New York Times, Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Author: Lynn Lempel
Editor: Will Shortz
Lynn Lempel
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {QVZ} This is puzzle # 68 for Ms. Lempel. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Lynn Lempel notes: The initial idea for this theme hit me with the phrase 'peters out.' But finding some teammates for Peter, along with their ... more
Will Shortz notes: Lynn Lempel is always a joy to edit because a) her grids are so clean and b) her clues are so good. I rewrote only eight clues in her entire puzzle.
Jeff Chen notes: Wonderful puzzle today. How Lynn found five normal phrases to fit this theme is beyond me. JACKS UP, for example, is such a great ... more
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1. Corn throwaways : COBS
5. Emcee : HOST
9. Swampy tract : MARSH
14. Common sunscreen additive : ALOE
15. Sufficiently skilled : ABLE
16. ___ State (Hawaii) : ALOHA
17. "That makes three strikes for O'Toole!" : PETERSOUT
19. Japanese model : CAMRY
20. "That's plain wrong!" : NOTSO
21. Miscalculates : ERRS
23. Monopoly acquisition : DEED
24. Shish kebab meat : LAMB
26. "Uh-oh, Sajak has fallen in the field!" : PATSDOWN
28. Spot for some local suds : BREWPUB
31. Ring king, once : ALI
32. Lummoxes : OAFS
33. Basic training grads : GIS
35. Christmas glitter : TINSEL
39. Cincinnati-to-Detroit dir. : NNE
40. "Now we have Nicklaus at bat" : JACKSUP
42. Good Grips kitchen brand : OXO
43. Handyman's assignment : ODDJOB
45. Thus far : YET
46. Chocolaty nibble : OREO
47. In the past : AGO
48. Shakespearean storm : TEMPEST
50. "There goes Zuckerberg, trying for a steal!" : MARKSOFF
55. Bellow in a bookstore : SAUL
56. Inkling : IDEA
57. Margarita option : SALT
59. Luster for the lips : GLOSS
62. Dishonest types : LIARS
64. "Fisher made it to first base!" : CARRIESON
66. Word with Sea or Star : NORTH
67. Lake in an old railroad name : ERIE
68. Classic soda brand : NEHI
69. College applicant's composition : ESSAY
70. Office sub, perhaps : TEMP
71. Non-Derby pace : TROT
1. Title for Horatio Magellan Crunch, on cereal boxes : CAPN
2. Promise product : OLEO
3. Like some motherless calves and foals : BOTTLEFED
4. Vacillates : SEESAWS
5. Contains : HAS
6. Double-reed woodwind : OBOE
7. Eat noisily : SLURP
8. Neon ___ : TETRA
9. Bub : MAC
10. Magic lamp rubber of lore : ALADDIN
11. The "thou" in "Wherefore art thou?" : ROMEO
12. Headstrong woman, as in Shakespeare : SHREW
13. Joseph who wrote the "Surprise" Symphony : HAYDN
18. Cavort : ROMP
22. Things passed on the way to the White House? : STATUTES
25. Persistent problems : BUGABOOS
27. Freudian mistake : SLIP
28. Knighted U2 singer : BONO
29. Name on many a road map : RAND
30. Pen name? : BIC
34. Wild blue yonder : SKY
36. One moaning and groaning after a defeat : SORELOSER
37. Custody sharers, often : EXES
38. Plunder : LOOT
40. Goes once or twice around the track, maybe : JOGS
41. Encyclopedia from A to Z, e.g. : SET
44. Indonesia's capital : JAKARTA
46. Splendidly luxurious : OPULENT
49. New Testament gift bearers : MAGI
50. "Now We Are Six" writer : MILNE
51. "Hasta mañana" : ADIOS
52. Brings up : REARS
53. Aspect : FACET
54. Signal light : FLARE
58. Cut back a bit : TRIM
60. Gallery-filled Manhattan neighborhood : SOHO
61. State of vexation : SNIT
63. Like a shrinking violet : SHY
65. One of 435 in D.C. : REP

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