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New York Times, Thursday, May 4, 2017

Winter driving hazard ... or a literal hint to four squares in this puzzle

Author:
Loren Muse Smith and Tracy Gray
Editor:
Will Shortz
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
311/28/20135/4/20173
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0100200
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1.68000
Loren Muse Smith
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329/8/20105/12/20218
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8447711
ScrabbleRebusCirclePangram
1.61661
Tracy Gray

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 83, Blocks: 38 Missing: {QXZ} This is puzzle # 3 for Ms. Smith. This is puzzle # 21 for Ms. Gray.
Constructor notes:
LOREN: A while back, Tracy and I connected on Facebook about the ACPT. When the conversation turned to the inevitable "You working on any ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
BLACK ICE played upon today, with ICE quasi-rebused inside four black squares. (See the grid below for a visual.) At first I thought it would ... read more
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© 2017, The New York Times5/4/17 ( No. 24,649 )
Across
1
Harsh cries : YAWPS
6
Biblical verb : HATH
10
Doorway components : JAMBS
15
Meddlesome sort : SNOOP
16
Playhouse locale, perhaps : TREE
17
"___ Mio" : OSOLE
18
Shouted casual greeting : HOLLA
19
Bellyache : MOAN
20
Actor who won comedy and drama Emmys for the same role : ASNER
21
"Miss Manners," for one : ADVICECOLUMN
22
Pillar : COLUMN
24
Beersheba's region : NEGEV
25
Ticked off : PEEVED
27
Make shipshape, as a ship : SWAB
29
"Ain't gonna happen!" : NODICE
30
She, in Salerno : ESSA
31
Jell-O pudding flavor : OREO
33
"Curiously strong" mint : ALTOID
36
___ a soul : NARY
38
Like albinism : RARE
40
___-Caps (Nestlé brand) : SNO
41
White-haired : OLD
44
Winter driving hazard ... or a literal hint to four squares in this puzzle : BLACKICE
46
Béarnaise ingredient : EGG
47
Cone producer : FIR
48
Russian river to the Arctic Ocean : LENA
49
Close, in a guessing game : WARM
51
Spreads outward : FLARES
53
Wardrobe malfunction : TEAR
55
Incur cellphone charges, maybe : ROAM
59
Hit 2002 animated film : ICEAGE
60
Headliner : STAR
62
Arctic plain : TUNDRA
64
Very low-risk investment, familiarly : TBILL
66
11/11 : ARMISTICEDAY
68
"Que Sera Sera" singer, 1956 : DAY
69
Film composer Morricone : ENNIO
70
Accountant's stamp : PAID
71
Ancient Greek market : AGORA
73
One collecting money on the sidewalk? : METER
74
Something to clear up? : ACNE
75
Spicy cuisine style : HUNAN
76
Novel writing : PROSE
77
A snifter has a short one : STEM
78
Lots of disputin' from Rasputin? : NYETS
Down
1
What a dowsing rod or a slingshot has : YSHAPE
2
Jumper cable connection points : ANODES
3
They might come in packs : WOLVES
4
Patrol wagon : POLICEVAN
5
It's out of this world : SPACE
6
WWW programming code : HTML
7
Waken : AROUSE
8
Group effort : TEAMWORK
9
Salon shade : HENNA
10
"Mad Men" femme fatale : JOAN
11
"Aye," e.g. : ASSENT
12
Cobra fighter : MONGOOSE
13
Extorting from : BLEEDING
14
Helping hound : SERVICEDOG
23
Like natural gas and carbon monoxide : ODORLESS
26
Pianist Cliburn : VAN
28
They're pushed on planes : BARCARTS
32
Seacrest of "American Top 40" : RYAN
34
It might precede a pickup line : LEER
35
Frankfurter : DOG
37
Up to the task : ABLE
39
Audio equipment brand : AIWA
41
Crunch time helper, maybe : OFFICETEMP
42
Comics character who was perpetually 19 : LILABNER
43
Involve unwillingly : DRAGINTO
45
Waterfall : CATARACT
50
Generous, affable sort : MRNICEGUY
52
Counts (on) : RELIES
54
Weasel word? : ERMINE
56
Quirky sort : ODDONE
57
Dormant volcano near the Turkish/Iranian border : ARARAT
58
Ancient pyramid builders : MAYANS
61
Snacks served with cerveza : TAPAS
63
Many a Mormon : UTAHN
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Time's partner, informally : TEMP
65
It's passed on : LORE
67
Footnote word : IDEM
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Wise ___ : GUY

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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