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New York Times, Monday, March 31, 2014

Rural couple ... or what the respective halves of the answers to the four starred clues start with

Author:
Robert Cirillo
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Robert Cirillo

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 38 Missing: {WZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Cirillo. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Robert Cirillo notes:
I first thought about this theme when I overheard someone on a TV show say "Ma and Pa." I don't even know what show it was because I ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Nice start to the week, MA AND PA cluing in four theme phrases starting with MA and PA, respectively. The 15/13/7/13/15 is a tough ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

For some reason I'm reminded of this Grant Wood painting I see every time I visit the Art Institute of Chicago.

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© 2014, The New York TimesNo. 0331 ( 23,519 )

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Across
1
Dress that falls between the knee and ankle : MIDI
5
Nature walks, e.g. : HIKES
10
Droid : BOT
13
Comment to a card dealer : IMIN
14
Triangular chip : DORITO
15
I.R.S. filing time: Abbr. : APR
16
*Where Romeo and Juliet meet : MASQUERADEPARTY
19
Dick, to Liz, twice : EXHUSBAND
20
Hank Aaron finished his career with 2,297 of them, in brief : RBIS
21
Schooling: Abbr. : EDUC
22
Pour, as wine from a bottle : DECANT
24
*Often-seedy establishment : MASSAGEPARLOR
29
Brad of "Moneyball" : PITT
30
Wedding vows : IDOS
31
Antlered animal : ELK
34
Kerfuffle : ADO
35
Rural couple ... or what the respective halves of the answers to the four starred clues start with : MAANDPA
38
Gift that may be presented with an "Aloha!" : LEI
39
___ Lingus : AER
40
Bushy hairdo : AFRO
41
Actor Arkin : ALAN
42
*1978 #1 Donna Summer hit that covered a 1968 #2 hit by Richard Harris : MACARTHURPARK
47
Pop artist Johns : JASPER
49
Take ___ (catch some Z's) : ANAP
50
Together, musically : ADUE
51
The handle of the Big Dipper is its tail : URSAMAJOR
56
*New Orleans event with floats : MARDIGRASPARADE
59
Yolk's place : EGG
60
Car famously available in any color, as long as it was black : MODELT
61
Like 2, 4, 6, 8 ... : EVEN
62
Visualize : SEE
63
Drunkard : SOUSE
64
Like this clue among all the Acrosses : LAST
Down
1
Silent performer : MIME
2
Big-screen format : IMAX
3
Food serving : DISH
4
Official investigation : INQUEST
5
"Ars Poetica" poet : HORACE
6
Tehran's land : IRAN
7
N.B.A. player-turned-coach Jason : KIDD
8
Summer in France : ETE
9
Soak (up) : SOP
10
1968 Jane Fonda sci-fi film : BARBARELLA
11
Choose to participate : OPTIN
12
Meeting at a no-tell motel : TRYST
14
Fix, as a computer program : DEBUG
17
Org. that rates meat "Choice" or "Prime" : USDA
18
West Coast gas chain : ARCO
22
Plunge : DROP
23
"Born Free" lioness : ELSA
24
FIlm-rating grp. : MPAA
25
Adviser, for one : AIDE
26
Rise of seawater that might accompany a hurricane : STORMSURGE
27
___ noir (red wine) : PINOT
28
Tack (on) : ADD
32
Shakespearean king : LEAR
33
Twist, as in a chain : KINK
35
Attacker repellent : MACE
36
Many miles off : AFAR
37
Opposite of "Dep." on a flight board : ARR
41
Clothing : APPAREL
43
Parroted : APED
44
Big inconvenience : HASSLE
45
Not fitting : UNAPT
46
"___ Lama Ding Dong" (1961 hit) : RAMA
47
King ___ Bible : JAMES
48
Proverb : ADAGE
51
Language in Lahore : URDU
52
Actress Charlotte and explorer John : RAES
53
Jakarta's island : JAVA
54
Poems by 5-Down : ODES
55
Landlord's income : RENT
57
Chats online, for short : IMS
58
When repeated, early baby sounds : GOO

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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