New York Times, Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Author: Joel Fagliano
Editor: Will Shortz
Joel Fagliano
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JQ} This is puzzle # 50 for Mr. Fagliano. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

Notepad: In the print version of this puzzle, the circled squares are instead outlined in heavy black bars to form a spiral shape.
Jeff Chen notes: Ice cream swirls today, CHOCOLATE, RUM RAISIN, BUBBLE GUM, and PISTACHO swirling within the puzzle. And what an impressive ... more
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1. Classic TV show with a celebrity panel : MATCHGAME
10. Verbally attack : BASH
14. Taverns : ALEHOUSES
15. Yo-Yo Ma's instrument : CELLO
16. Plea that accepts conviction without admitting guilt : NOCONTEST
17. Picture puzzle : REBUS
18. Soda brand introduced in 1924 : NEHI
19. Feudal status : VASSALAGE
21. Philosopher Descartes : RENE
24. Musical set in Oz, with "The" : WIZ
25. "Aaron Burr, ___" ("Hamilton" song with a rhyming title) : SIR
28. Like Monopoly deeds that are flipped upside down : MORTGAGED
32. Starchy substance found in some plant roots : INULIN
34. Direction : WAY
35. Software issues : BUGS
38. Strong suit? : ARMOR
39. Gift in a relationship that's getting serious, maybe : KEY
40. "Network" director Sidney : LUMET
41. Cat call : MEOW
42. Saldana of "Star Trek Beyond" : ZOE
43. Unsteady : WOBBLY
44. 4, for 19 divided by 5 : REMAINDER
47. Windows : Microsoft :: ___ : Apple : OSX
48. Snooze : NAP
49. Some airport postings, for short : ETDS
51. Flawed : IMPERFECT
56. Counselor employer : CAMP
60. Ice cream feature represented four times in this puzzle : SWIRL
61. "False!" : THATSALIE
64. Chutney fruit : MANGO
65. Springing back in disgust : RECOILING
66. Rural carriage : SHAY
67. Many flower children, these days : EXHIPPIES
1. Thomas who wrote "Death in Venice" : MANN
2. ___ vera : ALOE
3. Silicon Valley specialty : TECH
4. "Hallelujah!" singers : CHOIR
5. Sweetie : HON
6. Belly : GUT
7. Unfailingly : ASEVER
8. Formation with steep cliffs : MESA
9. Best guesses: Abbr. : ESTS
10. The Devil : BEELZEBUB
11. Duchess of ___ (Goya subject) : ALBA
12. Creature leaving a slime trail : SLUG
13. Garden watering aid : HOSE
15. Bond player after Brosnan : CRAIG
20. Influence : SWAY
22. Sheik's peer : EMIR
23. Prefix with issue : NON
25. Thailand, before 1939 : SIAM
26. About, on a memo : INRE
27. One might start "I heard ..." : RUMOR
29. 11-year old, e.g. : TWEEN
30. Part of L.G.B.T. : GAY
31. Toon that flies with his ears : DUMBO
33. Lethargic : LOWENERGY
36. Hair stiffeners : GELS
37. One hell of a river? : STYX
39. Garden pond fish : KOI
40. Feudal figure : LORD
42. ___ Dingbats (font) : ZAPF
43. Soaked : WET
45. Drug kingpin on "The Wire" : MARLO
46. Separate : DETACH
50. Skullcap? : SCALP
51. Schools of thought : ISMS
52. Sound of an air kiss : MWAH
53. ___ colada : PINA
54. French "to be" : ETRE
55. Party mix cereal : CHEX
57. Et ___ (and others) : ALII
58. Seven Dwarfs' workplace : MINE
59. Mastermind game pieces : PEGS
62. French "you" : TOI
63. Small taste : SIP

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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