New York Times, Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Author: Zhouqin Burnikel and Don Gagliardo
Editor: Will Shortz
Zhouqin Burnikel
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Don Gagliardo
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 3 for Ms. Burnikel. This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Gagliardo. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Constructor notes: Don: I heard the name Abner Doubleday and thought it was interesting. Knowing how CC feels about baseball, I thought she would enjoy it.
Jeff Chen notes: A goal of the early-week puzzles is to make crosswords widely accessible, thus drawing newer solvers into the fold. So I think a ... more
Will Shortz notes: (In response to Jeff's comments): What percentage of solvers are tackling a Tuesday puzzle for the first time? It must be a ... more
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1. Digging ... or word after "digging" : INTO
5. Santa ___, Calif. : ROSA
9. Penne, e.g. : PASTA
14. "Me neither" : NORI
15. Geishas' wear : OBIS
16. Synthetic fiber : ARNEL
17. Research that may be outdoors : FIELDWORK
19. "Lemon Tree" singer Lopez : TRINI
20. Org. recommending regular checkups : ADA
21. Function : USE
22. Camera adjustments : FSTOPS
24. "I'm with you!" : METOO
26. Variable spring period : HOLYWEEK
28. Some cheers : YAYS
29. Something not to be spared, in a saying : THEROD
31. A .08% reading may lead to it, for short : DUI
32. Casey with a radio countdown : KASEM
34. Not suitable : UNAPT
36. What employers tap to get employees : LABORMARKET
39. There are five on China's flag : STARS
41. Alternatives to Slurpees : ICEES
42. San Francisco's ___ Hill : NOB
43. One of 154 for Shakespeare : SONNET
46. Prisoner's sentence : TERM
50. Fortunate sort : LUCKYDOG
52. Late bloomer : ASTER
53. Lit : SOUSED
54. Fink : RAT
56. "Yuck!" : UGH
57. Magician's assistant in an audience, say : PLANT
58. Supposed inventor of baseball ... or a hint to 17-, 26-, 36- and 50-Across : DOUBLEDAY
61. Hollywood's Davis : BETTE
62. Wicked : EVIL
63. Vulcan mind ___ : MELD
64. Source of Indian black tea : ASSAM
65. Ready to come off the stove : DONE
66. "Got it" : ISEE
1. Severe disrepute : INFAMY
2. "I haven't the foggiest" : NOIDEA
3. Bringer of peace : TREATY
4. Medium for Van Dyck or van Gogh : OIL
5. Counterparts of columns : ROWS
6. High wind? : OBOE
7. Word said with a salute : SIR
8. Request : ASKFOR
9. Helen Keller's portrayer in "The Miracle Worker" : PATTYDUKE
10. "This way" indicator : ARROW
11. Attacked anonymously : SNIPEDAT
12. Stiffen through nervousness : TENSEUP
13. Ring king : ALI
18. Couple : DUO
23. ___ Poke (candy) : SLO
25. Holocaust hero Schindler : OSKAR
26. Fixing, as the bottom of a skirt : HEMMING
27. Press ___ (media packet) : KIT
29. General on Chinese menus : TSO
30. Part of H.M.S. : HER
33. Auto safety feature, redundantly : ABSSYSTEM
35. Flight destinations : NESTS
36. Attire for scientists : LABCOATS
37. Bandage brand : ACE
38. Like some mil. officers : RET
39. NBC show since '75 : SNL
40. Messes up, as the hair : TOUSLES
44. "___ to Joy" : ODE
45. Dozed (off) : NODDED
47. 27 Chopin works : ETUDES
48. Entertain lavishly : REGALE
49. Half of Stevenson's "strange case" : MRHYDE
51. ___ Kinte of "Roots" : KUNTA
52. The Braves, on scoreboards : ATL
54. Many an archaeological site : RUIN
55. Like Napoleon, before Elba? : ABLE
57. Org. with balls and strikes : PBA
59. ___-lacto-vegetarian : OVO
60. Big inits. in music : EMI

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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