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New York Times, Saturday, September 3, 2022

Author:
David Distenfeld
Editor:
Will Shortz
Like mussels or some letters
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David Distenfeld

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 66, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQVW} Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry. This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Distenfeld.
David Distenfeld notes:
I know solvers are often turned off by an abundance of names in the grid, but I assure you the names in this crossword are quite ... read more
Jim Horne notes:
Jim here, sitting in for Jeff Chen, who is participating in Zener card experiments. My impression is that Rudyard Kipling isn't taught ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times9/3/22 ( No. 26,597 )
Across
1
Slalom path : SSHAPE
7
"___ matter!" : DOESNT
13
Prime time : HEYDAY
14
J. Cole or Jay-Z : RAPSTAR
15
Unmask : EXPOSE
16
Digital filing service? : MANIPEDI
17
Civil Rights Memorial architect : LIN
18
Somers in the hall of fame for infomercials : SUZANNE
20
Snaps : PIX
21
Allied group : BLOC
23
Cartoon character known for bursting out of a drum : PORKY
24
Who says "I don't have a family tree. But I have a pretty great file directory" : SIRI
25
Yas and jas : YESES
27
___ pro nobis : ORA
28
Step before "repeat" : RINSE
29
Giving a sexual interpretation to almost any statement, say : DIRTYMINDED
32
Like mussels or some letters : STEAMEDOPEN
34
U.S. group with six branches : ARMEDFORCES
36
Remove, as a corsage : UNPIN
39
First name in gin production? : ELI
40
Swear words, in two ways : OATHS
42
Any day now : SOON
43
Leaning : ATILT
45
Actor Reynolds : RYAN
46
One making calls from home : UMP
47
Young females on farms : HEIFERS
49
Courtroom promise : IDO
50
2016 prequel to the highest-grossing movie of 1977 : ROGUEONE
52
Possible response to "Where's the beef?" : IATEIT
54
Job for a landscaper : PRUNING
55
Wear it in good health : AMULET
56
Men of La Mancha : SENORS
57
Put on the line, say : LETDRY
Down
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Carroll ___, Matt Damon's role in 2019's "Ford v Ferrari" : SHELBY
2
Temporarily banished from a dorm room, in a way : SEXILED
3
Suggestible state : HYPNOSIS
4
Fuss : ADO
5
Hail Mary, for one : PASS
6
Give a once-over : EYEUP
7
"___ Deever," Rudyard Kipling poem : DANNY
8
Early role for Ron Howard : OPIE
9
Subj. of a Zener card experiment : ESP
10
Sub : STEPIN
11
Low points : NADIRS
12
Drag queen Mattel : TRIXIE
14
Ordinary members : RANKANDFILE
16
Couple years? : MARRIEDLIFE
19
It can start with a screen test : ZOOMMEETING
22
Guaranteed : CERTAIN
24
Cocktail named for a motorcycle attachment : SIDECAR
26
Unyielding : STERN
28
Brief copy? : REPRO
30
Sometimes-purple tuber : YAM
31
Lead-in to hickey : DOO
33
Return on an investment : NETYIELD
35
Less reputable : SHADIER
36
Commandeers : USURPS
37
"Enough already!" : NOMORE
38
Cork launcher : POPGUN
41
Stuck-up : SNOTTY
43
Time immemorial : AEONS
44
Where some cases go to : TRIAL
47
Junior, perhaps : HEIR
48
"___ difference" : SAME
51
Game in which the object is to be the first player to score 500 points : UNO
53
King ___ : TUT

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle.

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