief : FBI
26
Thesaurus eponym : ROGET
27
Photo-sharing app, familiarly : INSTA
28
Grind, as the teeth : GNASH
29
New York Liberty's org. : WNBA
30
Really eager : AGOG
31
Turns sharply, as an aircraft : YAWS
32
Rocky outcropping : CRAG
33
Quiet place to pray : APSE
34
Something for a chef to have on hand? : MITT
38
Awards for some hunters : BOUNTIES
39
Harsh cleaning agent : LYE
42
Soccer superstar Cristiano : RONALDO
44
Court cutups : JESTERS
46
Thomas Hardy title heroine : TESS
47
Output from a sci-fi weapon : RAY
50
Attacked : HADAT
51
Doolittle of "Pygmalion" : ELIZA
52
Sport with clay targets : SKEET
53
God who wields the hammer Mjölnir : THOR
54
"This Gun for ___" (film noir classic) : HIRE
55
Winery container : CASK
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Pompeii, e.g. : RUIN
57
Adolescent outburst? : ACNE
58
"___ and Luther" (onetime Disney Channel sitcom) : ZEKE
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Comedian Margaret : CHO

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle.

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