New York Times, Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Author: Andrew J. Ries
Editor: Will Shortz
Andrew Ries
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {QVXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Ries. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Jeff Chen notes: It's not often that I scratch my head, trying to figure out a puzzle's theme. Obviously JOHNNY ON THE SPOT refers to Johnny CASH, ... more
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1. Start of a Latin 101 conjugation : AMO
4. Eastern Mediterranean port since ancient times : JAFFA
9. "Take Care" rapper, 2012 : DRAKE
14. Sessions, e.g.: Abbr. : SEN
15. Total : INALL
16. "I am ___, hear me roar" : WOMAN
17. Dough in hand, redundantly : CASHMONEY
19. Clued in : AWARE
20. Big name in 1950s presidential campaigning : ADLAI
21. Full of shadows : DUSKY
23. Scotch topper : TAM
24. Juicy fruit : PEAR
25. State capital near Lake Tahoe : CARSONCITY
27. Course reversal : UTURN
29. Chick's tail? : ADEE
30. Class with many unknowns: Abbr. : ALG
32. Brand with "Old World Style" : RAGU
34. Klutz's utterance : OOPS
38. Person who's ready and able to help ... or a literal description of four occurrences in this puzzle : JOHNNYONTHESPOT
43. Lead-in to girl : ATTA
44. Off-base sort? : AWOL
45. School's end : EDU
46. Tomato variety : ROMA
50. Got under the skin of : IRKED
52. Gym activity that works the pectorals : BENCHPRESS
56. Quiet place to pray : APSE
59. Org. that encourages flossing : ADA
60. Many a Wall Street Journal graphic : CHART
61. Like much state fair fare : FRIED
62. Little bud : KIDDO
64. Last one in, say : ROTTENEGG
66. Calendario start : ENERO
67. Love to pieces : ADORE
68. Chowder head? : CEE
69. ___ Hannah of "Blade Runner" : DARYL
70. Not so hot : TEPID
71. Sin : ERR
1. Acronym on Beyoncé records : ASCAP
2. Gettysburg general : MEADE
3. Chargers' action : ONSLAUGHT
4. First name at Woodstock : JIMI
5. "I'd like to buy ___, Pat" : ANO
6. Spanish steps? : FANDANGO
7. ___-de-lis : FLEUR
8. Actress Milano : ALYSSA
9. Johnson also known as "The Rock" : DWAYNE
10. Ticket info : ROW
11. Prized Italian instrument : AMATI
12. Gold standard : KARAT
13. "In the practice of tolerance, one's ___ is the best teacher": Dalai Lama : ENEMY
18. Rodgers's partner, in song : HART
22. Sent to the canvas, for short : KOD
25. Bonkers, in modern lingo : CRAY
26. Some "American Greed" subjects, for short : CEOS
28. Big coffee server : URN
30. 1977 album with the hit single "Deacon Blues" : AJA
31. Great deal : LOT
33. Spanish article : UNA
35. Leaning column : OPEDPIECE
36. Mini-spacecraft : POD
37. Bad name for an anger management counselor? : STU
39. Traffic cop, for short? : NARC
40. Resealable bottle feature : TWISTTOP
41. ___ d'oeuvres : HORS
42. "Benevolent" fraternity member : ELK
47. "Would ya look at that!" : OHCOOL
48. Dash abbr. : MPH
49. Genesis landing site : ARARAT
51. Get through hard work : EARN
52. Sweltered in the sun : BAKED
53. Minneapolis suburb : EDINA
54. Third-place finisher in 2000, 2004 and 2008 : NADER
55. Diminish by degrees : ERODE
57. Bob with the Silver Bullet Band : SEGER
58. Yard tool : EDGER
61. Farm store purchase : FEED
63. Wine descriptor : DRY
65. TNT part : TRI

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle.

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