New York Times, Monday, November 24, 2014

Author: Robert Seminara
Editor: Will Shortz
Robert Seminara
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQV} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Seminara. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

Robert Seminara notes: I think the one thing interesting about the puzzle is the emails Will and I had back in forth debating whether ROFL stood for ... more
Jeff Chen notes: Strong phrases hiding today's theme, ROFL. Hard not to like a puzzle featuring ROLLING PINS being swung while on LAUGHING GAS. Dare I ... more
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Across Down
1. Lawyer's charge : FEE
4. Shopaholic's indulgence : SPREE
9. Cursor controller : MOUSE
14. Lenient : LAX
15. Was nosy : PRIED
16. Deceive : COZEN
17. Turkish title : AGA
18. Items for flattening dough : ROLLINGPINS
20. Bad reputation : ILLFAME
22. Blackens, as a reputation : TARS
23. Unleash : LETRIP
24. Alpha, ___, gamma ... : BETA
25. Choose : OPT
28. Secretly : ONTHEDOWNLOW
31. 901, in old Rome : CMI
34. Dropped a bit, as the stock market : SLID
35. Doing nothing : IDLE
36. Texter's expression spelled out by the starts of 18-, 28-, 46- and 59-Across : ROFL
38. Affirmatives : YESES
41. Toll road : PIKE
42. Bang-up : AONE
43. Boat in "Jaws" : ORCA
45. "Dig in!" : EAT
46. Some dressing room conveniences : FLOORMIRRORS
51. Tit for ___ : TAT
52. Longest river wholly in Switzerland : AARE
53. Mess up, as hair : TOUSLE
57. Norway's capital : OSLO
58. College reunion attendee : ALUMNUS
59. Nitrous oxide : LAUGHINGGAS
63. Columbus Day mo. : OCT
64. Shake hands (on) : AGREE
65. Absurd : INANE
66. Beaver State: Abbr. : ORE
67. Dog treats : BONES
68. Whey's partner in a nursery rhyme : CURDS
69. The "p" in m.p.g. : PER
1. Thrash : FLAIL
2. Two under par : EAGLE
3. Glorify : EXALT
4. Ankle woes : SPRAINS
5. Right away : PROMPTLY
6. Agitate : RILE
7. Conger, e.g. : EEL
8. Not raw, as text : EDITED
9. Country singer Tim : MCGRAW
10. "My bad!" : OOPS
11. Arm of Israel : UZI
12. Schumer or Shaheen: Abbr. : SEN
13. U.S.N.A. grad : ENS
19. What 26 countries in Eur. belong to : NATO
21. To and ___ : FRO
24. Long-term hospital patient's problem : BEDSORE
25. Blast from the past : OLDIE
26. ___ dot : POLKA
27. Message that might include an "@" and a "#" : TWEET
29. Get a move on : HIE
30. Frostiness : NIP
31. Beermaking or knitting : CRAFT
32. Cold hard cash : MOOLA
33. Otherwise : IFNOT
37. Only three-letter zodiac sign : LEO
39. "To ___ is human ..." : ERR
40. Site of a 2014 vote for independence : SCOTLAND
44. Shakes from a slumber : AROUSES
47. Symptoms of poison ivy : RASHES
48. French Sudan, today : MALI
49. Like a firehouse burning down? : IRONIC
50. 2 + 2 = 4, e.g. : SUM
54. Buttinsky : SNOOP
55. "Filthy" riches : LUCRE
56. Banana oil, e.g. : ESTER
57. Arch type : OGEE
58. Culture medium in a 59-Down : AGAR
59. See 58-Down : LAB
60. "Give it ___!" : AGO
61. Ashes holder : URN
62. African antelope : GNU

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