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Across

1 Pollo accompanier
6 Flies
11 Ministerial dress
14 Excrement
15 Gotta go (2 words)
16 Primary
18 Try to win
19 An Asian fruit
20 A record
22 A putative play about what one really wants beneath the Christmas tree (4 words)
25 City near Ramla
26 Shawarmas, sort of
27 Blacklight emission: abbr.
28 King from Benjamin
31 Line from Pulp Fiction (3 words)
33 Polish film of 2018
34 Comparative, in tempo
35 HIV, e.g.
36 (with 55 Across) A Teletubby
38 A putative play about a Frozen princess at Yuletide (2 words)
45 Curry
46 Goodbye
47 Theft
50 A real play, putatively about Santa's visit (3 words)
53 It slips my mind: abbr.
54 It decides what's Span.
55 (see 36 Across)
56 Saxophonist-bandleader Georgie
59 Relevant
64 Bono mate
65 Flyer Chang
66 Boomerish, perhaps
67 2022 hurricane
69 A putative play about Santa's trip (3 words)
75 Soap writer Anderson
76 Try fooling (2 words)
77 Fork and knife, for example
78 It may be ethnic
79 Hammond startup
80 Overweight
81 However
82 Seaweed jellies
83 Mayan ethnohistorian Eduard

Down

1 Like fine wine
2 Germanic letter
3 Darn
4 (see 9 Down)
5 Tornado rider
6 New Zealand evergreen
7 Putative Miss Huggenkiss of Springfield
8 "El ___ Pasa"
9 (with 4 Down) The playwright (2 words)
10 Floor in London
11 Nannies
12 Where to bowl
13 A quantity of garbage, perhaps
17 Innocent
21 Omicronian leader
23 Mrs. Bunker
24 Mikado lyrics (2 words)
28 Baths
29 Fails to be
30 Early ISP
32 Quantum electrodynamicist Paul
33 Deejay Casey
35 Appt. book, perhaps
37 A horse loser
39 Pest on plants
40 RStudio, e.g.
41 Game series begun in 1989
42 It may be high
43 Saki
44 Surrender
48 Without a date
49 Those in Scotland
51 Mesopotamian
52 Electronics manufacturer
56 Knee tissues: abbr.
57 Oopsies: hyph.
58 Isolated
60 Italy's heel
61 Cheering
62 Nicaraguan leader
63 Vex
64 Dress
66 Grey snow
68 Cars
70 You are likely to be eaten by it
71 Hamm and Lord
72 Coward
73 Otherwise
74 Flemish river

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Finished grid:

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Solutions:

Across

1 Pollo accompanier: Pollo con Arroz
6 Flies: Time flies/ time races
11 Ministerial dress: Alb
14 Excrement: Guano
15 Gotta go (2 words): I'm out
16 Primary: Main
18 Try to win: Enter a competition
19 An Asian fruit: Mango
20 A record: Annal
22 A putative play about what one really wants beneath the Christmas tree (4 words): Desire Under the Fir from Desire Under the Elms
25 City near Ramla : Lod 26 Shawarmas, sort of: Doners (sort of Döners)
27 Blacklight emission: abbr.: Ultra-violet radiation
28 King from Benjamin: Saul (from the bible)
31 Line from Pulp Fiction (3 words): I dare ya! I double dare ya, ...
33 Polish film of 2018: Kler
34 Comparative, in tempo: Più more, as in "più lento"-more slowly
35 HIV, e.g.: Sexually Transmitted Infection
36 (with 55 Across) A Teletubby: Laa-Laa
38 A putative play about a Frozen princess at Yuletide (2 words): Anna Christmassy from Anna Christie
45 Curry: Steph
46 Goodbye: Adieu
47 Theft: Heist
50 A real play, putatively about Santa's visit (3 words): The Iceman Cometh
53 It slips my mind: abbr. I don't recall
54 It decides what's Span.: Real Academia Española
55 (see 36 Across): Laa-Laa
56 Saxophonist-bandleader Georgie: Auld
59 Relevant: Apropos
64 Bono mate: The Edge (from U2)
65 Flyer Chang: Cho from Harry Potter (?)
66 Boomerish, perhaps: Square, as in boringly conventional
67 2022 hurricane: Ian
69 A putative play about Santa's trip (3 words): Long Night's Journey from Long Day's Journey Into Night
75 Soap writer Anderson: Sheri
76 Try fooling (2 words): Lie to
77 Fork and knife, for example: Tools
78 It may be ethnic: Slur
79 Hammond startup: InGen from Jurassic Park
80 Overweight: Obese
81 However: Yet
82 Seaweed jellies: Agars
83 Mayan ethnohistorian Eduard: Seler

Down

1 Like fine wine: Aged
2 Germanic letter: Rune
3 Darn: Rats!
4 (see 9 Down): Eugene O'Neill wrote the plays of the theme
5 Tornado rider: Zorro (Tornado)
6 New Zealand evergreen: Rimu
7 Putative Miss Huggenkiss of Springfield: Amanda (A man to hug and kiss), references The Simpsons
8 "El ___ Pasa": Condor
9 (with 4 Down) The playwright (2 words): Eugene O'Neill wrote the plays of the theme.
10 Floor in London: Storey
11 Nannies: Amahs
12 Where to bowl: A bowling lane
13 A quantity of garbage, perhaps: Binful
17 Innocent: naive
21 Omicronian leader: Lrrr (from Futurama)
23 Mrs. Bunker: Edith
24 Mikado lyrics (2 words): The Flowers That Bloom in the Spring, Tra la
28 Baths: Spas
29 Fails to be: Ain't
30 Early ISP: UUNet
32 Quantum electrodynamicist Paul: Dirac
33 Deejay Casey: Kasem
35 Appt. book, perhaps: Sched. (ule)
37 A horse loser: Ashoe "For want of a shoe, a horse was lost."
39 Pest on plants: Aphid
40 RStudio, e.g.: Integrated Development Environment
41 Game series begun in 1989: Sim
42 It may be high: Tea
43 Saki: Munro
44 Surrender: Yield
48 Without a date: Stag
49 Those in Scotland: Thae
51 Mesopotamian: Iraqi
52 Electronics manufacturer: Casio
56 Knee tissues: abbr.: ACLs
57 Oopsies: hyph.: Uh-Ohs
58 Isolated: Lonely
60 Italy's heel: Puglia
61 Cheering: Rahing
62 Nicaraguan leader: Daniel Ortega
63 Vex: Pester
64 Dress: Enrobe
66 Grey snow: Snirt
68 Cars: Autos
70 You are likely to be eaten by it: Grue
71 Hamm and Lord: Jons (Jon Hamm, Jon Lord)
72 Coward: Noel
73 Otherwise: Yet
74 Flemish river: Yser

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