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New York Times, Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Certain spears ... or a curious spelling feature of 1-, 20-, 26-, 45- and 53-Across?

Author:
John Lieb
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQX} This is puzzle # 13 for Mr. Lieb.
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D
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D
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D
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U
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C
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K
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A
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B
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R
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M
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S
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D
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H
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R
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V
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P
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P
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A
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L
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T
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P
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H
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E
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M
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C
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A
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M
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D
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R
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Z
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R
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C
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A
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© 2018, The New York Times5/29/18 ( No. 25,039 )
Across
1
Idiosyncratic sorts : ODDDUCKS
9
J. J. ___, director of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" : ABRAMS
15
Irrational suspicion : PARANOIA
16
Unpleasant accompanier of a headlock : NOOGIE
17
"M*A*S*H" star : ALANALDA
18
Cosmic order, in Hinduism : DHARMA
19
Her first scene is with R2-D2 : LEIA
20
Google or Yahoo offering : FREEEMAIL
22
Payroll ID, for short : SSN
23
FedEx alternative : DHL
25
Aries animal : RAM
26
Betty White's role on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" : SUEANNNIVENS
32
Knight's steed : WARHORSE
35
Choreographer Alvin : AILEY
36
Baseball's Felipe, Matty or Jesus : ALOU
37
Many a word ending in -gon : SHAPE
40
NBC's "The More You Know" spots, e.g. : PSAS
41
Place for a sweater : SAUNA
43
Craftsmanship from a barista : LATTEART
45
Moniker of an 18th-century British statesman : PITTTHEELDER
48
Answer to "Who is?" : IAM
49
AOL alternative : MSN
50
Engine part : CAM
53
Sorting criterion at the women's department : DRESSSIZE
58
Massive : HUGE
59
Vegetable with a pungent taste : RADISH
60
Teaches : EDUCATES
63
Word in 17 Monopoly property names : AVENUE
64
Short piano piece : SONATINA
65
Indulges in too much Netflix, say : BINGES
66
Certain spears ... or a curious spelling feature of 1-, 20-, 26-, 45- and 53-Across? : TRIDENTS
Down
1
October birthstones : OPALS
2
Broad valleys : DALES
3
Deplete, as savings : DRAIN
4
Fox News host Perino : DANA
5
Spanish article : UNA
6
Rank above maj. : COL
7
Speedy DC Comics sidekick : KIDFLASH
8
German coal district : SAAR
9
From the mountains of Peru : ANDEAN
10
European region that lent its name to a nonconforming lifestyle : BOHEMIA
11
Wander : ROAM
12
Taj Mahal city : AGRA
13
"Rent" role : MIMI
14
Certain Navy specialist : SEAL
21
Sea eagle : ERN
23
Rock's White Stripes, e.g. : DUO
24
His and ___ : HERS
26
Railroad switch : SHUNT
27
Writer Zora ___ Hurston : NEALE
28
Dodge model named after a snake : VIPER
29
"Let It Go" singer in "Frozen" : ELSA
30
In the neighborhood : NEAR
31
Part of GPS: Abbr. : SYST
32
Stinger with a slender "waist" : WASP
33
Jai ___ : ALAI
34
Lopsided game : ROUT
38
Highest prize at the Cannes Film Festival : PALMEDOR
39
Snow may push them back, for short : ETDS
42
Under discussion : ATISSUE
44
Number of sides on a decagon : TEN
46
Corned beef dishes : HASHES
47
Big initials in the recording industry, once : EMI
50
Interrupt : CUTIN
51
Hollywood power player : AGENT
52
Tablelands : MESAS
53
Visually uninspiring : DRAB
54
Sitarist Shankar : RAVI
55
Genesis locale : EDEN
56
Snitch : SING
57
Piquancy : ZEST
58
"Cherish those hearts that ___ thee": Shak. : HATE
61
Lead-in to code, on a computer : UNI
62
Heel : CAD

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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