New York Times, Friday, June 20, 2014

Author: Martin Ashwood-Smith
Editor: Will Shortz
Martin Ashwood-Smith
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 66, Blocks: 31 Missing: {KQZ} Spans: 8, (2 quad stacks) This is puzzle # 76 for Mr. Ashwood-Smith. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Martin Ashwood-Smith notes: I'll come right out and say it: sorry about the two 15-letter 'ONE'S' phrases in the top area of the puzzle. There are two ... more
Jeff Chen notes: Ah, another from the quad-stack master, MAS. I really liked the open layout of this one, the puzzle flow being pretty darn good. That ... more
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Across Down
1. Prepare to speak, say : CLEARONESTHROAT
16. Nurse : RESTORETOHEALTH
17. Not now : ATSOMEOTHERTIME
18. Puts somebody out : STEPSONONESTOES
19. FICA fig. : SSN
20. ___ corde (piano direction) : TRE
21. Ganders, e.g. : HES
22. "Bummer" : AWGEE
25. President's first name on "The West Wing" : JED
26. Slicker go-with : RAINHAT
29. With 35-Down, slightly stale : DAY
30. Choice for bow-making : ELM
33. Inexperienced : AMATEUR
34. Their contents have yet to be dealt with : INBOXES
36. Tenor Vickers : JON
37. Defense Department dept. : NSA
38. She played Detective Sasha Monroe on "Third Watch" : NIALONG
39. Greetings : HIS
40. Dummy in "Stage Door Canteen" : SNERD
41. Cellphone feature, informally : CAM
42. Fr. religious title : STE
43. Hotel waiter? : CAB
46. Florida preserve? : ORANGEMARMALADE
52. Keen insight, with "the" : WISDOMOFSOLOMON
53. Peak performance in 1953? : ASCENTOFEVEREST
54. Focus of HGTV's "House Hunters" : REALESTATESALES
1. Philistine : CRASS
2. "August: Osage County" playwright Tracy : LETTS
3. Westphalian city : ESSEN
4. Looking down on? : ATOP
5. DVD-___ : ROMS
6. Snack since 1912 : OREO
7. Fish with iridescent blue stripes : NEONTETRA
8. Automaker Bugatti : ETTORE
9. German boys : SOHNE
10. The old you? : THEE
11. Snack since 1900 : HERSHEYBAR
12. Named names, maybe : RATTED
13. Crazy quilts : OLIOS
14. "Look ___ now!" : ATME
15. Alternative to cafés : THES
22. Raid target : ANT
23. Top 10 hit for Eminem or 3 Doors Down : WHENIMGONE
24. Eponymous German physicist : GAUSS
25. Aerosmith's titular gun carrier : JANIE
26. Gandhi opposed it : RAJ
27. ___, amas, amat : AMO
28. Crime writer Rankin : IAN
29. China shop purchase : DINNERSET
30. Intro to biology? : EXO
31. Business bigwig Blavatnik : LEN
32. Composition of Accent seasoning : MSG
35. See 29-Across : OLD
39. Big name in oratorios : HANDEL
40. Scottish island that's home to Fingal's Cave : STAFFA
41. First stabber of Caesar : CASCA
42. 1930 tariff act co-sponsor : SMOOT
43. Joe, for one : CAMEL
44. "___ of Rock 'n' Roll" (1976 Ringo Starr hit) : ADOSE
45. Propensities : BENTS
46. "Hug ___" (Shel Silverstein poem) : OWAR
47. Exhibit upward mobility? : RISE
48. Some paddle wielders, briefly : EMTS
49. Propose in a meeting : MOVE
50. Bass line? : ALES
51. Romance novelist ___ Leigh : LORA

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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