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New York Times, Saturday, August 22, 2020

2003 #1 hit with the lyric "Shake it like a Polaroid picture"

Author:
Trenton Charlson
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Trenton Charlson

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 38 Missing: {QZ} This is puzzle # 24 for Mr. Charlson.
Trenton Charlson notes:
This puzzle started with PAWN PROMOTION, and its 13-letter length gave me an ideal opportunity to try working with a "stair-stack" ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Excellent gridwork, and I'm so glad Trenton didn't go hog wild on rare Scrabble letters today, as is his usual wont. So many IN YOUR ... read more
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© 2020, The New York Times8/22/20 ( No. 25,855 )
Across
1
Finger-on-lips sound : SHH
4
Performer for whom a San Diego stadium was named : SHAMU
9
Some company bigwigs, for short : CFOS
13
Food mascot in a green suit jacket : KEEBLERELF
16
Gifford's talk show successor : RIPA
17
"Take that, loser!" : INYOURFACE
18
Pole position? : AXIS
19
Comic whom Seinfeld called "the Picasso of our profession" : PRYOR
20
___ sleep : REM
21
Only graphic novel to win a Pulitzer Prize (awarded 1992) : MAUS
22
Onetime neighbor of French Indochina : SIAM
23
Find outrageously funny : ROARAT
26
"OK, I've heard enough" : TMI
27
Prompter of a channel change, maybe : TVAD
29
Rain can ruin it : SUEDE
31
Binges : GOESONABENDER
35
What it takes to become a queen? : PAWNPROMOTION
36
Neil Patrick Harris's role on "How I Met Your Mother" : BARNEYSTINSON
37
Herb of the parsley family : ANISE
38
Romeo or Juliet : TEEN
39
Member of the fam : SIB
40
Settles with : REPAYS
44
Some pricey cars, for short : JAGS
48
Great deal : SCAD
50
"Pourquoi ___?" : PAS
51
Actress Linney of Netflix's "Ozark" : LAURA
52
Opposite of inept : ABLE
53
Words that sometimes follow 1-Across : ITSASECRET
56
Guys : LADS
57
Skinflint : CHEAPSKATE
58
Leading role in "The Phantom of the Opera" : ERIK
59
Doesn't take any cards, say : STAYS
60
In need of a lift? : SAD
Down
1
Passes on : SKIPS
2
French philosopher Bergson : HENRI
3
2003 #1 hit with the lyric "Shake it like a Polaroid picture" : HEYYA
4
Relative of a tie in music : SLUR
5
Lead-in to story : HER
6
Newfoundland sound : ARF
7
Half of a classic comedy duo : MEARA
8
Reason to see a gastroenterologist : ULCER
9
Do some fast data processing? : CRAM
10
Obsessed with : FIXATEDON
11
Hangout for Dorian Gray : OPIUMDEN
12
Flipper : SASSIER
14
Gold rush phenomena : BOOMTOWNS
15
Branch of the D.H.S. : FEMA
23
Like a stereotypical mobster's voice : RASPY
24
Things picked up at a landfill : ODORS
25
Sub-Saharan scourge : TSETSE
28
False front : VENEER
30
British flier : UNIONJACK
31
Giuseppe ___, leader in Italy's unification : GARIBALDI
32
English translation of 50-Across : NOT
33
Accord : AMITY
34
Natural history museum sights : BONES
35
Emergency exit feature : PANICBAR
36
Beer with a triangular logo : BASSALE
41
Way cool : EPIC
42
Ways : PATHS
43
A keen eye, for a proofreader, say : ASSET
45
Waves of New Agers? : AURAS
46
"Little Women" director Gerwig : GRETA
47
Having had quite enough : SATED
49
Much can be written on this : DESK
51
Off : LESS
54
Small cell : AAA
55
Piece in Stratego : SPY

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

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