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New York Times, Thursday, July 7, 2011

Author: Caleb Rasmussen
Editor: Will Shortz
Caleb Rasmussen
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQXZ} Spans: 1 This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Rasmussen NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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JimH notes: Each time an answer goes through one of the six U's in the grid, it takes a right-angle turn. (That's a turn at the U, not a literal 180° U-turn.) So, for example, 18-Across, "Disagreeably direct" is BRUTAL, and 10 Down, "Transmitter, of sorts" is NEURON. It's a nice companion to this puzzle from a couple of months earlier. See all the nonlinear puzzles here.
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© 2011, The New York TimesNo. 22,521
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1. What some prices and spirits do : SOAR
5. Delay : LAG
8. Cause of weather extremes : ELNINO
14. Certify : ATTESTTO
16. "Ta-ta" : BYENOW
17. Piece for orchestra and soloist : CONCERTO
18. Disagreeably direct : BRUTAL
19. Carry, as a burden : SHOULDER
20. ___.com (Google competitor) : ASK
22. Anatomical passageways : ITERS
23. Hunter's need: Abbr. : LIC
25. Author Jong : ERICA
27. Use for sustenance : FEEDON
30. Sight from St. Peter's Square : BASILICA
34. "This one's ___" : ONME
35. Traffic sign literally violated 12 times in this puzzle : NOUTURN
37. Mugger? : HAM
38. Give lots of love : ADORE
40. Fr. holy woman : STE
41. Strip alternative : TBONE
43. Nephew of Abraham : LOT
44. It's a blessing : GESUNDHEIT
47. Christian denom. : EPIS
48. Gives the oath : SWEARSIN
50. Sea spots : ISLETS
52. Add some cushioning to, perhaps : REPAD
53. Entirely : ALL
54. "Art is the triumph over ___": John Cheever : CHAOS
57. Grp. of Ducks and Panthers : NHL
59. One's pawns on a chessboard, e.g. : OCTAD
63. Birthplace of many stars : NEBULA
65. Winter item sold in pairs : EARMUFF
67. Skilled hoops player, in slang : BALLER
68. Jiminy Cricket declaration : IMNOFOOL
69. Origami feature : CREASE
70. ___ Party : TEA
71. Something received with a ticket : FINE
1. Pouches : SACS
2. Internet shortening to introduce a different view : OTOH
3. 6, for C : ATNO
4. Happen again : RECUR
5. Paper size: Abbr. : LTR
6. Lead-in to boy or girl : ATTA
7. Result of being left out in the cold : GOOSEBUMPS
8. Flow back : EBB
9. One who has a way with words : LYRICIST
10. Transmitter, of sorts : NEURON
11. About, on a memo : INRE
12. Koh-i-___, once the world's largest known diamond : NOOR
13. Doesn't rent : OWNS
15. Prefix with comic : SERIO
21. 1990s TV neighbor : KRAMER
24. "American Morning" airer : CNN
26. Juno, e.g.: Abbr. : ISP
27. Newborns in stable condition? : FOALS
28. Bestow : ENDOW
29. Hardly suppress one's feelings : EMOTE
31. "If all goes well ..." : IHOPE
32. Restraining order? : CANIT
33. Make ___ of things : AMESS
36. Legendary Gaelic bard : OSSIAN
39. Exits : EGRESSES
42. Statistical shape : BELLCURVE
45. Medium power? : ESP
46. Vardalos of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" : NIA
49. Awaken : AROUSE
51. A sports highlight may be seen in it : SLOMO
54. "Mad Money" airer : CNBC
55. When doubled, a cry of approval : HEAR
56. Qualified : ABLE
58. Unconvincing : LAME
60. "Star Trek: T.N.G." counselor Deanna : TROI
61. "Thou soft-flowing" stream of literature : AVON
62. Strike out : DELE
64. Before, in verse : ERE
66. Genetic material : RNA

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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