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New York Times, Saturday, February 8, 2014

Low-priced American vodka known affectionately (and ironically) as "Russia's finest"

Author:
Doug Peterson and Brad Wilber
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Doug Peterson
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Brad Wilber

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 31 Missing: {Q} This is puzzle # 35 for Mr. Peterson. This is puzzle # 37 for Mr. Wilber. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Constructor notes:
DOUG: This is the first time, in the NY Times puzzle, that the entry DOGSIT (39-Across) has been clued as "dog-sit" (take care of a ... read more
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A beautiful puzzle, chock full of great entries and great clues. It's tough for me not to give out a POW automatically when I see the ... read more
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© 2014, The New York Times2/8/14 ( No. 23,468 )

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Across
1
Things millions of people have received in history?: Abbr. : BAS
4
15
Dieter's beef? : ACH
16
Foreigner hit in the musical film "Rock of Ages" : JUKEBOXHERO
17
___ poco (soon: It.) : TRA
18
Western way : OREGONTRAIL
19
Guy : HOMBRE
21
Youngest player to qualify for an L.P.G.A. Tour event : WIE
22
Ain't fixed? : ISNT
23
Ticket number? : SPEED
24
Lock combinations? : DOS
25
Jewish community org. : YMHA
26
Running back's target : HOLE
27
Five minutes in a campaign itinerary, maybe : PHOTOOP
29
Physics class subj. : ELEC
30
Chestnut, say : OLDSAW
31
2013 Spike Jonze love story : HER
34
Piece in a fianchetto opening : BISHOP
36
Squalid : SLEAZY
38
Yo-yo : ASS
39
Play with someone else's toy? : DOGSIT
43
"Check it out!," in Chihuahua : MIRA
44
Induces a shudder in : REVOLTS
45
Hominy makers extract it : BRAN
46
One attached to a handle : CBER
48
Decks : KOS
49
Something a baton carrier might pick up : TEMPO
50
___ passu (on equal footing) : PARI
51
Head, for short : LAV
52
This point forward : HEREON
53
Sri Lankan export : ORANGEPEKOE
56
Day of the week of the great stock market crash, Oct. 29, 1929 : TUE
57
It once had many satellites in its orbit : SOVIETUNION
58
Prefix with -gram : ANA
59
Prized cuts : TBONESTEAKS
60
Nutritional inits. : LDL
Down
1
Biblical figure famously painted nude by Rembrandt : BATHSHEBA
2
Certain temple locale : ACROPOLIS
3
Not likely to blush : SHAMELESS
4
Steep-sided inlet : FJORD
5
It may be on the line : LURE
6
Nickname on old political buttons : IKE
7
Watchmaker's cleaning tool : PEGWOOD
8
Threesome needed in Wagner's "Ring" cycle : OBOISTS
9
Bar ___ : NONE
10
Call routing abbr. : EXT
11
Peewee : SHRIMP
12
Useful item if you 39-Across : LEASH
13
"Three Sisters" sister : IRINA
14
Fool : DOLT
20
Tree with burs : BEECH
24
Shipping choice : DHL
25
Protest vehemently : YOWL
27
Low-priced American vodka known affectionately (and ironically) as "Russia's finest" : POPOV
28
Brewers' hot spots : OASTS
31
Music genre of Poison and Guns N' Roses : HAIRMETAL
32
Poet arrested for treason in 1945 : EZRAPOUND
33
Golden Globes nominee who was a Golden Gloves boxer : RYANONEAL
35
River through Silesia : ODER
37
Reddish remnant : EMBER
40
Quit working : GOKAPUT
41
Austrian neighbor : SLOVENE
42
"___ alive!" : ITS
44
Curb : REININ
46
Health store snack ingredient : CAROB
47
"Inside the Actors Studio" channel : BRAVO
49
Nancy Drew never left hers behind : TEENS
50
Honeycomb maker : POST
51
"I'm game" : LETS
52
Left or right, say : HOOK
54
"No kiddin'!" : GEE
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"The Power to Surprise" sloganeer : KIA

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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