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New York Times, Thursday, July 23, 2020

Present ... or a concise explanation of this puzzle's theme

Author:
Robyn Weintraub
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 40 Missing: {GJQXZ} This is puzzle # 29 for Ms. Weintraub. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Robyn Weintraub notes:
I'm very excited to share my Thursday debut. This is just a basic ‘drop a letter' theme, with the twist of moving the drop-a-letter ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
A (w)holesome concept, the LETTER W's disappearance making me go down many rabbit holes. I spent so much time floundering while trying ... read more
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© 2020, The New York Times7/23/20 ( No. 25,825 )
Across
1
Major source of wheat : SUN
4
Zipped : SPED
8
Hindu avatar : RAMA
12
Kaplan course subj. : LSAT
14
Neighbor of Algeria : MALI
15
Snubs, possibly : OMITS
17
Swaying just before a disaster : UHOH
18
Blarney Stone site : ERIN
19
Wedgy : TENSE
20
Part 1 of an instruction for solving this puzzle : REMOVETHE
22
Mean : CRUEL
23
Donna's predecessor? : PRIMA
24
Glamping option : YURT
26
Bold alternative: Abbr. : ITAL
27
Image on the Missouri state quarter : ARCH
29
A jigger is bigger than this : OUNCE
31
Some loud chewers : OLES
34
Limelight stealer : HAM
36
Didn't stay put : ROAMED
39
The Cardinals, on scoreboards : STL
40
Part 2 of the instruction : LETTERW
42
Many wages : ERA
43
Sewer : ORACLE
45
TV's "Science Guy" : NYE
46
Tech info site : CNET
47
Heineken alternative : BECKS
49
Smoking hot Italian? : ETNA
51
1982 film that takes place inside a computer : TRON
53
Wrests : SITS
55
Cry in an opera house : BRAVA
59
Labor day event : BIRTH
61
End of the instruction : FROMCLUES
63
Minimalist : SPARE
64
Fish frequently caught by newts : TUNA
65
Ending for patri- : OTIC
66
Leader typically appearing shirtless in "S.N.L." parodies : PUTIN
67
Colonnade trees : ELMS
68
Hawn of the silver screen : SOLO
69
Bustline muscles, informally : PECS
70
Some winks : DYES
71
Retired means of travel, for short : SST
Down
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Result of loose lips? : SLURP
2
Job that involves a lot of sweating : USHER
3
Judd of country music : NAOMI
4
Hook associate : SMEE
5
Handout on December 31 : PARTYHAT
6
Peace Nobelist Root : ELIHU
7
Dough used in a taqueria : DINERO
8
Org. for some future lts. : ROTC
9
AWOL part : AMERICA
10
Colonial force : MINUTEMEN
11
Own a boat, say : ATSEA
13
Pewter accompanier in the Bible : THOMAS
16
Wads are made to do this : SELL
21
"Emeer" for "emir," e.g.: Abbr. : VAR
25
Castle feature : TURRET
28
"Rosy" things : CHEEKS
30
Present ... or a concise explanation of this puzzle's theme : NOW
31
"Special Agent ___" (Disney animated series) : OSO
32
Copier tray abbr. : LTR
33
Go on : ELABORATE
35
High point: Abbr. : MTN
37
Poet's "before" : ERE
38
"Can't Help Lovin' ___ Man" : DAT
40
Cousin of "Inc." : LLC
41
"I need your full attention over here" : EYESONME
44
Ending that's in the middle? : CENTRIC
46
Santana of Santana : CARLOS
48
Like flour for baking : SIFTED
50
Original airer of "The Monkees" : NBC
51
Shortening used in recipes? : TBSP
52
Shrewd : RIPUP
54
In all honesty : TRULY
56
Fiats, e.g. : AUTOS
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Bridal shop display : VEILS
58
Berkshire racecourse : ASCOT
60
Certain lawyers : HENS
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It may be critical : MASS

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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