New York Times, Thursday, July 17, 2014

Author: Alan Arbesfeld
Editor: Will Shortz
Alan Arbesfeld
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 74, Blocks: 31 Missing: {BJXZ} This is puzzle # 106 for Mr. Arbesfeld. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Jeff Chen notes: It wouldn't be Thursday without a twist in our crossword! Alan brings us 'literal' interpretations of X BACK Y phrases, with X being ... more
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1. Stars : SUNS
5. Blood group? : CLAN
9. Oscar nominee for "Affliction" : NOLTE
14. Draft status for someone in the Public Health Service : ONEC
15. Inspect the figures? : OGLE
16. Huge, in verse : ENORM
17. Singer in the sea, literally : HUMPBACKWHALE
19. Wrap up : RECAP
20. "Smack" : HEROIN
21. B's tail? : CDEF
23. Long-distance inits. : ATT
24. Something slipped under the counter? : STOOL
25. Feel one's ___ (be frisky) : OATS
26. Fiction's Atticus Finch, e.g.: Abbr. : ATTY
27. Plan B, literally : FALLBACKPOSITION
30. Place with a waiting room: Abbr. : STN
33. Some intellectual property, for short : TMS
34. Literary Leonard : ELMORE
35. One side of a hot-button social issue : PROLIFE
38. Ticked off : INASNIT
39. Skylights? : AURORA
40. A.C.C. school : UNC
41. Multinational carrier : SAS
42. Gridiron maneuver, literally : QUARTERBACKSNEAK
46. Comprehensive, in edspeak : ELHI
47. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Aparicio : LUIS
48. Dime novels and such : PULPS
52. Stocking stuffer : TOE
53. Ollie's partner in comedy : STAN
54. Negotiator's refusal : NODEAL
55. One of Donald's exes : IVANA
57. Little kid's lift, literally : PIGGYBACKRIDE
59. Frankincense or myrrh : RESIN
60. Read but not comment, in Internet lingo : LURK
61. Unlikely mate for a princess : OGRE
62. Big name in cosmetics : ESTEE
63. Summer Olympics event : EPEE
64. Stimulate : WHET
1. 10 students, for short? : SOPHS
2. Like overly optimistic goals, typically : UNMET
3. Intro to biology? : NEURO
4. Teach : SCHOOL
5. Singer Marc with the 1991 hit "Walking in Memphis" : COHN
6. JFK alternative : LGA
7. Indicator of stress : ALLCAPS
8. Must : NEEDTO
9. Hasbro brand : NERF
10. In dire need of gas, say : ONE
11. Spots : LOCATIONS
12. Vino spot : TRATTORIA
13. Fisherman's bane and hockey player's boon : EMPTYNETS
18. Plans to : WILL
22. Core : ESSENCE
25. "All ___" (Steve Martin/Lily Tomlin comedy) : OFME
26. Bread producers : ATMS
28. Guilty : ATFAULT
29. Pier grp. : ILA
30. Gut : SPARETIRE
31. Soul mates : TRUELOVES
32. 45 degrees : NORTHEAST
36. Petty around Hollywood : LORI
37. Grp. in a 1919-21 war of independence : IRA
38. Tolkien's Prancing Pony and others : INNS
40. Exhausting : USINGUP
43. Bush successor : QUAYLE
44. How individual firecrackers are priced? : APOP
45. "Friends" co-star : KUDROW
49. O'Hara portrayer : LEIGH
50. Tony Gwynn, notably : PADRE
51. Hard fall : SLEET
53. Ready to stand trial, in a way : SANE
54. Sponsor of Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods : NIKE
56. Never: Ger. : NIE
58. M.A. hopeful's hurdle : GRE

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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