New York Times, Saturday, March 22, 2014

Author: Greg Johnson
Editor: Will Shortz
Greg Johnson
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 70, Blocks: 27 Missing: {CK} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Johnson. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Greg Johnson notes: I've been constructing seriously now for about two years and this is one of my first themeless attempts. I learned a lot making ... more
Jeff Chen notes: Good showing from Greg, only his second NYT puzzle. Some really nice debut entries plus a good number of tough clues made for a good ... more
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© 2014, The New York TimesNo. 23,510
Across Down
1. Passed in a blur, say : FLEWBY
7. Develops gradually : GESTATES
15. Smoking : REDHOT
16. Change-making : ALTERANT
17. Where to look for self-growth : INWARD
18. Obsolescent storage device : ZIPDRIVE
19. Historic first name in W.W. II : ENOLA
20. Locale of three presidential libraries : TEXAS
21. Fried : LIT
22. One often behind bars : ZOOEXHIBIT
24. Ditch : TOSS
25. Doesn't carry on : ENDS
26. Oxygen's lack : ODOR
27. Rescuer of Princess Peach : MARIO
28. Near: Fr. : PRES
29. Churchyard gravedigger : SEXTON
30. Signs of things to come : HERALDS
34. Truckloads : LEGIONS
35. Hard to grasp : OPAQUE
36. Remains after the aging process : LEES
37. Opposite of 28-Down : MINUS
38. Santa's reindeer, e.g. : TEAM
39. Some sharp words : SASS
43. Lou's "La Bamba" co-star : ESAI
44. Concord concoction : GRAPEJELLY
46. Many a "Meet the Press" guest, informally : POL
47. Swindler's moola : GRIFT
48. Hiked : UPPED
49. She had a single-season stint on "The View" : ODONNELL
51. Many a worker at Union Pacific headquarters : OMAHAN
52. Like Enterprise vehicles : RENTABLE
53. Fired up? : ABLAZE
54. Best, as friends : TIGHTEST
55. One of Leakey's "Trimates" : FOSSEY
1. Decorated band along a wall : FRIEZE
2. "Reality leaves a lot to the imagination" speaker : LENNON
3. He directed Bela Lugosi in "Bride of the Monster" : EDWOOD
4. High rollers, in casino lingo : WHALES
5. Cheap, shoddy merchandise : BORAX
6. Financial statement abbr. : YTD
7. Outdoor wedding settings : GAZEBOS
8. Alchemist's offering : ELIXIR
9. Green party V.I.P.? : STPAT
10. Three Stooges creator Healy and others : TEDS
11. Concourse abbr. : ARR
12. Personalize for : TAILORTO
13. Picture : ENVISION
14. Troopers' toppers : STETSONS
20. Almanac info : TIDES
23. Large pack : HORDE
24. Get set to take off : TAXI
27. What an 18-Across's capacity is measured in, briefly : MEGS
28. Opposite of 37-Across : PLUS
29. Message sometimes written below "F" : SEEME
30. Regular embarkation location : HOMEPORT
31. Series starter : EPISODEI
32. Left : RANALONG
33. "___ se habla español" : AQUI
34. Did an entrechat : LEAPT
36. Flier : LEAFLET
38. Voice lesson subjects : TRILLS
39. Protection for flowers in bud : SEPALS
40. Socially dominant sorts : ALPHAS
41. Dirty rat : SLEAZE
42. Biggest city on the smallest continent : SYDNEY
44. Diving bird : GREBE
45. Mammoth : JUMBO
47. Cookout irritant : GNAT
50. ___ root (math quantity) : NTH
51. Bungler : OAF

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

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