New York Times, Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Author: Erik Agard
Editor: Will Shortz
Erik Agard
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 35 Missing: {FKQW} Spans: 4 This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Agard. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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1. With 74-Across, voting system that affords anonymity ... or the theme of this puzzle? : SECRET
7. Game in which the orange ghost is named Sue, not Clyde : MSPACMAN
15. "Seinfeld" woman : ELAINE
16. Heated disputes : RHUBARBS
17. Song sung by a patriotic politician : GODBLESSAMERICA
19. Jungle swinger : APE
20. F.D.R. or L.B.J.: Abbr. : DEM
21. Vice president Gore and others : ALS
22. And others, for short : ETAL
25. Stridex target, informally : ZIT
27. Blue stone : LAPIS
31. Singer Damone : VIC
33. ___ Party : TEA
35. Old Italian coin : LIRA
36. How a director of campaign advertising works : BEHINDTHESCENES
41. Sought-after rock : ORE
42. Rap's Dr. ___ : DRE
43. However, briefly : THO
44. Turn-___ : ONS
45. Exactly ... like a conservative's plan to lower taxes? : RIGHTONTHEMONEY
49. Possible cause of brain freeze : ICEE
50. It's seen off la côte de la France : MER
51. Subject of many a political scandal : SEX
52. Rooms in una casa : SALAS
54. ___ Mahal : TAJ
56. College org. with a Color Guard : ROTC
59. The Cowboys, on scoreboards : DAL
61. React with extreme disgust : GAG
63. Louis XIV, e.g. : ROI
65. Religious belief of eight U.S. presidents : PRESBYTERIANISM
71. Like no stone, for the meticulous : UNTURNED
72. Grand ___ Island : BAHAMA
73. Nuisance that keeps returning, in metaphor : BADPENNY
74. See 1-Across : BALLOT
1. Genesis maker : SEGA
2. Alter altar plans, maybe : ELOPE
3. Space ___ : CADET
4. Tease : RIB
5. Blowup: Abbr. : ENL
6. Cheesed (off) : TEED
7. James Stewart title character who goes to Washington : MRSMITH
8. ___ Na Na : SHA
9. Mountain cat : PUMA
10. "Does that ring ___?" : ABELL
11. Event in which you may drive a hard bargain? : CARSALE
12. Hosp. test : MRI
13. "This Week" airer : ABC
14. Intelligence org. : NSA
18. "___ who?!" : SEZ
23. Bird: Prefix : AVI
24. Fancy chocolatier : LINDT
26. Choppers : TEETH
28. Assign, as blame : PINON
29. Memorable 2011 hurricane : IRENE
30. Mouthing off : SASSY
32. PC insert : CDROM
34. Hearth residue : ASHES
36. London mayor Johnson : BORIS
37. Writer Jong : ERICA
38. German philosopher who wrote "The true is the whole" : HEGEL
39. Fundamental belief : TENET
40. One on the way up : COMER
46. "Fore!" : HEADSUP
47. "Julius Caesar," for one : TRAGEDY
48. Kitchen brand : OXO
53. Buffalo player : SABRE
55. Pickle holder : JAR
57. What a plea bargain obviates : TRIAL
58. Vogue competitor, for short : COSMO
60. Loretta who sang "Coal Miner's Daughter" : LYNN
62. Pop's Brothers ___ : GIBB
64. "___ my wit's end" : IMAT
65. Darts venue : PUB
66. Biol. class topic : RNA
67. Tarmac fig. : ETD
68. Number of years between censuses : TEN
69. Like some baseball teams : AAA
70. Senators' org. : NHL

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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