New York Times, Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Author: Kevan Choset
Editor: Will Shortz
Kevan Choset
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FJQXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 25 for Mr. Choset. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Kevan Choset notes: This puzzle falls into the genre of 'common phrase that can be interpreted in a wordplay-y way.' I'm a big fan of pop culture, ... more
Will Shortz notes: When editing this puzzle, I noticed that the grid had ISAACS at 30A crossing ISAK at 28D, which really wasn't good, as they're ... more
Jeff Chen notes: As an unabashed dorknerd, I couldn't help but smile when I came across MIDDLE EARTH as today's revealer (fair warning: I would love ... more
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1. Now, in Acapulco : AHORA
6. Like a college course labeled "101" : BASIC
11. 551, once : DLI
14. One using Yelp or TripAdvisor, perhaps : RATER
15. Prefix with biology : ETHNO
16. Suffix with planet or fact : OID
17. Overcome an unpleasant misunderstanding : CLEARTHEAIR
19. Fall mo. : OCT
20. Bit of crew equipment : OAR
21. ___ tai : MAI
22. Actor Milo : OSHEA
24. Left-brain activity : LINEARTHINKING
29. "Anderson Cooper 360°" channel : CNN
30. Asimov and Newton : ISAACS
31. March honoree, for short : STPAT
34. "And ___ bed" : SOTO
36. "The Wonder Years" teen, for short : KEV
38. 2004 film featuring Dustin Hoffman : IHEARTHUCKABEES
42. Half a bikini : BRA
43. Accompanying : WITH
44. Final approval : SAYSO
45. Anderson Cooper, e.g. : ANCHOR
48. Midpoint: Abbr. : CTR
49. Reason to see a rheumatologist : ACUTEARTHRITIS
54. Instrument played by George Harrison : SITAR
55. Gulf state: Abbr. : UAE
56. Loony : NUT
58. ___ Paulo, Brazil : SAO
59. "The Lord of the Rings" setting ... or a feature of 17-, 24-, 38- and 49-Across? : MIDDLEEARTH
64. Young Darth Vader, to friends : ANI
65. Filmmaker Morris : ERROL
66. He-Man's sister : SHERA
67. Initials of fashion : YSL
68. Oracles : SEERS
69. Point toward : AIMAT
1. Instruction to play with the bow : ARCO
2. Special-request flight meal option : HALAL
3. Cheri formerly of "S.N.L." : OTERI
4. "The Crying Game" actor Stephen : REA
5. Sheet music abbr. : ARR
6. Joy formerly of "The View" : BEHAR
7. Failed in a big way : ATEIT
8. "___ Na Na" : SHA
9. Common pasta suffix : INI
10. Mexican beer : CORONA
11. Thingamajig : DOOHICKEY
12. Royalty payers, say : LICENSEES
13. Collar attachment : IDTAG
18. Certain Fed : TMAN
23. Reggae precursor : SKA
25. Org. with Lions, Tigers and Bears : NCAA
26. ___'acte : ENTR
27. Thumb a ride : HITCH
28. Escapes injury : ISOK
31. Fam. member : SIB
32. Allies of the Trojans in the "Iliad" : THRACIANS
33. What pad Thai is often cooked in : PEANUTOIL
34. Bake, as eggs : SHIRR
35. Not closeted : OUT
37. Letters on brandy : VSO
39. Old draft category for civilian workers : TWOA
40. Italian wine area : ASTI
41. Cartoon boy who can be described by an anagram of his name : BART
46. It runs the 'L' : CTA
47. Mercury counterpart : HERMES
48. Native Canadian : CREE
49. Test, as ore : ASSAY
50. Mary or Elizabeth : TUDOR
51. Cough drop brand : HALLS
52. Like some legal proceedings : INREM
53. Kama ___ : SUTRA
57. Word said while pointing : THAT
60. Dander : IRE
61. Dr. ___ : DRE
62. Spanish 57-Down : ESA
63. Tuna type : AHI

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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