New York Times, Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Author: Peter A. Collins
Editor: Will Shortz
Peter A. Collins
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 35 Missing: {FJQ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 53 for Mr. Collins. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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JimH notes: In an unusual feat of construction, today's theme-revealer at 34-Down intersects three of the themed entries.
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© 2011, The New York TimesNo. 22,603
Across Down
1. Medicine holder : VIAL
5. Walk ungracefully : TODDLE
11. Nick, say : MAR
14. Rights advocacy grp. : ACLU
15. This point forward : HEREON
16. Bon ___ : AMI
17. *Area in front of a coop : CHICKENYARD
19. Grand Canyon part : RIM
20. Cornfield call : CAW
21. Sea eagle : ERN
22. Some Saturns : IONS
23. *Modern school memento : DIGITALYEARBOOK
28. Beatle lover : ONO
29. More clever : SLIER
30. Wee, informally : EENSY
31. Baseball's Blue Moon : ODOM
33. O.R. figures : RNS
34. One working with checks and balances, for short : CPA
35. *Braided floor covering : ROPERUG
37. *More than enough : TOOMANY
41. "___ the season" : TIS
42. Play about Capote : TRU
43. Bosnian, e.g. : SLAV
44. Larklike bird : PIPIT
47. Ore-Ida parent company : HEINZ
49. Language suffix : ESE
50. *Elemental parts of human nature : ANIMALINSTINCTS
53. Posh : LUXE
54. Letter from Homer? : ETA
55. ___ v. Wade : ROE
56. Former White House press secretary Fleischer : ARI
57. *Discover to be fibbing : CATCHINALIE
62. Bee follower : CEE
63. Opposed (to) : AVERSE
64. Hobbling, say : LAME
65. Actors Burns and Wynn : EDS
66. Guardian Angels' toppers : BERETS
67. Event with booths : EXPO
1. Hoover or Oreck, for short : VAC
2. German "I" : ICH
3. Noted 1964 convert to Islam : ALI
4. Susan of soaps : LUCCI
5. Character in a Beatles song : THEWALRUS
6. Wine: Prefix : OEN
7. They may be hard to find at a tearjerker : DRYEYES
8. More loved : DEARER
9. "___ Doone" : LORNA
10. Knock off : END
11. Strand : MAROON
12. Some acids : AMINOS
13. Composer ___-Korsakov : RIMSKY
18. Kit ___ (chocolate bars) : KATS
22. Metal supports in skyscrapers : IBEAMS
23. Opportunity, metaphorically : DOOR
24. ___-European : INDO
25. Sticky stuff : GOOP
26. When repeated, a noted panda : LING
27. Takeback, briefly : REPO
32. Break from responsibilities, informally : METIME
34. Sovereign lands ... or what are hidden in the answers to the six starred clues : COUNTRIES
36. "Lovely" Beatles girl : RITA
37. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Speaker : TRIS
38. Actor Baldwin : ALEC
39. Creator of the G.O.P. elephant : NAST
40. The "Y" in Y.S.L. : YVES
42. Like a small farm, perhaps : TENACRE
44. France's Élysée, for one : PALACE
45. Hardened : INURED
46. Fairies : PIXIES
47. One getting lots of doubles and home runs, say : HITTER
48. The Jewish people : ZION
51. It might be taken by a sailor : LEAVE
52. Author Zora ___ Hurston : NEALE
57. Request inside (or outside?) a wine bar : CAB
58. Pres. when NATO was formed : HST
59. Loosey-goosey : LAX
60. Mischief-maker : IMP
61. Fair-hiring inits. : EEO

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

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