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New York Times, Monday, September 25, 2017

Like most manual transmissions in the 1970s and '80s

Author:
Bruce Haight
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Bruce Haight

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 29 for Mr. Haight. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Bruce Haight notes:
I can't really take much credit for this one. Will and Joel thought this was a fun and simple Monday theme but my initial fill was ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Five sets of crossing rhymers, each 2x5 letters, each sharing the same last four letters. (Highlighted below.) I like saying HOTSY ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

This reminds me of two memorable Paula Gamache grids: this one where crossed words are pronounced differently, and this one where CROSS is added.

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© 2017, The New York TimesNo. 0925 ( 24,793 )

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Across
1
Puff ___ (snake) : ADDER
6
Bit of Brylcreem, say : DAB
9
Following : AFTER
14
Prince Harry's mum : DIANA
15
It hatches from a big egg : EMU
16
Unmanned aircraft : DRONE
17
With 3-Down, useful : HANDY
18
___ Keane, "The Family Circus" cartoonist : BIL
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With 11-Down, snobbish : HOITY
20
California's old Fort ___ : ORD
21
Soupy "Oliver Twist" fare : GRUEL
23
Cosmetician Lauder : ESTEE
24
Award named for the winningest pitcher of all time : CYYOUNG
26
Ones sacrificing for a cause : MARTYRS
28
Santa ___ winds : ANA
29
Firm (up), as muscles : TONE
30
Long, hard journeys : TREKS
33
Coupon for the needy : FOODSTAMP
38
Greeting from a parade float : WAVE
39
With 29-Down, sophisticated : HOTSY
40
Listening device on a narc : WIRE
41
Realtor's showing : OPENHOUSE
43
Murdered : DIDIN
44
Grand Ole ___ : OPRY
45
Put on, as a TV show : AIR
46
Patron of France : STDENIS
50
Produces a large body of work? : SCULPTS
54
"It is my desire ..." : IHOPE
55
Word that can follow sea, solar or staying : POWER
57
"How relaxing!" : AAH
58
With 48-Down, affectionate : LOVEY
59
Part of the Freudian psyche : EGO
60
With 51-Down, weak and indecisive : NAMBY
62
Trapped on a branch : TREED
63
Screw things up : ERR
64
Walk leisurely : AMBLE
65
Authority : SAYSO
66
Man cave, maybe : DEN
67
Crust, mantle or core, for the earth : LAYER
Down
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___ committee : ADHOC
2
Book that might require a key to open : DIARY
3
See 17-Across : DANDY
4
Finish : END
5
Sci-fi weapons : RAYGUNS
6
Fix, as software : DEBUG
7
French female friend : AMIE
8
Symbol of Teddy Roosevelt's political party : BULLMOOSE
9
Sticks (to) : ADHERES
10
Ice, as a cake : FROST
11
See 19-Across : TOITY
12
Go inside : ENTER
13
Spanish kings : REYES
22
Genetic initials : RNA
25
Like some wooden buckets : OAKEN
27
Roddick or Rooney : ANDY
29
See 39-Across : TOTSY
30
What it takes to tango : TWO
31
Genre for Big Sean or Biggie Smalls : RAP
32
She raised Cain : EVE
33
Like most manual transmissions in the 1970s and '80s : FOURSPEED
34
Spin, as a baton : TWIRL
35
First-___ kit : AID
36
CT scan alternative : MRI
37
It's "mightier than the sword" : PEN
39
Arizona tribe : HOPI
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___ list (tasks for one's spouse) : HONEYDO
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Active during the daytime : DIURNAL
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Card that beats a king : ACE
46
River deposits : SILTS
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___ Birch, "American Beauty" actress : THORA
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See 58-Across : DOVEY
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Fencing blades : EPEES
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Bound by an oath : SWORN
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See 60-Across : PAMBY
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Ping-Pong surface : TABLE
53
More timid : SHYER
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Grotesque folklore figure : OGRE
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Org. for docs : AMA

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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