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New York Times, Friday, August 26, 2022

Author:
Robert Logan
Editor:
Will Shortz
Davy Jones was one
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Robert Logan

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 37 Missing: {JQX} Puzzle has duplicate clues. This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Logan. Friday freshness: 38%
Robert Logan notes:
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© 2022, The New York Times8/26/22 ( No. 26,589 )
Across
1
Team leader : ALPHADOG
9
Aidy of "Saturday Night Live" : BRYANT
15
"Yeah, I'm breaking up with you" : WEREDONE
16
Kind of board at the beach : BOOGIE
17
Prepare for everything, maybe : OVERPLAN
18
Journalist's secret : SOURCE
19
Bulrush, e.g. : REED
20
Zoom call background effect : BLUR
22
Coveted magic item in Sondheim's "Into the Woods" : BEAN
23
Retirement spots : DENS
24
"Absolutely!" : YESINDEEDY
27
Check in : REPORT
28
Really tiny machines : NANOBOTS
34
Explosive feedback? : RECOIL
38
A heavy one may want a lighter : SMOKER
39
Largest of the Society Islands : TAHITI
40
Calculus AB or Physics C, e.g. : APTEST
41
Showbiz sappiness : SCHMALTZ
43
Bottle of rum go-with : YOHOHO
45
"I can't say for sure" : HARDTOTELL
49
Gift tag word : FROM
53
Snack item since 1912 : OREO
54
Fruit-bearing shrub known botanically as Prunus spinosa : SLOE
55
Food you might eat in a bed : RICE
56
Davy Jones was one : MONKEE
59
Portrayer of the lawyer Robert Shapiro in "The People v. O.J. Simpson" : TRAVOLTA
61
Regard : ESTEEM
62
"You're on!" : ITSADEAL
63
"Who, me?" rejoinder : YESYOU
64
A 50/50 chance … or a description of the lengths of this puzzle's Across and Down answers, respectively : EVENODDS
Down
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"Can we talk?," tersely : AWORD
2
Bank regulator : LEVEE
3
Show vanity, in a way : PREEN
4
Accomplishes the impossible with cats : HERDS
5
Big inits. in payroll services : ADP
6
Surround sound pioneer : DOLBY
7
Ready : ONALERT
8
They make up families : GENUSES
9
Some shot : BBS
10
Joey who doesn't wear pants : ROO
11
"Absolutely!" : YOUBETCHA
12
Match : AGREE
13
Common kind of battery : NICAD
14
Minute : TEENY
21
Light (into) : RIP
25
0° : NORTH
26
Free movie starring yourself? : DREAM
28
Big employer of U.S. mathematicians, in brief : NSA
29
Something that may be toted on a tour : AMP
30
___ at all : NOT
31
"Yep, that's fine" : OKEYDOKEY
32
Get drunk, formally : BESOT
33
Straight: Prefix : ORTHO
35
Something you might strike : OIL
36
Old telecom inits. : ITT
37
Cheney of politics : LIZ
41
Scottish sheepdog, informally : SHELTIE
42
Small-screen milestone of the 1950s : COLORTV
44
Extra periods, for short : OTS
45
Cozy : HOMEY
46
Popped up : AROSE
47
Signs a 48-Down : RENTS
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See 47-Down : LEASE
49
Ring bearer of note : FRODO
50
All ___ up (irritated) : RILED
51
Eightsome : OCTAD
52
Board, so to speak : MEALS
57
Antidiscrimination inits. : EEO
58
Layer of green eggs : EMU
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Mover's need, maybe : VAN

Answer summary:
3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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