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New York Times, Saturday, April 1, 2017

Author who wrote "I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity"

Author:
Howard Barkin
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Howard Barkin

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 80, Blocks: 38 This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Barkin. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Howard Barkin notes:
I wanted to try something a bit different. Experienced solvers become very familiar with common answers (OREO, etc.). So I thought to ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Hey, what's this 80-word puzzle doing in place of our expected themeless? Ah, note the date ... April Fool's! Howard gives us four ... read more
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MI
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CH
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IG
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AN
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S
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W
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A
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M
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D
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N
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L
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G
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S
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V
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M
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L
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P
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R
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E
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S
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A
C
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TH
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IN
MI
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N
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W
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S
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G
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S
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G
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M
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S
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P
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R
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A
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P
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S
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A
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M
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CO
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U
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R
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A
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H
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D
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B
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L
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P
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T
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O
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R
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© 2017, The New York Times4/1/17 ( No. 24,616 )
Across
1
One of the Great Lakes : MICHIGAN
5
Menacing cloud : SWARM
10
Sony offering : HDTV
14
Saint's home, for short : NOLA
15
Place for a barbecue : LANAI
16
Rich finish? : AIRE
17
"Don't give up" : GUESSAGAIN
19
Rather powerful engine : VSIX
20
Brown : SAUTE
21
Some plants : MOLES
23
Value : PRIZE
25
Spooky quality : EERINESS
28
Smoothie fruit : ACAI
29
Popular cookie : THINMINT
31
Taking things for granted on April Fools' Day and others : NONOS
32
"Time ___ ..." : WAS
33
Track, in a sense : SONG
34
Not wait for Mr. Right, say : SETTLE
35
Huuuuuuuuge : GINORMOUS
37
Loose, now : SPRUNG
40
Powerful D.C. lobby : AARP
41
Raiser of awareness, for short : PSA
44
Not accidental : MEANT
45
In opposition : CONTRARY
46
Guru, maybe : SIKH
47
Straightens : UNSNARLS
49
Firm parts: Abbr. : ATTYS
50
Hockey team, e.g. : HEXAD
51
Words on a jacket : BLURB
53
Risked a ticket : SPED
55
Construction staples ... or a hint to this puzzle's theme : TWOBYFOURS
59
Famous Amos : TORI
60
Rocker Steve : EARLE
61
"Don't go!," e.g. : PLEA
62
Obnoxious one : PEST
63
Subject of some codes : DRESS
64
Scandinavian capital : HELSINKI
Down
1
Vase style : MING
2
Compatriot of Mao : CHOU
3
Noted father-or-son singer : IGLESIAS
4
Ancient New Mexican : ANASAZI
5
Part of a crib : SLAT
6
Living ___ : WAGE
7
Major Asian carrier : ANA
8
Attire : RAIMENT
9
Like melancholy musical keys : MINOR
10
The poor : HAVENOTS
11
Not go along : DISSENT
12
Prefix with lateral : TRI
13
Bedevil : VEX
18
Girl's name that may precede Ann : SUE
22
One may be starting in sports : LINEUP
23
What's shaken when you say "Shake!" : PAW
24
Big letters in electronics : RCA
25
Ones moving far from home : EMIGRANTS
26
Fifth in a group of eight : SOL
27
Saginaw-to-Flint dir. : SSE
29
Bit of beachwear : THONG
30
___ way : INNO
33
It may be added to alcohol : SINTAX
34
Pitiful : SORRY
35
Hit the gas pedal hard : GUNNEDIT
36
Actress Wilson of "Mrs. Doubtfire" : MARA
37
Sch. with the George W. Bush Presidential Library : SMU
38
Corral : PEN
39
Strips at breakfast : RASHERS
41
Tough, tenacious sorts : PITBULLS
42
Wild blue yonder : SKY
43
Features of Boston accents : AHS
45
Milieu of the FX series "The Americans" : COLDWAR
46
Poetic stanza : STROPHE
48
Like government bonds : RATED
49
German preposition : AUF
51
Oil qtys. : BBLS
52
They burn : LYES
53
Racing letters : STP
54
Author who wrote "I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity" : POE
56
Buried treasure : ORE
57
Pull (in) : REIN
58
Noted pseudonym in short story writing : SAKI

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

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