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New York Times, Wednesday, November 18, 2015

39-Down : Like criticism made in no uncertain terms

Author:
Zachary Spitz
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Zachary Spitz

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 35 Missing: {QZ} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Spitz.
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© 2015, The New York Times11/18/15 ( No. 24,116 )
Across
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"___ you in?" : ARE
4
Blemishes : WARTS
9
Indian chief : RAJAH
14
Actor McKellen : IAN
15
Pacific greeting : ALOHA
16
Nerve cell conductors : AXONS
17
One getting the boot? : SKI
18
Scorpion's defense : TOXIN
19
___ card : DEBIT
20
It's striking! : LIGHTNINGBOLT
23
Salinger heroine : ESME
24
Scream made while jumping, maybe : EEK
25
Augment : ENRICH
28
Quick-witted : SHARP
30
Go (for) : OPT
32
Plains Indian : OTOE
33
It's unbelievable! : BALDFACEDLIE
37
U.K. lawmakers : MPS
40
45-Down suburb : LOD
41
Half of a dance : CHA
42
When the credits roll : END
43
It's breathtaking! : ASTHMAATTACK
47
___ cake (Chinese New Year delicacy) : TARO
48
Actor Sheridan : TYE
49
What helicopter parents do : HOVER
53
Hilarious person : STITCH
55
Math term usually followed by a subscript number : LOG
58
Item often "eaten" by a tree in "Peanuts" : KITE
59
It's remarkable! : DRYERASEBOARD
62
Used as a plate : ATEON
64
Ex of the Donald : IVANA
65
Heel : CAD
66
Testing division, for short : RANDD
67
Kitchen counter? : TIMER
68
Addison's "___ to Creation" : ODE
69
Rwandan president Paul Kagame's ethnicity : TUTSI
70
Sailor's "Stop!" : AVAST
71
Exasperated comment from a feminist : MEN
Down
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A 747 has two of them : AISLES
2
Debonair : RAKISH
3
Nazi cipher machine broken by the Allies : ENIGMA
4
Joule/second : WATT
5
By themselves : ALONE
6
Hart of "Chicago" : ROXIE
7
Call to mind : THINKOF
8
Was a ratfink : SANG
9
Dangerous gas : RADON
10
Former Obama adviser David : AXELROD
11
Assistant to the regional manager, for one : JOBTITLE
12
Young Darth Vader's nickname : ANI
13
D.D.E.'s predecessor : HST
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Basil or bugbane : HERB
22
"You ___!" : BETCHA
26
Close-up magician's prop : COIN
27
Listen to : HEED
29
Something read at a carnival : PALM
31
Covenant : PACT
34
Can't stomach : LOATHE
35
When the Battle of Normandy started : DDAY
36
A head : EACH
37
Yoga supplies : MATS
38
Measurer of college readiness, for short : PSAT
39
Like criticism made in no uncertain terms : STRIDENT
44
Dragsters : HOTRODS
45
City served by the airport in 40-Across : TELAVIV
46
Gorilla who was famously taught sign language : KOKO
50
Paramount's parent : VIACOM
51
Charles Schwab rival : ETRADE
52
Get visibly embarrassed : REDDEN
54
Pop star Lauper : CYNDI
56
2003 Golden Globe-winning film set in Afghanistan : OSAMA
57
They help make you you : GENES
60
"Lovely ___, meter maid" (Beatles lyric) : RITA
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Milhouse's best friend, on TV : BART
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"Not what you see, but what you make others see," per Degas : ART
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Certain cross : TAU

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