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New York Times, Tuesday, August 11, 2020

37-Across : Refrain in a children's song ... or a literal feature of 17-, 25-, 42- and 55-Across

Author:
Amanda Rafkin and Ross Trudeau
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Amanda Rafkin
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1.62181
Ross Trudeau

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQX} Spans: 4 This is puzzle # 4 for Ms. Rafkin. This is puzzle # 31 for Mr. Trudeau. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2020, The New York Times8/11/20 ( No. 25,844 )
Across
1
Bulldozed : RAZED
6
Construction details, informally : SPECS
11
Loop in secretly, in a way : BCC
14
Rumor starter : IHEAR
15
Item in a quiver : ARROW
16
"I figured it out!" : AHA
17
Popular shooter in the Old West : DERRINGERPISTOL
20
Angsty music genre : EMO
21
Bounds ... or partner of bounds : LEAPS
22
Nothing, to Nero : NIHIL
23
Railways not on street level : ELS
24
Serious break in relations : RIFT
25
Puts one's own slant on the past : REWRITESHISTORY
33
One of the Coen brothers : ETHAN
34
One feeding off others : LEECH
35
"___ is me!" : WOE
36
Baker who sang "My Funny Valentine" : CHET
37
Refrain in a children's song ... or a literal feature of 17-, 25-, 42- and 55-Across : EIEIO
38
Captain's spot : HELM
39
___ Lingus : AER
40
Opponents : ANTIS
41
2008 sci-fi Pixar hit : WALLE
42
W.W. I leader : PRESIDENTWILSON
45
Composition of some mountain forests : FIRS
46
Connections, informally : INS
47
Wolf pack vessel in W.W. II : UBOAT
49
Bird bills : BEAKS
52
Producer of lines at airports, for short : TSA
55
Vietnamese noodle salads : VERMICELLIBOWLS
58
"Let Me Blow Ya Mind" rapper : EVE
59
Pocketbook portmanteau : MURSE
60
Fyodor Dostoyevsky novel, with "The" : IDIOT
61
Captains' cries : AYS
62
Things that spheres lack : EDGES
63
Outset : GETGO
Down
1
The Haunted Mansion or Splash Mountain, at Disneyland : RIDE
2
[Pardon me!] : AHEM
3
Goose egg : ZERO
4
Large part of an elephant : EAR
5
Teach through repetition : DRILLIN
6
Multigenerational story : SAGA
7
Get ready, in brief : PREP
8
Messes up : ERRS
9
Steal, in slang : COP
10
Coarsely ill-mannered : SWINISH
11
They get wetter as they dry : BATHTOWELS
12
Fifth-most-common Korean surname, after Kim, Lee, Park and Jung : CHOI
13
Get on the line : CALL
18
Where the baby bird gets the worm : NEST
19
Sort through, as evidence : SIFT
23
The "E" of Q.E.D. : ERAT
24
The "R" of P.R. : RICO
25
Opening of many a serial drama episode : RECAP
26
Old anesthetic : ETHER
27
Whys and ___ : WHEREFORES
28
Superior group : ELITE
29
Welcome at the front door, say : SEEIN
30
Bank job : HEIST
31
Viking who was the first ruler of Normandy : ROLLO
32
"Heel" of the Arabian Peninsula : YEMEN
37
Things trimmed at a salon : ENDS
38
Dutch artist Frans : HALS
40
TV broadcast slot : AIRTIME
41
Hits the jackpot : WINSBIG
43
King's country in "The King and I" : SIAM
44
Collaborative online reference : WIKI
47
Pigmented part of the eye : UVEA
48
Group of like things : BEVY
49
The Titanic's undoing : BERG
50
"What ___?" (store clerk's query) : ELSE
51
Things sold by the yard? : ALES
52
Nincompoop : TWIT
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Long, hard work : SLOG
54
Regarding, in a memo : ASTO
56
Real mouthful? : CUD
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Reverential poem : ODE

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle.

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