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New York Times, Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Author:
Zhouqin Burnikel
Editor:
Will Shortz
Victoria and David Beckham, e.g. ... or what 17-, 26-, 47- and 57-Across each have, in a way
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Zhouqin Burnikel

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 36 Missing: {QXZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 44 for Ms. Burnikel.
Zhouqin Burnikel notes:
I tried to remove OPE, but I did not like any of the versions I had in the upper right corner. Quite a few hesitating moments when I ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
POWER COUPLE interpreted as "phrases with an AC and a DC in them." Too bad the puzzle doesn't have the awesome lightning bolt found in ... read more
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© 2017, The New York Times7/11/17 ( No. 24,717 )
Across
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Make the grade : PASS
5
Matchmaking site since 1997 : JDATE
10
Working hard : ATIT
14
Introductory painting class : ARTI
15
Assign, as blame : PINON
16
Done, in Dijon : FINI
17
Hunky-dory : PEACHESANDCREAM
20
___ Arbor, Mich. : ANN
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Turkish for "lord" : AGA
22
Borrower's letters : IOU
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Perennially strong entrant at the Winter Olympics: Abbr. : SWE
24
America, for example, which has a "Cup" named after it : YACHT
26
Untouchable one : SACREDCOW
29
Tennis star Arthur : ASHE
30
Off-road wheels, briefly : ATV
31
Screenwriter Ephron : NORA
32
Ladies' man : ROMEO
34
Stockpiles : HOARDS
36
Victoria and David Beckham, e.g. ... or what 17-, 26-, 47- and 57-Across each have, in a way : POWERCOUPLE
38
Dangers : PERILS
40
Sleep clinic concern : APNEA
41
SpaceX founder Musk : ELON
42
Found really neat : DUG
43
The Rolling Stones or Smashing Pumpkins : BAND
47
Stayed calm : ACTEDCOOL
51
Big name in nail polish : ESSIE
52
Something that's definite? : THE
53
Numbskull : OAF
54
Canon camera : EOS
56
Workout target, for short : PEC
57
Pre-employment screening : BACKGROUNDCHECK
61
Vision: Prefix : OPTO
62
Come in second : PLACE
63
Cold drink at Burger King : ICEE
64
Former C.I.A. director Porter ___ : GOSS
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Kills time : IDLES
66
War vet's affliction, for short : PTSD
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Fruit in som tam salad : PAPAYA
2
Sports centers : ARENAS
3
Stem the flow of : STANCH
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[not my mistake] : SIC
5
Picture file format : JPEG
6
"Twister" or "San Andreas" film genre : DISASTER
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Santa ___ winds : ANA
8
Gin's partner : TONIC
9
Home of the Ewoks : ENDOR
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Togo's home: Abbr. : AFR
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No-win situation : TIESCORE
12
Briefly : INAWORD
13
"I remember when ..." : TIMEWAS
18
Bowler, e.g. : HAT
19
Stage signal : CUE
25
Katniss Everdeen, in "The Hunger Games" : HEROINE
27
California roll ingredient : AVOCADO
28
Swab analysis sites : DNALABS
30
Iowa college town : AMES
33
A fly-by-night? : OWL
34
Like some juries : HUNG
35
Unlock, to a poet : OPE
36
Guards : PROTECTS
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Luxury : OPULENCE
38
Natural fuel source : PEATBOG
39
Nickname of the Mexican drug lord Joaquín Guzmán : ELCHAPO
44
Facet : ASPECT
45
"Uncle!" criers, maybe : NIECES
46
Punched out : DECKED
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Follow relentlessly : DOG
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Wrist bones : CARPI
50
Long past : OFOLD
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YouTube full-screen mode exit key : ESC
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Laudatory poetry : ODES
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Boxing victories, briefly : KOS
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Delta competitor: Abbr. : UAL
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Trendy : HIP

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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