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New York Times, Monday, October 19, 2015

Binds ... or a hint to the starts of the answers to the six starred clues

Author:
Bruce Venzke and Victor Fleming
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Bruce Venzke
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1.55023
Victor Fleming

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 35 Missing: {JQVZ} This is puzzle # 19 for Mr. Venzke. This is puzzle # 44 for Mr. Fleming.
Constructor notes:
Vic: Bruce and I have collaborated off and on for many years, starting back when he and Stella Zawistowski (then Daily) were a ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Synonyms of TIES: CABLE, WIRE, LINE, STRING, CHAIN, and ROPE. Impressive theme density, with not just six themers but a revealer in ... read more
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© 2015, The New York Times10/19/15 ( No. 24,086 )
Across
1
Heart tests, for short : EKGS
5
Los ___, N.M. : ALAMOS
11
"Go team!" : RAH
14
Sci-fi princess who appears as a hologram : LEIA
15
Nincompoops : MORONS
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Poem of praise : ODE
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*TV installation not requiring an antenna : CABLEOUTLET
19
Singer Zadora : PIA
20
How warehouse stores buy : INBULK
21
Dad, mom, bro and sis : FAM
22
___ Xing (road sign) : DEER
23
Does a little housekeeping : DUSTS
24
*Crime involving a Nigerian prince, maybe : WIREFRAUD
26
List-ending abbr. : ETAL
28
Comment like "Come on, you know you want to" : GOAD
29
Nafta, for one : PACT
33
Intends (to) : AIMS
35
Cry from a petulant child : IWONT
38
Urges on : EXHORTS
40
Rollerblader's protection : KNEEPAD
42
Make fun of : TEASE
43
Diggs of "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" : TAYE
45
Yanks' Civil War foe : REBS
46
"That ___ funny" : ISNT
48
Product detail, briefly : SPEC
50
*Electric Slide or Cotton-Eyed Joe : LINEDANCE
53
Completely puzzled : ATSEA
58
Vests don't cover them : ARMS
59
Three times, in a prescription : TER
60
The "E" on a baseball scoreboard : ERRORS
61
Popeye's Swee'___ : PEA
62
*Tall, skinny sorts : STRINGBEANS
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Commercial prefix with vision : UNI
65
Hag : OLDBAG
66
French girlfriend : AMIE
67
Friend : PAL
68
Attacks from all sides : BESETS
69
Binds ... or a hint to the starts of the answers to the six starred clues : TIES
Down
1
Legendary Spanish hero : ELCID
2
Reeves of "The Matrix" : KEANU
3
Barry, Robin and Maurice of the Bee Gees : GIBBS
4
"Here's to you!," in Toulouse : SALUT
5
Running ___ : AMOK
6
"Skip to My ___" : LOU
7
Movie that's not likely to be shown in a multiplex : ARTFILM
8
Bicuspid neighbor : MOLAR
9
Smallish computer storage unit, for short : ONEMEG
10
Concorde, e.g., for short : SST
11
*Signature Muhammad Ali ploy : ROPEADOPE
12
French goodbye : ADIEU
13
Listened to : HEARD
18
"Nothing ___ will do" : ELSE
22
Bureau compartment : DRAWER
24
What a belt encircles : WAIST
25
Pâté de ___ gras : FOIE
27
Parlor ink, for short : TAT
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Responsibility of many a house sitter : PET
30
Firefighter's tool : AXE
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*Protective medieval gear : CHAINMAIL
32
Chucks out : TOSSES
34
Modern alternative to the telephone : SKYPE
36
Snatch : NAB
37
Scores in the end zone, for short : TDS
39
Pull apart : REND
41
Born: Fr. : NEE
44
Attribute : ASCRIBE
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Rat (on) : TATTLE
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Nutrition unit in pasta, informally : CARB
50
Enjoy immensely : LAPUP
51
"The Faerie Queene" woman whose name means "peace" : IRENA
52
Poindexters : NERDS
54
Halloween option : TREAT
55
"Same goes for me" : SOAMI
56
Bert's bud on "Sesame Street" : ERNIE
57
Nincompoops : ASSES
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"Sunny-side up" order : EGGS
62
Weep aloud : SOB
63
Singer ___ King Cole : NAT

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

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