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New York Times, Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Author:
Don Gagliardo and Zhouqin Burnikel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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3151200
ScrabbleRebusCirclePangram
1.58131
Don Gagliardo
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622197582
ScrabbleRebusCirclePangram
1.56281
Zhouqin Burnikel

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 79, Blocks: 37 Missing: none – this is a pangram. Spans: 1 Grid has mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 9 for Mr. Gagliardo. This is puzzle # 28 for Ms. Burnikel. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Constructor notes:
Don: There is no memorable inspiration for this puzzle. It probably grew out of thinking about alphabetic order. Why not just order ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I highlighted the appropriate letters below, to make this puzzle's theme stand out — the consonants in rows three, six, and nine ... read more
1
B
2
O
3
M
4
B
5
A
6
T
7
A
8
L
9
L
10
A
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T
12
M
13
S
14
O
D
I
E
15
D
E
T
O
O
16
C
O
O
K
17
B
O
C
A
18
D
E
F
O
G
19
H
O
J
O
20
O
N
A
D
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I
E
T
22
S
I
23
S
E
N
O
R
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T
R
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B
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C
A
26
K
27
O
28
A
29
L
A
30
M
E
N
31
P
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I
33
Q
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U
35
E
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A
M
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S
E
N
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E
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D
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L
L
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T
A
R
G
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E
T
42
D
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A
S
A
N
I
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O
R
S
45
T
O
46
V
47
W
A
X
48
Y
A
Z
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H
O
M
E
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G
A
M
E
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S
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S
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P
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C
A
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P
S
A
T
S
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A
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M
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F
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M
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L
E
A
S
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T
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P
I
K
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F
L
O
R
A
64
A
L
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H
A
65
B
E
T
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Z
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T
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O
N
67
S
L
E
E
P
E
R
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N
O
W
O
R
S
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69
H
A
R
D
E
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70
S
O
N
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S
© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 0322 ( 24,241 )
Across
1
Fail big-time : BOMB
5
To any degree : ATALL
10
Cash caches, briefly : ATMS
14
"Garfield" drooler : ODIE
15
Artoo-___ : DETOO
16
Pan handler : COOK
17
___ Raton, Fla. : BOCA
18
Clear, in a way : DEFOG
19
Once-popular roadside chain, familiarly : HOJO
20
Losing some love handles, say : ONADIET
22
"Yes sir" overseas : SISENOR
24
Manhattan neighborhood next to SoHo : TRIBECA
26
___ bear : KOALA
30
Maxim magazine's intended audience : MEN
31
Arouse, as curiosity : PIQUE
36
French female friend : AMIE
37
The "common" sort is said to be not so common : SENSE
39
Yawn-provoking : DULL
40
Walmart competitor : TARGET
42
Fiji competitor : DASANI
44
Where scrubs are worn, for short : ORS
45
"Mazel ___!" : TOV
47
Floor coat : WAX
48
Bosox great Carl, familiarly : YAZ
49
They're never away : HOMEGAMES
52
Pet lovers' org. : SPCA
55
Precollege exams : PSATS
56
Car radio button : AMFM
60
Tiniest bit : LEAST
62
Commercial ending with Water : PIK
63
Botanist's specialty : FLORA
64
One way of ordering things, like all the consonants in rows three, six and nine : ALPHABETIZATION
67
Unexpected hit : SLEEPER
68
Just as good : NOWORSE
69
Sister fast-food chain of Carl's Jr. : HARDEES
70
Browning's "How Do I Love Thee?" and others : SONNETS
Down
1
Common clown name : BOBO
2
Consume too much of, in brief : ODON
3
Sheet rock? : MICA
4
Rosary part : BEAD
5
Puff ___ : ADDER
6
Golf reservation : TEETIME
7
Org. shifted to the Dept. of Justice in 2003 : ATF
8
Eases : LOOSENS
9
Sudoku solver's need : LOGIC
10
Arthritis symptom : ACHE
11
SpongeBob or Scooby-Doo : TOON
12
Self-confidence, slangily : MOJO
13
Hershey toffee bar : SKOR
21
"Give ___ rest!" : ITA
23
Easy mark : SAP
25
Title rat of a 1972 film : BEN
26
Bruce Lee's role in TV's "The Green Hornet" : KATO
27
Longtime Sudanese president ___ al-Bashir : OMAR
28
Puts on TV : AIRS
29
One of six for an insect : LEG
32
Fingers, as a perp : IDS
33
Where ships get loaded : QUAY
34
Bone below the elbow : ULNA
35
Part of QE2: Abbr. : ELIZ
37
Defeat soundly : STOMP
38
Red-coated cheeses : EDAMS
41
D.D.E.'s charge in W.W. II : ETO
43
Timber feller : AXE
46
Sunset prayer service : VESPERS
47
New York's ___ Glen State Park : WATKINS
49
Discussed, with "out" : HASHED
50
Trot or canter : GAIT
51
California's ___ Sea : SALTON
52
Cut drastically, as prices : SLASH
53
Big name in windows : PELLA
54
Lark : CAPER
57
Wavy-patterned fabric : MOIRE
58
Concern for a fall gardener : FROST
59
Thick locks : MANES
61
3M product : TAPE
63
Be a toady : FAWN
65
Stinger : BEE
66
Workplace for some veterinarians : ZOO

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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