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New York Times, Monday, February 17, 2014

Paul McCartney/Michael Jackson hit ... or a hint to the starts of 17-, 24-. 57- and 65-Across

Author:
David Gray
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {FQXZ} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Gray.
David Gray notes:
This is my second puzzle in the NYT. I submitted this last year in January, so I don't remember what the inspiration was for the ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
What a nice construction from a relatively new constructor! The 9-letter middle entry makes for a higher degree of difficulty, which ... read more
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L
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P
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C
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A
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L
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T
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U
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C
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K
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C
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S
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K
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H
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N
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O
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M
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R
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S
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E
G
O
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A
K
A
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A
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N
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S
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B
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A
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H
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R
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A
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S
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A
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Y
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S
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N
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A
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E
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D
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N
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B
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L
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O
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C
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A
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V
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A
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J
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© 2014, The New York Times2/17/14 ( No. 23,477 )
Across
1
Lose one's footing : SLIP
5
Bruins' sch. : UCLA
9
Sewing machine inventor Howe : ELIAS
14
Dialogue unit : LINE
15
Bridge : SPAN
16
Lone Ranger's sidekick : TONTO
17
1989 John Hughes movie starring John Candy : UNCLEBUCK
19
Concluding notations : CODAS
20
Took to the slopes : SKIED
21
Accepts punishment unflinchingly : TAKESIT
23
Contains : HAS
24
"There, there ... stop crying" : NOMORETEARS
28
Vain person's problem : EGO
29
Letters before an alias : AKA
30
35, as a minimum to be U.S. president : AGE
31
"___ on your life!" : NOT
32
Belgrade resident : SERB
34
Volcanic debris : ASH
36
Many a dreadlocks wearer, informally : RASTA
38
Paul McCartney/Michael Jackson hit ... or a hint to the starts of 17-, 24-. 57- and 65-Across : SAYSAYSAY
42
Like one's voice when one has a cold, maybe : NASAL
45
Letter after ess : TEE
46
Biblical garden : EDEN
50
"Incidentally," in a text : BTW
51
The "L" in 5-Across : LOS
54
Spinks foe : ALI
56
Gobbled up : ATE
57
Snack that leaves the fingers orange : CHEESECURLS
60
Puppy's cry : YIP
61
1996 Mario Puzo novel, with "The" : LASTDON
62
Door fastener : LATCH
64
Vice ___ : VERSA
65
"This is just ridiculous!" : WHATAJOKE
68
Animal cavorting by a stream : OTTER
69
"Mona ___" : LISA
70
Once again : ANEW
71
Boxer Spinks and others : LEONS
72
Tater : SPUD
73
"Darn it all!" : RATS
Down
1
Fruit-flavored ice drinks : SLUSHES
2
Connection : LINKAGE
3
Front tooth : INCISOR
4
One-named soccer star : PELE
5
___ port (computer feature) : USB
6
Heart of a computer, for short : CPU
7
Milk: Prefix : LACTO
8
Turkey's capital : ANKARA
9
And so on : ETCETERA
10
Tight's opposite : LOOSE
11
Mumbai residents : INDIANS
12
With some speed : ATATROT
13
Emergency call : SOS
18
Poet ___ St. Vincent Millay : EDNA
22
Frat party fixture : KEG
25
"Fine by me" : OKAY
26
The "m" in E = mc2 : MASS
27
Train stop: Abbr. : STA
33
Troop grp. : BSA
35
It may be tipped as a sign of respect : HAT
37
Captain's affirmative : AYE
39
Best of the best, sportswise : ALLSTARS
40
Calendar's scope : YEAR
41
Buy's opposite : SELL
42
Jimmy Fallon's network : NBC
43
Olympian, e.g. : ATHLETE
44
Solemnly affirm : SWEARTO
47
Nascar race locale : DAYTONA
48
Printout taken to the airport, maybe : ETICKET
49
Huey, Dewey and Louie, to Donald : NEPHEWS
52
Ref. with about 22,000 pages : OED
53
Looks of displeasure : SCOWLS
55
"La ___ Bonita" (1987 Madonna hit) : ISLA
58
Ruhr Valley city : ESSEN
59
Not cool : UNHIP
63
Slightly open : AJAR
64
Remote button abbr. : VOL
66
Sun Devils' sch. : ASU
67
Smidgen : TAD

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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