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New York Times, Thursday, September 26, 2019

Author:
Doug Peterson
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Doug Peterson

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 36 Missing: {FJQVX} This is puzzle # 45 for Mr. Peterson. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Will Shortz notes:
This puzzle involved a real-life marriage proposal from Brendan McGrady to Amanda Yesnowitz. Amanda is an acclaimed lyricist, ... read more
Doug Peterson notes:
Brendan approached me about this project months ago, and I loved the idea! But the trick was to make a puzzle that would work for ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
So many beautiful touches: TWOSOME, ALLU(RING), AMANDA crossing ENGAGEMENT RING, and even ADORER brought me a smile. All of this, ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

Wordplay has more of the story, along with some video.

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© 2019, The New York TimesNo. 0926 ( 25,524 )
Across
1
Cos. with many connections : ISPS
5
Bother persistently : HARASS
11
Penn on screen : KAL
14
Dermatological problem : CYST
15
Ornamental shrub : AZALEA
16
Lupino with a 47-year film career : IDA
17
Employs : BRINGSINTOPLAY
19
Catch in the act : NAB
20
Not in feet, say : METRIC
21
1985 Phil Collins hit with an improvised title : SUSSUDIO
23
However, briefly : THO
25
"Yellow Submarine" vocalist : RINGOSTARR
26
Not hidden : APPARENT
31
Discouraging words : NOES
32
Extremely awkward : CRINGEWORTHY
34
Unlock, in poetry : OPE
37
Carrier with a blue-striped fleet : ELAL
38
Singers Evans and Bareilles : SARAS
40
Risk territory that borders Siberia : URAL
41
___ Moines : DES
42
Exerts one's clout : PULLSSTRINGS
44
Luau entertainment : HULA
48
Where chops are shown off : MEATCASE
49
Couple : TWOSOME
52
___-Way (major manufacturer of plows) : SNO
53
Mid-March shout : ERINGOBRAGH
55
Band with the 1970s-'80s hits "Sexy Eyes" and "Only Sixteen" : DRHOOK
60
Sack in a tent : COT
61
It's usually presented in a small box, as seen six times in this puzzle's answer : ENGAGEMENTRING
63
Walnut or almond, say : HUE
64
Smitten one : ADORER
65
The "N" of TV's NPH : NEIL
66
Symphony score abbr. : STR
67
Modern engraving tools : LASERS
68
Wedding invitation courtesy, briefly : SASE
Down
1
Titan II, e.g. : ICBM
2
Hypodermic : SYRINGE
3
"Hey!" : PSST
4
Kindle : STIR
5
Ones sitting on eggs : HATCHERS
6
___ dye : AZO
7
Freestyles, say : RAPS
8
Seductive : ALLURING
9
Late spring through early fall, for weddings : SEASON
10
Claims something : SAYSSO
11
"... in a sense, I guess" : KINDASORTA
12
Famed firefighter Red : ADAIR
13
Line on an auto repair bill : LABOR
18
Fuel for funny cars : NITRO
22
Rival of a Pac-12 Cougar : UTE
24
Draft classification? : ONTAP
26
Scored 100 on : ACED
27
Snack in a stack : PRINGLE
28
Old-fashioned launcher : PEASHOOTER
29
Cobbler's tool : AWL
30
Pluck idly, as a harp : THRUM
33
Common locks : YALES
35
Discarded parts of apples and potatoes : PARINGS
36
"What ___ is there?" : ELSE
39
Defames : SLANDERS
40
Sch. whose mascot is a horse named Traveler : USC
43
Marvel hero who manipulates the weather : STORM
45
___ port : USB
46
World's largest cosmetics company : LOREAL
47
Actress Peet : AMANDA
49
Ones called after crashes : TECHS
50
Dry, as a washcloth : WRINGOUT
51
Items placed in a toaster : EGGOS
54
Fabled slacker : HARE
56
Ones sitting on eggs : HENS
57
Seat for a priority boarder, maybe : ONEA
58
Singer Redding : OTIS
59
Noted Kris : KRINGLE
62
E.U. member: Abbr. : GER

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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