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New York Times, Thursday, November 21, 2013

Some bedcovers ... or, literally, what the four unclued answers are

Author:
Jules P. Markey
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Jules P. Markey

This puzzle:

Rows: 16, Columns: 15 Words: 81, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JZ} This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Markey.
Jules P. Markey notes:
This is the second vertically themed puzzle of mine accepted by Will Shortz, and as I mentioned to him in my cover letter, I was ... read more
Will Shortz notes:
This puzzle went through three versions until Jules finally got a set of four theme entries that were true and natural-sounding ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Fun, having DOWN COMFORTERS run down (vertically), as well as incorporating four theme "comforters" (comforting statements) in the ... read more
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© 2013, The New York Times11/21/13 ( No. 23,389 )
Across
1
Pen denizen : CON
4
Go ballistic? : ARC
7
In : ATHOME
13
Employee insurance plan, for short : HMO
14
Makeup of one of the homes of the Three Little Pigs : WOOD
16
Isn't piglike : SHARES
17
One putting out feelers : ANT
18
Wacko : LOCO
19
Rug fibers : SISALS
20
Commencement, e.g. : RITE
22
John who wrote "The French Lieutenant's Woman" : FOWLES
24
Formerly : NEE
25
People for whom "tena koe" means "hello" : MAORIS
27
401(k) employer matching contributions, e.g. : NONWAGES
29
Card : WIT
30
Like CH3CO2H : ACETIC
31
Nicktoons character : SPONGEBOB
34
Rigans, e.g. : LETTS
38
Onetime Mideast org. : UAR
39
Cheese selection : EDAM
40
Quite familiar : OLDHAT
41
Some records : FIRSTS
43
To-do : FLAP
45
PC file suffix : EXE
46
Rustic poems : IDYLS
47
Make some travel plans : BOOKATRIP
49
On : ABOARD
51
Holy ___ : SEE
52
Ready for publication : COPYEDIT
55
Trypanosome carrier : TSETSE
58
Red Cross letters : ABO
59
Guideposts : TENETS
61
Cager who retired in 2011 : SHAQ
62
Jumps : VAULTS
64
Gad about : ROAM
66
Part of the Australian coat of arms : EMU
67
Hosts : EMCEES
68
Her "birthday" is Oct. 4, 2011 : SIRI
69
Louis XIV, e.g. : ROI
70
Much of Mauritania : SAHARA
71
Acid : LSD
72
Head-to-head contact, for short? : ESP
Down
1
Mojo : CHARM
2
___ vincit amor : OMNIA
3
4
Cobbler's tool : AWL
5
Skyline sights : ROOFS
6
O'Brien's Team ___ : COCO
7
Say so : ASSENT
8
9
Eats : HAS
10
Malay for "human" : ORANG
11
Fray : MELEE
12
Bookends on shelves? : ESSES
15
Some bedcovers ... or, literally, what the four unclued answers are : DOWNCOMFORTERS
21
The Emerald Isle : ERIN
23
Harvard University Press's ___ Classical Library : LOEB
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Killed, as a test : ACED
30
Bygone hoops org. : ABA
31
Muslim mystic : SUFI
32
Accountant's stamp : PAID
33
MS. recipients : EDS
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Fleet vehicle : TAXI
37
Stride : STEP
40
Iowa's state tree : OAK
42
Do in, so to speak : SLAY
44
El Al hub city : LOD
47
___ Capital : BAIN
48
Athletic supporters? : TEES
50
Black Sea port : ODESSA
52
Cries uncle : CAVES
53
President whose initials "stink" : OBAMA
54
Tobacco holder : POUCH
55
Several Peters : TSARS
56
Aegean island : SAMOS
57
Furnish : EQUIP
60
Labor : TOIL
63
Rustic locale : LEA
65
Prefix with century : MID

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle.

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