David J. Kahn
David J. Kahn 

New York Times, Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Author:David J. Kahn
Editor:Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 38, Avg Word Len: 4.92, Missing: { BFJQXZ }, Scrabble score: 286 (avg 1.53)
Open Squares: 79, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 4, XRef: 2, Debuts: 5, Freshness Factor™: 47.3 (59.3 Wed. %-ile), NYT Across Lite file, PDF.
This is puzzle 158 of 158 for Mr. Kahnsolos: 155, collaborations: 3, Sundays: 39

Jeff Chen notes: A sort of tribute puzzle today. Really fun to read up on the MERCURY / SEVEN which was an unfamiliar term to me. Sounds like it was ... more
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© 2014, The New York Times
Across Down
1. WALLY : SCHIRRA
8. GUS : GRISSOM
15. Whittling away : ERODING
16. Like some email addresses : NOREPLY
17. Blow the joint : VAMOOSE
18. Volatile solvents : ACETALS
19. 50-50 : EVEN
20. Regina's locale: Abbr. : SASK
22. Burmese, for one : CAT
23. Sites for kites : NESTS
25. What is cast, in a saying : THEDIE
28. River of Hesse : EDER
31. Not just hot : TORRID
34. Bub : MAC
37. Improper : NOTOK
39. Animal with stripes : OKAPI
40. In the style of : ALA
41. ALAN : SHEPARD
43. Place for a baseball insignia : CAP
44. Many a classical sculpture : TORSO
46. Sandbank : SHOAL
47. Copy desk workers, e.g.: Abbr. : EDS
48. Very high trumpet note : SUPERC
50. "Splendor in the Grass" screenwriter : INGE
51. Gloomy donkey of fiction : EEYORE
53. Mark up or down, say : RETAG
58. Caller on a cell phone? : CON
60. Library refs. : OEDS
62. Keyboardist Saunders : MERL
63. Stab : ATTEMPT
66. International agreement : ENTENTE
69. "Luck Be a Lady" composer/lyricist : LOESSER
70. "I envy Seas, ___ He rides": Emily Dickinson : WHEREON
71. With 1-Down, first American astronauts : MERCURY
72. DEKE : SLAYTON
1. See 71-Across : SEVEN
2. Ardently want : CRAVE
3. They're mobile in a trailer park : HOMES
4. "___ believe it!" : IDONT
5. 2016 Olympics city : RIO
6. E.R. personnel : RNS
7. A really long time : AGES
8. Grind : GNASH
9. NASA vehicle : ROCKET
10. Fury : IRE
11. Firmed up : SET
12. Old U.S./Soviet rivalry : SPACERACE
13. It's a crock : OLLA
14. Best-selling PC game of the 1990s : MYST
21. Weakened due to inactivity : ATROPHIED
24. Kind of perception : SENSORY
26. School desk drawer? : DOODLER
27. Nettle : IRK
29. Play-___ : DOH
30. Verb with "vous" : ETES
32. ___ Mini : IPAD
33. Some market fluctuations : DIPS
34. Gym surfaces : MATS
35. Baseball family name : ALOU
36. SCOTT : CARPENTER
38. Unstable subatomic particle : KAON
42. Tease : RAG
45. Envision : SEE
49. GORDON : COOPER
52. Hear again in court : RETRY
54. File material : EMERY
55. Guiding belief : TENET
56. "Star Wars" droid : ARTOO
57. JOHN : GLENN
58. Unruffled : CALM
59. Plains tribe : OTOE
61. Ends, with "up" : SEWS
64. PC key : ESC
65. Where Magic Johnson played college ball, for short : MSU
67. Org. with Sharks and Predators : NHL
68. It may be herbal : TEA

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