New York Times, Saturday, August 17, 2013

Author: Ed Sessa
Editor: Will Shortz
Edward Sessa
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 68, Blocks: 28 Missing: {GJQXZ} Spans: 4 This is puzzle # 18 for Mr. Sessa. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

Edward Sessa notes: The starting point for this puzzle was actually the symmetrical interlocking design (and 'smiley face'), followed by my trying to ... more
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© 2013, The New York TimesNo. 23,293
Across Down
1. Baker's predecessor : ABLE
5. "The Daily Rundown" carrier : MSNBC
10. Steinbeck siren : ABRA
14. Vindaloo accompaniment : NAAN
15. Admission about a story : ILIED
16. Skillful, slangily : MEAN
17. Brother's keeper? : TYPEWRITERSTAND
20. In thing : FAD
21. In place : HOTSPOT
22. What one should take in: Abbr. : RDA
23. Engagement rings? : ARENAS
25. Muhammad, e.g. : MECCAN
27. Ready for another round : RESET
28. Packer in a bookstore : ANN
31. Young turkey : POULT
32. Strong order? : MAKEMINEADOUBLE
35. Compliment to the chef : DELICIOUS
36. Drawers hitting the pavement? : SIDEWALKARTISTS
42. County whose seat is La Junta : OTERO
43. Means of changing one's mind : LSD
44. One way to catch the game : SNARE
45. Quaint letter-opening abbr. : MESSRS
47. Took the wrong way : MISLED
48. 13th Spanish letter : EME
49. Ear plug? : RADIOAD
53. Big inits. in power : TVA
54. Remark after holding someone up : SORRYFORTHEWAIT
57. War head? : ANTI
58. Thrill : ELATE
59. Strauss's "Tausend und ___ Nacht" : EINE
60. Backwoods agreement : YESM
61. Many a Madrileño : SENOR
62. Walked all over : TROD
1. Where to observe some workers : ANTFARM
2. Napa Valley setting : BAYAREA
3. Clipboard's relative : LAPDESK
4. One way to fly: Abbr. : ENE
5. "Carota" and "Blue II," for two : MIROS
6. Start of many an operation : SLIT
7. Trivial objections : NITS
8. Blast from the passed? : BEEP
9. Software box item : CDROM
10. Peck, e.g.: Abbr. : AMT
11. Den mother's charge : BEARCUB
12. Tony with an Emmy : RANDALL
13. Like many sonatas' second movements : ANDANTE
18. Mad person's question : WHATMEWORRY
19. Leave to scrap, maybe : STEPOUTSIDE
24. Indigent individuals : NEEDERS
26. Numbered relations : COUSINS
28. "___ wind that bloweth ..." : ANILL
29. Bass parts : NECKS
30. Legendary spring figure : NAIAD
33. Pier grp. : ILA
34. Bras ___ Lake (Canadian inland sea) : DOR
36. Rumor opener : SOMESAY
37. Agenda opener : ITEMONE
38. They're thirsty much of the time : DESERTS
39. What gobs take in : SALTAIR
40. The Merry Mex of golf : TREVINO
41. Feeling no pain : SEDATED
46. Jewel cases? : SAFES
47. Bill with barbs : MAHER
50. Fruit giant : DOLE
51. Home of the daily Hamshahri : IRAN
52. Raiders Hall-of-Famer Jim : OTTO
55. Coin feature : RIM
56. Unlike 38-Down : WET

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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