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New York Times, Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Author:
Mary Lou Guizzo and Jeff Chen
Editor:
Will Shortz
Film character who says "Adventure. Excitement. A Jedi craves not these things"
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Mary Lou Guizzo
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Jeff Chen

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 75, Blocks: 39 Missing: {KQ} Grid has mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 9 for Ms. Guizzo. This is puzzle # 47 for Mr. Chen. Wednesday freshness: 76%
Constructor notes:
ML: Jeff and I were on a roll with holiday puzzles. Fresh off the Christmas grid I suggested Happy New Year 2016, Friday. He replied: ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I enjoy working with mirror symmetry, which we needed for this theme (lengths of 9, 13, and 11 make regular symmetry impossible). Not ... read more
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© 2015, The New York Times12/30/15 ( No. 24,158 )
Across
1
"No ___" ("Sure thing") : PROB
5
Big ray : MANTA
10
At the home of, abroad : CHEZ
14
Last performer at Woodstock, informally : JIMI
15
Letter-shaped construction piece : IBEAM
16
Competent : ABLE
17
Palm starch : SAGO
18
Chutzpah : NERVE
19
Bloodhound's asset : NOSE
20
Physics Nobelist who pioneered in quantum mechanics : PAULDIRAC
23
TV monitors? : VCHIPS
26
Antarctica, so to speak : ICEBOX
30
Dead-on : PRECISE
32
Old knockoff of an IBM product : PCCLONE
33
Vast expanse : SEA
34
Everglades transport : AIRBOAT
36
Sinful : BAD
37
Federal Reserve chairman under four presidents : ALANGREENSPAN
40
Sums: Abbr. : AMTS
41
"That's really cool!" : NEATO
42
Many rushers : ENDS
44
Maestro Zubin : MEHTA
46
The shakes, for short : DTS
47
Moon in "Return of the Jedi" : ENDOR
48
Equipment at fast-food restaurants : FRYERS
50
Big shrimp : PRAWNS
51
Football Hall-of-Famer with a nickname befitting his elusiveness on the field : GREASYNEALE
55
Bamako is its capital : MALI
57
String quartet member : VIOLA
58
Lip-puckering : TART
61
"___ on both your houses!" : APOX
62
"At-ten-SHUN!," e.g. : ORDER
63
Part of Y.S.L. : YVES
64
With 65- and 66-Across, when to sing the song in the shaded squares : NEW
65
See 64-Across : YEARS
66
See 64-Across : EVE
Down
1
One- or two-piece attire, for short : PJS
2
Small inlet : RIA
3
Modern version of "Jumping Jehoshaphat!" : OMG
4
"Lincoln" or "Gandhi" : BIOPIC
5
Something that makes a difference? : MINUSSIGN
6
Man's name that's a homophone of 16-Across : ABEL
7
Almost any character on "The Big Bang Theory" : NERD
8
Rikki-tikki-___ : TAVI
9
Yanqui : AMERICANO
10
Nix : CANCEL
11
"Game of Thrones" airer : HBO
12
Center of excellence? : ELS
13
Letter after wye : ZEE
21
Beelike : APIAN
22
Sales reps maintain them: Abbr. : ACCTS
23
No. 2s : VPS
24
Nondairy coffee additive : CREAMER
25
Ruddiness : HEALTHYGLOW
27
Try to avoid getting punched, say : BOBANDWEAVE
28
Incessantly : ONANDON
29
Struck (out) : XED
31
Goofed : ERRED
32
See 35-Down : POETS
35
With 32-Down, 1950s counterculture figures : BEAT
38
French comic series that has sold 350+ million copies worldwide : ASTERIX
39
Fine, e.g. : PENALTY
40
Big inits. in bowling : AMF
43
Soon-to-be grads : SRS
45
The Who's "Who ___ You" : ARE
47
Long time : ERA
49
Last royal house of Italy : SAVOY
50
Some still-life fruit : PEARS
52
Royal title : SIRE
53
Film character who says "Adventure. Excitement. A Jedi craves not these things" : YODA
54
Met or Card : NLER
55
Simian cousin of a 56-Down : MAN
56
Simian cousin of a 55-Down : APE
59
Title for M.L.K. Jr. : REV
60
Trading place in Japan: Abbr. : TSE

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

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