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New York Times, Monday, January 6, 2014

Author:
Zhouqin Burnikel
Editor:
Will Shortz
___ numerals (what the initial letters of the answers to the five starred clues all are)
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Zhouqin Burnikel

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQWZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 7 for Ms. Burnikel. Monday freshness: 52%
Zhouqin Burnikel notes:
I normally can handle 60 theme squares, but this one was a bit challenging. Probably because the limited supply of M * & V * ... read more
Will Shortz notes:
I debated for a long time whether or not to "explain" the significance of the puzzle's Roman numerals (M-M-X-I-V) in the clue for 67A ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Really nice to have a Monday with an additional layer of complexity. During my solve I couldn't tell what was going on, and even after ... read more
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© 2014, The New York Times1/6/14 ( No. 23,435 )
Across
1
Follows orders : OBEYS
6
Be a passenger : RIDE
10
Hop, ___ and a jump : SKIP
14
Mass destruction : HAVOC
15
Ruler of Dubai : EMIR
16
Small plateau : MESA
17
*"The Sixth Sense" director : MNIGHTSHYAMALAN
20
Actress Ward of "CSI: NY" : SELA
21
Recent: Prefix : NEO
22
Apportion : ALLOT
23
*1988 Best Play Tony winner inspired by Puccini : MBUTTERFLY
27
Kiddie racer : GOKART
30
Gift upon arriving in Honolulu : LEI
31
Bit of cheesecake : GAM
34
California's Santa ___ racetrack : ANITA
35
Girl in Byron's "Don Juan" : LEILA
37
Upstate N.Y. campus : RPI
38
TV hookups : VCRS
39
*Craft knife brand : XACTO
40
Duck or one of its colors : TEAL
41
Antlered animal : ELK
42
Two-lanes-into-one highway sign : MERGE
43
"Voilà!" : THERE
44
Chicken drumstick : LEG
45
___ nutshell : INA
46
More than enough : PLENTY
47
*2007 Stephen Colbert satirical book : IAMAMERICA
51
Mosey along : AMBLE
53
Holder of sale goods : BIN
54
Praise : LAUD
58
*22nd in a Sue Grafton series : VISFORVENGEANCE
62
"The Time Machine" people : ELOI
63
Puts on TV : AIRS
64
Actor Hirsch of "Into the Wild" : EMILE
65
Philosopher Descartes : RENE
66
Information on a boarding pass or stadium ticket : GATE
67
___ numerals (what the initial letters of the answers to the five starred clues all are) : ROMAN
Down
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___ law (electricity principle) : OHMS
2
Source of misery : BANE
3
Diabolical : EVIL
4
They may be unrolled before meditation : YOGAMATS
5
Acad. or univ. : SCH
6
Button putting everything back to zero : RESET
7
Declaration while perspiring : IMHOT
8
Handyman's inits. : DIY
9
Gay Nineties, e.g. : ERA
10
Wee : SMALL
11
Good color for St. Patrick's Day : KELLYGREEN
12
Golfer Aoki : ISAO
13
Huff and puff : PANT
18
Letter-shaped bolt fastener : TNUT
19
"The Sopranos" subject : MAFIA
24
Garment under a blouse : BRA
25
Best of the best : ELITE
26
Move, to a real estate agent : RELO
27
It helps call a meeting to order : GAVEL
28
"Mon ___" (Jacques Tati film) : ONCLE
29
Dodgers slugger who was the 1988 N.L. M.V.P. : KIRKGIBSON
32
In pieces : APART
33
"Wrecking Ball" singer Cyrus : MILEY
35
Former West Coast N.F.L.'er : LARAM
36
Heart chart: Abbr. : ECG
39
TV's "warrior princess" : XENA
40
Something to remember in San Antonio? : THEALAMO
42
Old copy machine : MIMEO
43
"Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" channel : TLC
46
___-Pong : PING
48
"What's it all about, ___?" : ALFIE
49
Late critic Roger : EBERT
50
Light wash : RINSE
51
State forcefully : AVER
52
1/500 of the Indianapolis 500 : MILE
55
Lively, on scores: Abbr. : ANIM
56
Its fight song is "The Mighty Bruins" : UCLA
57
TV chef Paula : DEEN
59
Cleaning cloth : RAG
60
By way of : VIA
61
Always, in odes : EER

Answer summary:
3 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later.

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