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New York Times, Thursday, February 20, 2020

Pirate plunder ... or a hint to interpreting an appropriate number of squares in this puzzle

Author:
Joe Deeney
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 42 This is puzzle # 7 for Mr. Deeney. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Joe Deeney notes:
I had the idea for this revealer while driving home from work in November 2018. It's not the best place to get ideas as they can't be ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
The English alphabet offers so many opportunities for playfulness. Assuming capitalization, there are some letters that look like ... read more
1
B
2
A
3
R
4
O
5
B
6
A
7
M
8
A
9
R
10
S
11
V
12
P
13
O
L
E
14
G
15
A
L
I
A
S
16
I
C
E
E
17
U
P
L
8
18
H
U
N
C
H
19
P
H
E
W
20
T
H
E
F
21
O
U
R
T
H
E
22
S
T
8
23
S
A
T
U
P
24
P
O
L
25
L
26
S
27
P
A
28
T
29
T
30
I
31
P
A
R
D
O
N
32
P
33
A
34
W
35
H
8
R
S
36
G
O
N
N
A
H
8
37
I
S
H
38
S
A
L
U
T
39
Z
A
P
40
T
A
I
41
L
42
G
8
P
A
R
T
43
Y
44
E
N
S
45
A
D
R
I
A
N
46
M
U
S
I
47
C
48
S
A
L
E
M
49
P
L
50
O
51
W
52
S
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P
I
E
54
C
55
E
56
S
57
O
58
F
E
I
G
H
T
59
X
60
R
8
D
61
O
N
A
D
8
62
C
R
8
R
63
F
I
L
L
64
V
I
G
I
L
65
K
E
P
I
66
L
O
S
E
67
E
D
E
N
S
68
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© 2020, The New York Times2/20/20 ( No. 25,671 )
Across
1
Cantina : BAR
4
Two-time Time magazine Person of the Year : OBAMA
9
Say maybe, maybe : RSVP
13
"The Americans" K.G.B. officer ___ Burov : OLEG
15
Robert Galbraith, to J. K. Rowling : ALIAS
16
Summer cooler : ICEE
17
Awake during the wee hours, say : UPLATE
18
Gut feeling : HUNCH
19
"That was a close one!" : PHEW
20
Journalism : THEFOURTHESTATE
23
Showed sudden interest : SATUP
24
They close at 9 p.m. in New York : POLLS
27
Smith of punk rock : PATTI
31
"Excuse me!" : PARDON
32
Nail site : PAW
35
Dismissive response to critics : HATERSGONNAHATE
37
Approximately, informally : ISH
38
French greeting : SALUT
39
Nuke : ZAP
40
Parking lot event : TAILGATEPARTY
44
Nation's borders? : ENS
45
Basketball Hall-of-Famer Dantley : ADRIAN
46
"Sweet and healing medicine of troubles," per Horace : MUSIC
48
Town that inspired "The House of the Seven Gables" : SALEM
49
Goes (through) laboriously : PLOWS
53
Pirate plunder ... or a hint to interpreting an appropriate number of squares in this puzzle : PIECESOFEIGHT
59
Adult : XRATED
61
At dinner and then the cinema, say : ONADATE
62
What a volcano may leave : CRATER
63
Opposite of drain : FILL
64
One may be held by candlelight : VIGIL
65
Hat worn by Charles de Gaulle : KEPI
66
Go down : LOSE
67
Chicago's ___ Expressway : EDENS
68
Taste : SIP
Down
1
Fits : BOUTS
2
___ dog : ALPHA
3
Subleased : RELET
4
Where the Ko'olau Range is located : OAHU
5
Busy day, in retrospect : BLUR
6
"___ that somethin'?" : AINT
7
Speed measure : MACH
8
He beat Connors in the Wimbledon final in 1975 : ASHE
9
Oscar-nominated actor with nearly synonymous first and last names : RIPTORN
10
Spike Lee film set at a historically black college : SCHOOLDAZE
11
Notch shape : VEE
12
Support for a religious group? : PEW
14
Flub : GOOFUP
21
Hawaiian food fish : OPAH
22
Cross : SPAN
25
Actress Lindsay of "Mean Girls" : LOHAN
26
Is nosy : SNOOPS
28
"We can't joke about that yet?" : TOOSOON
29
Golfer's obstacle : TRAP
30
Nation of ___ : ISLAM
31
Actress Annie of "Young Sheldon" : POTTS
32
Pockets of the Middle East? : PITAS
33
Grilled, at a taqueria : ASADA
34
Eddies : WHIRLPOOLS
36
Expert : GURU
41
Gather dust : LIEIDLE
42
Hearts or spades : GAME
43
Cry of surprise : YIPE
47
Hit it off : CLICK
50
People eaters : OGRES
51
Oprah's "The Color Purple" co-star : WHOOPI
52
Word after New York or Las Vegas : STRIP
54
Spot to lay anchor : COVE
55
Blyton who wrote "The Enchanted Wood" : ENID
56
Stuffing ingredient : SAGE
57
For whom Wednesday is named : ODIN
58
Tricks : FOOLS
59
Sports org. with the New York Guardians and Seattle Dragons : XFL
60
Brazil's ___ Roosevelt : RIO

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle.

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