New York Times, Thursday, October 14, 2010

Author: Jim Hilger
Editor: Will Shortz
Jim Hilger
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {Q} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Hilger. NYT links: Across Lite

JimH notes: This theme eluded me. The "and literally so" is key, here. As joon pahk explained on Wordplay, "STAY is literally "between the lines" MASON-DIXON and WHITESTAR, and READ is between the FREE-THROW line and a PRODUCTION line."
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© 2010, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Gangbusters : FEDS
5. Some Spiders, informally : ALFAS
10. Part of a frame : JAMB
14. Sweeping : EPIC
15. Petrified weeper of myth : NIOBE
16. Member of a pit crew? : OBOE
17. Border names : MASONDIXON
19. Big do : BASH
20. With 40-Across, coloring advice ... and literally so : STAY
21. Stink : ADO
23. Half a dance : CHA
24. Owner of the Titanic : WHITESTAR
28. Old ___ Bucket (Big Ten conference football prize) : OAKEN
30. Worrying comment from a surgeon : OOPS
31. Ultimate goal : ENDALL
33. 1959 hit with the lyric "Did he ever return? No, he never returned" : MTA
34. Fictional villain whose given name is Julius : DRNO
36. Antique asset, often : PATINA
40. See 20- and 58-Across : BETWEENTHELINES
43. It might be rolled up on a farm : SLEEVE
44. Prefix with meter : HEXA
45. "And we'll ___ a cup o' kindness yet": Burns : TAK
46. Paying guest : LODGER
48. Head of Haiti : TETE
49. Live in the past? : DWELT
52. Unblockable shot : FREETHROW
55. The New Yorker cartoonist Chast : ROZ
56. "___ Es el Amor" (classic Spanish-language hit) : ESO
58. With 40-Across, infer something ... and literally so : READ
59. Skinned knee, say, to a tot : OWIE
61. Factory output : PRODUCTION
66. Start of an old boast : VENI
67. Malfunction : ACTUP
68. Frozen drink brand : ICEE
69. Elysium : EDEN
70. Appliance button : RESET
71. Warehouse : STOW
1. Gender abbr. : FEM
2. Abbr. in many car ads : EPA
3. Go away : DISSIPATE
4. Big name in lawn care : SCOTTS
5. Some male dolls : ANDYS
6. 2018 Super Bowl number : LII
7. Sexy babe : FOX
8. On : ABOARD
9. Thrill : SEND
10. Butcher, baker or candlestick maker : JOB
11. One way to be taken : ABACK
12. ___ Arens, former Israeli defense minister : MOSHE
13. Irish writer Brendan : BEHAN
18. Rob Roy's refusal : NAE
22. "Color me impressed!" : OOLALA
24. Sonogram targets : WOMBS
25. Tourist locale : HOTEL
26. Clingmans Dome is its highest point: Abbr. : TENN
27. Round request : ANOTHER
29. Prefix with meter : ALTI
32. Zenith : APEX
34. Commit : DEVOTE
35. Thatching material : REED
37. Head off : INTERDICT
38. "Super-duper!" : NEATO
39. Crooked : ASKEW
41. Wisher's spot : WELL
42. "___ goes!" : HERE
47. Pressing concern for an astronaut? : GFORCE
48. Start of a clarification : THATIS
49. Was the designated one? : DROVE
50. Amazed : WOWED
51. Internet publication : EZINE
53. Hit the roof : ERUPT
54. Gumshoe : TEC
57. Box a bit : SPAR
60. A as in Austria : EIN
62. Some game enders, for short : OTS
63. Directly : DUE
64. Antipoverty agcy. : OEO
65. Mint : NEW

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