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New York Times, Friday, March 4, 2016

Author:
Evans Clinchy
Editor:
Will Shortz
43-Across : Aida in "Aida," e.g.
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 30 Missing: {QVXY} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Clinchy.
Evans Clinchy notes:
So this is my second crossword published in the Times, and if you compare this puzzle with my previous one, you'll notice a host of ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I like seeing new themeless grid patterns which don't fall into the normal "triple-stacked long answers in each of the four corners." ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

Flag of Bahrain In the print version of this puzzle, the clue for 5 Down is "Country with this flag":

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E
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© 2016, The New York Times3/4/16 ( No. 24,223 )
Across
1
King or queen : BED
4
Record six-time N.B.A. M.V.P. : ABDULJABBAR
15
Northeast sch. in the Liberty League : RPI
16
Rather caricatured : CARTOONLIKE
17
Understanding responses : OHS
18
One involved in a pyramid scheme? : CHEERLEADER
19
Broke down, say : WEPT
21
End of a Hemingway title : RISES
22
Fleck on the banjo : BELA
23
Atlanta train system : MARTA
25
Drink often served chilled : NOG
27
Bert's sister in children's literature : NAN
28
Dandy headpieces : PERIWIGS
31
Catch : NAB
33
Excessively harsh : DRACONIAN
35
Philadelphia train system : SEPTA
39
Trio in Greek myth : FATES
40
New Deal org. : FHA
41
Pope John Paul II's first name : KAROL
42
Was out : SLEPT
43
Aida in "Aida," e.g. : TITLEROLE
45
Go preceder : SET
47
Unsightly spots : BLOTCHES
48
Country music's ___ Brown Band : ZAC
51
Digs : PAD
53
Early customer of Boeing : USAIR
54
Old Testament kingdom : EDOM
56
Like the cities Yazd and Shiraz : IRANI
59
Transport method usually used in the winter : TBAR
61
One who can see right through you? : RADIOLOGIST
64
Author Chinua Achebe, by birth : IBO
65
Back-to-back hits : ONETWOPUNCH
66
"Kate Plus 8" airer : TLC
67
Harmless slitherer : GARTERSNAKE
68
See 63-Down : SEA
Down
1
Something that's knitted : BROW
2
Here today, gone tomorrow : EPHEMERAL
3
Quite different : DISPARATE
4
Latin grammar case: Abbr. : ACC
5
Country with the King Hamad Highway : BAHRAIN
6
Trio abroad : DREI
7
Shoshone relatives : UTES
8
Player of Cleopatra in "Two Nights With Cleopatra" : LOREN
9
Who had a #1 hit with "Toot Toot Tootsie (Goo'bye)" : JOLSON
10
Suffix with meth- : ANE
11
Spill everything : BLAB
12
Politico with the 2007 autobiography "Promises to Keep" : BIDEN
13
"The Jungle Book" wolf : AKELA
14
Put back on : RERAN
20
Muscle used in bench-pressing : TRICEPS
24
Simple dance : TWOSTEP
26
Things that may be blown : GASKETS
28
Some email pics : PDFS
29
Photographic memory or perfect pitch, e.g. : GIFT
30
Master : SAHIB
32
Cincinnati athlete : BEARCAT
34
NASA part: Abbr. : NATL
36
Outlaws : PROHIBITS
37
Not too awful : TOLERABLE
38
Consumables often described with a percentage : ALES
44
Comic who said "I open my eyes, remember who I am, what I'm like, and I just go 'Ugh'" : LOUISCK
46
Worker on London's Savile Row : TAILOR
48
Weightlessness : ZEROG
49
1943 Churchill conference site : ADANA
50
Computer programmer : CODER
52
Dives : DROPS
55
Useful thing to keep on hand? : MITT
57
"Janie's Got ___" (1989 Aerosmith hit) : AGUN
58
First in a historical trio : NINA
60
Almond ___ (candy) : ROCA
62
Be short : OWE
63
With 68-Across, end of a Hemingway title : THE

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle.

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