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New York Times, Monday, July 11, 2016

Pizazz ... or what 18-, 23-, 46- and 56-Across each has?

Author:
Freddie Cheng
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {Q} This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Cheng. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Freddie Cheng notes:
The revealer definitely came first in this one, followed by the theme entries. The trick was to find good theme entries without ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Been a while since we had an initialisms puzzle. Kudos to Freddie for finding four phrases that fit the WOW pattern, especially ... read more
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© 2016, The New York Times7/11/16 ( No. 24,352 )
Across
1
Jab with a knife : STAB
5
One of the a's in Nascar: Abbr. : ASSN
9
"Well, golly!" : OHGEE
14
What Jack and Jill went up : HILL
15
Bygone dagger : SNEE
16
Middays : NOONS
17
Sitar piece : RAGA
18
Heated argument : WAROFWORDS
20
Stretches in history : ERAS
21
"Either you do it ___ will!" : ORI
22
Shoe ties : LACES
23
Take while no one's looking, say : WALTZOFFWITH
26
___ Buddhist : ZEN
27
Relative of ltd. : INC
28
Some special f/x : CGI
31
Iconic action figure : GIJOE
34
Material in a fire starter set : MATCHWOOD
37
"Unto us ___ is given": Isaiah : ASON
38
Tree with papery bark : BIRCH
39
Not quite circular : OVAL
40
Have a midday meal : TAKELUNCH
42
Stockholm native : SWEDE
43
CBS symbol : EYE
44
Ernie who won the 2012 British Open : ELS
45
Response to a punch in the gut : OOF
46
Exhibits a superhuman ability : WALKSONWATER
52
Beetle Bailey's superior : SARGE
54
2 + 1 in italiano : TRE
55
Arrived : CAME
56
1937 Laurel and Hardy romp in the frontier : WAYOUTWEST
58
London subway, with "the" : TUBE
59
Mountain ridge : ARETE
60
Swear : AVOW
61
Newspaper piece with a viewpoint : OPED
62
Argon and xenon : GASES
63
Alien: Prefix : XENO
64
"Stop" lights : REDS
Down
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Shakespeare's "The Taming of the ___" : SHREW
2
Pageant sparkler : TIARA
3
Like some pond growths : ALGAL
4
Detonation area : BLASTZONE
5
In a faint : ASWOON
6
Wolf (down) : SNARF
7
Feature of a font : SERIF
8
Opposite of paleo- : NEO
9
Doing sentry duty : ONWATCH
10
Illegal liquor, informally : HOOCH
11
What's seen in "Saw" : GORE
12
Termini : ENDS
13
Twisty road curve : ESS
19
Recoil slightly, as from an oncoming punch : FLINCH
24
10-pointer in Scrabble : ZEE
25
Halloween costume with a pointy black hat : WITCH
28
Shore recess : COVE
29
Prod : GOAD
30
Not working : IDLE
31
Entrance to a field : GATE
32
"By Jove!" : ISAY
33
Ha-ha elicitor : JOKE
34
Capital of Belarus : MINSK
35
Rainbow's shape : ARC
36
Pizazz ... or what 18-, 23-, 46- and 56-Across each has? : WOWFACTOR
38
Bit of ammo : BULLET
41
"Twenty Thousand ___ Under the Sea" : LEAGUES
42
Boar's mate : SOW
45
Boxing combo : ONETWO
46
Corresponded with : WROTE
47
Rock's Perry or Tyler : STEVE
48
"Ender's Game" author ___ Scott Card : ORSON
49
Stocking shade : TAUPE
50
Implant : EMBED
51
Clarinets and such : REEDS
52
Fleetwood Mac hit : SARA
53
Assents to the captain : AYES
56
What dogs' tails do : WAG
57
Sealing ___ : WAX

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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