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New York Times, Monday, November 16, 2015

Tic-tac-toe win ... or hint to the starts of the answers to the starred clues

Author:
Jim Holland
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQV} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Holland.
Jim Holland notes:
This is my first puzzle for NYT. I am a graduate of Syracuse University with a major in English. I have been a crossword puzzle solver ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Answers starting with THREE IN A ROW letters, i.e. a run of ABC, KLM, and XYZ. Thomas Jefferson was one of my childhood heroes, so ... read more
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X
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P
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© 2015, The New York Times11/16/15 ( No. 24,114 )
Across
1
Alternatives to PCs : MACS
5
When a flight is due in, for short : ETA
8
Intended : MEANT
13
"___ You Babe" (Sonny & Cher hit) : IGOT
14
Bond girl Adams : MAUD
15
Edward ___, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" playwright : ALBEE
16
One of the two flavors in Sprite : LIME
17
The good dinosaur in Pixar's "The Good Dinosaur" : ARLO
18
Specialized market : NICHE
19
*Carrier to Amsterdam : KLMAIRLINES
22
Order between "ready" and "fire" : AIM
23
Lines of stitching : SEAMS
24
Court rendering : OPINION
26
Remainder of a used ticket : STUB
28
Candle holders : SCONCES
31
Calif.'s largest airport : LAX
34
Many bills in tips : ONES
36
"O Canada," for one : ANTHEM
37
"___ day now" ("I'm waiting") : ANY
38
Old Russian rulers : TSARS
40
Bullfight cheer : OLE
41
Place to buy a Persian rug : BAZAAR
44
Ownership document : DEED
46
Ham on ___ : RYE
47
Doesn't go to bed : STAYSUP
49
6/6/1944 : DDAY
51
Full-length movie : FEATURE
53
What old movies came on : REELS
57
Not working : OFF
59
Tic-tac-toe win ... or hint to the starts of the answers to the starred clues : THREEINAROW
61
Furious : IRATE
63
Adorable "Sesame Street" monster : ELMO
64
Dish that may be "sticky" : RICE
65
German camera brand : LEICA
66
Observed : SEEN
67
Org. overseeing the Big Ten and Big 12 : NCAA
68
Play a guitar casually : STRUM
69
Title bear in a 2012 Seth MacFarlane comedy : TED
70
Pepper's counterpart : SALT
Down
1
Uses for all it's worth : MILKS
2
Light on one's feet : AGILE
3
Middle of 100,000? : COMMA
4
Makes furious : STEAMS
5
Places to put diamond studs : EARLOBES
6
Dutch bloom : TULIP
7
Good-looking guy : ADONIS
8
Millionaire's home, say : MANSION
9
Inventor Whitney : ELI
10
*David Muir ... or Peter Jennings, once : ABCANCHOR
11
Soda pop brand : NEHI
12
Overflow (with) : TEEM
14
Deface : MAR
20
"It ___ die for!" ("Yum!") : ISTO
21
Completely covered : ENCASED
25
Toronto's prov. : ONT
27
Lie : UNTRUTH
29
Slippery as a fish : EELY
30
Captain Hook's henchman : SMEE
31
Experiment sites : LABS
32
Med school subj. : ANAT
33
*Diplomatic contretemps during John Adams's administration : XYZAFFAIR
35
What this means: :-( : SAD
39
Turned in for cash : REDEEMED
42
Vote in favor : AYE
43
Together, like workers : ASATEAM
45
Mend, as socks : DARN
48
Most unsullied : PUREST
50
Is filled with longing : YEARNS
52
Confederate genl.'s signature : RELEE
54
Jong who wrote "Fear of Flying" : ERICA
55
Kind of call that didn't used to need an area code : LOCAL
56
What you do in a sauna : SWEAT
57
Classical paintings : OILS
58
Worry : FRET
60
Charged particle : ION
62
Horned Frogs of the Big 12 Conf. : TCU

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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