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New York Times, Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Author: David Steinberg (16) and Bernice Gordon (99)
Editor: Will Shortz
David Steinberg
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Bernice Gordon
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 14 for Mr. Steinberg. This is puzzle # 145 for Ms. Gordon. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
JimH notes: Yes, it's true. Bernice Gordon is 99 years old and David Steinberg is 16, a difference of 83 years. Ms. Gordon is a veteran constructor — her first Sunday puzzle was published on January 23, 1955 — but perhaps her most amazing accomplishment is that she's had an NYT crossword byline every year from 2009 on. This is her first collaboration.

The Philadelphia Inquirer has a great article about the creation of this puzzle.
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© 2013, The New York TimesNo. 23,241
Across Down
1. "Per aspera ad ___" : ASTRA
6. Big throw : HEAVE
11. Creamy concoction : NOG
14. Joy of "The View" : BEHAR
15. Slightly off balance : ASKEW
16. Magnetite or cinnabar : ORE
17. Result of someone yelling "Fire!" in a crowded theater? : EXITRAMPAGE
19. Starfish appendage : RAY
20. Sam of "Jurassic Park" : NEILL
21. They might be manicured : LAWNS
23. "That's revolting!" : ICK
25. Looting of a legislature? : DIETPILLAGE
29. Laker legend Bryant : KOBE
31. Skin-and-bones : THIN
32. Salon employee : DYER
33. Drink that cures all ills : ELIXIR
36. Skirt : ELUDE
38. 83, for the creators of this puzzle ... or a hint to the ends of 17-, 25-, 51- and 60-Across : AGEDIFFERENCE
42. Blue Grotto locale : CAPRI
43. Spanish charger : ELTORO
45. Belle's caller : BEAU
48. O.K. Corral lawman : EARP
50. "Idylls of the King" woman : ENID
51. What an exploding microwave can make? : INSTANTMESS
55. What follows a bee? : CEE
56. Survey option : OTHER
57. Prop in "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" : APPLE
59. 0 : NIL
60. Exemption from playing an instrument at school? : MUSICALPASS
66. Dander : IRE
67. Cain's eldest son : ENOCH
68. Home unlikely to have air-conditioning : IGLOO
69. Six-time All-Star Ron : CEY
70. Beardless dwarf : DOPEY
71. Scrumptious : TASTY
1. Five simoleons : ABE
2. Number between quinque and septem : SEX
3. Be a dreamer : THINKBIG
4. Evaluate : RATE
5. Secret alternative : ARRID
6. Source of the saying "Brevity is the soul of wit" : HAMLET
7. Skill at picking things up? : ESP
8. Letters between names : AKA
9. Chillax, with "out" : VEG
10. Tom of "The Seven Year Itch" : EWELL
11. Winter Olympics powerhouse : NORWAY
12. County name in California, Florida and New York : ORANGE
13. One blowing off steam : GEYSER
18. Iran's ___ Khamenei : ALI
22. Pasta preference : ALDENTE
23. Onetime White House nickname : IKE
24. Common part of a Happy Meal : COLA
26. 1993 Tom Cruise legal thriller : THEFIRM
27. Carpet surface : PILE
28. Toughen : INURE
30. Carry out : EXECUTE
34. Home of the Salmon River Mtns. : IDA
35. Mature : RIPEN
37. Corona ___ Mar, Calif. : DEL
39. Beer bash venue : FRAT
40. Palms, e.g. : CONCEALS
41. 1813's Battle of Lake ___ : ERIE
44. Ben Jonson wrote one "to Himself" : ODE
45. Not quite human, maybe : BIONIC
46. Whole : ENTIRE
47. Benson of "Pretty Little Liars" : ASHLEY
49. Keen : PEACHY
52. Ready for a duel, say : ARMED
53. Apt rhyme of "aah" : SPA
54. Bowler's woe : SPLIT
58. Women drivers' grp. : LPGA
61. Colorful card game : UNO
62. Soak (up) : SOP
63. Winter coat? : ICE
64. Bar fixture : SOT
65. ___ milk : SOY

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle.

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