New York Times, Friday, September 27, 2013

Author: Peter A. Collins
Editor: Will Shortz
Peter A. Collins
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 72, Blocks: 28 Missing: {BJQXZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 71 for Mr. Collins. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

Will Shortz notes: I think Pete intended this puzzle as a Thursday, but as much as I liked the theme, I didn't think it was powerful enough to devote ... more
Peter A. Collins notes: Well, this is a surprise. The puzzle I submitted was a 74-worder. Because of the theme, I thought it would be used on a ... more
Jeff Chen notes: What a cool idea to have the first across answer = GERMINATE and the last one = TERMINATE! Themeless puzzles are usually, well, ... more
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1. Begin : GERMINATE
10. Donizetti heroine : LUCIA
15. Catches up to : OVERTAKES
16. Magnetron component : ANODE
17. Relative of a spouse : DOMESTICPARTNER
19. "Just playin'" : IKID
20. Things often dropped in Harvard Yard? : ARS
21. Big name in winter vehicles : SKIDOO
22. Fixer, perhaps : VET
23. In the way of : ALA
24. Phony blazers : GASLOGS
25. Birthplace of the Franciscan order : ASSISI
27. "Before My Birth" collagist, 1914 : ARP
28. ___-yo (cold treat, briefly) : FRO
29. With 36- and 39-Across, go from 1- to 61-Across : CHANGE
31. 10-year-old Best Supporting Actress : ONEAL
33. Robert W. Service's "The Cremation of Sam ___" : MCGEE
36. See 29-Across : ONE
37. Robert W. Service output : POEMS
38. Soothing flora : ALOES
39. See 29-Across : LETTER
41. Bumped into : MET
42. Bumped into : SAW
43. Razor target, maybe : ARMPIT
47. Pack into a thick mass : MATDOWN
50. Ottoman bigwig : AGA
51. Tan in a library : AMY
52. Anatomical ring : AREOLA
53. Direction de Paris à Nancy : EST
54. Vegan gelatin substitute : AGAR
55. Stopgap supervisor's duty : MINDINGTHESTORE
58. ___ Montoya, swordsman in "The Princess Bride" : INIGO
59. Prefixes featured on some maps : AREACODES
60. Baden-Powell of the Girl Guides : AGNES
61. End : TERMINATE
1. One known for riding out of gear? : GODIVA
2. Brings out : EVOKES
3. Sends in : REMITS
4. He'll "talk 'til his voice is hoarse" : MRED
5. The Who's "___ Hard" : ITS
6. ___ Romanova, alter ego of Marvel's Black Widow : NATALIA
7. Landmark anime film of 1988 : AKIRA
8. Many pulp heroes, in slang : TECS
9. Picking up skill? : ESP
10. Cheerful early risers : LARKS
11. Preposition on a business-hours sign : UNTIL
12. Unit charge : CONDOFEE
13. "&" or "@," but not "and" or "at" : IDEOGRAM
14. Restricted flight items : AEROSOLS
18. By yesterday, so to speak : ASAP
23. Indication of some oxidation : ASHES
24. Hug or kiss, maybe : GREET
26. Drink brand symbolized by a polar bear : ICEE
27. 39th vice president : AGNEW
30. "The Dark Knight Rises" director, 2012 : NOLAN
31. Grammy category : OPERA
32. What's typical : NORM
33. "Lordy!" in Lodi : MAMMAMIA
34. Snow job? : CLEARING
35. Been chosen, as for office : GOTTENIN
40. One-two in the ring? : TAGTEAM
42. Pavlova portrayed one over 4,000 times : SWAN
44. Storied place of worship : PAGODA
45. Eastern lodging : IMARET
46. "2 Fast 2 Furious" co-star Gibson : TYRESE
48. Grand Caravan maker : DODGE
49. Jumbles : OLIOS
50. One of Jacob's sons : ASHER
53. Ser, across the Pyrenees : ETRE
54. Loads : ATON
56. Piece of the street : GAT
57. ___-fi : SCI

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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