New York Times, Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Author: John Lampkin
Editor: Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {FJKQXZ} This is puzzle # 6 for Mr. Lampkin. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

John Lampkin notes: The seed for this one was 'It's on the house' which popped into mind upon seeing a WEATHER VANE on a house here in my Florida ... more
Jeff Chen notes: Sometimes it's fun to finish a puzzle and wonder what the heck the theme is. I thoroughly enjoyed this solve, as there were so ... more
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Across Down
1. Opposite of exciting : BLAH
5. Jerk : ASS
8. 100 points, to a jeweler : CARAT
13. Who sings "A Little Brains, A Little Talent" in "Damn Yankees" : LOLA
14. Fuel economy org. : EPA
15. Unhung paintings : MURALS
16. Not required : OPTIONAL
18. ___ night (bar attraction) : TRIVIA
19. It's on the house : WEATHERVANE
21. Mr. Potato Head piece : EAR
22. Objects of religious veneration in ancient Egypt : IBISES
23. Outer space's lack : AIR
25. "That's all ___ wrote" : SHE
28. Thomas Gray's "___ on the Spring" : ODE
29. Emerson or Dickinson : COLLEGE
33. Brand once billed as "the soap of beautiful women" : CAMAY
35. Flabbergast : BOWLOVER
36. Some sound equipment : AMPS
37. Overplay : EMOTE
39. Fodder's place, but not a mudder's : SILO
40. Call inadvertently, in a way : BUTTDIAL
42. Part of many a general's statue : STEED
43. Clandestine network : SPYRING
44. Blanc who voiced Daffy Duck : MEL
46. Itsy-bitsy : WEE
47. Tooth that turns : COG
48. Some New Zealanders : MAORIS
51. Fire residue : ASH
53. It carries no charge : DEADBATTERY
58. Like feet after a long trek : LEADEN
60. Drop the ball onstage : MISSACUE
61. Evincing discomfort : PAINED
62. Pub offering : ALE
63. Pub offering : BREW
64. Book bag part : STRAP
65. Actor Beatty : NED
66. Pub offering : SUDS
1. Serious punch : BLOW
2. Easy gait : LOPE
3. Opposite of baja : ALTA
4. Half of Hispaniola : HAITI
5. Work in which Dido died : AENEID
6. Thinly distributed : SPARSE
7. Balm : SALVE
8. Panacea : CUREALL
9. Cardinals, in stats : ARI
10. It's complimentary : RAVEREVIEW
11. Et ___ (and others) : ALIA
12. Despised figure in "Fiddler on the Roof" : TSAR
15. Abbr. in cartography : MTN
17. "What fun!" : OHBOY
20. Natty neckwear : ASCOT
24. "You beat me" : ILOST
25. Signs of healing : SCABS
26. Overplay : HAMUP
27. It's free : EMPTYCHAIR
30. Have bills : OWE
31. Hair goop : GELEE
32. Weaken, as confidence : ERODE
34. "___ Boy" (1960s cartoon series) : ASTRO
35. Neighbor of Peru: Abbr. : BOL
37. ___ bisschen (not much: Ger.) : EIN
38. Soft rock? : MAGMA
41. Try one's utmost : DIGDEEP
42. Some vents : SLITS
44. Cellphone, to a Brit : MOBILE
45. Deleted : ERASED
49. Worker at Omnicom Group : ADMAN
50. Wild guesses : STABS
51. Range of the von Trapp singers : ALPS
52. Usher's destination : SEAT
54. Goal : END
55. Eggshell shade : ECRU
56. Regretted : RUED
57. Trees with red berrylike fruit : YEWS
59. Modern aid in anthropology : DNA

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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