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New York Times, Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Author:
Elayne Boosler and Patrick Merrell
Editor:
Will Shortz
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17/12/20171
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1.74000
Elayne Boosler
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917/10/20014/1/20202
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1.61554
Patrick Merrell

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JQWXZ} This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Boosler. This is puzzle # 86 for Mr. Merrell. See all the celebrity crosswords. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Notepad: CELEBRITY CROSSWORD
To mark the 75th anniversary of the New York Times crossword, which debuted in 1942, we are publishing a series of puzzles co-created by famous people who solve the Times crossword, working together with regular Times puzzle contributors.

This collaboration is by the comedian Elayne Boosler, who was recently named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the "50 Best Stand-Up Comics of All Time," working together with Patrick Merrell, a writer/illustrator in Vero Beach, Fla. This is Patrick's 86th puzzle for The Times.

The celebrity collaborations will continue periodically through the year.

More information about the making of today's puzzle appears in the Times's daily crossword column (nytimes.com/column/wordplay).
Constructor notes:
PATRICK: If you wanted to bottle the enthusiasm and effort Elayne put into this puzzle, you'd need a vat! Although the two of us live ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Funny "modern-day remake" theme, classic movies updated using current businesses. It took me forever to figure out what was going on, ... read more
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© 2017, The New York TimesNo. 0712 ( 24,718 )
Across
1
TV's "Top ___" : CHEF
5
Be abrasive : CHAFE
10
One on a U.S. penny : UNUM
14
Pause : LULL
15
Apply, as lotion : RUBIN
16
Moon unit? : NASA
17
Troop group : ARMY
18
Modern-day remake of a Robert De Niro film? : UBERDRIVER
20
Lands on a couch, say : PLOPS
22
Indians' home: Abbr. : CLE
23
Part of EGBDF : EVERY
24
Jessica of "Fantastic Four" : ALBA
26
Fine cotton : PIMA
28
Modern-day remake of a W. C. Fields film? : THEPAYPALDICK
33
Overnight flight : REDEYE
34
Brief blow : GUST
35
South African golfing great : ELS
38
Kuwaiti leader : EMIR
39
Whopping : BIG
40
Relative of a musette : OBOE
41
Carson not known for his monologues : KIT
42
Completely busted : SHOT
44
Goat coat : MOHAIR
46
Modern-day remake of a Bing Crosby film? : HOLIDAYAIRBNB
49
Snooping : NOSY
50
Gardner who wrote "The Case of the Negligent Nymph" : ERLE
51
Canine command : SICEM
54
Word derived from the name of a Belgian town : SPA
56
F.D.R., Churchill and Stalin's last meeting place : YALTA
60
... and something to eat while watching the remakes : GMOPOPCORN
63
Slant : LEAN
64
Rock's Jethro ___ : TULL
65
Guy with a lot of bookings? : DANNO
66
Gentle tune : LILT
67
Make litterproof? : SPAY
68
Emo emotion : ANGST
69
Animals that provided hair used in Chewbacca's costume : YAKS
Down
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Give it up, so to speak : CLAP
2
Toss : HURL
3
Little red monster : ELMO
4
Sticky strip : FLYPAPER
5
French vineyard : CRU
6
Wheel adornment : HUBCAP
7
Member of the first family : ABEL
8
What may have a dog leg to the left or right? : FIREPLUG
9
Squelch : END
10
Computer that accurately predicted Ike's 1952 election : UNIVAC
11
Where a congregation congregates : NAVE
12
App customer : USER
13
"Bloody" queen : MARY
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Please ___ (invoice stamp) : REMIT
21
What good comics do : SLAY
25
Tournament pass : BYE
27
Bouncer's checks, for short? : IDS
28
Long march : TREK
29
Prefix meaning "half" : HEMI
30
"All in the Family" mother : EDITH
31
Feeling of anxiety : AGITA
32
It's stuck on a grill : KEBAB
36
Cut above the flank : LOIN
37
Southern Slav : SERB
39
T.S.A. screening : BODYSCAN
40
"That so?!" : OHREALLY
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Film lovers may run in it : SLOMO
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Half of a towel set : HIS
44
Deface : MAR
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Kind of boid that catches the woim? : OILY
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Like cheap toilet paper : ONEPLY
48
Aches (for) : YEARNS
51
Barracks barkers: Abbr. : SGTS
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Grumbly "Are you still sleeping?" response : IMUP
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Pop : COLA
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Video game with a square ball : PONG
57
Sci-fi princess : LEIA
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Lecture : TALK
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They might emerge on hilltops : ANTS
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A peck in a park is one, for short : PDA
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"As if!" : NOT

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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