A SIGN OF THE TIMES

New York Times, Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Author: Patrick Blindauer
Editor: Will Shortz
Patrick Blindauer
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 77, Blocks: 37 Spans: 2 Grid is asymmetric This is puzzle # 57 for Mr. Blindauer. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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All the puzzles this week, from Monday to Saturday, have been created by one person, Patrick Blindauer. Keep your solutions handy, because the Saturday puzzle conceals a meta-challenge involving the solution grids of all six. When you have the answer to the meta-challenge, send it to crossword@nytimes.com. Twenty correct solvers, chosen at random, whose entries are received by 6:00 p.m. E.T. Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, will win one-year online subscriptions to the New York Times crossword. Only one entry per person, please. The answer and winners' names will appear on Friday, Oct. 31, at www.nytimes.com/wordplay.
Patrick Blindauer notes: This is definitely more 'grid play' than word play, but I hope people get a smile out of it, if nothing else. Not many theme ... more
Will Shortz notes: (see my Note from Monday)
Jeff Chen notes: Contest week! Jim and I decided to keep everything quiet until the contest is over, including the grid solutions. I doubt we'd give ... more
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1. Actor Gerard of "Buck Rogers" GIL
4. Bit TAD
7. Target of trimming FAT
10. 12-Down from meditators OMS
13. U.K. award OBE
14. Catherine de' Medici is said to have eaten it at every meal SPINACH
16. Losing line in tic-tac-toe XOO
17. Words to a baby PEEKABOOISEEYOU
20. One with a mister in Münster FRAU
21. Ballot marker XER
22. Another time, in "Li'l Abner" AGIN
23. Fjord explorers? FINNS
25. Robert of "The Sopranos" ILER
27. Summon, with "for" SEND
28. Emulated Pacino in a "Scent of a Woman" scene TANGOED
30. Adages SAYINGS
32. With 33-Across, meeting with someone in person FACE
33. See 32-Across TIME
34. Straighten out UNCURL
37. Reading for a king's herald SCROLL
41. Body in a bed SEA
42. Strong punch SANGRIA
46. Vote on Scottish independence NAE
47. Amiss AWRY
49. Shakespearean title character TIMON
50. Copper CENT
51. Urban blight SLUM
53. Ballot topic for decriminalization POT
54. Subj. with Riemann sums CALC
55. Factors in wine competitions AROMAS
57. Some carnival rides PONIES
59. 007 film of 1981 FORYOUREYESONLY
63. Vegan-friendly protein source TOFU
64. "Impression, Sunrise" painter MONET
65. Czolgosz who shot McKinley LEON
66. Like some radios AMFM
67. Form of 10-Down OZONE
68. Uffizi display ARTE
1. Die GOPFFT
2. Largest airline of Spain IBERIA
3. "I Hope You Dance" singer Womack LEEANN
4. Org. with the Precheck program TSA
5. "Dragnet" alert, briefly APB
6. Compound containing 10-Down DIOXIDE
7. Like Snow White, per the magic mirror FAIREST
8. Some LG appliances ACS
9. United States Constitution's first article THE
10. Element #8 OXYGEN
11. Cattle yard 12-Down MOOING
12. See 11-Down SOUNDS
15. Coward who said "I love criticism just so long as it's unqualified praise" NOEL
18. A master of this really knows his chops KUNGFU
19. Not so knotty EASIER
24. Shoots up SOARS
26. French for "grape" RAISIN
29. Lots of sparkle ECLAT
31. Facility often referred to by its first letter YMCA
34. Anytown, ___ USA
35. Anchor's place NEWSROOM
36. "Carmina Burana" composer CARLORFF
38. "I wonder what the word for 'dots' looks like in Braille," e.g. ONELINER
39. Model of chivalry LANCELOT
40. Rent LET
43. Winter chill NIP
44. Biotechnology output, for short GMO
45. Poppycock ROT
48. "The Mikado" maiden YUMYUM
50. ___ oil CANOLA
52. Image in Tiananmen Square MAO
54. G.M. and G.E. COS
55. Aqua Velva alternative AFTA
56. Bare-chested sport SUMO
57. Basketball legend Maravich PETE
58. End of a Burns poem heard annually SYNE
60. Cartoonist Chast ROZ
61. Ambient music composer Brian ENO
62. Urge YEN

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