New York Times, Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Author: Howard Barkin
Editor: Will Shortz
Howard Barkin
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {FJX} Spans: 2 This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Barkin. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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1. Truffle-seeking beast : BOAR
5. Like some orders or tales : TALL
9. Bits in marmalade : ZESTS
14. Works of Goya, e.g. : ARTE
15. Utah skiing mecca : ALTA
16. Words after "You can't fire me!" : IQUIT
17. Speed Wagons of old autodom : REOS
18. *Movie stand-in : BODYDOUBLE
20. Toddler's banishment to a corner, say : TIMEOUT
22. Talkative bird : MYNA
23. It may be bid in the end : ADIEU
24. Singer/songwriter Corinne Bailey ___ : RAE
25. ZZ Top, for one : TRIO
29. *Crowd noise, for example : BACKGROUNDSOUND
33. Devoid of wool, now : SHORN
34. Keep in touch, in a way : WRITE
35. Palindromic girl's name : AVA
38. Bach work : TOCCATA
41. iPhone data: Abbr. : NOS
42. Join, as a table : SITAT
44. End of a Greek series : OMEGA
46. *One's physical or emotional burdens : PERSONALBAGGAGE
52. Love-letter letters : SWAK
53. A "little word" in charades : AND
54. Enjoy to the max : EATUP
55. Like a soufflé's texture : AIRY
57. What the moon does during a lunar eclipse : DARKENS
59. Complete freedom ... and a hint to each half of the answer to each starred clue : BLANKCHECK
63. Sign of virtue : HALO
64. Tilter's weapon : LANCE
65. Anthony's longtime partner on satellite radio : OPIE
66. "___ option ..." : ASAN
67. Where sailors go : TOSEA
68. Like odor-indicating lines, in comics : WAVY
69. The latest : NEWS
1. Tippler's account : BARTAB
2. Tater Tots maker : OREIDA
3. Superprecise, as some clocks : ATOMIC
4. Tries for again, as an office : RESEEKS
5. Fragrance name that's forbidden-sounding : TABU
6. Jillions : ALOT
7. Old Ford model : LTD
8. Nonprofessional : LAYMAN
9. Promised Land, to Rastafarians : ZION
10. Where it's always zero degrees : EQUATOR
11. Benchwarmer : SUB
12. Up to, briefly : TIL
13. Fr. woman with a 63-Across : STE
19. Got away from one's roots? : DYED
21. Should : OUGHTTO
24. What your blood may do when you're frightened : RUNCOLD
26. Completely screw up : RUIN
27. Infatuated with : INTO
28. Praiseful works : ODES
30. Pal of Pooh : ROO
31. Humanoid monster of myth : ORC
32. Walk with an attitude : SWAGGER
35. Nile reptiles : ASPS
36. Asset of an oceanfront home : VIEW
37. First razor with a pivoting head : ATRA
39. Diplomatic fig. : AMB
40. Word before set or service : TEA
43. With suspicion, as a look : ASKANCE
45. Shiite leader who claims direct descent from Muhammad : AGAKHAN
47. Buster? : NARC
48. "As I was saying ..." : ANYHOW
49. Anxiety-free : ATEASE
50. The Brady Bill is one : GUNLAW
51. Popular printers : EPSONS
56. Certain superstore : IKEA
57. 604, in old Rome : DCIV
58. Solution to the classic riddle "What force or strength cannot get through, / I, with gentle touch, can do" : AKEY
59. Crunchy sandwich : BLT
60. Mekong Valley native : LAO
61. T or F, perhaps: Abbr. : ANS
62. Water-quality org. : EPA

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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