New York Times, Monday, March 31, 2014

Author: Robert Cirillo
Editor: Will Shortz
Robert Cirillo
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 74, Blocks: 38 Missing: {WZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Cirillo. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Robert Cirillo notes: I first thought about this theme when I overheard someone on a TV show say 'Ma and Pa.' I don't even know what show it was ... more
Jeff Chen notes: Nice start to the week, MA AND PA cluing in four theme phrases starting with MA and PA, respectively. The 15/13/7/13/15 is a tough ... more
JimH notes: For some reason I'm reminded of this Grant Wood painting I see every time I visit the Art Institute of Chicago.
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© 2014, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Dress that falls between the knee and ankle : MIDI
5. Nature walks, e.g. : HIKES
10. Droid : BOT
13. Comment to a card dealer : IMIN
14. Triangular chip : DORITO
15. I.R.S. filing time: Abbr. : APR
16. *Where Romeo and Juliet meet : MASQUERADEPARTY
19. Dick, to Liz, twice : EXHUSBAND
20. Hank Aaron finished his career with 2,297 of them, in brief : RBIS
21. Schooling: Abbr. : EDUC
22. Pour, as wine from a bottle : DECANT
24. *Often-seedy establishment : MASSAGEPARLOR
29. Brad of "Moneyball" : PITT
30. Wedding vows : IDOS
31. Antlered animal : ELK
34. Kerfuffle : ADO
35. Rural couple ... or what the respective halves of the answers to the four starred clues start with : MAANDPA
38. Gift that may be presented with an "Aloha!" : LEI
39. ___ Lingus : AER
40. Bushy hairdo : AFRO
41. Actor Arkin : ALAN
42. *1978 #1 Donna Summer hit that covered a 1968 #2 hit by Richard Harris : MACARTHURPARK
47. Pop artist Johns : JASPER
49. Take ___ (catch some Z's) : ANAP
50. Together, musically : ADUE
51. The handle of the Big Dipper is its tail : URSAMAJOR
56. *New Orleans event with floats : MARDIGRASPARADE
59. Yolk's place : EGG
60. Car famously available in any color, as long as it was black : MODELT
61. Like 2, 4, 6, 8 ... : EVEN
62. Visualize : SEE
63. Drunkard : SOUSE
64. Like this clue among all the Acrosses : LAST
1. Silent performer : MIME
2. Big-screen format : IMAX
3. Food serving : DISH
4. Official investigation : INQUEST
5. "Ars Poetica" poet : HORACE
6. Tehran's land : IRAN
7. N.B.A. player-turned-coach Jason : KIDD
8. Summer in France : ETE
9. Soak (up) : SOP
10. 1968 Jane Fonda sci-fi film : BARBARELLA
11. Choose to participate : OPTIN
12. Meeting at a no-tell motel : TRYST
14. Fix, as a computer program : DEBUG
17. Org. that rates meat "Choice" or "Prime" : USDA
18. West Coast gas chain : ARCO
22. Plunge : DROP
23. "Born Free" lioness : ELSA
24. FIlm-rating grp. : MPAA
25. Adviser, for one : AIDE
26. Rise of seawater that might accompany a hurricane : STORMSURGE
27. ___ noir (red wine) : PINOT
28. Tack (on) : ADD
32. Shakespearean king : LEAR
33. Twist, as in a chain : KINK
35. Attacker repellent : MACE
36. Many miles off : AFAR
37. Opposite of "Dep." on a flight board : ARR
41. Clothing : APPAREL
43. Parroted : APED
44. Big inconvenience : HASSLE
45. Not fitting : UNAPT
46. "___ Lama Ding Dong" (1961 hit) : RAMA
47. King ___ Bible : JAMES
48. Proverb : ADAGE
51. Language in Lahore : URDU
52. Actress Charlotte and explorer John : RAES
53. Jakarta's island : JAVA
54. Poems by 5-Down : ODES
55. Landlord's income : RENT
57. Chats online, for short : IMS
58. When repeated, early baby sounds : GOO

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