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New York Times, Monday, July 4, 2016

Holiday suggested by the starts of 20-, 26-, 36- and 42-Across, literally

Author:
Jill Denny and Jeff Chen
Editor:
Will Shortz
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
57/5/20107/4/20165
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0200300
ScrabbleRebusCirclePangram
1.68200
Jill Denny
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1247/5/201010/17/202180
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327122430109
ScrabbleRebusCirclePangram
1.639322
Jeff Chen

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 42 Missing: {QW} This is puzzle # 5 for Ms. Denny. This is puzzle # 54 for Mr. Chen.
Constructor notes:
JILL: I'm excited to see this puzzle make it to the page after a few years in the queue. Jeff and I painted ourselves into a corner by ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
It's been an amusing game, waiting to see which July 4th this would be published on. We intended it to be hard, for July 4th, 2013 (a ... read more
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Z
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U
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D
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X
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M
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© 2016, The New York Times7/4/16 ( No. 24,345 )
Across
1
Sam who directed "Spider-Man" : RAIMI
6
Greek "Z" : ZETA
10
___ of Fame : HALL
14
Revved engine sound : VROOM
15
Privy to : INON
16
Annual theater award : OBIE
17
Campaign trail : STUMP
18
When repeated, a Stooge's laugh : NYUK
19
What can be a real drag? : TOKE
20
Longtime F.B.I. chief : JEDGARHOOVER
23
German author who wrote "Faust" : GOETHE
25
Demeanors : MIENS
26
Van for moving day, maybe : UHAULRENTAL
30
Zodiac divisions : SIGNS
31
Herman who ran for the 2012 Republican nomination : CAIN
32
Back talk : LIP
35
They're exchanged at the altar : IDOS
36
Drug used to treat Parkinson's : LDOPA
38
See 2-Down : DECO
39
Crossed (out) : XED
40
Street likely to have the most stoplights : MAIN
41
Watch that "takes a licking and keeps on ticking" : TIMEX
42
Male characteristic : YCHROMOSOME
45
Perplexed : ATSEA
48
Skybox locales : ARENAS
49
Holiday suggested by the starts of 20-, 26-, 36- and 42-Across, literally : FOURTHOFJULY
53
Threesome : TRIO
54
Guthrie who sang at Woodstock : ARLO
55
N.B.A. Hall-of-Famer Thomas : ISIAH
59
Caesar's accusation to Brutus : ETTU
60
Russia's Nicholas I or II : CZAR
61
1/16 of a pound : OUNCE
62
The first "R" of R&R : REST
63
Keystone ___ of early film : KOPS
64
Clucked in disapproval : TSKED
Down
1
Traveling homes, for short : RVS
2
With 38-Across, 1920s-'30s design style : ART
3
Payment-to-come-later note : IOU
4
Much-ridiculed pants for women : MOMJEANS
5
Instigation : IMPETUS
6
"Oh, snap!" elicitor : ZINGER
7
Writer/singer of an Elvish song for "The Lord of the Rings" : ENYA
8
With 23-Down, leader of a sightseers' group : TOUR
9
Symbol of life in ancient Egypt : ANKH
10
Necessity for deep-frying : HOTOIL
11
On top of : ABOVE
12
Make an analogy with, with "to" : LIKEN
13
Satyrs' looks : LEERS
21
FedEx competitor : DHL
22
Arabian Peninsula sultanate : OMAN
23
See 8-Down : GUIDE
24
"This is terrible!" : OHGOD
27
Low-priced, in brand names : ECONO
28
Short snooze : NAP
29
___ Maria (coffee liqueur) : TIA
30
Highest roll of a die : SIX
32
Helpful theorem, in math : LEMMA
33
Slushy drinks with a polar bear mascot : ICEES
34
Curse : POX
36
"Well, ___-di-dah!" : LAH
37
Boardroom V.I.P.: Abbr. : DIR
38
Greek god of wine : DIONYSUS
40
Exam for future docs : MCAT
41
"The Waste Land" poet : TSELIOT
42
Ump's cry at home : YEROUT
43
College students' declarations : MAJORS
44
Sch. in Tulsa, Okla. : ORU
45
Pursuing : AFTER
46
Rich dessert : TORTE
47
♠, ♥, ♦ and ♣ : SUITS
50
Cabbie : HACK
51
Rice-shaped pasta : ORZO
52
Kerfuffle : FLAP
56
Newspaper coverage, informally : INK
57
Expert : ACE
58
"If only ___ listened ..." : HED

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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