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New York Times, Monday, December 7, 2015

22-Down : Dog food brand

Author:
Jason Mueller
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Jason Mueller

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 34 Missing: {BJQZ} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Mueller. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jason Mueller notes:
Hi, I'm Jason Mueller, and after co-writing a Sunday puzzle with Jeff Chen that ran back in September, I'm proud to be making my solo ... read more
Will Shortz notes:
In case anyone is curious about how crossword clues are fact-checked and edited, my assistant, Joel, taped us editing today's and ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I'm loving the trend toward "meta-crosswords," i.e. puzzles with a secret answer to be figured out after you've filled in the last ... read more
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© 2015, The New York Times12/7/15 ( No. 24,135 )

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Across
1
Pirate's "Stop!" : AVAST
6
Cry that means "I want some milk" (or who knows what?) : MEOW
10
It blocks Superman's X-ray vision : LEAD
14
Wood used in shingles : CEDAR
15
Guns & ___ magazine : AMMO
16
What a wheel rotates on : AXLE
17
He quarterbacked the Dallas Cowboys to three 1990s Super Bowl wins : TROYAIKMAN
19
"___ be all right" : ITLL
20
Things checked by the T.S.A. : IDS
21
"Um ... that is ..." : IMEAN
22
Perfect : IDEAL
23
Hanoi is its capital : VIETNAM
25
Unhealthily thin : GAUNT
26
Animated TV character who cries "D'oh!" : HOMERSIMPSON
30
Chávez or Romero : CESAR
33
Morays and congers : EELS
34
Abbr. ending a co. name : INC
35
Tons : ALOT
36
Work hinted at by the starts of 17-, 26-, 42- and 56-Across : ILIAD
38
Centers of attention : FOCI
39
G.O.P.'er: Abbr. : REP
40
Yemeni port city : ADEN
41
Candy ___ (Christmas decorations) : CANES
42
Key vulnerability : ACHILLESHEEL
46
Rich cake : TORTE
47
Freeway access points : ONRAMPS
51
Juliet's lover : ROMEO
52
Yorba ___, Calif. : LINDA
54
Slangy affirmative : YEP
55
Elvis ___ Presley : ARON
56
French underground : PARISMETRO
58
Indian dress : SARI
59
Shakespeare's stream : AVON
60
Comment made while fanning oneself : IMHOT
61
Baldwin of "30 Rock" : ALEC
62
Telephoned : RANG
63
Salaries, raw materials, advertising, etc. : COSTS
Down
1
When Otello dies in "Otello" : ACTIV
2
"Otello" composer : VERDI
3
Give ___ of one's own medicine : ADOSE
4
Utter : SAY
5
Singer Meghan : TRAINOR
6
"You and what army?!" : MAKEME
7
Jane Austen novel on which "Clueless" is based : EMMA
8
Muscat's land : OMAN
9
Triumphed : WON
10
Bedridden : LAIDUP
11
File name add-on : EXTENSION
12
Suddenly : ALLATONCE
13
"The Farmer in the ___" : DELL
18
Mosque leader : IMAM
22
Dog food brand : IAMS
24
"All About ___ Bass" (2014 #1 hit by 5-Down) : THAT
25
___ the lily : GILD
27
Bridle straps : REINS
28
Caribbean, e.g. : SEA
29
Formerly top-rated show starring Mark Harmon : NCIS
30
___ mia (Italian term of endearment) : CARA
31
Kind of map often colored red and blue : ELECTORAL
32
Many a junior varsity player : SOPHOMORE
36
Out of a job : IDLE
37
Big name in jeans : LEE
38
Old presidential dog whose name starts a Christmas carol refrain : FALA
40
Voice above tenor : ALTO
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Made from clay : CERAMIC
43
Peaceful : IRENIC
44
Sharpening : HONING
45
Finishes : ENDS
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The "fact" that the Great Wall of China is visible from space, and others : MYTHS
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1990s candidate H. Ross ___ : PEROT
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Features of Dalmatians : SPOTS
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Tabula ___ (blank slate) : RASA
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Volcanic output : LAVA
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Club that's usually numbered from 3 to 9 : IRON
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Golfing standard : PAR
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Jimmy Eat World genre : EMO

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

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