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New York Times, Wednesday, April 5, 2017

He placed the sun at the center of the universe

Author:
Alex Eaton-Salners
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Alex Eaton-Salners

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 77, Blocks: 38 This is puzzle # 8 for Mr. Eaton-Salners. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Alex Eaton-Salners notes:
This is my second crossword published in the NYT though it was actually the first one accepted. The impetus for its construction was the ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Five special characters in the grid, reflecting the N with a tilde used in SPANISH. We've seen this concept before, but I like many of the ... read more
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S
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P
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C
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A
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B
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M
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R
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N
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F
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N
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D
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C
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G
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O
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L
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J
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L
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© 2017, The New York Times4/5/17 ( No. 24,620 )
Across
1
Rod at a pig roast : SPIT
5
Vehicles with medallions : CABS
9
Partner of circumstance : POMP
13
Result of a sock in the eye : SHINER
15
Colorful, warm-blooded fish : OPAH
16
Cowboy boot accessory : SPUR
17
Tomorrow, in 43-Down : MAÑANA
18
Mexican president Enrique : PEÑANIETO
20
Pavlov with a Nobel : IVAN
21
Biceps and hamstrings : FLEXORS
23
"Buy It ___" (eBay option) : NOW
24
Word after motion or lie : DETECTOR
26
"Puh-lease!" : SPAREME
28
Persona ___ (welcome guest) : GRATA
29
1987-94 "Star Trek" series, briefly : TNG
31
Eyes, to bards : ORBS
32
Pothook shape : ESS
33
Count in music : BASIE
35
Lowest-voiced choir members : BASSOS
37
Drink often served with a miniature umbrella : PIÑACOLADA
39
Vehement rejection : NONONO
42
Prefix with violet or violent : ULTRA
43
Mo. when the N.F.L. season starts : SEP
46
Gave the go-ahead : OKED
47
Outfield-patching need : SOD
48
Cola wars competitor : PEPSI
50
Naps south of the border : SIESTAS
54
Devices that prevent fumes from escaping : GASTRAPS
56
Many an eligible receiver : END
57
Drink made from frozen grapes : ICEWINE
59
___ the finish (having potential to win) : INAT
60
Peppers milder than habaneros : JALAPEÑOS
62
Warm Pacific current : ELNIÑO
64
Is in the hole : OWES
65
Ill-gotten goods : LOOT
66
Attaches, as a carnation : PINSON
67
Soak up the sun : BASK
68
Theater, dance, etc. : ARTS
69
Roald who wrote "Fantastic Mr. Fox" : DAHL
Down
1
Bic or Gillette offerings : SHAVERS
2
They're broken at parties : PIÑATAS
3
How butterflies might be caught : INANET
4
Highest point value for a Scrabble tile : TEN
5
He placed the sun at the center of the universe : COPERNICUS
6
Tiptop : APEX
7
Bathrooms, in 43-Down : BAÑOS
8
Tuned too high : SHARP
9
Air pump fig. : PSI
10
Beer drinkers' utensils : OPENERS
11
Basketball Hall-of-Famer Dikembe ___ : MUTOMBO
12
Exceptional ability : PROWESS
13
Tiny bit : SMIDGE
14
Log craft : RAFT
19
"Crypto City" at Ft. Meade : NSA
22
"___ luck!" : LOTSA
25
Log construction : CABIN
27
Parks of the civil rights movement : ROSA
30
Rock scientists : GEOLOGISTS
34
Year, in 43-Down : AÑO
35
"Cheers" setting : BAR
36
Change with the times : ADAPT
37
Okra units : PODS
38
Forrest Gump's C.O. : LTDAN
39
Profile-altering plastic surgery : NOSEJOB
40
Pacific battle site of 1945 : OKINAWA
41
Parts of hypodermics : NEEDLES
43
Language that utilizes the letter "ñ" : SPANISH
44
43-Down, in 43-Down : ESPAÑOL
45
One of the eight in a V-8 : PISTON
49
Greek poet who wrote "The Distaff" : ERINNA
51
Message left on a hotline, perhaps : TIP
52
Northeast Corridor express train : ACELA
53
Mister, in 43-Down : SEÑOR
55
Ooze : SEEP
58
"Wow!," in Internet-speak : WOOT
61
Set, as a price : ASK
63
Tupperware topper : LID

Answer summary: 14 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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