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New York Times, Saturday, October 10, 2015

___ Takahata, Oscar-nominated director of 2013's "The Tale of Princess Kaguya"

Author:
Roland Huget
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 26 Missing: {FQXZ} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Huget.
Roland Huget notes:
I became interested in crossword puzzles fairly late in life. When your debut publication occurs in your early sixties, you aren't ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
With just two entries connecting each corner to the center of the puzzle, we have five mini-puzzles today. I liked how MAH JONGG ... read more
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© 2015, The New York Times10/10/15 ( No. 24,077 )

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Across
1
Tributes : HOMAGES
8
Yo-yo : DINGBAT
15
Jacket attachment : EPAULET
16
Home of a Penn State campus : ALTOONA
17
Alberta city named after a quadruped : REDDEER
18
Made good on a promise : SAWTOIT
19
Finally come to : ENDIN
20
Eliot's "___ Vos Prec" : ARA
22
Rwandan minority : TUTSI
23
___ Takahata, Oscar-nominated director of 2013's "The Tale of Princess Kaguya" : ISAO
24
Unpleasant surprise from a worker : STING
26
Mediterranean restaurant staple : PITA
27
1950s runner's inits. : AES
28
Twerps : WEENIES
30
The Hadean was the earth's first one : EON
31
Four winds are featured in it : MAHJONGG
33
Skylane maker : CESSNA
35
"No prob" : OKEYDOKEY
37
Distance light travels in 3.26 years : PARSEC
40
Very light player : IPODNANO
44
Japan's largest active volcano : ASO
45
Many bottle washers : NANNIES
47
"Non sibi ___ patriae" (Navy motto) : SED
48
Cut lightly? : LASE
50
Protest group? : SIGNS
51
N.Y.C.'s F.D.R. Drive, e.g. : PKWY
52
Brand with a Pro-Health product line : ORALB
54
Inflation fig. : PSI
55
Close-call cries : PHEWS
56
Retro hairstyles : MULLETS
58
New York natives : ONEIDAS
60
Grant recipient : ALIENEE
61
Prerecorded : NOTLIVE
62
Event near the end of a mission : REENTRY
63
Actress who starred in the "It's Pat" sketches on "S.N.L." : SWEENEY
Down
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Cry from a hand-waver in a crowd : HEREIAM
2
Deep : OPENSEA
3
Black Friday event? : MADDASH
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Sound : AUDIO
5
Highland lowland? : GLEN
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Wide shoe spec : EEE
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Chess necessity : STRATEGY
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Aquafina alternative : DASANI
9
Dockhands' grp. : ILA
10
Wrapper abbr. : NTWT
11
Mustered : GOTUP
12
Common knitting project : BOOTIES
13
"The Switch" co-star, 2010 : ANISTON
14
"Eugene Onegin" heroine : TATIANA
21
Alternative to Ho Hos : RINGDINGS
24
New York natives : SENECAS
25
Creatures that can lick their own eyes : GECKOES
28
No longer out? : WOKEN
29
Ones who might be upset : SEEDS
32
Alcott's "Aunt ___ Scrap-Bag" : JOS
34
Case, for example: Abbr. : SYN
36
They're just what you think : OPINIONS
37
Hale telescope's home : PALOMAR
38
Mostly : ASARULE
39
"Twilight" vampire ___ Hale : ROSALIE
41
Warmly welcomed, say : ASKEDIN
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Aggressively modern : NEWWAVE
43
It tells of a trip to Ithaca : ODYSSEY
46
Russell of comedy : NIPSEY
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First name in talk shows : ELLEN
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Suffix with 4-Down : PHILE
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Like some ears and rules : BENT
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Rose with many hits : PETE
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One more than bis, in prescriptions : TER
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Oxymoronic lead-in to "then" : NOW

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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