New York Times, Thursday, July 24, 2014

Author: David Phillips
Editor: Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 72, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JMQXZ} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Phillips. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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1. Bunch : SLEW
5. Game similar to euchre : ECARTE
11. "Arsenal of democracy" prez : FDR
14. Auto datum : YEAR
15. Credit card lure : NOFEES
16. ___ Highway, classic New York-to-San Francisco route : LEE
17. Area in front of a chancel : NAVE
18. Linoleum alternative : CARPET
19. Place of rest : INN
20. "Looky here!" : CHECKITOUT
23. Nabokov novel after "Lolita" : PNIN
24. Mario ___ (Nintendo racing series) : KART
27. A series of "insurmountable obstacles on the road to imminent disaster," per Tom Stoppard : THEATRE
29. Flight setting : STAIRCASE
34. Helmet part : VISOR
35. Greater part of Turkey : ANATOLIA
37. Sound a hot dog makes? : PANT
38. End of a fairy's wand : STAR
40. Outwit, in a way : ELUDE
42. Goose : gaggle :: ___ : knot : TOAD
45. Wedding feature, in two different senses : BAND
47. Interrupts, as a broadcast : CUTSINTO
50. South Australian exports : OPALS
52. Chosen people : SELECTEES
54. Overlook, as someone's flaws : GETPAST
56. ___ notes : CRIB
58. Writer Philip : ROTH
59. Not worry about something annoying : LETITSLIDE
65. Choler : IRE
66. California county between San Francisco and Sacramento : SOLANO
69. Similar : AKIN
70. "No ___!" : SIR
71. Digs deeply : DELVES
72. Small price to pay : CENT
73. Kind of fever : HAY
74. Prophet on the Sistine Chapel ceiling : ISAIAH
75. Evil "Get Smart" organization : KAOS
1. In ___ with : SYNC
2. Genesis matriarch : LEAH
3. Place for a wasp's nest : EAVE
4. Hit 2012 Disney film : WRECKITRALPH
5. Went around : ENCIRCLED
6. Men's formalwear feature : COATTAIL
7. Picked locks? : AFRO
8. Good or bad name : REPUTE
9. Means of enforcement, metaphorically : TEETH
10. It's just a guess: Abbr. : EST
11. Pebbles, e.g. : FLINTSTONE
12. "GoodFellas" co-star : DENIRO
13. Jeremy of "The Avengers" : RENNER
21. Corn syrup brand : KARO
23. 1966 Rolling Stones hit ... or an instruction to be followed four times in this puzzle : PAINTITBLACK
28. "Casino Royale" Bond girl ___ Green : EVA
29. KLM competitor : SAS
30. Big bang maker : TNT
31. Remote power source, maybe : AAABATTERY
33. Booze : SAUCE
37. One of the Wailers of Bob Marley and the Wailers : PETERTOSH
41. Don Quixote's love : DULCINEA
43. Took in : ATE
44. Tango twosome? : DOS
46. Org. for which Edward Snowden once worked : NSA
48. "Hard" or "soft" subjects: Abbr. : SCIS
50. Beastly : OGRISH
51. Bradley University site : PEORIA
52. Stanley Kowalski's woman : STELLA
55. Dark-skinned fruit : SLOES
60. Rikki-tikki-___ : TAVI
62. Furniture megastore : IKEA
63. 11-Down pet : DINO
64. Middle-earth creatures : ENTS
66. Reagan's Star Wars program: Abbr. : SDI

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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