New York Times, Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Author: Alex Vratsanos
Editor: Will Shortz
Alex Vratsanos
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 74, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FXZ} This is puzzle # 7 for Mr. Vratsanos. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Alex Vratsanos notes: This puzzle was inspired by Matt Gaffney's Orca-nominated 'At the Present Time,' which used the traditional 5th, 10th, 15th, ... more
Jeff Chen notes: A very nicely constructed grid today. I remember a few years ago when Alex first contacted me, one of my big points of feedback was ... more
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© 2014, The New York TimesNo. 23,514
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1. "Foucault's Pendulum" author : ECO
4. Legendary predator of elephants : ROC
7. Entertainers at many 49-Downs, for short : DJS
10. Super Mario Bros. console, for short : NES
13. Jobs offering : MAC
14. Stop ___ dime : ONA
15. Radio station listener's call-in, perhaps : REQUEST
17. Asthmatic's device : INHALER
19. "Checkmate!" : YOULOSE
20. Experiment site : TESTLAB
21. Alternative to dice : SPINNER
22. 1952 Winter Olympics host : OSLO
23. ___ Sea, waters depleted by irrigation projects : ARAL
24. "Spider-Man" director Sam : RAIMI
27. Abalone shell lining : NACRE
30. "___ all good" : ITS
33. Politico Hatch of 54-Down : ORRIN
34. Clumsy sorts : CLODS
35. Pick up : GET
36. Holey plastic shoe : CROC
37. Off one's rocker : LOOPY
38. Drag racers' org. : NHRA
39. "The Wizard of Oz" locale: Abbr. : KAN
40. Absorb, as gravy : SOPUP
41. ___-Grain : NUTRI
42. "Dee-lish!" : YUM
43. Bonnie's partner : CLYDE
44. :-( : IMSAD
45. "... ___ in Kalamazoo" : AGAL
47. Eldest Stark child on "Game of Thrones" : ROBB
49. Australia's Port ___ Bay : PHILLIP
52. In hiding : HOLEDUP
56. Team leader of song : RUDOLPH
57. Retired academics : EMERITI
58. Tee-shot club : ONEWOOD
59. Well-put : APT
60. Vintner's vessel : VAT
61. I.S.P. with a butterfly logo : MSN
62. After-afterthought on a letter: Abbr. : PPS
63. Many aging A.L. sluggers : DHS
64. ___ moment : AHA
1. Send out : EMIT
2. One of man's three legs, in the riddle of the Sphinx : CANE
3. Protest singer Phil : OCHS
4. Arrives, as fog : ROLLSIN
5. N.B.A. great in Icy Hot commercials : ONEAL
6. *Typist's duplicate of old : CARBONCOPY
7. Prohibitionists : DRYS
8. Game show with the theme music "Think!" : JEOPARDY
9. Knights' attendants : SQUIRES
10. *They're big on Broadway : NEONLIGHTS
11. "To be," to Brutus : ESSE
12. Suffix with slick : STER
16. Radius neighbor : ULNA
18. With 38-Down, property of the first part of the answer to each starred clue (appropriately positioned in the grid) : ATOMIC
24. First sports movie to win Best Picture : ROCKY
25. Pianist Claudio : ARRAU
26. *Medieval device with spikes : IRONMAIDEN
28. One way to read : ALOUD
29. *Anti-Civil War Northerner : COPPERHEAD
31. ___ firma : TERRA
32. Unflashy : STAID
37. Kid's post-haircut treat, maybe : LOLLIPOP
38. See 18-Down : NUMBER
40. Bit of surf in surf and turf : SCALLOP
41. Green Giant canned corn : NIBLETS
46. Radiant look : GLOW
48. Zip : OOMPH
49. Gym ball? : PROM
50. Barbaric sorts : HUNS
51. Nth degrees? : PHDS
53. Demanding sort : DIVA
54. See 33-Across : UTAH
55. Gyro bread : PITA

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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