New York Times, Thursday, July 18, 2013

Author: Todd Gross and David Steinberg
Editor: Will Shortz
Todd Gross
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139/13/20096/29/20155
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1.54120
David Steinberg
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436/16/20118/21/20157
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1.66283

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 42 Missing: {Z} Grid has mirror symmetry This is puzzle # 7 for Mr. Gross. This is puzzle # 15 for Mr. Steinberg. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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1. European capital ENE of Warsaw : MINSK
6. Guy seeking love letters? : SWM
9. Herolike : BRAVE
14. Sultanate inhabitant : OMANI
15. Meditation subject : TAO
16. Hit 2012 animated film, with "The" : LORAX
17. Author of sci-fi's "War With the Newts" : CAPEK
18. Music sheet abbr. : ARR
19. Great Seal figure : EAGLE
20. 23-Across singer : MARILYNMONROE
23. Classic song from a movie celebrating its 60th anniversary on 7/18/13 : DIAMONDSAREAGIRL'SBESTFRIEND
24. Philip with a Hollywood star : AHN
27. State cooperation : ENTENTE
28. Neutral shade : ASH
31. Was very ripe : REEKED
33. Appeal to earnestly : ADJURE
35. Home to Asia's highest volcano : IRAN
36. Gear up? : EQUIP
40. Sermon follower : ETTE
41. Man's name that sounds like two letters of the alphabet : ARTE
42. It may be in a bundle : NERVE
43. Pod : whale :: knot : ___ : TOAD
44. ___ Rida ("Right Round" rapper) : FLO
46. Inits. for Lowe's or Home Depot shoppers : DIY
47. N. Afr. nation : ALG
48. Decorate flashily, informally : TARTUP
51. Capital on the Mediterranean : BEIRUT
54. ___ the day : RUE
55. Lay on thick : SLATHER
59. Satyajit Ray's "The ___ Trilogy" : APU
60. Levine of "The Voice" : ADAM
62. Architect Saarinen : ELIEL
63. Item clipped on a waistband, perhaps : IPOD
64. Open-ended reference : WIKI
65. They're elementary : ABC'S
66. "This is horrible news!" : OHNO
67. Like some causes : LOST
68. Total jerk : ASS
69. ___ group : USER
1. Comfy slip-on : MOC
2. Kuwait V.I.P. : IMAM
3. Chain for car mechanics : NAPA
4. Dummy of old radio : SNERD
5. Elton John duettist on the #1 "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" : KIKIDEE
6. Visit overnight : STAYAT
7. Advance notice request : WARNME
8. Mitt Romney, e.g. : MORMON
9. Like some Scotch : BLENDED
10. Engine sounds : ROARS
11. Mythical ship : ARGO
12. Goodbye, in old Rome : VALE
13. Program file suffix : EXE
21. Shade tree with deep-red winter buds : LINDEN
22. Like some books nowadays : ONTAPE
24. Something for trill-seekers? : ARIA
25. Mr. Hamburger? : HERR
26. Obsessive organizers : NEATFREAKS
28. Features of some prized memorabilia : AUTOGRAPHS
29. Sp. title : SRTA
30. Mind : HEED
32. Used a prie-dieu : KNELT
34. "The Expendables" co-star, 2010 : JETLI
37. Latin abbr. used in math : QED
38. Swiss canton : URI
39. Penn, e.g. : IVY
45. Suffix with peril : OUS
47. ___ Lingus : AER
48. Word with line or net : TRAWL
49. Voices, perhaps : AUDIO
50. Court claim : PLEA
51. Sound units : BELS
52. Marginally ahead : UPONE
53. Bloody Mary, e.g. : TUDOR
56. Duchess of ___ (Goya subject) : ALBA
57. Odd behaviors : TICS
58. "___ a Rebel" : HE'S
61. Sch. that e-mails application decisions on Pi Day : MIT
63. Indicator of shortness, for short : IOU

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