New York Times, Saturday, July 30, 2016

Author: Lily Silverstein
Editor: Will Shortz
Lily Silverstein
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 68, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQVXZ} This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Silverstein. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Lily Silverstein notes: I'm delighted to make my crossword debut today! I'm 28 and originally from the Boston area, though I now live in California ... more
Jeff Chen notes: Debut! Neat to see a newbie constructor pooh-pooh the usual 'four sets of triple-stacked 8s or 9s, one in each corner' pattern and ... more
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1. Ridiculous imitation : MOCKERY
8. Basis of a patent : NEWIDEA
15. Traffic report source, often : AMRADIO
16. Something John Adams and John Quincy Adams each had : ONETERM
17. Change, as allegiances : REALIGN
18. "Mean Girls" screenwriter : TINAFEY
19. Close to, colloquially : INWITH
20. Sell : PEDDLE
21. Means of communication since 1817, in brief : ASL
22. Some receptions : TEAS
24. Wonder : AWE
27. Surgeon's tool : CLAMP
29. Charles who created murals for Harlem Hospital and the American Museum of Natural History : ALSTON
32. Start of many a romantic comedy : CHANCEMEETING
34. 1922 Kafka short story : AHUNGERARTIST
35. Hematologist's measure : PLATELETCOUNT
36. Pioneer in New Journalism in the 1960s-'70s : TALESE
37. Author who shares his name with a German state : HESSE
38. Fire away : ASK
39. Pet name meaning "faithful" : FIDO
40. Michael Moore offering, for short : DOC
43. Sea ___ : URCHIN
47. Part of a hit 1940s-'50s film trio : LAMOUR
50. Has dreams : ASPIRES
52. Completely surpass : ECLIPSE
53. It doesn't have much to say : BITPART
54. Armful for Moses : TABLETS
55. Slide presentations? : AMOEBAS
56. Hedge fund employee : ANALYST
1. Santa ___ : MARIA
2. They might be ill : OMENS
3. Feature of CNN or Fox News : CRAWL
4. Hindu goddess often portrayed with her husband Shiva : KALI
5. Work on a lead, maybe : EDIT
6. Part of a square : RIGHTANGLE
7. That there : YON
8. F and G, but not H : NOTES
9. Wife in Jonathan Franzen's "The Corrections" : ENID
10. Meander : WEND
11. It adds stress: Abbr. : ITAL
12. "Glass half empty" sort : DEFEATIST
13. Emily Dickinson's "Ended, ___ it begun" : ERE
14. Writer Sedaris : AMY
20. Like motel walls, it often seems : PAPERTHIN
23. Host : EMCEE
25. Refuses to : WONT
26. Grade sch. class : ENG
27. Ladder's counterpart : CHUTE
28. Track things : LANES
29. Sprayer : AEROSOLCAN
30. "___ pray" : LETUS
31. Author of the "Mostly Ghostly" book series : STINE
32. Attribute as the cause of : CHALKUPTO
33. Sprayed, in a way : MACED
34. Start of a Hamlet monologue : ALAS
35. Child support, for short? : PTA
39. Sparring partners? : FISTS
40. Dull-witted : DOPEY
41. Boots : OUSTS
42. Peak : CREST
44. Ready : RIPE
45. Zodiac symbol : CRAB
46. One sitting on a celestial throne : HERA
48. Goya's "Duchess of ___" : ALBA
49. Grind down : MILL
50. Legal org. : ABA
51. Kind of card : SIM
52. Itinerary abbr. : ETA

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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