New York Times, Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Author: Victor Fleming and Bonnie L. Gentry
Editor: Will Shortz
Victor Fleming
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Bonnie L. Gentry
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 31 Missing: {FQZ} This is puzzle # 37 for Mr. Fleming. This is puzzle # 5 for Ms. Gentry. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

Constructor notes: VIC: 'Do you remember this puzzle?' I asked Bonnie. BONNIE: Not so much. VIC: So Jeff sent us a copy. I solved it in under an ... more
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Jeff Chen notes: Nice example of the 'both halves of the theme entries can follow a certain word' theme type. Judge Vic and Bonnie are seasoned ... more
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© 2013, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Coastal backflows : EBBTIDES
9. Strongly criticize : ASSAIL
15. Speed trap operators : TROOPERS
16. Staunton of Harry Potter movies : IMELDA
17. *Deep trouble, informally : HOTWATER
18. Prepare, as leftovers : RECOOK
19. Hobby farm creature : ANT
20. Girl in a ball gown : DEB
21. More often than not : ASARULE
22. M.Sgt. and others : NCOS
24. Burst, as a pipe : RUPTURE
26. Amiens's river : SOMME
28. Directive repeated in an aerobics class : STEP
29. Recipe amt. : TBSP
33. Work assignment : LOAD
35. Dines : SUPS
37. Luau instrument, informally : UKE
38. Hated to death, say? : ANAGRAM
41. Gets ready to use, an an appliance : PLUGSIN
43. Lion's place : DEN
44. Crash-probing agcy. : NTSB
46. Thumbs-ups : YEAS
47. Pop : SODA
49. Work on copy : EDIT
51. Wintry mix : SLEET
54. Made illicit : TABOOED
57. Puzzle inventor Rubik : ERNO
58. Kittens come in them : LITTERS
61. ___ alai : JAI
63. Dyer's vessel : VAT
64. Arriver's announcement : IMHERE
65. *Felon's sentence, maybe : HARDTIME
67. Aslan's home : NARNIA
68. School sound system : INTERCOM
69. Radiated, as charm : EXUDED
70. F.B.I. files : DOSSIERS
1. Frome and others : ETHANS
2. It's more useful when it's busted : BRONCO
3. *Low-lying acreage : BOTTOMLAND
4. Haul to an impound lot : TOW
5. Jobs announcement of 2010 : IPAD
6. Hold off : DETER
7. God of darkness : EREBUS
8. Pre-Yeltsin-era letters : SSR
9. *Deep-sea diver's concern : AIRSUPPLY
10. Campaigner's dirty trick : SMEAR
11. Under wraps : SECRET
12. Name of three Giants outfielders in 1963 : ALOU
13. Kelly Clarkson was the first "American" one : IDOL
14. The Caspian Sea, as often classified : LAKE
21. Thoroughly enjoyed : ATEUP
23. Urban haze : SMOG
25. Six for a TD : PTS
27. Yield as profit : EARN
30. *Campus transportation, maybe : BUSSERVICE
31. One of a biathlete's pair : SKI
32. Where to do 65-Across : PEN
34. *Fruity loaf : DATEBREAD
36. Seeks damages : SUES
38. Some are personal : ADS
39. Intro to conservatism? : NEO
40. Early I.B.M. PC standard : MSDOS
42. Sayers portrayed in "Brian's Song" : GALE
45. Life sketch : BIO
48. Not skip : ATTEND
50. Selena's music style : TEJANO
52. Captivate : ENAMOR
53. Tribal emblems : TOTEMS
55. Hawk's home : AERIE
56. Moves abruptly : DARTS
58. Word that can follow each part of the answers to the six starred clues : LINE
59. Immersive film format : IMAX
60. Drive-___ : THRU
62. Midmonth day : IDES
65. Camouflaged : HID
66. Prefix with centennial : TRI

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