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New York Times, Wednesday, August 4, 2021

33-Down : Often-frazzled comics character

Author:
Brandon Koppy
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JKQVXZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Koppy. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Brandon Koppy notes:
I know this mash-up/double feature gimmick has been done before (for both movies and musicals), but I've only ever seen it result in ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Some great finds, four solidly in-the-language phrases comprised of two movie titles. With this type of paired-title theme, the ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times8/4/21 ( No. 26,202 )
Across
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___ alphabet : NATO
5
Dream big : ASPIRE
11
___-Signal : BAT
14
Mystery writer? : ANON
15
Place to hide in hide-and-seek : CLOSET
16
Donkey Kong, for one : APE
17
Classic song that starts "I was working in the lab late one night" [2003, 1970] : MONSTERMASH
19
Hwy. : RTE
20
Viking beverage : MEAD
21
Popular New Orleans dessert : BEIGNET
23
Start of the Depression [1987, 2004] : WALLSTREETCRASH
27
___ vera : ALOE
28
Bequeaths : WILLS
29
Works of Picasso y Goya : ARTE
30
Gotham inits. : NYC
31
Small wind instrument : FIFE
32
Gamblers' calculations : ODDS
33
Line at the top or bottom of a website [1997, 2019] : CONTACTUS
36
Help up a slope : TBAR
38
Popular depilatory : NAIR
39
Busy body? : BEE
42
It was cool in the '90s : PHAT
43
Search blindly : GROPE
45
Strives (to) : AIMS
46
Commuter's headache [1998, 2000] : RUSHHOURTRAFFIC
49
1986 #1 hit for Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald : ONMYOWN
50
Throne material on "Game of Thrones" : IRON
51
Lovelace of early computing : ADA
52
Editing device suggested by 17-, 23-, 33- and 46-Across? : FILMSPLICER
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Crossed : MET
58
Michelle Obama or Jill Biden, informally : FLOTUS
59
Request accompanying puppy dog eyes, maybe : CANI
60
___ Lankan : SRI
61
Mac-versus-PC and others : ADWARS
62
Lead-in to sax : ALTO
Down
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"Full Metal Jacket" setting, in brief : NAM
2
Surprise for a statistician : ANOMALY
3
"Funky Cold Medina" rapper : TONELOC
4
In the bargain bin, say : ONSALE
5
Tennis feat : ACE
6
Nikon D3500, e.g. : SLR
7
Certain lap dog, informally : POM
8
Allende who wrote "City of the Beasts" : ISABEL
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Goes back to square one : RESETS
10
Moral code : ETHIC
11
Alma mater for Martha Stewart and Joan Rivers : BARNARD
12
Hurdles for many honor students, in brief : APTESTS
13
Something most babies do at around six months : TEETHE
18
The Rams scored none of these in the '19 Super Bowl, and the Chiefs none in '21 : TDS
22
Ex-seniors : GRADS
23
Sickly-looking : WAN
24
Mattress size : TWIN
25
Big break : RIFT
26
58-Across between Lou and Bess : ELEANOR
31
Supporting : FOR
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___ Lady of Guadalupe : OUR
33
Often-frazzled comics character : CATHY
34
Rank below adm. : CAPT
35
Seating section : TIER
36
What the N.B.A.'s SuperSonics became in 2008 : THUNDER
37
Type of rice : BASMATI
39
Like some glasses : BIFOCAL
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Highly respected : EMINENT
41
Help button : ESC
42
Some celebrity sporting events : PROAMS
43
Rampage : GOWILD
44
Dwindle : RUNLOW
45
Birthplace of Homo sapiens : AFRICA
47
So-called "Godfather of the Teamsters" : HOFFA
48
Be bedridden, say : AIL
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Big Apple subway inits. : MTA
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Opposite of norte : SUR
55
Email addenda, for short : PSS
56
Vegas hotel and casino that is the longtime host of the World Series of Poker : RIO

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle.

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