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New York Times, Monday, January 1, 2018

Author:
Matthew Sewell
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Matthew Sewell

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 79, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JX} This is puzzle # 8 for Mr. Sewell. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Matthew Sewell notes:
The spark for this was hearing "Burning Love" on the radio. In a flash, I jotted down a few more theme candidates. I hope the relatively ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Wordplay on "torch songs" today. Given my severe deficiencies in pop culture, I was thrilled to have recognized Jon Bon Jovi! But BLAZE OF ... read more
Jim Horne notes:
You don't hear the term torch song so much anymore, and that's too bad. Love song is a rough equivalent, but that term is safe and sappy by ... read more
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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 0101 ( 24,891 )
Across
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___ Polo, traveler at the court of Kublai Khan : MARCO
6
Rings of water around castles : MOATS
11
Russian fighter jet : MIG
14
Come clean : OWNUP
15
Property defacer : VANDAL
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Signature Obama legislation, for short : ACA
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Jon Bon Jovi torch song? : BLAZEOFGLORY
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Centerpiece of a frat party : KEG
20
Stick in one's ___ : CRAW
21
Province west of Que. : ONT
22
Chest muscles, for short : PECS
23
J.F.K.'s W.W. II command : PTBOAT
26
Tiny battery size : AAAA
27
Med. school subject : ANAT
28
Lawyer's charge : FEE
29
Elvis Presley torch song? : BURNINGLOVE
32
Squid, in Italian cuisine : CALAMARI
35
Tough puzzle : POSER
36
Bangles torch song? : ETERNALFLAME
40
Sudden outpouring : SPATE
42
Some Canadian petroleum deposits : OILSANDS
45
The Doors torch song? : LIGHTMYFIRE
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"Lower your voice, please" : SHH
50
Pale blue hue : AQUA
51
Horse of a certain color : ROAN
52
With prudence : WISELY
55
Fat used in mincemeat : SUET
56
Place : PUT
57
Match up : SYNC
58
Sarcastic laugh syllable : HAR
59
The Trammps torch song? : DISCOINFERNO
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Opposite of WSW : ENE
65
Letter-shaped girders : IBEAMS
66
Diplomat : ENVOY
67
Norm: Abbr. : STD
68
Drives the getaway car for, say : ABETS
69
Grabs some Z's : RESTS
Down
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Unruly throng : MOB
2
Leatherworker's punch : AWL
3
Genetic carrier, briefly : RNA
4
Ancient Incan capital : CUZCO
5
"Madama Butterfly," for one : OPERA
6
S.I. or GQ : MAG
7
Given out for a time : ONLOAN
8
Hebrew for "my Lord" : ADONAI
9
Scottish pattern : TARTAN
10
Crafty : SLY
11
Speak gobbledygook : MAKENOSENSE
12
Glacial chamber : ICECAVE
13
Joke writer : GAGSTER
15
Ex-G.I.'s org. : VFW
18
Crunchy, healthful snack : OATBAR
22
Pablo Picasso's designer daughter : PALOMA
23
Army E-3: Abbr. : PFC
24
Pekoe, for one : TEA
25
Under siege : BELEAGUERED
26
"Madama Butterfly" highlight : ARIA
30
Server with a spigot : URN
31
Transcript figs. : GPAS
33
To boot : ATTHAT
34
Chance upon : MEET
37
Pork cut : LOIN
38
Christmas tree : FIR
39
"Inside ___ Davis" (Coen brothers film) : LLEWYN
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Cuts drastically, as prices : SLASHES
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Pleasingly tangy : PIQUANT
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FedEx competitor : DHL
44
Like a wallflower : SHY
46
Onetime Dr Pepper rival : MRPIBB
47
"Get it?" : YOUSEE
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Wealthy sort, informally : FATCAT
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Derive via logic : INFER
54
Public outburst : SCENE
57
Kim, to Kourtney or Khloé : SIS
59
A day in Spain : DIA
60
Yoga chants : OMS
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#vanlife homes, briefly : RVS
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"Let's ___ and say we did" : NOT
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Kvetchers' cries : OYS

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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