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New York Times, Monday, August 12, 2019

Author:
Jeffrey Wechsler
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Jeffrey Wechsler

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 20 for Mr. Wechsler. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeffrey Wechsler notes:
The idea of this puzzle came from a common bit of crosswordese — the Japanese sash called the OBI. Once in a while I try to take an ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
My fastest time ever at "Guess That Theme"! As soon as I had OBIE ___, I skipped to the next themer and plunked down the wise one ... read more
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© 2019, The New York TimesNo. 0812 ( 25,479 )
Across
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Sharp's counterpart, in music : FLAT
5
"Livin' la Vida ___" : LOCA
9
Stories with many chapters : SAGAS
14
Like rain forest vegetation : LUSH
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"Ars Amatoria" poet : OVID
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Story that lets you off the hook : ALIBI
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Theatrical honor : OBIEAWARD
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Mountaineering spike : PITON
20
Person to exchange letters with overseas : PENPAL
21
Fortune 500 listings: Abbr. : COS
23
Jane Austen novel : EMMA
24
"Star Wars" role for Alec Guinness : OBIWANKENOBI
27
Put into operation : ACTUATE
30
They: Fr. : ILS
31
Zig or zag : TURN
32
Lauder with beauty products : ESTEE
35
Little extra attention, as from a repairer, for short : TLC
38
Where education is pursued doggedly? : OBEDIENCESCHOOL
42
"Mad ___" (Mel Gibson film) : MAX
43
"It's a ___ shame" : CRYIN
44
Approximately : ORSO
45
"You stink!" : BOO
46
Sent out, as rays : EMITTED
49
Delivery people? : OBGYNDOCTORS
54
Foundry detritus : SLAG
55
Environmental prefix : ECO
56
Inventor's quest : PATENT
60
Chicken raised for cooking : CAPON
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"Hush, you!" : OHBEQUIET
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Big-time football venue : ARENA
65
Honey-based drink : MEAD
66
Start to deteriorate, as a cord : FRAY
67
Put back to zero, say : RESET
68
A and Z, in the alphabet : ENDS
69
Chop down : FELL
Down
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Theatrical failure : FLOP
2
Auto maintenance job, informally : LUBE
3
X ___ xylophone : ASIN
4
Where stray animals are taken : THEPOUND
5
Darkish, as the interior of a restaurant : LOWLIT
6
Sperm targets : OVA
7
Approximately : CIRCA
8
Supplemental item : ADDON
9
Weaken : SAP
10
"Futurama" figures : ALIENS
11
U.S. base in 28-Down, informally : GITMO
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Detonation of 7/16/45 : ABOMB
13
Egyptian peninsula : SINAI
18
Rhyme scheme of Robert Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" : AABA
22
Irving Berlin's "Blue ___" : SKIES
25
Teeny-___ : WEENY
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Certain utility: Abbr. : ELEC
27
Quark's place : ATOM
28
Havana's home : CUBA
29
Image in the "Jurassic Park" logo, informally : TREX
33
Biol., for one : SCI
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Guiding principle : TENET
35
Legal wrong : TORT
36
Misplace : LOSE
37
Lump of soil : CLOD
39
Stylized "W" for Microsoft Word, e.g. : ICON
40
Wear away : ERODE
41
Something extremely cool, paradoxically : HOTSTUFF
45
Past : BYGONE
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Two-wheelers : MOPEDS
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Baghdad's land : IRAQ
49
One of five for composer John Williams : OSCAR
50
Sound loudly, as a trumpet : BLARE
51
Registers awe : GAPES
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"___, All Ye Faithful" : OCOME
53
Singer/songwriter Leonard : COHEN
57
Dublin's land : EIRE
58
Actress Patricia of "Hud" : NEAL
59
"Bye for now," in a text : TTYL
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Singer ___ King Cole : NAT
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Deserving to get gonged : BAD

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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