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New York Times, Thursday, October 11, 2007

Wishful things? ... or a literal description of 16-, 17-, 32-, 44- and 60-Across

Author:
E. J. Platt
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Eric J. Platt

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQZ} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Platt.
Jim Horne notes:

Falling stars drop off the edge of a cliff.

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G
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A
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B
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O
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C
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M
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N
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D
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M
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G
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R
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R
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X
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H
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B
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A
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O
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S
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M
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P
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O
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G
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P
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F
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A
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G
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R
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D
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Y
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C
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© 2007, The New York Times10/11/07 ( No. 21,156 )
Across
1
Any one of a trio of Hollywood sisters : GABOR
6
Reason to get some cosmetic dental work : CHIP
10
___-Americans (about 3.5 million people) : ARAB
14
Say "amen," say : AGREE
15
Gadzooks, e.g. : OATH
16
"You've Got Mail" actress : MEGRYAN
17
People's 2006 Sexiest Man Alive : GEORGECLOONEY
19
Just : ONLY
20
City southeast of 64-Across : ADA
21
Starting : ASOF
22
Beverage brand : NESTEA
24
Mouth's locale : DELTA
26
Cage for hawks : MEW
27
Subway stop: Abbr. : STN
28
New York's ___ Mansion : GRACIE
30
Hen, e.g. : LAYER
32
Julius Caesar portrayer, 1963 : REXHARRISON
34
What a drinker may enter : REHAB
38
Chevrolet model : AVEO
39
Big exporter of coconut cream and coconut oil : SAMOA
41
Prefix with kinetic : TELE
42
O.K.'s : YESES
44
Frat Pack actor : BENSTILLER
46
Tasty : SAPID
48
Smirk : SIMPER
49
Fertilized things : OVA
52
Wander : GAD
53
Like some checks : KITED
54
Quarter : REGION
56
City with una torre pendente : PISA
57
Particularly: Abbr. : ESP
60
R & B singer with a hit 1990s sitcom : BRANDY
61
Wishful things? ... or a literal description of 16-, 17-, 32-, 44- and 60-Across : FALLINGSTARS
64
City along the Chisholm Trail : ENID
65
Fidel Castro's brother : RAUL
66
Part of a printing press : INKER
67
Refuse : DENY
68
Starchy side dish : YAMS
69
Points on a crescent moon : CUSPS
Down
1
Crazy : GAGA
2
Like relics : AGED
3
Timber hewers : BROADAXES
4
Poetic contraction : OER
5
Robes, tiaras, etc. : REGALIA
6
Shade of brown : COCOA
7
Game division : HALF
8
"Were ___ do it over ..." : ITO
9
Insincere : PHONEY
10
Partner in an old radio comedy duo : AMOS
11
Lets : RENTS
12
Shoelace tip : AGLET
13
Presidential candidate who said "No one can earn a million dollars honestly" : BRYAN
18
Some organic compounds : ESTERS
23
Water holder : EWER
25
Repeats : ECHOES
26
Construction worker : MASON
28
South side? : GRAY
29
French dream : REVE
30
Like many cared-for lawns : LIMED
31
Measure again, as a movie's length : RETIME
33
Fervent : RABID
35
Computer technicians' positions : HELPDESKS
36
Everyone, in Essen : ALLE
37
Blast constituent? : BEER
40
Historic Umbrian town : ASSISI
43
Palm type : SAGO
45
Enormous : TITANIC
47
Sauté : PANFRY
49
Like an eyeball : ORBED
50
"From the Earth to the Moon" author : VERNE
51
"Encore!" : AGAIN
53
Volleyball stat : KILLS
55
Annual May event, informally : INDY
56
Windfall : PLUM
58
When repeated, a dance instructor's call : STEP
59
Most are 3, 4 or 5 : PARS
62
Top bond rating : AAA
63
Bearded beast : GNU

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

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