New York Times, Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Author: Patrick Blindauer
Editor: Will Shortz
Patrick Blindauer
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 40 Missing: {Q} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 50 for Mr. Blindauer. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

Patrick Blindauer notes: I made this one while I was writing 'Scratch & Solve Word Ladders', and I remember consulting with Acme on the theme and ... more
Will Shortz notes: This puzzle has been in my files for a long time, because I have a lot of puzzles with word-ladder themes, and I try to space them out. The two long non-theme entries at 3D and 34D are especially nice.
Jeff Chen notes: I had to stop myself from squealing when I first met superstar constructor Patrick Blindauer at the American Crossword Puzzle ... more
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Across Down
1. "Aladdin" villain : JAFAR
6. Newton, e.g. : UNIT
10. Ernie known as "The Big Easy" : ELS
13. "That's ___" : AMORE
14. Make a point, perhaps : SCORE
15. Word before dog or dance : LAP
16. Endothermic : WARMBLOODED
18. Mike and ___ (candy) : IKE
19. Former Brit. Airways vehicle : SST
20. Humorist Frazier frequently found in The New Yorker : IAN
21. Number of drummers drumming, in song : DOZEN
23. Birth place : MATERNITYWARD
28. "___ Place" : PEYTON
30. Free ticket : PASS
31. First-stringers : ATEAM
32. Rack-it game? : POOL
34. It may be attached to a windshield, in brief : GPS
37. Life-size likeness of Elvis, maybe : CARDBOARDCUTOUT
41. Start to sneeze? : ESS
42. Some are liberal : ARTS
43. Devoutness : PIETY
44. Resident of Riga : LETT
46. Carol kickoff : ADESTE
47. A fan might need one : EXTENSIONCORD
52. Fragrance : AROMA
53. Former Giant Robb ___ : NEN
54. "Independence Day" vehicle : UFO
57. Utter : SAY
58. Unaffected by emotion : COLDHEARTED
63. Feature atop the pyramid on the back of a dollar bill : EYE
64. Fontana di ___ : TREVI
65. Blade brand : XACTO
66. "The Joyous Cosmology" subj. : LSD
67. Pit : SEED
68. Dr. Larch's drug in "The Cider House Rules" : ETHER
1. ___ of Life : JAWS
2. Part of a Latin exercise : AMAS
3. Popular retirement spot : FORTMYERS
4. Weaponize : ARM
5. One serving under Gen. 60-Down, informally : REB
6. The Huskies of the N.C.A.A. : UCONN
7. Affirmative action : NOD
8. Pique condition? : IRE
9. Roosevelt and Kennedy : TEDDYS
10. 'Enry's fair lady : ELIZA
11. Magic, e.g., once : LAKER
12. Eschew frugality : SPEND
14. Increase dramatically : SOAR
17. Legal encumbrance : LIEN
22. Punch lines? : OWS
24. Just slightly : ATAD
25. Final "Romeo and Juliet" setting : TOMB
26. Nanos, e.g. : IPODS
27. Baby powder ingredient : TALC
28. Clip : PACE
29. Touchdown data, for short : ETAS
32. Series opener : PARTI
33. Leftover bit : ORT
34. Splits the tab : GOESDUTCH
35. When repeated, miniature golf : PUTT
36. Ocular malady : STYE
38. Part of a stable diet : OATS
39. High hairstyle : UPDO
40. Level : TIER
44. The Eagle that landed, e.g. : LEM
45. Puts into law : ENACTS
46. Trouble spots? : ACNE
47. Sitting stand : EASEL
48. They can see right through you : XRAYS
49. Played (with) : TOYED
50. How many bootlegs are sold : ONDVD
51. Fanta alternative : NEHI
55. Grandly celebrate : FETE
56. Fragrance : ODOR
59. Stibnite, for one : ORE
60. See 5-Down : LEE
61. Swinger in the woods? : AXE
62. Cellar dweller : RAT

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