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New York Times, Saturday, July 28, 2018

She convinced George to switch to five-pointed stars, in American legend

Author:
Natan Last, Andy Kravis and The J.A.S.A. Crossword Class
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Natan Last
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 36 Missing: {KQV} This is puzzle # 25 for Mr. Last. This is puzzle # 11 for Mr. Kravis. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Constructor notes:
We started this puzzle trying to get three lively entries to stack nicely in the center, and I think we succeeded with FASHION POLICE ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
You had me at FASHION POLICE / JUICE CLEANSES / GENDER STUDIES! Now that's a fantastic triplet to anchor this "stair stack" themeless. ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

This is the 15th puzzle from the J.A.S.A. Here's the complete set.

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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 0728 ( 25,099 )
Across
1
Astaire with steps : ADELE
6
Onetime Virginia senator Jim : WEBB
10
"My Two ___" (1980s sitcom) : DADS
14
French parish priests : CURES
15
Piece of merchandise : WARE
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"___ homo" : ECCE
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Camaraderie : TEAMSPIRIT
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Autumn spice : MACE
20
Words to the disloyal : ETTU
21
Cheryl of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" : HINES
22
Binge-watch, maybe : ODON
23
Like a Hail Mary : DOORDIE
25
"By the way ..." : FYI
27
"Nothing Feels Good: Punk Rock, Teenagers and ___" (2003 book) : EMO
28
Channel with several spinoff channels : ESPN
30
Pay : REMIT
32
Ones who may dress down those dressing up? : FASHIONPOLICE
36
Some detox diets : JUICECLEANSES
37
Modern college major : GENDERSTUDIES
38
Former Giants G.M. Al : ROSEN
39
Big name in Art Deco : ERTE
40
Many a time suck : APP
41
Social reformer Dorothea : DIX
44
Comment after a bump : OHSORRY
49
Caustic soda, chemically : NAOH
51
What you might charge for a ride : TESLA
53
Onetime Korean statesman Syngman : RHEE
54
Movie villain whose first name is Julius : DRNO
55
Part of many an N.Y.C. subway station wall : INLAIDTILE
57
Lip : EDGE
58
Video game neophyte, informally : NOOB
59
Mod bottoms : MINIS
60
Kvass grains : RYES
61
Workers on the hill : ANTS
62
Brno-born, e.g. : CZECH
Down
1
Made (like) : ACTED
2
On account of : DUETO
3
Mythical figure often depicted holding a lyre : ERATO
4
Arboreal primate : LEMUR
5
Largest section of the dictionary : ESS
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"Dunkirk" and "Pearl Harbor," for short : WWIIEPICS
7
Merit : EARN
8
Court submission : BRIEF
9
She convinced George to switch to five-pointed stars, in American legend : BETSY
10
Show : DEMO
11
Places of learning : ACADEMIES
12
Distributor of Penguin classics? : DCCOMICS
13
What an asterisk may mean : SEENOTE
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"Nigerian prince," often : PHISHER
24
Sink : DESCEND
26
Some of life's twists and turns : IRONIES
29
Nick of Hollywood : NOLTE
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Part of a programmer's conditional : ELSE
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One who sucks the joy out of the room : FUNSPONGE
33
Worker on the Hill : AIDE
34
Places where brain waves are analyzed : NEUROLABS
35
Panang curry alternative : PADTHAI
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Show that once had an April Fools' Day episode hosted by Pat Sajak : JEOPARDY
37
More sweeping : GRANDER
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Book that's the basis for the movie "What's Love Got to Do With It" : ITINA
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Gas in arc lamps : XENON
45
Actress Ana of "Devious Maids" : ORTIZ
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River crossed in 1945's Operation Plunder : RHINE
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Thing often described redundantly as "of the past" : RELIC
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"Gimme a break!" : YEESH
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Prepares a bed? : HOES
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Tab's counterpart : SLOT
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Hip-hop's Run-___ : DMC

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later.

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