New York Times, Monday, May 20, 2013

Author: Tim Croce
Editor: Will Shortz
Tim Croce
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 39 Missing: {JQWXZ} This is puzzle # 22 for Mr. Croce. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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JimH notes: Speed solvers probably dislike Ms because they take longer to write. This grid has 16 Ms, breaking the record for most Ms in a standard puzzle. Don't be surprised if your hand is getting sore. The puzzle just three days ago had 15 Ms.
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© 2013, The New York TimesNo. 23,204
Across Down
1. Digital readout, in short : LCD
4. So-called "Crime Dog" of public service ads : MCGRUFF
11. Emergency PC key : ESC
14. Debtor's note : IOU
15. Certain spray can : AEROSOL
16. 1960s chess champ Mikhail : TAL
17. "De-e-elicious!" : MMM
18. Caribbean resort island : GRANDBAHAMA
20. 2008 Tina Fey/Amy Poehler comedy : BABYMAMA
22. Yale students : ELIS
23. ___ good deed : DOA
24. ___ Day (third Mon. in January) : MLK
26. Divas' solos : ARIAS
27. Creature that goes "ribbit" : FROG
29. Many a 1930s soap opera : RADIODRAMA
31. Piquant triangular snack chip : DORITO
33. Failure : DUD
34. Desert of Chile : ATACAMA
36. 3-D art project : DIORAMA
41. Oomph : PEP
42. Place to analyze some crime evidence : DNALAB
43. White House girl : MALIAOBAMA
49. Winery tubs : VATS
50. ___ Rock (Australian site) : AYERS
51. Place with thermal waters : SPA
52. One of 100 on the Hill: Abbr. : SEN
53. Nevada gambling mecca : RENO
54. "He's a priest," per Ogden Nash : ONELLAMA
58. First explorer to sail directly from Europe to India : VASCODAGAMA
62. System of connected PCs : LAN
63. Optometrist's focus : EYE
64. Crunchy bit ground up in pesto : PINENUT
65. "Reeling in the Years" rockers Steely ___ : DAN
66. Guitar innovator Paul : LES
67. "No challenge" : TOOEASY
68. Professional org. ending eight answers in this puzzle : AMA
1. Arm or leg : LIMB
2. Unconscious state : COMA
3. Stereotypical airhead of old : DUMBDORA
4. Underground molten rock : MAGMA
5. Michael of "Superbad" : CERA
6. Parent's mom, informally : GRAMMA
7. President Reagan : RONALD
8. Amer. money : USD
9. Watch chain : FOB
10. Tallahassee's home: Abbr. : FLA
11. And others : ETALIA
12. Green eggs and ham purveyor, in "Green Eggs and Ham" : SAMIAM
13. Minor-league baseball level : CLASSA
19. German "Mr." : HERR
21. Like some meditative exercises : YOGIC
25. Captain ___, legendary pirate : KIDD
26. Build a new wing, say : ADDON
27. Org. that approves new pharmaceuticals : FDA
28. Go bad : ROT
29. Juliet's beau : ROMEO
30. One-named author of "A Dog of Flanders" : OUIDA
32. Snacks at a Spanish bar : TAPAS
35. "Be on the lookout" alerts, for short : APBS
37. Entangle, as yarn : RAVEL
38. Hawkeye Pierce's portrayer : ALANALDA
39. Welcome ___ (doorstep item) : MAT
40. Muscles that benefit from crunches : ABS
43. Publisher of Spider-Man and X-Men comics : MARVEL
44. "Yes, captain!" : AYEAYE
45. Microscope parts : LENSES
46. Classic '80s Camaro : IROC
47. Orbital high point : APOGEE
48. Tomorrow, in Tijuana : MANANA
52. Dull blue-gray : SLATY
55. Birds appearing on Australia's 50 cent coins : EMUS
56. "Yes, ___" (gent's reply) : MAAM
57. Actress Paquin : ANNA
59. Choose (to) : OPT
60. Italian "god" : DIO
61. 12 months: Sp. : ANO

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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