New York Times, Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Author: Gary Cee
Editor: Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 16, Words: 81, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JKQXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 28 for Mr. Cee. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

Gary Cee notes: Will seems to like a good sports theme — he's run baseball and football crosswords that I have sent him. I don't think anyone has tackled ... more
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Across Down
1. iTunes button : PLAY
5. Up and about : ASTIR
10. Illuminated : LITUP
15. San ___ (Italian resort) : REMO
16. Thomas who wrote "Common Sense" : PAINE
17. Removes wrinkles : IRONS
18. Deep-fried side dish : ONIONRINGS
20. ___ cotta : TERRA
21. Virility : MANHOOD
22. U2's homeland : EIRE
24. No. in a letterhead : TEL
25. Rent-to-___ : OWN
26. Metaphor for straightness : LASERBEAM
28. Let pass : ALLOW
31. Jollity : MIRTH
32. Right-angled additions : ELLS
33. Serving at a Chinese restaurant : TEA
34. Schlep : HAUL
36. British nobleman : EARL
38. Fancy, evasive language ... or a hint to the ends of 18-, 26-, 54- and 65-Across : VERBALGYMNASTICS
44. Abominable Snowman : YETI
45. Noshes : EATS
46. U.S. medical research agcy. : NIH
47. More to come: Abbr. : CONT
49. Disreputable : SEAMY
52. ___ Heep : URIAH
54. Snootiness : HIGHHORSE
56. Letter encl. with a manuscript : SAE
57. Gold medalist of 1960, under a previous name : ALI
58. Singles : ONES
59. Maine's capital : AUGUSTA
63. Not aligned on the margin : SETIN
65. Java joints : COFFEEBARS
67. Claptrap : TRIPE
68. "Don't ___ on me" : TREAD
69. U.S. city that's an anagram of 22-Across : ERIE
70. Part of a G.E.D. exam : ESSAY
71. Broadway composer Jule : STYNE
72. California county east of Sonoma : NAPA
1. Senior's big night out : PROM
2. Dunham of HBO's "Girls" : LENA
3. Dictator Idi : AMIN
4. "Over here!" : YOOHOO
5. Griller's garment : APRON
6. Put into words : SAID
7. Material in many camping utensils : TIN
8. Not idling : INGEAR
9. Be part of the opposition : RESIST
10. Soda bottle size : LITER
11. Indignation : IRE
12. Stuffed, rolled pasta : TORTELLINI
13. Make-believe : UNREAL
14. Source of the line "The Lord is thy keeper" : PSALMS
19. "You again?!" : NOWWHAT
23. Throw in the microwave, maybe : REHEAT
26. Easter bloom : LILY
27. Ernie's "Sesame Street" buddy : BERT
28. Rugged four-wheeler, briefly : ATV
29. Daniels who directed "The Butler" : LEE
30. Woe for a singer : LARYNGITIS
31. Root beer holder : MUG
35. 27-time Grammy winner Krauss : ALISON
37. Soften, as fears : ASSUAGE
39. New York's ___ Israel Medical Center : BETH
40. Something trending online : MEME
41. Yea's opposite : NAY
42. Covert org. : CIA
43. "Not so loud!" : SHH
47. Unsullied : CHASTE
48. Edmonton six : OILERS
50. Builds : ERECTS
51. Classify : ASSORT
53. Sandwich with sauerkraut : REUBEN
55. Sweetie : HONEY
56. Napped leather : SUEDE
59. Picasso's "Lady With ___" : AFAN
60. Singer Bareilles : SARA
61. Take a spill : TRIP
62. On the ocean : ASEA
64. Beer variety, familiarly : IPA
66. Tina who wrote the autobiographical "Bossypants" : FEY

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