New York Times, Monday, February 8, 2016

Author: Paolo Pasco
Editor: Will Shortz
Paolo Pasco
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {QZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Pasco. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

Jeff Chen notes: Apt revealer, IT COUPLE interpreted as 'two-word entries, both words containing IT.' I liked the fake-out of uncovering ITSY-BITSY ... more
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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 24,198
Across Down
1. Gift tag word : FROM
5. Golden calf, e.g. : IDOL
9. Comes to earth : LANDS
14. Use the oven : BAKE
15. Goya's "The Naked ___" : MAJA
16. Mythical hunter : ORION
17. *Like a nursery rhyme spider : ITSYBITSY
19. Paris transport system : METRO
20. Queen in "Frozen" : ELSA
21. Setting for much of "Breaking Bad" : LAB
23. Boxing decision, for short : TKO
24. Typists' timesavers : MACROS
27. What sets things in motion : CATALYST
29. Palindromic girl's name : AVA
30. Host Banks of TV's "America's Next Top Model" : TYRA
32. Fussy sort : PRIG
33. Daddy-o : POPS
35. Galley propellers : OARS
37. Laura of "The Fault in Our Stars" : DERN
39. *Big seller for Sports Illustrated : SWIMSUITEDITION
43. Sci-fi phaser setting : STUN
44. 1962 007 villain : DRNO
45. Palindromic boy's name : OTTO
46. Diva's delivery : ARIA
48. Brainstorm : IDEA
50. "No one wants to hear about that!" : TMI
51. Gesture of sarcastic support : GOLFCLAP
54. Buffy, to vampires : SLAYER
56. Duke's athletic grp. : ACC
57. "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" sister : KIM
58. Psych 101 subjects : EGOS
59. Fixture at a subway entrance : STILE
61. Tabloid twosomes ... or a hint to the answers to the starred clues : ITCOUPLES
66. Name repeated before "pumpkin eater" : PETER
67. Manhattan neighborhood next to TriBeCa : SOHO
68. Boater's haven : COVE
69. Eye sores : STYES
70. Part of the Grim Reaper's getup : HOOD
71. "I'd like 'The New York Times Crossword' for $200, ___" : ALEX
1. Org. with a Most Wanted list : FBI
2. Pied Piper's follower : RAT
3. Gives the go-ahead : OKS
4. "Twilight" author Stephenie : MEYER
5. Long-distance lover's lament : IMISSYOU
6. Figures to be processed : DATA
7. Breakfast drinks, briefly : OJS
8. 1972 hit for Eric Clapton : LAYLA
9. Coach who said "The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work" : LOMBARDI
10. "Gone ___ the days ..." : ARE
11. *Basics, informally : NITTYGRITTY
12. Dweebs : DORKS
13. Stuck-up sort : SNOOT
18. Rorschach test element : BLOT
22. Org. for Nadal and Federer : ATP
24. Atlas contents : MAPS
25. Boldly states : AVOWS
26. *Place often marked with a star on 24-Down : CAPITALCITY
27. Something to pack up the trunk for : CARTRIP
28. Intentionally mislead : LIETO
31. "Kills bugs dead!" brand : RAID
34. Blue creature of old Saturday morning TV : SMURF
36. Transmit : SEND
38. "You're looking at the wrong guy" : NOTME
40. 3 Musketeers alternative : SNICKERS
41. Volunteers, gives to charity, etc. : DOESGOOD
42. Dark film genre : NOIR
47. Boxer Muhammad : ALI
49. Baseball's Moises or Jesus : ALOU
51. "Oh no you didn't!" sounds : GASPS
52. Singing eightsome : OCTET
53. Barn-raising group : AMISH
55. Pet-protecting org. : ASPCA
58. Talk back? : ECHO
60. Gen. Robert E. ___ : LEE
62. When repeated, pretentious : TOO
63. [That is so funny] : LOL
64. New Year's ___ : EVE
65. Possible reason for an R rating : SEX

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