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New York Times, Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Author:
Gary Cee
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Gary Cee

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FQXZ} This is puzzle # 27 for Mr. Cee. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
Cross-referenced clues often distract me, and I had a bit of trouble figuring out all the connections. It took me a while to figure ... read more

Cross-referenced clues often distract me, and I had a bit of trouble figuring out all the connections. It took me a while to figure out a good way to help visualize the word chains, but some color coding helped me appreciate the symmetry Gary incorporated.

The "cooler" colors show the NW to SE progression, blue-gray-blue and green-gray-green, nicely symmetrical. The "warmer" colors show the NE to SW flow, brown-gray-brown and red-gray-red, also pleasantly symmetrical.

It might look simply like a four-themer puzzle, but those shorties in row 1 and 15 ratchet up the level of difficulty. The six-letter entries in particular are always harder than I expect. HIGHER in that lower right corner, already sitting in a big chunk of white space, has interactions with both NEED IS LOVE and UNDER MY SKIN. Many constraints, all over the grid.

I didn't know I WANT TO TAKE YOU HIGHER, but it amusing to watch Mike Douglas do some very awkward introductions.

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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 0128 ( 23,822 )

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Across
1
With 38- and 46-Across, 1966 4 Seasons hit : IVEGOT
7
Popular game? : ELK
10
With 38- and 50-Across, 1967 Beatles hit : ALL
13
Enthusiastic : RAHRAH
14
Scope : ROOM
16
2011 animated musical : RIO
17
Having come home after curfew : INLATE
18
"Go on, git!" : RUNALONG
20
Percolate : SEEP
21
With 38- and 65-Across, 1977 Billy Joel hit : JUSTTHEWAY
23
"___ Tu," 1974 pop hit : ERES
25
"Promoting decent work for all" agcy. : ILO
26
With 38- and 67-Across, 1970 Sly & the Family Stone hit : IWANTTOTAKE
31
China's Chiang ___-shek : KAI
34
Knaves : ROGUES
35
Producer of many parts : HAIRCOMB
37
Mad as ___ hen : AWET
38
See 1-, 10-, 21- and 26-Across : YOU
39
Harem rooms : ODAS
40
Sawbucks : TENSPOTS
43
Not learned : INNATE
45
Summer hours on the Atl. coast : EDT
46
See 1-Across : UNDERMYSKIN
48
U.K. neighbor : IRE
49
___ facto : IPSO
50
See 10-Across : NEEDISLOVE
55
Future atty.'s exam : LSAT
59
Phony : IMPOSTER
60
Each : APIECE
62
Deadlock : TIE
63
Color akin to turquoise : TEAL
64
Iran-___ affair : CONTRA
65
See 21-Across : ARE
66
Be nosy : PRY
67
See 26-Across : HIGHER
Down
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Spring bloom : IRIS
2
Barn topper : VANE
3
Jennifer of "The King's Speech" : EHLE
4
Post breakfast cereal : GRAPENUTS
5
Cereal grain : OAT
6
New York team that plays its home games in New Jersey : THEJETS
7
Makes a wrong turn : ERRS
8
Oaf : LOUT
9
1950 best seller subtitled "Across the Pacific by Raft" : KONTIKI
10
Sequentially, after "in" : AROW
11
Wertmüller who directed "The Seduction of Mimi" : LINA
12
Lethargic : LOGY
15
Gustav whose music was banned by the Nazis : MAHLER
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Barack Obama, astrologically : LEO
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Soldiers' support grp. : USO
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Delivery person's assignment: Abbr. : RTE
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Raging : IRATE
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Knocked the socks off : WOWED
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Secret ___ : AGENT
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Not only that one : THOSE
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Youth sports org. : AAU
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Instamatic company : KODAK
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Classic violinmaker : AMATI
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"Hedda Gabler" playwright : IBSEN
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Giving a pat on the back, say : CONSOLING
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Pay stub initialism : YTD
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Type not susceptible to compromise : PURIST
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Simple ragtime dance : ONESTEP
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Bring formal charges against : IMPEACH
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Its govs. have included Mario and Andrew Cuomo : NYS
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"6 Rms ___ Vu" (1972 play) : RIV
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When repeated, reply to "Who wants dessert?" : IDO
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Silent screen vamp Naldi : NITA
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Arab chief : EMIR
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Dueler's sword : EPEE
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Shakespearean king : LEAR
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Air France hub : ORLY
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Rogen of "The Interview" : SETH
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Real estate unit : ACRE
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Inflatable dinghy concern : TEAR
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Polynesian dish : POI

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

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