New York Times, Thursday, June 19, 2014

Author: Timothy Polin
Editor: Will Shortz
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Rows: 16, Columns: 15, Words: 72, Blocks: 33 Missing: {JV} Spans: 2 Grid is asymmetric This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Polin. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Across Down
1. What group founded in 1960 currently has 12 members? : OPEC
5. What Fox series was set in Newport Beach? : THEOC
10. Cab locale : SEMI
14. What sport has divisions called chukkers? : POLO
15. Rock band? : TIARA
16. Wizards : PROS
17. Classic 1940s-'50s quiz show : TWENTYQUESTIONS
20. Of a bodily partition : SEPTAL
21. Winter warmer : HOTTEA
22. What are Greek P's? : RHOS
23. What automaker makes the Yukon and Acadia? : GMC
26. Pace : GAIT
27. What is the popular name for daminozide? : ALAR
28. The Police and others : TRIOS
30. CBS procedural : NCIS
32. What do four gills make? : PINT
33. Invited to one's penthouse, say : HADUP
34. Muddle : DAZE
35. À la a siren : ENTICINGLY
37. School head, slangily : PREX
38. Thundered : RESOUNDED
39. What is hopscotch called in New York City? : POTSY
40. Some tides : NEAPS
41. What company owns MapQuest? : AOL
42. What notorious 1999 computer virus was named after an exotic dancer? : MELISSA
45. States of madness : DELIRIA
49. What rating does the Michelin Guide give to "a very good restaurant"? : ONESTAR
50. Sacred petitions : ORISONS
51. Mentally pooped : TOOTIREDTOTHINK
53. Directional suffix : ERN
54. Incredulous response : CANITBE
55. ___ Palmas, Spain : LAS
56. Response to an oversharer : TMI
57. Pots : KITTIES
58. W.W. II inits. : ETO
59. Multitude : SEA
60. Mercedes roadsters : SLS
61. "Scientia potentia ___" : EST
62. C train? : DEF
1. Goes (for) : OPTS
2. Juice provider : POWERLINE
3. What do mahouts ride? : ELEPHANTS
4. Twister : CONTORTIONIST
5. What best-selling 2004 young adult novel was written entirely in the form of instant messages? : TTYL
6. What is the oldest academic quiz competition in the U.S. (since 1948)? : HIQ
7. Contents of Suisse banks? : EAU
8. What is 1/100 of a Danish krone? : ORE
9. Carry's partner : CASH
10. Fastidiousness : SPITANDPOLISH
11. Kama Sutra illustrations, e.g. : EROTICART
12. Converts to currency : MONETIZES
13. What California congressman heads the House Oversight Committee? : ISSA
18. Future profs, maybe : TAS
19. Dress smartly, with "out" : TOG
23. What were Russell and Anna Huxtable on "The Cosby Show"? : GRANDPARENTS
24. Tiny pests : MIDGES
25. Was able to : COULD
27. One who makes an impression? : APER
28. Superskinny : THINASARAIL
29. What was Caleb in the Bible? : SPY
31. What word precedes "Eyes," "Girl," "Love" and "Mama" in Top 40 song titles? : SEXY
36. Ones with breaking points? : CUESTICKS
39. Exhibiting the most civility : POLITEST
41. Oxygen users : AEROBES
42. Sacred pieces : MOTETS
43. What is French for "huge"? : ENORME
44. Neighbor of Teaneck, N.J. : LEONIA
45. Country singer West : DOTTIE
46. Disturbed : ROILED
47. Not acquired, say : INNATE
48. Solicits from : ASKSOF
52. Morse bit : DIT

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 6 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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