New York Times, Saturday, July 4, 2015

Author: Sam Ezersky
Editor: Will Shortz
Sam Ezersky
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 70, Blocks: 34 Missing: {QV} Scrabble average: 1.98 This is puzzle # 9 for Mr. Ezersky. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Sam Ezersky notes: This puzzle was constructed just over a year ago, inspired by the interesting intersection of BABA GHANOUJ and JEDI MIND TRICK at ... more
Jeff Chen notes: Nice offering from one of the 20-something constructors. I sometimes do Sam's puzzles on his indie site, and I must confess the vibe ... more
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© 2015, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Mates : BROS
5. Fancies : WHIMS
10. Zinger : MOT
13. Staple of Mediterranean cuisine : BABAGHANOUJ
16. Prefix with biology : EXO
17. Character-building event? : SPELLINGBEE
18. ___ shoe : GYM
19. He became the fastest sprinter in the U.S. in 2009 : TYSONGAY
20. Goes on and on ... and on : DRAGS
22. Takes credit? : OWES
23. Job holder? : BIBLE
24. Flubbed : MISDID
27. Former TLC reality show set in a Florida tattoo parlor : MIAMIINK
30. Many a catchphrase coiner : ADMAN
31. "Super Bass" singer Minaj : NICKI
32. Inappropriate detail, for short : TMI
33. See 24-Down : MIA
34. What a plot may do : THICKEN
36. Ring-toss item? : HAT
37. Neighbor of W. Sahara : MOR
38. Badger : HARRY
39. Classification for faint stars? : DLIST
41. Where "giraffes are insincere," in a Simon & Garfunkel hit : ATTHEZOO
43. Like many a football player : STOCKY
44. Dr. No or Mr. Hyde : BADDY
45. [Yecch!] : BARF
46. Say hi, in modern lingo : HOLLA
47. Question before and after "or" : AMIRIGHT
51. Pink slip : AXE
52. Best turnout ever : RECORDCROWD
55. Work's counterpart, briefly : REC
56. Treat with a polar bear in its logo : KLONDIKEBAR
57. Finger wag accompanier : TSK
58. Skipping words? : IPASS
59. Not merely interested : NOSY
1. Not-so-big shot : BBS
2. Glued to something : RAPT
3. Earn a treat, say : OBEY
4. Stain-removing compound : SALSODA
5. Was a crybaby : WHINED
6. Chills : HANGS
7. Actress Cadranel of TV's "Lost Girl" : INGA
8. Musician who's a great-great-grandnephew of Herman Melville : MOBY
9. Try to have tried? : SUE
10. Like Stonehenge : MEGALITHIC
11. Breather? : OXYGENMASK
12. ___ River, N.J. : TOMS
14. Like some rave accessories : GLOWINTHEDARK
15. Skill used by Obi-Wan Kenobi : JEDIMINDTRICK
21. Result of a squeeze, briefly : RBI
23. Get within range? : BAKE
24. With 33-Across, musical set on the island of Kalokairi : MAMMA
25. Boob tubes : IDIOTBOXES
26. Wise one : SMARTALECK
27. It means very little : MICRO
28. Like creepy-crawlies : ICKY
29. Pool in a casino : KITTY
31. "De ___: A Life" (2014 biography) : NIRO
35. Confused : HAZY
40. Longtime E Street Band guitarist : LOFGREN
42. Cholesterol panel letters : HDL
43. Eatery known for its celebrity caricatures : SARDIS
45. They often come down to the wire : BIRDS
46. Either of two married supersleuths of 1970s-'80s TV : HART
47. Rent-___ : ACOP
48. Villainess Vanderwaal of TV's "Pretty Little Liars" : MONA
49. Type tending to drift : HOBO
50. "___ not to be" : TWAS
53. One adopting the motto "Lux et veritas" : ELI
54. Without any toppings, in restaurant-speak : DRY

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