New York Times, Saturday, June 14, 2014

Author: Alex Vratsanos
Editor: Will Shortz
Alex Vratsanos
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 68, Blocks: 25 Missing: {Q} Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry This is puzzle # 8 for Mr. Vratsanos. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Alex Vratsanos notes: In my four semesters at the University of Delaware, crosswords were, all in all, my biggest distraction. They were also the ... more
Jeff Chen notes: This might look like a typical themeless construction, with a set of triple-stacked 8's in each corner, but it's not. Alex travels an ... more
JimH notes: The cycle in only eight! Congrats.
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© 2014, The New York TimesNo. 23,594
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1. "Diamonds and Rust" singer, 1975 : JOANBAEZ
9. Add in large amounts : PACKON
15. "Is that a gun in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?," e.g. : INNUENDO
16. Surround with light : ENHALO
17. Disappoints : LETSDOWN
18. More legible, say : NEATER
19. Marvin Gaye's "___ Tomorrow" : TIL
20. Gambling : STAKING
22. One often seen at the door : MAT
23. River of Hesse : EDER
25. Undermine : ERODE
26. Wound around the body? : GASH
27. Reasons for some joyrides : DARES
29. Cause of an insurance increase, for short : DUI
30. National card game of Mexico : MONTE
31. Call for a meeting? : POINTOFORDER
34. Part of many a symphony : SCHERZO
37. Visit : SOJOURN
38. Many a Cape Cod locale : CRANBERRYBOG
40. Multitudes : HOSTS
41. Multitude : TON
42. Some settlers, before settling : SUERS
46. H. G. Wells's "Empire of the ___" : ANTS
47. Teatro Costanzi premiere of 1900 : TOSCA
49. Kind of engr. : ELEC
50. Pull (out) : EKE
51. New Testament money : DENARII
53. ___ Andric, Literature Nobelist before John Steinbeck : IVO
54. Ornament at the top of a spire : FINIAL
56. Sign at the end of a freeway, maybe : LASTEXIT
58. Like God, in the olden days : ETERNE
59. Former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, for one : ISLAMIST
60. Team whose playing venue appears on the National Register of Historic Places : REDSOX
61. Dumps : EYESORES
1. Dumped : JILTED
2. Six Nations tribe : ONEIDA
3. Provider of bang for the buck? : ANTLER
4. Greek consonants : NUS
5. Twins, e.g. : BEDS
6. Make ___ of : ANOTE
7. Best Actor nominee for "American History X" : EDWARDNORTON
8. Fall asleep fast : ZONKOUT
9. Cylindrical pasta : PENNE
10. Rare blood type, for short : ANEG
11. Ching preceder : CHA
12. Asian capital : KATMANDU
13. Wild olive : OLEASTER
14. Boreal : NORTHERN
21. Kojak's love of lollipops or Reagan's love of jellybeans, e.g. : IDIOSYNCRASY
24. Starts on a righteous path : REPENTS
26. Disobey directives, say : GOROGUE
28. Gathers on a surface, chemically : SORBS
30. Charms : MOJOS
32. Novel ending? : IZE
33. Time keeper? : FOB
34. "America's oldest lager beer" : SCHAEFER
35. First person outside NASA to receive a moon-rock award, 2006 : CRONKITE
36. Accelerated : HASTENED
39. 1937 film based on a Gershwin musical : ROSALIE
43. ___ of life : ELIXIR
44. Work over : REVISE
45. Nursery brand : SCOTTS
47. Bringer of old news : TELEX
48. Sitter's choice : AISLE
51. Longtime soap actress Linda : DANO
52. "Take ___ a sign" : ITAS
55. Group awaiting one's return, for short : IRS
57. Some rock : EMO

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 6 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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