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New York Times, Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Question posed while pulling leftovers from the fridge ... or a query about the initial words of 18-, 24-, 33-, 43- or 50-Across?

Author:
Mark Bickham
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {QX} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Bickham. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Will Shortz notes:
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Jeff Chen notes:
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© 2014, The New York Times1/7/14 ( No. 23,436 )
Across
1
Anatomical pouches : SACS
5
Rocker Hendrix : JIMI
9
Ingredient in a screwdriver : VODKA
14
Online source for TV shows : HULU
15
'Dos you don't want to sit behind at movies : FROS
16
"Let ___!" ("Full speed ahead!") : ITRIP
17
Norse war god : ODIN
18
Aggressive swarms : KILLERBEES
20
Glittery stone : GEODE
22
Headline event in India in 1974 and '98 : NTEST
23
___-pitch softball : SLO
24
Facilities with padded walls : INSANEASYLUMS
27
And more, in brief : ETC
28
Neighbor of Hung. : AUST
30
Hitter's stat : RBI
33
Square root symbol : RADICALSIGN
39
Florence's river : ARNO
41
Complete makeovers : REDOS
42
Pinza of "South Pacific" : EZIO
43
One of two figures in "The Wizard of Oz" : WICKEDWITCH
46
Eastern newt : EFT
47
Spoil : TURN
48
Like some baseball teams and batteries : AAA
50
1969 platinum record for Creedence Clearwater Revival : BADMOONRISING
58
Feathered stole : BOA
60
Joyful cry : WAHOO
61
Equestrian, e.g. : RIDER
62
Question posed while pulling leftovers from the fridge ... or a query about the initial words of 18-, 24-, 33-, 43- or 50-Across? : ISTHISGOOD
65
Suffix with concession : AIRE
66
Boxer's bane : FLEAS
67
Mixed bag : OLIO
68
Stellar phenomenon : NOVA
69
"Chicago" director/choreographer : FOSSE
70
Surrealist played by Adrien Brody in "Midnight in Paris" : DALI
71
Editor's retraction : STET
Down
1
Japanese chess : SHOGI
2
"In Memory of W. B. Yeats" poet : AUDEN
3
Ad awards : CLIOS
4
It may have a cherry on top : SUNDAE
5
Alternative to Newark or La Guardia : JFK
6
One of Chekhov's "Three Sisters" : IRINA
7
Sloughs off : MOLTS
8
R&B's ___ Brothers : ISLEY
9
Almost real : VIRTUAL
10
Place to put down stakes?: Abbr. : OTB
11
Number at a bridal boutique : DRESSSIZE
12
German city on a canal of the same name : KIEL
13
Lhasa ___ (dog) : APSO
19
Adult ed course, often : ESL
21
___'acte : ENTR
25
Greeting that saves postage : ECARD
26
Calliope or Euterpe : MUSE
29
End-of-week cry : TGIF
30
Damp and chilly : RAW
31
One loyal to the Union Jack, informally : BRIT
32
Sits on to keep warm, say : INCUBATES
34
Mountain ___ : DEW
35
Despot Amin : IDI
36
Infirmary sight : COT
37
Leave ___ (do permanent damage) : ASCAR
38
Excluding : NOT
40
Some pods : OKRA
44
How sausage links are connected : ENDWISE
45
Locks : HAIR
49
About 60% of the world's inhabitants : ASIANS
51
More, in Madrid : MAS
52
"My heavens, no!" : OHGOD
53
"Alley Oop" woman : OOOLA
54
Dieter's salad request : NOOIL
55
Bonehead : IDIOT
56
"You have some ___!" : NERVE
57
Distinguished : GREAT
58
Son of Willy Loman : BIFF
59
Capital near the 60th parallel : OSLO
63
Suffers from : HAS
64
"___ Hear a Waltz?" : DOI

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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