New York Times, Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Author: Zhouqin Burnikel
Editor: Will Shortz
Zhouqin Burnikel
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FJVXZ} This is puzzle # 4 for Ms. Burnikel. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Zhouqin Burnikel notes: I sifted through all the English words with Chinese roots and came up with the current set. I avoided words with obvious ... more
Will Shortz notes: What I like about this puzzle is the unusual nature of the theme. There are no theme answers longer than seven letters. The information in the theme makes you go "huh, I didn't know that," which is nice.
Jeff Chen notes: Fun change of pace from C.C. today. She has an interesting story, growing up in China and only starting crosswords back in 2008. Her ... more
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© 2013, The New York TimesNo. 23,317
Across Down
1. *Relative of an orange : KUMQUAT
8. *Tropical storm : TYPHOON
15. Eroded : ATEINTO
16. Certain steroid : HORMONE
17. Disappointment : LETDOWN
18. "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" co-star : EDASNER
19. Procter & Gamble's first liquid laundry detergent : ERA
20. Plenty ticked off : STEAMED
22. Back in history : AGO
23. *Lingerie material : SILK
25. Race with lots of passing : RELAY
27. New Orleans pro team : SAINTS
31. Feeling one's ___ : OATS
35. Sonata maker : HYUNDAI
37. *Act deferentially : KOWTOW
39. Best rating at Moody's : AAA
40. *French fries topper : KETCHUP
42. Dedicated verse : ODE
43. *Like an eager beaver : GUNGHO
45. Friend of Hamlet : HORATIO
47. City in Nevada : ELKO
48. Alcoholic's recourse : BOTTLE
49. Former Israeli P.M. Ehud : BARAK
52. *Food, slangily : CHOW
56. Decline : EBB
59. The blahs : BOREDOM
63. "If you ask me," in blog comments : IMO
64. Radio pioneer : MARCONI
66. Surveillance pickup : CHATTER
68. Genie's master : ALADDIN
69. Op-ed pieces : COLUMNS
70. *Root used in some energy drinks : GINSENG
71. Language that's the source of the words answered by this puzzle's starred clues : CHINESE
1. Nutrient-rich cabbages : KALES
2. Organs men don't have : UTERI
3. Lead, for one : METAL
4. Four times a day, in an Rx : QID
5. Some, in Santiago : UNOS
6. No. in chemistry : ATWT
7. Sound of music : TONE
8. Dominant ideas : THEMES
9. Song in the Alps : YODEL
10. Often-counterfeited luxury brand : PRADA
11. ___ Pinafore : HMS
12. Wife of Charlie Chaplin : OONA
13. Universal donor's type, informally : ONEG
14. Villain in the 2009 "Star Trek" film : NERO
21. Plant with a heart : ARTICHOKE
24. The Wildcats of the Big 12 Conf. : KSU
26. "That hurt!" : YOW
28. Egyptian symbol of life : ANKH
29. Thought: Prefix : IDEO
30. ___ King Cole : NAT
32. Yours, in Paris : ATOI
33. Foofaraw : TODO
34. Neighbor of Nor. and Fin. : SWE
35. Major swag : HAUL
36. Jerk hard : YANK
37. Actor Russell : KURT
38. October gem : OPAL
39. What the number of birthday candles indicates : AGE
41. Sexy : HOT
44. Big bunch : GOB
46. Sleuth, in slang : TEC
48. Making public : BARING
50. Cabin or cottage : ABODE
51. 1998 De Niro crime thriller : RONIN
53. Vegas request : HITME
54. Signs : OMENS
55. In decline : WORSE
56. Slate, e.g. : EMAG
57. Indonesian tourist mecca : BALI
58. Fiber-rich food : BRAN
60. 800, in old Rome : DCCC
61. "I know! I know!" : OHOH
62. Landlocked African land : MALI
65. Some B&N wares : CDS
67. Large vat : TUN

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