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New York Times, Monday, August 9, 2021

Visual jokes in openings of "The Simpsons" (a tradition since the first episode)

Author:
Alex Eaton-Salners
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 35 Missing: {JQX} This is puzzle # 50 for Mr. Eaton-Salners. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Alex Eaton-Salners notes:
This puzzle originally employed a much trickier gimmick. Rather than putting both halves of each pseudo-antonym pair in the grid, it ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Fascinating set of finds: two-word base phrases where if you substitute in their individual word opposites, you get another valid ... read more
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O
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R
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N
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O
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H
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C
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A
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L
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O
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N
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© 2021, The New York Times8/9/21 ( No. 26,207 )
Across
1
Places where surgeries are performed, for short : ORS
4
Not in any way, in dialect : NOHOW
9
Composition of many reefs : CORAL
14
Sneaky laugh : HEH
15
Practice piano piece : ETUDE
16
"The Phantom of the ___" : OPERA
17
Gets past, as an obstacle : OVERCOMES
19
Say : UTTER
20
Spiral shapes : HELICES
21
Private eye, quaintly : TEC
23
Tattoos, informally : INK
24
In that case : IFSO
25
Where pirates roam : HIGHSEAS
27
Vogue competitor : ELLE
28
Period in human history after bronze was supplanted in toolmaking : IRONAGE
30
___ Lilly & Co. : ELI
31
Website for techies : CNET
32
Zaps, in a way : LASES
35
Omitted : LEFTOFF
37
Opposite of 35-Across? : RIGHTON
39
Worrisome directive from a boss : SEEME
40
Divisions of a subdivision : LOTS
41
___ Bird, many-time W.N.B.A. All-Star : SUE
42
Child's play : ABREEZE
44
It rhymes with fire, appropriately : PYRE
45
Opposite of 25-Across? : LOWLANDS
48
Frisbee, e.g. : DISC
49
Flexible blackjack card : ACE
50
Male cat : TOM
51
Hyundai compact : ELANTRA
54
2014 Ava DuVernay drama : SELMA
56
Opposite of 17-Across? : UNDERGOES
58
Place to go for the highlights? : SALON
59
Wham or bam : NOISE
60
Pig follower in the Chinese zodiac : RAT
61
Beginning : ONSET
62
Gown : DRESS
63
Moody genre of music or fashion : EMO
Down
1
"Pick me! Pick me!" : OHOH
2
Wake-up calls played on bugles : REVEILLES
3
Twinkies have a long one : SHELFLIFE
4
Classic wafer brand : NECCO
5
Nebraska native : OTOE
6
Carries a tune, in a way : HUMS
7
Poem of praise : ODE
8
Hilton competitor : WESTIN
9
Visual jokes in openings of "The Simpsons" (a tradition since the first episode) : COUCHGAGS
10
Make a choice : OPT
11
Knot again : RETIE
12
Venue with tiered seating : ARENA
13
Birds that do things just for the fun of it? : LARKS
18
What good soufflés do : RISE
22
"Liberté, ___, fraternité" (Haiti's motto) : EGALITE
25
Spicy : HOT
26
Informal get-together : SESH
27
Sinuous swimmer : EEL
28
Raging blaze : INFERNO
29
One tweeting about football? : REF
31
Warrior : COMBATANT
33
Place to sell homemade crafts online : ETSYSTORE
34
Enchilada topping, maybe : SOURCREAM
36
Blue-green shade : TEAL
37
The New Yorker cartoonist Chast : ROZ
38
Jill Biden ___ Jacobs : NEE
40
___ États-Unis : LES
43
Hillary who climbed Mount Everest with Tenzing Norgay : EDMUND
44
Radar sound : PING
45
Dogie catcher : LASSO
46
Atlantic or Pacific : OCEAN
47
Wishing sites : WELLS
48
Induces to pull a prank, maybe : DARES
51
Actress Falco : EDIE
52
Not so much : LESS
53
Regarding : ASTO
55
Leader of the Three Stooges : MOE
57
Oslo's country: Abbr. : NOR

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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