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New York Times, Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Author:
Matthew Stock
Editor:
Will Shortz
AC/DC album after "Highway to Hell"
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Matthew Stock

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 44 Missing: {JQZ} Grid has mirror symmetry. Scrabble average: 1.85 Puzzle has duplicate clues This is puzzle # 17 for Mr. Stock.
Jeff Chen notes:
Programming challenge! Finding phrases in the form of X Y Z, where X = (Z minus an L) isn't Herculean, but nor is it trivial. Results ... read more
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E
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P
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G
O
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S
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P
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A
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P
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B
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D
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O
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P
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W
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S
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O
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C
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K
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X
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R
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© 2022, The New York Times9/21/22 ( No. 26,615 )
Across
1
Up there : HIGH
5
Legal org. : ABA
8
Tree pose discipline : YOGA
12
Actress Watson : EMMA
13
Like some stuffed toys : PLUSH
15
Two in a row? : OARS
16
Complain : MOAN
17
Lofty features of many nice hotels : ATRIA
18
Bryce Canyon's state : UTAH
19
Innate response to a threatening situation : FIGHTORFLIGHT
22
Chimney components : FLUES
23
Entertain : AMUSE
24
Ante up for participation : PAYTOPLAY
28
The "P" of P.B.R. : PABST
31
Apple picker? : EVE
32
Channel for politics : CSPAN
36
Cause for much boasting : EGO
37
Some races : SPRINTS
40
Cancel : AXE
41
"No ___, Bob!" : PROB
43
"Thus …" : ANDSO
44
Ship's front : PROW
45
Potato-and-pea pastry : SAMOSA
47
Deeps : OCEANS
49
AC/DC album after "Highway to Hell" : BACKINBLACK
53
Bantu language with click consonants : XHOSA
55
Worst possible soccer score : NIL
56
They take advantage : USERS
59
Mardi Gras king : REX
60
Accept defeat, informally … or what the last words of 19-, 24- and 49-Across do vis-à-vis the first : TAKEANL
63
Nosh on : EAT
64
Verb that sounds like its second letter : ARE
65
Soviet satellite launched in 1957 : SPUTNIK
66
Adjudicate : TRY
67
"OK!" : YES
68
Early Jurassic, e.g. : EPOCH
69
Word with safe or same : SEX
Down
1
Fashion line : HEM
2
Jaunty words upon departing : IMOFF
3
App with an envelope logo : GMAIL
4
Emotional inhibitions : HANGUPS
5
A cappella part, say : ALTO
6
Odom's "Hamilton" role : BURR
7
"Like that'd ever happen" : ASIF
8
"Oh, stop it, fellas" : YOUGUYS
9
Sworn statements : OATHS
10
Whence subway air : GRATE
11
Debris left by a phoenix : ASH
13
Sucker : PATSY
14
Kosher : Judaism :: ___ : Islam : HALAL
20
Some races : HEATS
21
Apple desktops : IMACS
25
Migratory seabird : TERN
26
"Metamorphosis" poet : OVID
27
Rollerballs, e.g. : PENS
28
Hypes (up) : PEPS
29
City that's home to the Taj Mahal : AGRA
30
Big sound producers of the 1980s : BOOMBOXES
33
Ones providing cheep trills? : PARAKEETS
34
Part of a neural connection : AXON
35
The "-spel" of "gospel," etymologically : NEWS
38
Musician Anderson .___ : PAAK
39
Wrench or gouge : TOOL
42
Feathery accessories : BOAS
44
Bench press muscles, informally : PECS
46
Improvises during a jazz performance : SCATS
48
Waterproof sealant : CAULK
50
Patronize a tattoo parlor : INKUP
51
Abuela's grandchild : NIETO
52
Noir's counterpart in a game of les échecs : BLANC
53
Super-vision? : XRAY
54
Roll call call : HERE
57
Like blue lobsters : RARE
58
River with a mythical ferryman : STYX
61
Copy : APE
62
Disease research org. : NIH

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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