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New York Times, Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Dickens classic ... and, phonetically, two garnishes for a 49-Across?

Author:
Herre Schouwerwou
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 36 Missing: {BQ} This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Schouwerwou. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Herre Schouwerwou notes:
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GIN + VERMOUTH + ICE = DRY MARTINI It's pretty unusual to have a themer past the revealer, so I was initially confused by uncovering ... read more
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© 2016, The New York Times1/20/16 ( No. 24,179 )

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Across
1
Soaks so as to extract flavor : STEEPS
7
Late-night host before Carson : PAAR
11
Fare for the toothless : PAP
14
"Clearly Different" eye care chain : PEARLE
15
Aunt of Prince William : ANNE
16
Sénat accord : OUI
17
Like some top-quality kitchen oil : EXTRAVIRGIN
19
Org. originally known as the National Congress of Mothers : PTA
20
Sci-fi visitors : ETS
21
Cross-dressing Streisand character : YENTL
22
Arsenal stock : AMMO
24
Refusing to listen : DEAF
26
Delta locale : RIVERMOUTH
29
"Loot" playwright Joe : ORTON
31
Word abbreviated on fight cards : VERSUS
32
Branch out : RADIATE
37
Slangy rebuttal to 65-Across : AINT
38
Exchange program for preschoolers? : DIAPERSERVICE
41
Help for the puzzled : HINT
42
Adopts, as a stray : TAKESIN
43
Treat, as table salt : IODIZE
45
Schnapps flavoring : PEACH
49
Cocktail made by combining the ends of 17-, 26- and 38-Across : DRYMARTINI
54
Battle of Normandy town : STLO
55
Passed with ease : ACED
56
Charles who wrote "Peg Woffington" : READE
58
Unedited, as footage : RAW
59
Online Q&A session : AMA
60
Dickens classic ... and, phonetically, two garnishes for a 49-Across? : OLIVERTWIST
63
Place for pickles : JAR
64
Fall clearance item? : RAKE
65
"Quite correct" : ITISSO
66
Nativity scene beast : ASS
67
Declare : AVER
68
Some decaf orders : SANKAS
Down
1
Brand of skimpy swimwear : SPEEDO
2
One who might type "OMG" or "CYA" : TEXTER
3
Bothers no end : EATSAT
4
Veer off course : ERR
5
Ump's call after "Time!" : PLAY
6
Break off completely : SEVER
7
Fifth installment of a miniseries : PARTV
8
Con man's scheme : ANGLE
9
DiFranco who created Righteous Babe Records : ANI
10
Label again, as a file : RENAME
11
Top 40 fare : POPMUSIC
12
Pitch-correcting audio processor : AUTOTUNE
13
With 44-Down, "Butterfly" Golden Globe winner : PIA
18
Common pasta suffix : INI
23
Deposits of glacial debris : MORAINES
25
Temporarily : FORATIME
27
Many KOA patrons : RVERS
28
"The buck stops here" prez : HST
30
Tennis ball fuzz : NAP
33
Stave off : DETER
34
Tax planner's recommendation, for short : IRA
35
The first "A" of 59-Across : ASK
36
Plumbing joint : TEE
38
Scenes in shoeboxes, say : DIORAMAS
39
Vehicles for the Unsers : INDYCARS
40
Big wheel : VIP
41
Went underground : HID
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See 13-Down : ZADORA
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Under threat : ATRISK
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Top-shelf : CLASSA
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Guides for D.I.Y.'ers : HOWTOS
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Toddler's wheels : TRIKE
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"When will ___ learn?" : IEVER
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Lassie's turndown : NAE
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"The Wire" actor ___ Elba : IDRIS
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James who sang "At Last" : ETTA
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Steely Dan album of 1977 : AJA
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Where many people solve crosswords, for short : LAV
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Successfully woo : WIN

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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