New York Times, Thursday, January 9, 2014

Author: Caleb Emmons
Editor: Will Shortz
Caleb Emmons
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 40 Missing: {KWX} Spans: 1 Minimum word length: 1 This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Emmons. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

Caleb Emmons notes: My 4-year-old son is very into earthquakes and volcanos. Always on the lookout for crossword theme, I was idly counting letters in ... more
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© 2014, The New York TimesNo. 23,438
Across Down
1. Flies (along) : ZIPS
5. Clutter : MESS
8. What spies collect : INTEL
13. Voyaging : ASEA
14. Flaming Gorge locale : UTAH
16. Who has scored more than 850 points in an official Scrabble game : NOONE
17. Frolic : PLAY
18. "Beloved" author Morrison : TONI
19. Bagpipe music, maybe : DIRGE
20. Delt neighbor : PEC
21. You might slip on it : BANANAPEEL
22. Fragrant compound : ESTER
23. Lucy ___, title character in Sir Walter Scott's "The Bride of Lammermoor" : ASHTON
25. Security Council veto : NYET
27. Sure-___ : FOOTED
29. Shellacs : DRUBS
31. First name in folk : ARLO
32. ___ factor : RHESUS
37. Drippings, maybe : OOZE
38. City in southern California : BREA
40. Unloading point : QUAY
41. Food processor? : ENZYME
43. Overseas : ABROAD
44. Like some numbers and beef : CUBED
45. Bill producers, for short : ATMS
48. You might slip on it : PATCHOFICE
51. Extemporizes : ADLIBS
54. Theater's ___ Siddons Award : SARAH
55. Assign stars to : RATE
57. Distillery sight : VAT
58. Prefix with type : PROTO
59. Plaintiff : SUER
60. Agree : JIBE
61. Western German city : ESSEN
62. Shade providers : ELMS
63. Genesis locale : EDEN
64. Big name in tractors : DEERE
65. ___-square : T
66. Wallop : BELT
1. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee with only one Top 40 hit : ZAPPA
2. British ___ : ISLES
3. Sign of puberty, maybe : PEACHFUZZ
4. For example : SAY
5. Certain horror film villain : MUTANT
6. Alma mater for David Cameron : ETON
7. Site of slippage ... both geographically and in this puzzle : SANANDREASFAULT
8. Thorough : INDEPTH
9. "Make some ___!" : NOISE
10. Calorie-heavy dessert : TORTE
11. Richard ___, "War Zone Diary" journalist : ENGEL
12. What womanizers do : LEER
15. Glistening, as Christmas ornaments : SHINY
21. Haunted house sounds : BOOS
24. Actor Maguire : TOBEY
26. Lead-in to plane : AERO
28. Site of a piercing : EAR
29. Forest female : DOE
30. ___ Burgundy, the anchorman in "Anchorman" : RON
33. Splenda competitor : EQUAL
34. Make pieces of pieces? : SUBDIVIDE
35. OPEC member: Abbr. : UAE
36. Barrett of Pink Floyd : SYD
38. ___ Israel Medical Center : BETH
39. Experiment site : LAB
42. The speed of sound : MACHONE
44. See 46-Down : CODE
46. With 44-Down, "key" invention of the 1830s : MORSE
47. 500 people? : RACERS
48. Carefully examine : PARSE
49. Appeared : AROSE
50. Something to pare, informally : TATER
52. Genesis locale : BABEL
53. Blocked vessel opener : STENT
54. Tore : SPED
56. Agenda part : ITEM
60. One of the Bushes : JEB

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle.

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