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New York Times, Monday, November 24, 2014

Texter's expression spelled out by the starts of 18-, 28-, 46- and 59-Across

Author:
Robert Seminara
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Robert Seminara

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQV} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Seminara.
Robert Seminara notes:
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Strong phrases hiding today's theme, ROFL. Hard not to like a puzzle featuring ROLLING PINS being swung while on LAUGHING GAS. Dare I ... read more
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© 2014, The New York Times11/24/14 ( No. 23,757 )
Across
1
Lawyer's charge : FEE
4
Shopaholic's indulgence : SPREE
9
Cursor controller : MOUSE
14
Lenient : LAX
15
Was nosy : PRIED
16
Deceive : COZEN
17
Turkish title : AGA
18
Items for flattening dough : ROLLINGPINS
20
Bad reputation : ILLFAME
22
Blackens, as a reputation : TARS
23
Unleash : LETRIP
24
Alpha, ___, gamma ... : BETA
25
Choose : OPT
28
Secretly : ONTHEDOWNLOW
31
901, in old Rome : CMI
34
Dropped a bit, as the stock market : SLID
35
Doing nothing : IDLE
36
Texter's expression spelled out by the starts of 18-, 28-, 46- and 59-Across : ROFL
38
Affirmatives : YESES
41
Toll road : PIKE
42
Bang-up : AONE
43
Boat in "Jaws" : ORCA
45
"Dig in!" : EAT
46
Some dressing room conveniences : FLOORMIRRORS
51
Tit for ___ : TAT
52
Longest river wholly in Switzerland : AARE
53
Mess up, as hair : TOUSLE
57
Norway's capital : OSLO
58
College reunion attendee : ALUMNUS
59
Nitrous oxide : LAUGHINGGAS
63
Columbus Day mo. : OCT
64
Shake hands (on) : AGREE
65
Absurd : INANE
66
Beaver State: Abbr. : ORE
67
Dog treats : BONES
68
Whey's partner in a nursery rhyme : CURDS
69
The "p" in m.p.g. : PER
Down
1
Thrash : FLAIL
2
Two under par : EAGLE
3
Glorify : EXALT
4
Ankle woes : SPRAINS
5
Right away : PROMPTLY
6
Agitate : RILE
7
Conger, e.g. : EEL
8
Not raw, as text : EDITED
9
Country singer Tim : MCGRAW
10
"My bad!" : OOPS
11
Arm of Israel : UZI
12
Schumer or Shaheen: Abbr. : SEN
13
U.S.N.A. grad : ENS
19
What 26 countries in Eur. belong to : NATO
21
To and ___ : FRO
24
Long-term hospital patient's problem : BEDSORE
25
Blast from the past : OLDIE
26
___ dot : POLKA
27
Message that might include an "@" and a "#" : TWEET
29
Get a move on : HIE
30
Frostiness : NIP
31
Beermaking or knitting : CRAFT
32
Cold hard cash : MOOLA
33
Otherwise : IFNOT
37
Only three-letter zodiac sign : LEO
39
"To ___ is human ..." : ERR
40
Site of a 2014 vote for independence : SCOTLAND
44
Shakes from a slumber : AROUSES
47
Symptoms of poison ivy : RASHES
48
French Sudan, today : MALI
49
Like a firehouse burning down? : IRONIC
50
2 + 2 = 4, e.g. : SUM
54
Buttinsky : SNOOP
55
"Filthy" riches : LUCRE
56
Banana oil, e.g. : ESTER
57
Arch type : OGEE
58
Culture medium in a 59-Down : AGAR
59
See 58-Down : LAB
60
"Give it ___!" : AGO
61
Ashes holder : URN
62
African antelope : GNU

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

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