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New York Times, Thursday, August 24, 2017

Author:
Neil Patrick Harris and David Steinberg
Editor:
Will Shortz
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18/24/20171
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Neil Patrick Harris
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986/16/20111/12/202019
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1.645183
David Steinberg

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JQVZ} Spans: 1 This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Harris. This is puzzle # 67 for Mr. Steinberg. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. See all the celebrity crosswords. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Notepad: CELEBRITY CROSSWORD
To mark the 75th anniversary of the New York Times crossword, which debuted in 1942, we are publishing a series of puzzles co-created by famous people who solve the Times crossword, working together with regular Times puzzle contributors.
This collaboration is by the actor, comedian and emcee Neil Patrick Harris - the star of TV's "Doogie Howser, M.D." and "How I Met Your Mother" - working together with Stanford University student David Steinberg, who has been editing a weekly puzzle for the Orange County Register since he was 15. This is Mr. Steinberg's 66th crossword for The Times.
The celebrity collaborations will continue periodically through the year.
More information about the making of today's puzzle appears in the Times's daily crossword column (nytimes.com/column/wordplay).
Constructor notes:
NEIL: I must say, I was beyond flattered to be asked by Will to participate in a NYT puzzle creation. I'm a big fan of games and ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Of all the celebrity collaborations this year, this might be my favorite. Not only am I a huge Neil Patrick Harris fan, all the way ... read more
Jim Horne notes:
Mr. Harris is a fine Sondheim interpreter. Here he is singing "Barcelona" from Company with Christina Hendricks. We count this as Mr. ... read more
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© 2017, The New York TimesNo. 0824 ( 24,761 )

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Across
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Not so exciting : MEH
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Purchase that can be deleted : APP
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Spongy sweet : TRIFLE
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It may contain gold : ORE
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Sigh of relief : PHEW
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Billy : HEGOAT
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Film technique - or a bad thing for it to get? : PAN
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Apex predator of the ocean : ORCA
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Like, so cute! : ADORBS
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58-Across, notably : ESCAPEARTIST
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Road sign animal : DEER
24
Elsa's sister in "Frozen" : ANNA
25
Able to run smoothly, say : OILED
29
Apt rhyme of "squeak" : EEK
31
Violator of YouTube standards : SEXTAPE
33
Bids "one club," say : OPENS
36
British Invasion band that launched Van Morrison's career : THEM
38
Swig from a flask : NIP
39
Part of a magic show : DISAPPEARINGACT
43
Tip-___ (easy baskets) : INS
44
All-vegetarian frozen food brand : AMYS
45
Like the smiling eyes of song : IRISH
46
Approach furtively, with "on" : STEALUP
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51-Across, e.g. : SCI
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Mexican silver city : TAXCO
51
Paris accord subj. : ECOL
54
Cartoonist who popularized Uncle Sam : NAST
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Subject of this puzzle (who has himself done a 39-Across) : HARRYHOUDINI
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Lily Tomlin's role in "All of Me" : EDWINA
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Latin lover's love : AMOR
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___ one-eighty : DOA
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Total bore : YAWNER
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Goes out for a while? : NAPS
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Mess up : ERR
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Asylum seeker, maybe : EMIGRE
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Org. whose budget is classified : NSA
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Lead-in to horse or lion : SEA
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Portmanteau ride : MOPED
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Take out : ERASE
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Therefore : HENCE
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Individually : APOP
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Old-style hacker : PHREAK
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Kind of pie : PECAN
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Cuisine with many curries : THAI
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2013 World Series champs : REDSOX
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"Success!" : IGOTIT
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Pro : FOR
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Chocolate ___ : LAB
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A.P. exam inits. : ETS
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Not punish just yet : WARN
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Olympics venue : ARENA
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They're shocking : TASERS
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Hawaii's ___ City, on an island of the same name : LANAI
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"Cleopatra" and "Spartacus" : EPICS
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What a plane lacks : DEPTH
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Mysterious gift? : ESP
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Classic record label : EMI
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Tribute writer of sorts : ODIST
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Fastest of three historic ships : PINTA
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Geographical name that comes from Old English for "East Saxons" : ESSEX
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Home of Arizona State University : TEMPE
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Part of a stable diet? : HAY
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___ Gasol, six-time N.B.A. All-Star : PAU
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Actor Cage, informally : NIC
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D, in an emoticon : GRIN
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Crushing, as a test : ACING
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One who probably doesn't get out much : LONER
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Spills : SLOPS
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Recyclable item : CAN
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Country whose national anthem is "Nashid As-Salaam as-Sultani" : OMAN
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Picnic coolers : ADES
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Needing Bengay, say : SORE
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Reid of Hollywood : TARA
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"r," in a text : ARE
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Pretoria's land: Abbr. : RSA
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Hieroglyphic symbol : EYE
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Flow stopper : DAM
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"A Farewell to Arms" setting, briefly : WWI

Answer summary: 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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