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New York Times, Thursday, March 2, 2017

Author:
Peter Gordon
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Peter Gordon

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 98 for Mr. Gordon. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Peter Gordon notes:

Getting the clues to conform to the meter was terribly difficult. Sooner or later you start to sound Seussian.

Jeff Chen notes:
You had to look up DOUBLE DACTYL too? Whew, glad it wasn't only me! It's a poetic form, with six syllables ... numbers one and four ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

Trivia question: Besides Benjamin Harrison, name two other former White House denizens whose names are double dactyls. You'll know them when you get them.

1
S
2
P
3
A
4
E
5
S
6
T
7
O
8
D
9
E
10
B
11
R
12
A
13
H
U
T
14
S
15
S
H
I
A
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I
D
L
E
S
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O
S
T
E
18
O
P
A
T
H
19
S
K
U
N
K
20
W
H
A
T
F
A
M
O
U
21
S
P
O
E
T
22
N
Y
C
23
U
N
A
24
L
U
C
25
H
26
A
S
A
N
27
A
28
M
E
T
H
29
A
30
T
31
S
32
T
33
H
E
R
E
34
C
O
P
E
35
R
U
E
36
A
I
D
E
37
T
38
A
R
O
T
39
L
G
B
T
40
T
N
T
41
T
A
X
I
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S
A
Y
A
H
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A
D
O
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U
B
L
E
D
45
A
46
C
T
Y
L
47
N
I
L
48
R
A
E
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E
50
V
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A
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E
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M
I
L
Y
54
D
55
I
C
K
I
56
N
S
O
N
57
H
A
I
T
I
58
U
S
A
I
N
B
O
L
T
59
E
S
S
E
S
60
M
E
D
E
61
A
C
T
S
62
M
E
S
S
I
63
P
E
E
R
64
K
A
Y
© 2017, The New York TimesNo. 0302 ( 24,586 )
Across
1
Place known for pampering : SPA
4
Idaho motto word : ESTO
8
Winger of "Shadowlands" : DEBRA
13
Dwellings for castaways : HUTS
15
Muslim minority : SHIA
16
Doesn't do anything : IDLES
17
Muscle maneuverer : OSTEOPATH
19
Bad-smelling animal : SKUNK
20
Start of a question is ... : WHATFAMOUSPOET
22
SoHo's metropolis : NYC
23
A, in Iberia : UNA
24
Ice hockey's Robitaille : LUC
25
More of the question is ... : HASANAMETHATS
32
Starter of limericks : THERE
34
Handle adversity : COPE
35
Feel some repentance for : RUE
36
Paraprofessional : AIDE
37
Deck with a Justice card : TAROT
39
Letters for Out readers : LGBT
40
Blasting material : TNT
41
Rainy day rarity : TAXI
42
Checkup imperative : SAYAH
43
End of the question is ... : ADOUBLEDACTYL
47
Zero, in soccer scores : NIL
48
Issa of comedy : RAE
49
Youngest Gabor sister : EVA
52
Here's what the answer is ... : EMILYDICKINSON
57
Country with voodooists : HAITI
58
Fastest Olympian : USAINBOLT
59
Cornering challenges : ESSES
60
Ancient Iranian : MEDE
61
Emulates Nicholson : ACTS
62
Argentine footballer : MESSI
63
One in a jury box : PEER
64
Wife in "The Godfather" : KAY
Down
1
Proven as accurate : SHOWN
2
Brash and belligerent : PUSHY
3
Really quite taken with : ATTACHEDTO
4
Andalucía's land : ESPANA
5
Medical sorcerer : SHAMAN
6
Yugoslav dictator : TITO
7
Island with Diamond Head : OAHU
8
Quarrel or fight about : DISPUTE
9
"How'm I doin'?" pol : EDKOCH
10
Color like indigo : BLUE
11
Payment for tenancy : RENT
12
Pose in an interview : ASK
14
Part of a tennis match : SET
18
Having a benefit : OFUSE
21
Conquered insomnia : SLEPT
26
Make, in arithmetic : ARE
27
Pungently odorous : ACRID
28
Sound from a meadowland : MOO
29
Footwear with lozenges : ARGYLESOCK
30
Oompah-pah instrument : TUBA
31
Thomas the clockmaker : SETH
32
"Toodles," in Twickenham : TATA
33
In the posterior : HIND
37
Total for scorekeepers : TALLY
38
Tool for a lumberjack : AXE
39
Troubadour offering : LAY
41
Caucasus capital : TBILISI
42
Mug in a rathskeller : STEIN
44
Blends or conglomerates : UNITES
45
Place to play Centipede : ARCADE
46
Having more clumpiness : CAKIER
50
Physics class eponym : VOLTA
51
Nervous and fidgety : ANTSY
52
Effortless quality : EASE
53
Notice the absence of : MISS
54
Garbage disposal site : DUMP
55
Words of enlightenment : ISEE
56
Org. for the Pelicans : NBA
57
Speak indecisively : HEM

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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