A SIGN OF THE TIMES

New York Times, Thursday, October 23, 2014

Author: Patrick Blindauer
Editor: Will Shortz
Patrick Blindauer
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 32 This is puzzle # 58 for Mr. Blindauer. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Patrick Blindauer notes: New York-y grid play! This is bound to play like a themeless unless you stumble on 56-Across early. Using only one leg of ... 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
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1. "Attack!" CHARGE
7. They're often dipped in wasabis SASHIMIS
15. Best at a buffet, say OUTEAT
16. Tabasco turnover EMPANADA
17. Camry competitor ALTIMA
18. ___ Brewster, "Arsenic and Old Lace" role MORTIMER
19. Classic Jag XKE
20. Common street name ELM
22. The French way? RUE
23. Spanish pronoun ESA
24. Competitor of Clark and Emerson in coll. athletics MIT
26. Range wear? OVENMITTS
29. "Give me a break already!" OHPLEASE
32. Chat GAB
33. Sacrifice, e.g. RITE
34. Griffin who created "Jeopardy!" MERV
36. Under cover? INBED
40. Michael of "Weekend Update" on "S.N.L." CHE
41. Go for a quick cruise, say DAYSAIL
43. One of 17 on a Monopoly board: Abbr. AVE
44. Copycat's comment SODOI
46. ___-serif SANS
47. Comment often after "Hmm ..." ISEE
48. Cricket club BAT
50. Holds CITADELS
52. Bosom buddies INTIMATES
56. Where the ball drops on New Year's Eve ... as depicted literally in four places in this puzzle TIMESSQUARE
57. ___-eyed DOE
58. Want-ad abbr. EOE
59. Speed HIE
61. California's ___ River EEL
64. Bounding LIMITING
67. One of the Brothers Karamazov DMITRI
69. Brewed beverage ESPRESSO
70. Laudanum, e.g. OPIATE
71. Ran out on DESERTED
72. Dirty SOILED
1. Sweet-talk COAX
2. Any Mr. Olympia HULK
3. Went for ATTEMPTED
4. Big name in camping gear REI
5. Life starter GAMETE
6. Library indexing abbr. ETAL
7. Part of a sch. year SEM
8. 2006 million-selling Andrea Bocelli album AMORE
9. Out, in a way SPRUNG
10. Letters that are hard to read? HATEMAIL
11. Pasta name ending INI
12. "American Buffalo" playwright MAMET
13. Cousin of "exempli gratia" IDEST
14. Singers Bareilles and Evans SARAS
21. Strolls MOSEYS
25. Paris's ___ Saint-Louis ILE
27. Milan-based fashion house VERSACE
28. Arabic "son of" IBN
29. Tolkien's Gorbag and Bolg ORCS
30. Old Ritz rival HIHO
31. Org. backing Obamacare AMA
35. Go poof VANISH
37. Lead, e.g. BASEMETAL
38. First name in daredevilry EVEL
39. Odd couple? DEES
41. Pipe measure DIAMETER
42. "Was ___ passiert?" (German "What happened?") IST
45. Strip of paper around a Japanese book OBI
47. Uganda's ___ Amin IDI
49. White Cloud Temple worshiper TAOIST
51. "Resume speed," musically ATEMPO
52. Lollygagged IDLED
53. Clue for a car mechanic NOISE
54. Some subs TEMPS
55. Jittery TENSE
60. Merger agreements? IDOS
62. Designer who wrote "Things I Remember" ERTE
63. Wasn't veracious LIED
65. Tick off IRE
66. Prayer object GOD
68. Trailer for "Rocky" or "Rambo"? III

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