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New York Times, Thursday, October 4, 2012

Author:
Bill Thompson
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Bill Thompson

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQX} This is puzzle # 6 for Mr. Thompson. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Notepad: The seven circled letters reading from top to bottom describe an event occurring at four locations in this puzzle.
Jim Horne notes:

The four special squares are read as SUN on the way Across, but are eclipsed by MOON on the way down. This solar eclipse crossword is a nice complement to Kevin G. Der's 2010 lunar eclipse puzzle.

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© 2012, The New York TimesNo. 1004 ( 22,976 )
Across
1
Thrifty alternative : AVIS
5
Signs of spring : CROCI
10
Feline face cleaners : PAWS
14
Casino stock : DICE
15
Shorten, maybe : REHEM
16
Settled : ALIT
17
Ceremonial military outfit : DRESSUNIFORM
19
Long : PINE
20
Like the worst excuse : LAMEST
22
Clink : HOOSEGOW
24
The girl from Ipanema? : ELA
25
"You will be ___" (last line of "Wishin' and Hopin'") : HIS
27
Classic play whose title is an abbreviation : RUR
28
Dairy Queen treat : CHOCOLATESUNDAE
35
Drum kit component : HIHAT
37
"Oops, sorry" : MYBAD
38
Build on, with "to" : ADD
39
Deuce follower : ADIN
40
Govt. security : TBILL
41
Certain spot : TVAD
42
"Delta of Venus" author : NIN
43
Actress Davis : GEENA
44
One carrying dust, maybe : FAIRY
45
Hides, in a way : GOESUNDERGROUND
48
Place for a particle accelerator : LAB
49
Photoshop option: Abbr. : ENL
50
Help-wanted letters : SOS
53
"Man who catch fly with chopstick accomplish anything" speaker : MRMIYAGI
58
Pass : ELAPSE
60
Director of "The Witches," 1990 : ROEG
61
Omits : LEAVESUNSAID
64
Wolfe or Woolf, e.g.: Abbr. : AUTH
65
W.W. II general nicknamed "Bombs Away" : LEMAY
66
It begins at conception : IDEA
67
Gusto : ZEST
68
Ray variety : SKATE
69
Crayola color since 1998 : FERN
Down
1
Confuse : ADDLE
2
Like some marketing : VIRAL
3
Wet-bar convenience : ICEMACHINE
4
Mobutu ___ Seko (African despot) : SESE
5
Rotten Tomatoes contributor : CRITIC
6
Dict., e.g. : REF
7
"You'd better watch out!" : OHOH
8
Dos minus dos : CERO
9
Like vampires : IMMORTAL
10
Movie with a 9-year-old Best Supporting Actress winner : PAPERMOON
11
Character with the tagline "Booyakasha!" : ALIG
12
Major downer? : WINO
13
Fret : STEW
21
Targeted launch : MOONSHOT
23
Took to court : SUED
26
Melancholy : SOMBER
29
Chinese dynasty : HAN
30
Deceitful : LYING
31
Deafening : ABLARE
32
Kato Kaelin portrayer on "S.N.L." : DAVIDSPADE
33
Purim's month : ADAR
34
Whirl : EDDY
35
"___ 'em!" (mob's cry) : HANG
36
Graphic beginning? : IDIO
40
Tots' sports equipment : TEEBALLS
41
Whup : TAN
43
Greeting in Oz : GDAY
44
Image on the "E.T." poster : FULLMOON
47
Feature of Mike Wazowski in "Monsters, Inc." : ONEEYE
48
Work after work? : MOONLIGHT
51
Basket material : OSIER
52
Chair for Cleopatra : SEDAN
53
Singer Jason : MRAZ
54
Rake : ROUE
55
Team whose colors are blue and orange : METS
56
Tech whiz, say : GEEK
57
Meaning of "Ich bin ein" in J.F.K.'s quote : IAMA
59
"In your dreams!" : ASIF
62
Big tank : VAT

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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