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New York Times, Monday, May 5, 2014

Author:
Lynn Lempel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Lynn Lempel

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {V} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 66 for Ms. Lempel. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Lynn Lempel notes:
I think this puzzle started out without anything particular in mind — just playing around with terms meaning "zero" or "nothing." ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Not much that I like better than a Seinfeld reference. A puzzle about nothing! Great idea. Lynn, the master of Mondays, gives us ... read more
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© 2014, The New York TimesNo. 0505 ( 23,554 )

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Across
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PC connection means: Abbr. : USB
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Downloads for mobile devices : APPS
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Floats through the air : WAFTS
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Greenish blue : AQUA
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Country located in what was once the Inca Empire : PERU
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Stan's partner in comedy : OLLIE
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Instruments played at theaters during silent films : WURLITZERORGANS
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Tehran's land : IRAN
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Shrek, e.g. : OGRE
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Clock-setting standard: Abbr. : GMT
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Singer with the 1963 hit "If I Had a Hammer" : TRINILOPEZ
26
Françoise, to François, maybe : AMIE
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Quantity: Abbr. : AMT
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Guy's rental for a gala : TUX
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Inactive, as a volcano : DORMANT
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Drinker's party instruction, for short : BYOB
33
Lay eyes on : SEE
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Needle and cone producers : PINES
36
First president to live in the White House : JOHNADAMS
40
Welles of "Citizen Kane" : ORSON
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Large coffee server : URN
44
Sword handle : HILT
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Understand speech without hearing : LIPREAD
51
Letters on a wanted poster : AKA
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Atlas page : MAP
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"Micro" and "macro" subject, for short : ECON
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Ha-ha producer in a sitcom : LAUGHTRACK
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Sun. follower : MON
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"___ She Lovely" : ISNT
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Shakespeare character who says "I hate the Moor" : IAGO
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Why this puzzle is like "Seinfeld"? : ITSABOUTNOTHING
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Hurricane or blizzard : STORM
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Hit on the noggin : BEAN
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Peeved state : SNIT
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Dresses in Delhi : SARIS
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Therefore : ERGO
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Earth-friendly prefix : ECO
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Detroit-based labor org. : UAW
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Having ants in one's pants : SQUIRMY
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Hand-held Mexican food : BURRITO
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Likely (to) : APT
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Dispenser candy : PEZ
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Before surgery, informally : PREOP
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Increased rapidly, as troop numbers : SURGED
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Had on : WORE
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"Solve for x" subj. : ALG
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Traffic signaler near highway construction : FLAGMAN
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Source of a metal once used for foil : TINMINE
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Ensembles for six : SESTETS
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Political commentator Colmes : ALAN
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Monogram letter: Abbr. : INIT
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Ricelike pasta : ORZO
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File folder feature : TAB
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Drunkard : LUSH
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Yoked animals : OXEN
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Pennsylvania Dutch speakers : AMISH
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45 or 78: Abbr. : RPM
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Tennis's Borg : BJORN
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___ Claire, Wis. : EAU
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Area code lead-in : ONE
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Tow : DRAG
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Egyptian symbol of life : ANKH
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Dixie school, affectionately : OLEMISS
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Cheese stuffed in stuffed shells : RICOTTA
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"And now a word from our ___" : SPONSOR
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Lennon song with the lyric "You may say I'm a dreamer ..." : IMAGINE
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Terse : LACONIC
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Toll road: Abbr. : TPK
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The first "A" of 51-Across : ALSO
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Vienna's river : DANUBE
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Going ___ (bickering) : ATIT
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Say : UTTER
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Pep rally cries : RAHS
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Many early PCs : IBMS
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Onassis who married Jackie : ARI
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Complain, complain, complain : NAG
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Yoko who co-produced 45-Down : ONO
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Old Pontiac muscle car : GTO

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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