New York Times, Monday, May 16, 2011

Author: Ian Livengood
Editor: Will Shortz
Ian Livengood
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JQV} This is puzzle # 9 for Mr. Livengood. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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JimH notes: This puzzle has a remarkably high number of theme entries — nine, including the explanation at 63 Across.
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© 2011, The New York TimesNo. 22,469
Across Down
1. Rugby scuffle : SCRUM
6. Zodiac lion : LEO
9. Face-to-face exams : ORALS
14. Clichéd : TRITE
15. Pitcher's asset : ARM
16. Tennis's ___ Safin : MARAT
17. Greece/Turkey separator : AEGEANSEA
19. Explosive liquid, for short : NITRO
20. Landlocked African country : RWANDA
21. Lumberjack's tool : CHAINSAW
23. Soak (up) : SOP
24. Devil in Looney Tunes cartoons, informally : TAZ
25. Place for barbells and treadmills : GYM
26. Advocating "Bring the troops home now!," say : ANTIWAR
30. Eastern "way" : TAO
32. Hip : COOL
33. In the evening : AFTERDARK
39. Bailed-out insurance co. in 2008-09 news : AIG
40. Daily nine-to-five struggle : RATRACE
42. Him, to Henri : LUI
43. Really dimwitted : BRAINDEAD
45. "You ___ handle the truth!" : CANT
46. Dastardly fellow : CAD
47. Like the best straight in poker : ACEHIGH
50. Observe : SEE
52. WSW's opposite : ENE
55. Yes, to Yves : OUI
56. Lift weights : PUMPIRON
58. Skin-transferring operations : GRAFTS
62. Pan Am competitor : USAIR
63. Roughhousing ... or a hint to the ends of 17-, 21-, 26-, 33-, 40-, 43-, 47- and 56-Across : HORSEPLAY
65. Dense : THICK
66. Cheer at a bullfight : OLE
67. "Ode on Melancholy" poet : KEATS
68. Jockey's attire : SILKS
69. Car wash application : WAX
70. Facing the pitcher : ATBAT
1. Symbol on the Hollywood Walk of Fame : STAR
2. Rowing team : CREW
3. Latvia's capital : RIGA
4. Knife or fork : UTENSIL
5. Where sheep graze : MEADOW
6. ___ Vegas : LAS
7. Not stooped : ERECT
8. Largest city in the state where Lincoln is the capital : OMAHA
9. Hyatt alternative : OMNI
10. One prayed to during a dry spell : RAINGOD
11. Bohemian : ARTSY
12. Former California N.F.L.'er now located in St. Louis : LARAM
13. Store (away) : STOW
18. California wine valley : NAPA
22. Ancient Mexican pyramid builder : AZTEC
26. Hail ___ (cry "Taxi!") : ACAB
27. Pinot ___ (wine) : NOIR
28. Roman wrap : TOGA
29. Hourly wage, e.g. : RATE
31. Is, pluralized : ARE
34. Monk's title : FRA
35. "Look how great I did!" : TADA
36. Jai ___ : ALAI
37. Ladder step : RUNG
38. ___ and kin : KITH
40. Genetic carrier: Abbr. : RNA
41. Small viper : ADDER
44. Chipping tool : ICEPICK
45. Kitschy gift with green "fur" : CHIAPET
48. Mechanical teeth : COGS
49. "I found it!" : EUREKA
50. Japanese fare at a "bar" : SUSHI
51. Message sent with a click : EMAIL
53. "Ain't gonna happen!" : NOHOW
54. ___ Gay (W.W. II plane) : ENOLA
56. Sets (down) : PUTS
57. Peeves : IRKS
59. Spare tire, so to speak : FLAB
60. British goodbye : TATA
61. The "S" in GPS: Abbr. : SYST
64. Sleuth creator Stout : REX

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