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New York Times, Tuesday, June 23, 2020

David Bowie hit with the lyric "You've torn your dress, your face is a mess"

Author:
Jeff Chen
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Jeff Chen

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 113 for Mr. Chen. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Notepad: In the print version of this puzzle, each square in 3-, 7-, 27- and 34-Down contains a short vertical line in the left half of the square.
Jeff Chen notes:
I had been looking for a compelling reason to pre-print something into a crossword grid. Solvers opening up their papers, irate that ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
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Jim Horne notes:

Yes, constructors, RegEx can find words with the left-straight-edge property. Here are some that are at least 7 letters long.

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© 2020, The New York TimesNo. 0623 ( 25,795 )
Across
1
Set a price of : ASK
4
Recede : EBB
7
Arrange in folds : DRAPE
12
They may hang out at pubs : BEERGUTS
15
Brendan of "Crash" : FRASER
16
Plain as day : CLEARCUT
17
Way things look to the public, informally : OPTICS
18
Buffalo's N.H.L. team : SABRES
19
Puffed snack food : RICECAKE
21
Give the go-ahead : LET
22
Revered Muslim : CALIPH
23
Workers in puffy white hats : CHEFS
25
Start of many young rappers' names : LIL
26
Intrinsically : PERSE
30
2011 U.S. Open champ McIlroy : RORY
31
Hazard for takeoffs and landings : FOG
32
Astronomical streaker : METEOR
33
Be behind, in a way : OWE
34
Warrior : FIGHTER
36
One of two in Princess Leia's hairstyle : BUN
37
Thornton ___, "Our Town" playwright : WILDER
39
Tit for ___ : TAT
40
First lady Truman : BESS
41
Daniel who wrote "Robinson Crusoe" : DEFOE
42
"The Star-Spangled Banner" contraction : OER
43
Key worker at a restaurant? : VALET
44
Sources of saliva and sweat : GLANDS
46
Slip up : ERR
47
Game that requires bending : LEAPFROG
50
Rude rejection : BITEME
53
Duds : ATTIRE
54
Sticker on green products : ECOLABEL
56
Means of climbing over rural fences : STILES
57
They can't lose : SUREBETS
58
One-on-one pupil : TUTEE
59
Target of some football passes : END
60
Spike of interest in movies? : LEE
Down
1
Some kindergarten lessons : ABCS
2
Ward of "CSI: NY" : SELA
3
Mascot on cookie boxes : KEEBLERELF
4
Long-legged waders : EGRETS
5
Florida gridders, in headlines : BUCS
6
A/C measure, for short : BTU
7
Forrest Gump's favorite soft drink : DRPEPPER
8
Gradually increase, with "up" : RATCHET
9
Source of a big percentage of U.S. auto imports : ASIA
10
Hunt-and-___ typing : PECK
11
Gaelic tongue : ERSE
13
Make thinner, as air : RAREFY
14
Rulers, e.g. ... or what the letters in 3-, 7-, 27- and 34-Down all have : STRAIGHTEDGES
15
Points of convergence : FOCI
20
Ailing : ILL
22
Target of a plumber's snake : CLOG
23
Throng : CROWD
24
Mandel of "America's Got Talent" : HOWIE
27
David Bowie hit with the lyric "You've torn your dress, your face is a mess" : REBELREBEL
28
Boozehound : SOUSE
29
Physicist Mach of Mach number fame : ERNST
31
Many a Christmas tree : FIR
32
Convened : MET
34
"Be my guest!" : FEELFREE
35
Blackens : TARS
38
Group on top of a loose football : DOGPILE
40
Bill for a 28-Down : BARTAB
42
Yoko often seen in sunglasses : ONO
43
Like some brides or threats : VEILED
45
Bellicose Greek god : ARES
47
Persist : LAST
48
Rebuke to Brutus : ETTU
49
Going ___ (bickering) : ATIT
50
Brought into the world : BORN
51
Ration, with "out" : METE
52
Conditional word : ELSE
55
Line that an actor waits to hear : CUE

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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