New York Times, Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Author: Jeff Stillman
Editor: Will Shortz
Jeff Stillman
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQXYZ} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Stillman. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Jeff Stillman notes: I'm thrilled to be a newly published NY Times crossword author, after several appearances in GAMES Magazine and the LA Times. My ... more
Will Shortz notes: Themes like today's that work phonetically are usually funnier than ones that go by spelling. And going by my funnybone, all four theme answers today are good.
Jeff Chen notes: Debut! Nice phonetic sound change theme; I typically enjoy these more than the straightforward 'add-a-letter' puzzles. Three of the ... more
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Across Down
1. Stern's opposite : STEM
5. Varieties : ILKS
9. Exercise unit : SITUP
14. One of the Smurfs : PAPA
15. Father of Ham : NOAH
16. Monastery wear : COWLS
17. ___ rock : ACID
18. Fit ___ king : FORA
19. Archaeological site : RUINS
20. Celebration dance after a goal? : SOCCERMAMBO
23. Sr.'s challenge : SAT
24. "Stop!" : AVAST
25. Oodles : ALOT
27. Combat engineer : SAPPER
30. Separated, as a couple : SPLITUP
33. Degree in math? : NTH
34. Get through to : REACH
37. Part of a drum kit : SNARE
38. Many millennia : AEON
40. Sag : DROOP
42. They're tapped : KEGS
43. Like many traffic violators in court : FINED
45. E.M.T.'s cry before using a defibrillator : CLEAR
47. Network that airs the Soul Train Music Awards : BET
48. Find, as at an archaeological site : UNEARTH
50. Hardships : RIGORS
52. Stuff in a muffin : BRAN
53. Goddess of the hunt : DIANA
55. Letter before omega : PSI
57. Punched out a Disney elephant? : STRUCKDUMBO
62. Ration out : ALLOT
64. Slender reed : OBOE
65. It may be checked, in more ways than one : COAT
66. "Fiddler on the Roof" character : RABBI
67. Rural route : LANE
68. Politico Gary : HART
69. Impassive : STOIC
70. It's just one thing after another : LIST
71. Not duped by : ONTO
1. Relaxing spots : SPAS
2. Crunchy sandwich : TACO
3. Vast : EPIC
4. Like the Marx Brothers : MADCAP
5. Like some vision : INFRARED
6. Tapestry-making aids : LOOMS
7. Gold standard : KARAT
8. Its appearance is deceiving : SHAM
9. Torahs, for example : SCROLLS
10. Marker letters : IOU
11. Aerobics done to Chubby Checker music? : TWISTTAEBO
12. Forearm bone : ULNA
13. Head-turner : PSST
21. Eternally : EVER
22. Like Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, religiously: Abbr. : BAP
26. Farm sound : OINK
27. Real mix-up : SNAFU
28. Didn't go anywhere for dinner : ATEIN
29. Give a hobbit a ring? : PHONEBILBO
30. It's about a foot : SHOE
31. Prompter : URGER
32. Raid targets : PESTS
35. Eyebrow shape : ARCH
36. Rank above maj. : COL
39. In the vicinity : NEAR
41. One known for talking back? : PARAKEET
44. Extreme, as measures : DRASTIC
46. Orange exterior : RIND
49. Channel with the catchword "Drama" : TNT
51. South American cowboy : GAUCHO
53. Home of the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building : DUBAI
54. Desktop pictures : ICONS
55. Fours on a course, often : PARS
56. Thin strip : SLAT
58. Cinnabon purchase : ROLL
59. Haunted house sound : MOAN
60. Former baseball commissioner Giamatti : BART
61. Comics canine : OTTO
63. Kimono sash : OBI

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