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New York Times, Thursday, December 10, 2015

Author:
Timothy Polin
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Timothy Polin

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {QZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 20 for Mr. Polin. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Timothy Polin notes:
This one began as an abstraction in need of a theme. My original, vague notion was using [individual blocks as stand-ins for letters] ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Can't remember a tougher Thursday! I was still hitting my head at the 30 minute mark. Such a relief to figure out that STUMBLING ... read more
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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 1210 ( 24,138 )

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Across
1
Young wolves : PUPS
5
Unenviable situation : MESS
9
Bloke : CHAP
13
Blues chanteuse Washington : DINAH
14
That señora : ELLA
15
Build up : HYPE
16
Geopolitical term introduced in the 2002 State of the Union : AXISOFEVIL
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Game box specification : AGES
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Infernal : NETHER
20
One drawing alluring images : EROTICARTIST
22
Wipes (out) : CLEANS
24
Phoenician or Palestinian : SEMITE
25
Treacherous bend : ESS
26
School of thought : ISM
28
Greasy spoon : DINER
29
White-tailed eagles : ERNES
32
Succession within an ethnic group? : AEIOU
34
Question thoroughly : GRILL
36
Obstacles seen four times in this puzzle's completed grid? : STUMBLINGBLOCKS
41
___ toast : MELBA
42
Disney friend of Flounder and Sebastian : ARIEL
43
Verbalize : UTTER
44
___ Stavro Blofeld (Bond archvillain) : ERNST
47
Onetime NBC parent : RCA
48
"Get a room" elicitor, for short : PDA
51
Accrue hand over fist : RAKEIN
54
Swirls : EDDIES
56
Something lost and returned in a fairy tale : GLASSSLIPPER
59
City ENE of Cleveland, OH : ERIEPA
60
Setting for the George Clooney film "The Descendants" : OAHU
61
Poet who won a 1967 Pulitzer for "Live or Die" : ANNESEXTON
63
Reputation : ODOR
64
"It" : MOJO
65
One-named R&B singer with the hit "1, 2 Step" : CIARA
66
Have a dinner for, say : FETE
67
Actor McGregor : EWAN
68
A crucible is a hard one : TEST
Down
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Spots for computer users : PIXELS
2
Hooks up : UNITES
3
Turkish pooh-bah : PASHA
4
Worker at a stable : SHOER
5
Series of races : MEET
6
Singer befriended by a young Forrest Gump : ELVIS
7
Was an errant driver? : SLICED
8
Sub choice : SALAMI
9
Go on and on and on : CHATTER
10
Salubrious : HYGIENIC
11
Pithecological study : APES
12
Trying type : PEST
13
Terpsichore's domain : DANCE
17
Bone to pick? : FOSSIL
21
Head of a conspiracy : RINGLEADER
23
Chicago Cubs Hall-of-Famer : ERNIEBANKS
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"Surely not ME!?" : MOI
30
Northern game : ELK
31
Classic Mercedes roadsters : SLS
32
Honey-colored : AMBER
33
Early afternoon ora : UNA
35
Flynn of film : ERROL
36
Dallas institution, for short : SMU
37
Lunar celebration : TET
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Like the core of the sun : ULTRAHOT
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Chow line? : GRR
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"Guns" : BICEPS
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Opening word : SESAME
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Thus far, informally : TILNOW
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Several works of Michelangelo : PIETAS
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Order out? : DEPORT
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Lotus position in yoga, e.g. : ASANA
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Removal : ERASURE
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Storied assassin : NINJA
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Song of the South : DIXIE
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Typo, e.g. : GOOF
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Bring aboard : LADE
58
Low hand? : PEON
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Build : ERECT

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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