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New York Times, Friday, July 13, 2018

Rock band whose name is suggested by the first row of this puzzle

Author:
Trenton Charlson
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Trenton Charlson

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 36 Missing: {Q} Grid has mirror symmetry. Scrabble average: 2.00 This is puzzle # 7 for Mr. Charlson. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Trenton Charlson notes:
I'm not exactly sure how I came up with this idea, but I remember trying to brainstorm other possible theme material, though that came ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
ZZ TOP — as in a triplet of ZZs at the top of the puzzle. Appropriate to have three of them, since ZZ TOP has three members! I always ... read more
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© 2018, The New York Times7/13/18 ( No. 25,084 )

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Across
1
Ride : RAZZ
5
Trattoria offering : PIZZA
10
Effervescence : FIZZ
14
Natural pain reliever : ALOE
15
West Indian sorcery : OBEAH
16
Dirt pie ingredient : OREO
17
Amorphous mass : GLOB
18
5-Across unit : PIECE
19
Days long gone : YORE
20
Inept sorts : NIMRODS
22
One low on dough : HAVENOT
24
Aziz of Netflix's "Master of None" : ANSARI
25
Loft addition : DORMER
26
Bush animal, for short : ROO
27
"Still, after all this time ..." : EVENNOW
31
Film speed letters : ISO
32
Cross to bear : ONUS
34
Somewhat icy : ALOOF
35
What old records and happy-go-lucky people may do : SKIP
36
Fore-and-aft-rigged vessel : KETCH
38
Stoppage : END
39
Geoffrey of fashion : BEENE
40
"Sup?" : HOWGOESIT
43
Meritorious : WORTHY
45
Picked up on : SENSED
48
Subject of the 2008 biography "Woman of the House" : PELOSI
49
Annual event that includes snocross and ski superpipe : XGAMES
51
Number two : AIDE
52
Rock band whose name is suggested by the first row of this puzzle : ZZTOP
56
"The Burning Giraffe" artist : DALI
57
___ school : GRAD
58
Martial art whose name means, literally, "sword way" : KENDO
59
Sophocles tragedy : AJAX
60
Best, but barely : EDGE
61
Language from which "kayak" comes : INUIT
62
Paint swatch selection : TONE
63
Go-getter : DOER
64
Pours on the love : DOTES
65
"The Garden of ___" (Oscar Wilde poem) : EROS
Down
1
Apocalyptic event predicted in Norse mythology : RAGNAROK
2
Like a shampoo/conditioner : ALLINONE
3
Expands one's view, in a way : ZOOMSOUT
4
Referee, in slang : ZEBRA
5
Pink, for one : POPDIVA
6
Sacred symbol of ancient Egypt : IBIS
7
The Hudson's Tappan ___ Bridge : ZEE
8
Galifianakis of "The Hangover" : ZACH
9
Leading : AHEADOF
10
Place for an umbrella stand : FOYER
11
Heavyweight champion who defeated "Bonecrusher" Smith : IRONMIKE
12
Gets closer and closer : ZEROESIN
13
Old-fashioned image projector : ZOETROPE
21
Fractions of a krona : ORE
23
Word : VOW
28
"Beowulf," essentially : ELEGY
29
Eating with one's elbows on the table, e.g. : NONO
30
Meeting places : NODES
33
"Peanuts" boy : SCHROEDER
35
Makes plans to tie the knot : SETSADATE
37
Intense attraction, with "the" : HOTS
39
Google alternative : BING
41
Tiny brain? : WHIZKID
42
Vamps : SEXPOTS
43
Odd duck : WEIRDO
44
What "education is the best provision for," per Aristotle : OLDAGE
46
Key for "Spring" in Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" : EMAJOR
47
Roosevelt predecessor? : DELANO
48
Summoned : PAGED
50
Yahtzee scoresheet row : SIXES
53
Founder of Stoicism : ZENO
54
Hardware bit : TNUT
55
Comics character who once, surprisingly, solved a sudoku puzzle : ODIE

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