A SIGN OF THE TIMES

New York Times, Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Author: Patrick Blindauer
Editor: Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 34 Spans: 3 This is puzzle # 56 for Mr. Blindauer. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Patrick Blindauer notes: Today's puzzle features another simple theme type, one in which different definitions of the same keyword are used as ... more
Will Shortz notes: (see my Note from Monday)
Jeff Chen notes: Contest week! Jim and I decided to keep everything quiet until the contest is over, including the grid solutions. I doubt we'd give ... more
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1. Alternative version of a song REMIX
6. Is into DIGS
10. Karl, Richard or Harpo MARX
14. Actress Donovan of "Clueless" ELISA
15. Something spinach has IRON
16. Switchboard attendant: Abbr. OPER
17. Dramatic note in Verdi's "Di quella pira" HIGHC
18. Grandma, familiarly NANA
19. Story with many chapters SAGA
20. TIME MARATHONERSSTAT
23. Baseball family of note ALOUS
24. Not optional: Abbr. REQ
25. ___ Miss OLE
26. Part of 31-Down: Abbr. NATL
28. Force = ___ x acceleration MASS
30. Single UNWED
32. "Much ___ About Nothing" ADO
33. Egg cell OVUM
34. Mo. that seems like it should be seventh SEP
35. TIME PARTNEROFWARNER
41. Mined material ORE
42. Arduous hike TREK
43. Palindromic woman's name AVA
44. Σ SIGMA
47. Senator Harry of Nevada REID
48. Kristoff's reindeer in "Frozen" SVEN
49. "Much ___ About Nothing" ("The Simpsons" episode) APU
50. Speedometer letters MPH
52. Pier JETTY
54. TIME WHATPRISONERSDO
59. Days of ___ YORE
60. Uptight, informally ANAL
61. Preoccupy TIEUP
62. Brings to a close ENDS
63. Giant in the fruit and vegetable market DOLE
64. Avoid EVADE
65. Word before home and room REST
66. ___ for it (invites trouble) ASKS
67. Two-time U.S. Open winner Monica SELES
1. Talk show host Diane of 31-Down REHM
2. "On the Waterfront" director Kazan ELIA
3. Seasonal traveler MIGRATOR
4. Promising beginning? ISHALL
5. Craft knife brand XACTO
6. Natural history museum display DINOSAUR
7. Dry country whose name is an anagram of wet weather IRAN
8. They're doomed ... doomed! GONERS
9. Trap SNARE
10. Swamp stuff MOSS
11. Judd who wrote and directed "Knocked Up" APATOW
12. Delight REGALE
13. Like "Midnight Cowboy," originally XRATED
21. Gulf War vehicle HUMVEE
22. Tiny complaint SQUEAK
26. Few Z's NAP
27. Org. with an oral fixation? ADA
29. Struck, old-style SMOTE
31. "Fresh Air" airer NPR
33. Cloverleaf part ONRAMP
34. Home of Pippi Longstocking SWEDEN
36. With 44-Down, fictional prankster TOM
37. Beans in a burrito FRIJOLES
38. Elite fighter NAVYSEAL
39. Palindromic woman's name EVE
40. Vied for office RAN
44. See 36-Down SAWYER
45. What Apple's Project Purple became IPHONE
46. Two of five in basketball GUARDS
47. Big chargers in Africa RHINOS
48. Endeavor STRIVE
51. Luxury label PRADA
53. French heads TETES
55. Word repeated by a roadie into a microphone TEST
56. Bacteriologist Jonas SALK
57. "My man!" DUDE
58. Unlocks, in verse OPES

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