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New York Times, Saturday, September 7, 2019

Only 20th-century president whose three distinct initials are in alphabetical order

Author:
Trenton Charlson
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Trenton Charlson

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 30 Missing: {F} This is puzzle # 15 for Mr. Charlson.
Trenton Charlson notes:
I started this puzzle off with RAPUNZEL, which I thought might make a good second-row entry. Of course, being me, I saw the presence ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Trenton loves himself some rare letters. His last one was jam-packed with JQXZs, and this one's in the same mold. Knowing his ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

Very tough. And I knew AZIMUTH.

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© 2019, The New York Times9/7/19 ( No. 25,505 )
Across
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H.S. teams mainly with freshmen and sophomore players : JVSQUADS
9
Cause for caution : PERIL
14
One engaged in a hairy escape? : RAPUNZEL
15
Product of meiosis : GAMETE
16
Fixture in a church sanctuary : PRIEDIEU
17
Inner selves, to Jung : ANIMAS
18
Trouble : AIL
19
Where people may make a scene : IMPROVCLASS
21
Unit equivalent to 4.184 joules: Abbr. : CAL
22
Bust : DUD
23
Ancient Roman writer of comedies : TERENCE
24
51-Acrosses often hold them : MBAS
26
Epitome of thinness : TISSUE
28
Rank in judo : DAN
29
Film bit : ALGA
30
Only 20th-century president whose three distinct initials are in alphabetical order : HST
31
Shake on it! : PAW
33
Calls for : NEEDS
35
Ring-toss item? : HAT
37
Palatable : SAPID
41
A.P. exam inits. : ETS
43
Empty talk : GAS
45
Pence, e.g. : VICE
46
Some exchanges, in brief : IMS
49
Charging too much, say : INDEBT
51
Board appointment, for short : EXEC
52
Lower-priced ticket option, maybe : MATINEE
54
Floral arrangement : LEI
56
Monogram on L'Homme products : YSL
57
Cactus with an edible fruit : PRICKLYPEAR
59
Word with run or jump : SKI
60
___ Museum, home of the Dead Sea Scrolls : ISRAEL
61
Brave, e.g. : ATLANTAN
63
Gathers together with stitching : SHIRRS
64
"Close ..." : NOTQUITE
65
Jockey competitor : HANES
66
Enigmatic people : SPHINXES
Down
1
1980s arcade character with a propeller beanie : JRPACMAN
2
Not fixed : VARIABLE
3
Overflow : SPILLAGE
4
Spanish interrogative : QUE
5
Reversed : UNDID
6
Angle measured by an astrolabe : AZIMUTH
7
Kind of pizza : DEEPDISH
8
Musical symbol indicating legato : SLUR
9
Where the islets of Langerhans are located : PANCREAS
10
Rat in "Ratatouille" : EMILE
11
Send back : REMAND
12
Minnesota county or lake : ITASCA
13
Mitigate : LESSEN
15
Swore off : GAVEUP
20
Decisive periods, briefly : OTS
25
Singer with the 1986 #1 album "Promise" : SADE
27
Something to act on : STAGE
32
Image on an oscilloscope : WAVE
34
No-goodniks : STINKERS
36
Place to play a board game : TABLETOP
38
Candy sold in straws : PIXYSTIX
39
Something to lace up before competition : ICESKATE
40
Dips : DECLINES
42
Tackle box accessories : SNELLS
44
Ninja's asset : STEALTH
46
Like a troublemaker : IMPISH
47
___ Norman, 1983 Pulitzer-winning playwright : MARSHA
48
Add to the rotation? : STIRIN
50
Susan who starred on TV's "The Partridge Family" : DEY
53
Comforting comment : ICARE
55
Dialect of Arabic : IRAQI
58
Works (out) : PANS
62
Poor Clares member : NUN

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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