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# New York Times, Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Author:
Ori Brian and Zachary Spitz
Editor:
Will Shortz
Certain mailing address, for short ... or a hint to 14 squares in this puzzle
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
95/23/20168/28/20221
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
1112121
RebusScrabDebutFresh
11.602243%
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
611/18/20152/18/20212
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
0012201
RebusCircleScrabDebutFresh
311.632053%

## This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Brian. This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Spitz.
Constructor notes:
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© 2018, The New York Times2/21/18 ( No. 24,942 )
Across
1
Damage beyond repair : TOTAL
6
10
14
Jong who wrote "Fear of Flying" : ERICA
15
Amy Winehouse, vocally : ALTO
16
Obama's stepfather ___ Soetoro : LOLO
17
Ice cream parlor orders : MALTS
18
Marx with a curly wig : HARPO
19
Still competitive : INIT
20
Belch fumes, say : POLLUTE
22
"Holy smokes!" : MAN
23
Genius Bar staffer : TECH
24
Ultraliberals, to ultraconservatives : POLAROPPOSITES
27
Ian McKellen's role in "X-Men" movies : MAGNETO
30
Instagram upload, for short : PIC
31
Busy hosp. sites : ERS
32
Soviet labor camp : GULAG
35
Game fish that can breathe air : TARPON
39
Place to board a bus or train : DEPOT
41
Certain mailing address, for short ... or a hint to 14 squares in this puzzle : POBOX
43
"___ Means I Love You" (1968 top 10 hit by the Delfonics) : LALA
44
Underworld boss? : SATAN
46
Places for channel surfers : SOFAS
48
Long of "Alfie," 2004 : NIA
49
Underworld boss : CAPO
51
Mixed martial arts cage shape : OCTAGON
53
One doing a locker room interview : SPORTSREPORTER
58
___ Clooney, human rights lawyer : AMAL
59
Survey : POLL
60
Marsupial with a grasping tail : OPOSSUM
64
65
Bird in Egyptian hieroglyphics : IBIS
67
It may be at the end of one's rope : NOOSE
68
Fizzling fireworks : DUDS
69
Explorer Hernando de ___ : SOTO
70
Atlas close-up : INSET
71
Goddess with cow's horns : ISIS
72
Merino mothers : EWES
73
Pre-1917 autocrats : TSARS
Down
1
Something to keep in a band? : TEMPO
2
Taken in tablet form, say : ORAL
3
Work with a plow : TILL
4
5
End of a relay race : LASTLEG
6
Scroogian exclamation : BAH
7
Alternative to Dollar or Budget : ALAMO
8
Leave in financial difficulty : STRAP
9
Dr. Seuss book that introduces phonics : HOPONPOP
10
Like cartoons on the editorial page : POLITICAL
11
Claude who painted water lilies : MONET
12
Coppers : POLICE
13
Clothes closet pests : MOTHS
21
"Dig in!" : EATUP
25
Hershey's caramel candies : ROLOS
26
Take a load off : SIT
27
Rx items : MEDS
28
Geometry calculation : AREA
29
Woman's erogenous zone : GSPOT
33
Blood-typing letters : ABO
34
Like a lot : GOFOR
36
Summoned, as a butler : RANG
37
Salk vaccine target : POLIO
38
40
Like boorish behavior : TACTLESS
42
Craft knife brand : XACTO
45
"Street Dreams" rapper : NAS
47
"Hurry up!" : STEPONIT
50
Relative of a dolphin : PORPOISE
52
Firebugs' felonies : ARSONS
53
Mecca native : SAUDI
54
Self-important, as an ass : POMPOUS
55
"Amazing" magician : RANDI
56
Nudge rudely : ELBOW
57
Always saying "please," say : POLITE
61
Baseball's Slammin' Sammy : SOSA
62
___-friendly : USER
63
"Miracle" team of 1969 : METS
66
Call to the Coast Guard : SOS