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New York Times, Saturday, August 1, 2020

Author:
Adam Aaronson and Paolo Pasco
Editor:
Will Shortz
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
21/4/20208/1/20201
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ScrabbleRebusCirclePangram
1.75000
Adam Aaronson
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
187/17/20158/1/20206
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ScrabbleRebusCirclePangram
1.62011
Paolo Pasco

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 29 Missing: {JQV} Spans: 2 Scrabble average: 1.87 This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Aaronson. This is puzzle # 18 for Mr. Pasco. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Constructor notes:
ADAM: Like many great things, this collab went down entirely in Twitter DMs. I proposed the (absolutely fiendish) pairing of ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
PLAY WITHIN A PLAY deserves a standing O; such an evocative phrase. There's so much you can do with the cluing, too. I'm not familiar ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

"The play's the thing." The Murder of Gonzago, you'll recall, is Hamlet's ploy, "Wherein I'll catch the conscience of the King."

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© 2020, The New York TimesNo. 0801 ( 25,834 )
Across
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"Coach K" of N.C.A.A. men's basketball fame : KRZYZEWSKI
11
"Somewhat" : ISH
14
Immaculate : NEATASAPIN
15
Info compiled for a debate, metaphorically : AMMO
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"Say again, please" : IDIDNTCATCHTHAT
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Stole something? : FUR
19
Traditional source of material for a sherpa's coat : YAK
20
Noted couple on the Titanic : ASTORS
21
People whom you might try to forget : EXES
23
Tough-to-sculpt part of some Roman statues : TOGA
26
Like the last complete symphony of Gustav Mahler : NINTH
27
Words from a quitter : IRESIGN
30
Sockeye relative : COHO
31
Hangs loose? : DRAPES
34
Series of posts on social media : FEED
36
Knock-down-drag-out : ROW
37
Ad ___ : NAUSEAM
39
"Comin' through!" : SCUSEME
41
Grant, for example : AID
42
Target of products from Bio-Groom and Wondercide : FLEA
44
Page turner : READER
45
Sound heard in a delivery room : SNIP
47
Sushi with unagi : EELROLL
49
Glitz up : ADORN
51
Crew : TEAM
52
Modern corporate dept. : TECH
56
Streaker : METEOR
58
Certain red ... or, in another context, something associated with the color yellow : CAB
60
Org. in Showtime's "Homeland" : CIA
61
Shakespeare's "The Murder of Gonzago" is one : PLAYWITHINAPLAY
65
200 in a 500 : LAPS
66
It might say "Pay poor tax of $15" : CHANCECARD
67
Designer's asset : EYE
68
Landlocked land along the Silk Road : KYRGYZSTAN
Down
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Chopper : KNIFE
2
Brought back : REDUX
3
Former name of sub-Saharan Africa's largest country : ZAIRE
4
Since January 1: Abbr. : YTD
5
Eccentric : ZANY
6
Mandate in some wills : ESTATESALE
7
Eccentrics, in slang : WACKOS
8
Facial joint : SPA
9
Word after press or mess : KIT
10
Worshiper of the goddess Mama Quilla ("mother moon") : INCA
11
Award show sentiment : IMHONORED
12
Residence with lots of remotely controlled systems : SMARTHOME
13
Way to wind down after a workout : HOTSHOWER
15
Top story : ATTIC
17
TV inits. hidden backward in "television shopping" : HSN
22
Tries, maybe : SIPS
24
Often-animated picture file : GIF
25
So long : AGES
28
Natural feature near Queensland : REEF
29
Dead reckoning? : NECROMANCY
31
Spit take, perhaps? : DNASAMPLE
32
Apt occurrence during the game that ended the Cubs' 108-year World Series drought : RAINDELAY
33
Smoking gun of Watergate : AUDIOTAPE
35
Go one on one : DUEL
38
Intersect : MEET
40
Put (away) : SALT
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Many a microbrew : ALE
46
Hunts, with "on" : PREYS
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Very, very fast : RACING
50
Partner of here : NOW
53
Sparkle : ECLAT
54
One-named singer with the 2004 #1 hit "Goodies" : CIARA
55
So-called "Father of the String Quartet" : HAYDN
57
Stack of hay or straw : RICK
59
She performed while six months pregnant at Woodstock : BAEZ
62
Psalm possessive : THY
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When repeated, "So-o-o funny" : HAR
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Windows might be on them : PCS

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle.

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