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New York Times, Thursday, October 11, 2018

Author:
Johanna Fenimore and Jeff Chen
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Jeff Chen

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {PXZ} This is puzzle # 4 for Ms. Fenimore. This is puzzle # 90 for Mr. Chen. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Constructor notes:
It is such a pleasure working with Jeff. I am so happy that he wanted to help me bring this puzzle to life as it means a lot to me to ... read more

It is such a pleasure working with Jeff. I am so happy that he wanted to help me bring this puzzle to life as it means a lot to me to support this month's important cause – hopefully in an interesting and entertaining way. I thank Jeff. And I dedicate this puzzle to my mom, Margaret Allen Hawkins, who was not only a great woman but also a brave breast cancer survivor.

Jeff Chen notes:
The pleasure was all mine! Johanna is a delight to work with. It's too bad Johanna's original concept didn't work out: kooky ... read more

The pleasure was all mine! Johanna is a delight to work with.

It's too bad Johanna's original concept didn't work out: kooky phrases resulting from BRA removals. I mean, BRAHMS LULLABY to the HMS LULLABY = a ship of peace? That's awesome!

Unfortunately, there just weren't enough others. BRAIN SURGEON to IN SURGEON, BRAIDED ROPE to IDED ROPE … hmm. Flat to non-sensical. Johanna came up with ZEN HUSSY (from BRAZEN HUSSY) … I decided it was best not to say anything on that one.

The grid skeleton was a pain to figure out, what with all the themers taking up so much real estate. I didn't like leaving those big NE / SW corners, but I couldn't figure out a way around them. Props to Johanna for tackling them with gusto! I thought we'd have to add a cheater square, maybe at the C of CLEVER. Not so, for CLEVER Johanna – CREDIT where CREDIT is due!

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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 1011 ( 25,174 )
Across
1. Keeps in the loop, in a way : CCS
4. Ones making passing judgments, for short? : QBS
7. Witty : CLEVER
13. Genre at the Grammys : FOLK
14. Its capital is Abu Dhabi, for short : UAE
15. ___ Sea, body of water between Sicily and Greece : IONIAN
16. Picking out of a lineup, e.g. : BRAIDING
18. Sign at some beaches : NODOGS
19. Doctrine : ISM
20. Lamb in literature : ELIA
21. Not pay taxes by mail : EFILE
22. Upper body muscles, for short : LABRATS
24. Extremely : BRAVERY
26. Pulitzer Prize winner for "A Death in the Family" : AGEE
27. Animated Princess of Power : SHERA
29. James who sang "At last, my love has come along ..." : ETTA
30. Headwear in a Prince hit : BERET
32. Posting on an office bulletin board : MEMO
34. ___ sauce : SOY
35. Didn't delete : LEFTBRAIN
39. Potus #36 : LBJ
42. One choice in a party game : DARE
43. Home pages? : LEASE
47. Car named after an automotive competition : IROC
49. "I'm Down" vis-à-vis "Help!" : SIDEB
52. Climber's challenge : CRAG
53. First name in "The Godfather" : VIBRATO
55. Chess piece : BRAKING
57. Mantelpiece, e.g. : SHELF
58. Award from the American Theater Wing : OBIE
59. Mix in : ADD
60. Apartment type : STUDIO
61. Annual event to support breast cancer awareness ... or a hint to answering 16-, 22-, 24-, 35-, 53- and 55-Across : NOBRADAY
63. Producer of rain : ELNINO
64. Prompt : CUE
65. About : INRE
66. Dampened : WETTED
67. Letters for college applicants : ETS
68. Result of imperfect service : LET
Down
1. Wrist attachment : CORSAGE
2. Scale awkwardly, with "up" : CLAMBER
3. Go downhill fast : SKI
4. Collections of patches, say : QUILTS
5. Exile : BANISH
6. Company in the book "Console Wars" : SEGA
7. Precursor to IMAX : CINERAMA
8. Bathtub item : LOOFA
9. Salad green : ENDIVE
10. State flowers of Rhode Island, Illinois and New Jersey : VIOLETS
11. Enthusiastically gonna : EAGERTO
12. Co-workers of M.D.s : RNS
13. Facility at Quantico : FBILAB
17. Govt. agency that combats smuggling : DEA
23. Stagger : REEL
24. ___ Fox : BRER
25. "Woo-hoo!" : YAY
28. Journalist in a military unit : EMBED
31. Colleague of Mary, Murray and Lou on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" : TED
33. Application for the Mr. Universe contest? : OIL
36. Burgers and fries, typically : FASTFOOD
37. Donald Duck's nephews, e.g. : TRIO
38. Make out : NECK
39. Tyler of "The Lord of the Rings" : LIV
40. Visibly take offense : BRISTLE
41. Activity for many a senior : JOBHUNT
44. She helped Theseus navigate the Labyrinth : ARIADNE
45. Seaside sculpture, say : SANDART
46. Easter supply : EGGDYE
48. Give recognition : CREDIT
50. Flow away from the shore : EBBOUT
51. Payments made with a wink, maybe : BRIBES
54. Dress style : ALINE
56. ___ Lingus : AER
58. Start of a reminiscence : ONCE
60. Darn, e.g. : SEW
62. Be in bad shape : AIL

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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