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New York Times, Saturday, December 2, 2017

Who said "I like my men like I like my coffee. I don't drink coffee"

Author:
Mark Diehl
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Mark Diehl

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 64, Blocks: 27 Missing: {FKQWXZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 68 for Mr. Diehl.
Mark Diehl notes:
I was wowed by the look of the wide open 10/29/16 grid by Patrick Berry when I solved it last year. In the XWord write-up for that ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Few constructors would dare to tackle a grid like this. A quad-stack … with another triple-stack running through it? Shudder-inducing! ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

I love the ELLEN DEGENERES clue at 61 Across.

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© 2017, The New York Times12/2/17 ( No. 24,861 )
Across
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Challenge with gusto : DOUBLEDOGDARE
14
"The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" composer : ENNIOMORRICONE
16
Classic See 'N Say toy figures : BARNYARDANIMALS
18
Philadelphia's Allegheny or Aramingo: Abbr. : AVE
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Automatic bill payment : DIRECTDEBIT
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Specs spec : TINT
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Notes in old Napoli : LIRE
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Conductor with over 30 Grammys : SOLTI
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Business sign abbr. : ESTAB
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One sector of the Dow Jones index : TECH
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Forward-looking sort : SEER
29
Big name in chocolates : RIESEN
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Two and two? : DUOS
33
First bishop of Paris : STDENIS
35
Coveted position : PLUMJOB
40
Parent company of StubHub : EBAY
42
Pupil border : AREOLA
43
Hammett's "The ___ Curse" : DAIN
47
Opening at work : SLOT
49
"Heavens to Murgatroyd!" : EGADS
50
Ancient carvers of giant stone heads : OLMEC
52
First vice president not to become president : BURR
54
Kick in : ANTE
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Unit of thickness : MIL
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"Quit rushing me!" : ONETHINGATATIME
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Who said "I like my men like I like my coffee. I don't drink coffee" : ELLENDEGENERES
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Masthead section : SENIOREDITORS
Down
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Ones involved in forensics : DEBATERS
2
Stopping in : ONAVISIT
3
Not let : UNRENTED
4
Plane compartment : BIN
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Sam ___, author of the classic "Cyclopedia of 5,000 Puzzles" : LOYD
6
Something read with a scroll? : EMAIL
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Dickens title character : DORRIT
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Alphabetical, e.g. : ORDERED
9
Final toast of a meal : GRACECUP
10
Exertion : DINT
11
Vinegar and lime juice : ACIDS
12
Valentine senders : ROMEOS
13
Give a chance : ENABLE
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Several cuts above : ELITE
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Hullabaloo : STIR
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Stun with a gun : TASE
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Forum fine? : BENE
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Greeting abroad : HOLA
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Sharpened points of quill pens : NIBS
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"I'm down" : SURE
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Three-time World Series champ with the A's : SALBANDO
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___ Millions : MEGA
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"Triptych Bleu I, II, III" artist : JOANMIRO
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Fogy : OLDTIMER
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Utterly unfounded : BASELESS
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How hair dye may make you look : YOUNGER
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Bubblehead : DODO
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Simple dress design : ALINE
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Urges on : IMPELS
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Toll House cookie dough maker : NESTLE
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Some disaster relief work : TRIAGE
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Real last name of Mama Cass Elliot : COHEN
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Made the grade : RATED
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What doesn't go to great lengths? : MINI
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"Please, Mommy ... Please, Daddy?" : CANI
60
Haiphong holiday : TET

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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