New York Times, Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Author: Jules P. Markey
Editor: Will Shortz
Jules P. Markey
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQZ} Spans: 4 This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Markey. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Across Down
1. Mediterranean and Baltic, in Monopoly: Abbr. : AVES
5. Org. suggested by the starts of 17-, 31-, 41- and 62-Across : USPS
9. Kind of point : FOCAL
14. Tora ___ (Afghan area) : BORA
15. Pop : SODA
16. One of the Dutch Antilles : ARUBA
17. Pricey accommodations on a ship : FIRSTCLASSCABIN
20. HI hi : ALOHA
21. Kaput : SHOT
22. Fruit drink : ADE
23. One who knows his beans? : BARISTA
26. In a row : ALIGNED
28. "I ___ what I said" : MEANT
30. "+" thing : ION
31. Ward worker : REGISTEREDNURSE
38. Like some highly-rated bonds : AAA
39. Grant-giving org. : NEA
40. Dog command : BEG
41. What disabled people are entitled to on a subway : PRIORITYSEATING
48. Mich./Minn. separator : WIS
49. Sei + uno : SETTE
50. Bell site : STEEPLE
54. "Hmmm ..." : LETSSEE
58. "___ ba-a-ack!" : HES
59. Hemingway's nickname : PAPA
61. Words after hang or dash : ITALL
62. Quick way to pay : EXPRESSCHECKOUT
66. Maker of Aleve : BAYER
67. Western tribe : OTOE
68. Prefix with European : INDO
69. Little helpers? : ASSTS
70. 5-Across's business : MAIL
71. Olympic female gymnast, typically : TEEN
1. '90s-'00s Britcom : ABFAB
2. "Ta-da!" : VOILA
3. Overthrowing a base, e.g. : ERROR
4. Menu item often accompanied by wasabi : SASHIMI
5. Pac-12 school, for short : USC
6. Roman sun god : SOL
7. Droids, e.g. : PDAS
8. Obama girl : SASHA
9. Group within a group : FACTION
10. Man-mouse link : ORA
11. Like the rumba, originally : CUBAN
12. Tolerate : ABIDE
13. Like interstates : LANED
18. Shocks, in a way : TASES
19. Sphere or pyramid : SOLID
24. Bit of body art, informally : TAT
25. Regarding : ANENT
27. Beast with a beard : GNU
29. Low poker holdings : TREYS
31. Jay-Z's genre : RAP
32. Musician's asset : EAR
33. Moo goo ___ pan : GAI
34. Hotel meeting room amenity : EASEL
35. Hitter's stat : RBI
36. Statehouse worker: Abbr. : SEN
37. A snake may swallow one whole : EGG
42. Part of i.o.u. : OWE
43. Bodice-___ (old-fashioned romance novels) : RIPPERS
44. Puerto Rico y La Española : ISLAS
45. Summer on the 55-Down : ETE
46. High level? : ATTIC
47. Do-it-yourself diagnostic tool : TESTKIT
50. Biblical land on the Arabian Peninsula : SHEBA
51. ___-size (big) : TEXAS
52. Awards won by LeBron James and David Beckham : ESPYS
53. British racetrack site : EPSOM
55. Rhône feeder : SAONE
56. Avoid : ELUDE
57. Rocker John : ELTON
60. Court records : ACTA
63. Like many seniors: Abbr. : RET
64. ___ polloi : HOI
65. Wriggly fish : EEL

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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