A SIGN OF THE TIMES

New York Times, Saturday, October 25, 2014

Author: Patrick Blindauer
Editor: Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 72, Blocks: 34 Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 60 for Mr. Blindauer. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

Notepad: A Crossword Contest
All the puzzles this week, from Monday to Saturday, have been created by one person, Patrick Blindauer. Keep your solutions handy, because the Saturday puzzle conceals a meta-challenge involving the solution grids of all six. When you have the answer to the meta-challenge, send it to crossword@nytimes.com. Twenty correct solvers, chosen at random, whose entries are received by 6:00 p.m. E.T. Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, will win one-year online subscriptions to the New York Times crossword. Only one entry per person, please. The answer and winners' names will appear on Friday, Oct. 31, at www.nytimes.com/wordplay.
Patrick Blindauer notes: This is the last part of my six-part series of interconnected crossword puzzles, each of which contains a piece of a larger ... more
Will Shortz notes: (see my Note from Monday)
Jeff Chen notes: Contest week! Jim and I decided to keep everything quiet until the contest is over, including the grid solutions. I doubt we'd give ... more
JimH notes: Using puzzles as a recruiting tool has a long history. In 1941, the Daily Telegraph ran a crossword contest to find Nazi code breakers for Bletchley Park. Google ran its famous billboard contests in 2004.
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Across Down
1. Sting, e.g. TRAP
5. 100th anniversary of Disney's "Fantasia" MMXL
9. Singer Aguilera's nickname XTINA
14. Not well, say RARE
15. Second AIDE
16. Conventions MORES
17. Coming or going INTRANSIT
19. Shows of appreciation for services provided? AMENS
20. Characters from Sophocles XIS
21. Prideful? LIONS
22. "Born again" woman RENEE
23. Figureheads? CPAS
24. Most laggardly POKIEST
26. Pabst product STROHS
29. Some Arabian food OATS
30. ___ Lumpur KUALA
31. Needles IRRITATES
36. "Huh?!" IDIDNTCATCHTHAT
38. How Marilyn Monroe sang "Happy Birthday" to President Kennedy SENSUALLY
39. Blank ERASE
40. City near Arches National Park MOAB
41. Queen's "We Will Rock You" and others BSIDES
42. Requiem Mass part PIEJESU
46. Musical partner of DJ Spinderella and Salt PEPA
47. Bit of writing that's slashed? ANDOR
48. Household brand that's an anagram of 47-Across DRANO
50. Homophone of 55-Down OER
53. Minute hands, in a way RADII
54. Sci-fi disturbances IONSTORMS
56. Early Trinity College affiliation: Abbr. EPISC
57. It's hair-raising UPDO
58. When Hamlet says "The rest is silence" ACTV
59. Leaves in STETS
60. Actor Bean of "Troy" SEAN
61. Grate RASP
1. Colorful breakfast option TRIX
2. Mysore Palace resident RANI
3. Focus of some philanthropy ARTS
4. So says PER
5. They come and go MANIAS
6. Sushi bar servings MISOS
7. Double-crossed? XDIN
8. Fraternity house cry LETSPARTY
9. Map phrase ... and a hint to finding this week's final answer XMARKSTHESPOT
10. Rourke's co-star in "The Wrestler" TOMEI
11. Greek goddess of peace IRENE
12. Leche drinkers NENES
13. What you will? ASSET
18. Certain character set ... and a hint to translating this week's final answer ALPHANUMERICS
23. They're easily caught COLDS
25. Ear-related OTIC
26. Lift things? SKIS
27. Sassiness, slangily TUDE
28. Spring fall RAIN
29. Bathroom brand ORALB
31. 1977 PBS sensation ICLAUDIUS
32. Pair of hearts? ATRIA
33. Trumpeter Jones THAD
34. What a soldier may be at? EASE
35. Heads of some towns in Quebec?: Abbr. STES
37. ___ Pueblo (Unesco World Heritage site) TAOS
41. Half of a cigarette? BENSON
42. Cuts down PARES
43. A little off INAPT
44. Fast ___ EDDIE
45. Ceiling support JOIST
46. Black-and-white creature PANDA
49. Skip it ROPE
50. Black-and-white creature ORCA
51. Some N.F.L. workers EMTS
52. Do something polite RSVP
55. Thrust provider OAR

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