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New York Times, Thursday, January 23, 2014

Author:
Michael Hawkins
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Michael Hawkins

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 80, Blocks: 40 Missing: none. Spans: 3 This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Hawkins. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Notepad: Although this puzzle can be solved in Across Lite, there are elements in the print version that cannot be duplicated electronically. We recommend using the PDF for the best solving experience.
Michael Hawkins notes:
The "Wordplay" documentary launched my interest in crosswords, but I never advanced past the "failed attempts on graph paper" stage ... read more
Will Shortz notes:
This is the second day in a row in which a Times constructor is making a debut. Michael Hawkins hails from Gastonia, N.C. The print ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Very cool idea from Michael today. Congrats on the debut! I always appreciate when constructors learn the rules well enough to break ... read more
Jim Horne notes:
Clue numbers here correspond to the print version of the puzzle. Note that numbers 23, 39 and 56 are absent from the grid in the print ... read more
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© 2014, The New York TimesNo. 0123 ( 23,452 )
Across
1
Pudding flavor : FIG
4
Rapper Lil ___ : JON
7
Take on : ASSUME
13
Sea goddess who rescued Odysseus : INO
14
"Mit," across the Rhine : AVEC
16
Mixture of cement : SLURRY
17
"Deliver Us From ___" (2003 film) : EVA
18
Actress Rogers : MIMI
19
Less loose : TENSER
20
Member of a boy band with nine top 10 hits : NEWKIDONTHEBLOCK
23
Supply line cutter : BLOCKADE
24
Fatigue : DRAIN
25
Triple-platinum Sinatra album : DUETS
26
Boundary river : STYX
27
Western actor Wooley : SHEB
29
Move like goo : OOZE
33
Invitation info : WHERE
34
Top-heavy : BUXOM
35
Kitchen counter option : BUTCHERBLOCK
39
Some street gatherings : BLOCKPARTIES
41
Befuddled : ATSEA
42
Jordan's only seaport : AQABA
43
Color of el mar : AZUL
44
Crescent : LUNE
45
Enticed : DREW
49
Calrissian of "Star Wars" films : LANDO
52
Expensive boot material : SUEDE
53
Bygone delivery : ICEBLOCK
56
"Titanic" or "Avatar" : BLOCKBUSTERMOVIE
59
Daisy's love : DONALD
60
"The Time Machine" people : ELOI
61
Decline : EBB
62
Zenith : APOGEE
63
Blacken : SEAR
64
Thrilla in Manila participant : ALI
65
Settings for some escape scenes : SEWERS
66
Ten Commandments keeper : ARK
67
Do-over : LET
Down
1
Buffs : FIENDS
2
Flip : INVERT
3
"Beat it!" : GOAWAY
4
Pack tightly : JAMIN
5
Poet who wrote "If you want to be loved, be lovable" : OVID
6
Little ___ (early comic character) : NEMO
7
___ crow flies : ASTHE
8
Weather warning : SLEET
9
Beach bag item : SUNBLOCK
10
___ Minor : URSA
11
Black-and-white horse? : MRED
12
"The ___ Affair" (Jasper Fforde novel) : EYRE
15
Building unit : CINDERBLOCK
21
Puffed cereal : KIX
22
Angel food cake requirement : TUBEPAN
23
Represses, as bad memories : BLOCKSOUT
27
"___ Bop" (1984 hit) : SHE
28
Royal messengers : HERALDS
30
___Clean : OXI
31
Actress/model Kravitz : ZOE
32
Rescue letters : EMS
33
"Huh?" : WHA
34
It might be under a tank : BRA
35
Barnyard cry : BAA
36
Snack brand represented by Sterling Cooper on "Mad Men" : UTZ
37
Houston sch. : TSU
38
Cooler part : CELLBLOCK
39
Set-off chunks of text : BLOCKQUOTES
40
Fin : ABE
45
Its name may be written with an ampersand : DUO
46
Make plain : REVEAL
47
Food item : EDIBLE
48
Smidgen : WEEBIT
50
Less inept : ABLER
51
The Graces in Raphael's "The Three Graces," e.g. : NUDES
52
Smug look : SMIRK
53
One of the Argonauts : IDAS
54
Deal : COPE
55
Sufficient, for Shakespeare : ENOW
56
Obstruction : BLOCKAGE
57
Zeno's home : ELEA
58
Thunder : ROAR

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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