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New York Times, Friday, August 4, 2023

Author:
Brandon Koppy
Editor:
Will Shortz
Blog:
Ineffectual sorts
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Brandon Koppy

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 29 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 15 for Mr. Koppy. Friday freshness: 43%
Brandon Koppy notes:
Wrote this "Junior Mint" puzzle as a sort of sequel to my last Milk Duds themeless. Maybe I've found my niche? Lots of good clue ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
MOTHER SUPERIOR and PATERNITY TESTS — cheeky mini-theme! Such brilliant clues make these marquee entries truly superior, too. As much ... read more
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© 2023, The New York Times8/4/23 ( No. 26,932 )
Across
1
Junior mint? : PLAYMONEY
10
Vets' counterparts : NEWBS
15
1990 film that Roger Ebert called "so implausible that it makes it hard for us to really care about the plight of the kid" : HOMEALONE
16
Kind of acid found in "good" fats : OLEIC
17
High point of a trip to California? : ELCAPITAN
18
"Same" : DITTO
19
No-win situation : WASH
20
Gusto : VIM
21
Handled : SEENTO
22
Org. for Triple H and The Ultimate Warrior : WWE
24
Hazmat monitor : OSHA
26
Flashy hoops highlight, for short : OOP
27
Big sister? : MOTHERSUPERIOR
32
How some deli meats are served : ONRYE
33
Chi-town fixture since 1847, with "the" : TRIB
34
U.S. prez commemorated with a stone tablet in London's Westminster Abbey : FDR
35
Little rascal : STINKER
37
Site for many of Jesus' miracles : GALILEE
40
Nigerian people in "Things Fall Apart" : IBO
41
Space scrap? : NOGO
43
Eponym for U.S. track and field's highest award : OWENS
44
Things that can really make someone pop? : PATERNITYTESTS
47
Rank for TV's Klinger and Radar: Abbr. : CPL
48
Enters, in a way : LOGS
49
Slip : ERR
50
"Barry ___" (1975 Kubrick drama) : LYNDON
52
Info in a visitor's text, maybe : ETA
54
Feature of an empty room, perhaps : ECHO
58
Asteroids system : ATARI
59
John Harvard, of Harvard University, and others : CLERGYMEN
61
Non-English "Uncle" : NOMAS
62
Graphic novelist who created "Watchmen" and "V for Vendetta" : ALANMOORE
63
Teacher's directive : SEEME
64
Classic 1966 album with the tracks "Wouldn't It Be Nice" and "Sloop John B" : PETSOUNDS
Down
1
Cry that accompanies relief … or a reek : PHEW
2
___ Bunny (Looney Tunes character) : LOLA
3
Some theaters : AMCS
4
"I suppose it can't hurt" : YEAHWHYNOT
5
Feature of open-world video games : MAP
6
Hit Broadway musical with an exclamation point in its name : OLIVER
7
Formal denial : NOTI
8
Charm, to King Charles : ENAMOUR
9
Itch : YEN
10
"Sorry, babe" : NODEAR
11
Peace Nobelist Wiesel : ELIE
12
Ineffectual sorts : WETNOODLES
13
Format for peer-to-peer file sharing : BITTORRENT
14
Exclusive : SCOOP
21
Queen of ___ : SHEBA
23
In shorthand, it's written with two S's and two T's : WEEK
25
Tap : SPIGOT
27
___ Eisley ("Star Wars" spaceport) : MOS
28
A little taller than normal, say, as a kiddie : ONTIPPYTOE
29
Certain native identity : TRIBALNAME
30
Heavily caffeinated, say : STRONG
31
Advice lead-in : IFIWEREYOU
36
"The Smartest Guys in the Room" subject : ENRON
38
Major fantasy franchise, in brief : LOTR
39
Suffix with govern : ESS
42
Princess in Disney's "Enchanted" : GISELLE
45
Children's writer Greenfield : ELOISE
46
Pines : YEARNS
47
The Hatfields and McCoys, e.g. : CLANS
51
Small amount of whiskey : DRAM
53
Milk source : TEAT
55
"Ugh, this is unbelievable!" : CMON
56
What's rounded up in a roundup : HERD
57
Column on the far right, maybe : ONES
59
Cover : CAP
60
A malaria-resistant mosquito is one, for short : GMO

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

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