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New York Times, Saturday, June 10, 2017

Fast-food order placed millions of times a day worldwide

Author:
Mark Diehl
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Mark Diehl

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 66, Blocks: 26 Missing: {FQ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 66 for Mr. Diehl. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Mark Diehl notes:
Sometimes it's a choice phrase or two that fuels my themeless-constructing jones and sometimes it's the grid. In this case it was the ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
It's so tough to do low word-count themelesses well. Few constructors dip into the 66-word territory, and for good reason — it's ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

I love the 1 Across clue.

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© 2017, The New York Times6/10/17 ( No. 24,686 )

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Across
1
Begin at the beginning? : MENACHEM
9
Fiery : ABLAZE
15
Launch of April 1968 : APOLLOVI
16
Set free : LOOSED
17
Staple of a barbershop shave : HOTTOWEL
18
Onerous : TAXING
19
Seed of a strawberry or sunflower : ACHENE
20
National bird of Trinidad and Tobago : IBIS
22
Jules or Jim, in "Jules et Jim" : AMI
23
"So ___!" : THERE
24
Two stars, perhaps : ITEM
25
Very old school : ETON
26
Milky Way maker : MARS
27
Mom and pop business? : DNATESTING
29
Half of a black and tan : ALE
30
Danger for a hiker : BEARATTACK
31
Fast-food order placed millions of times a day worldwide : HAPPYMEAL
32
Separate, as strands of hair : TEASEAPART
34
It's got teeth : JAW
37
Greyhound destinations? : DOGKENNELS
38
Drivel : MUSH
39
O'Neill contemporary : INGE
40
Take some courses : DINE
41
Fitting coffee order on a submarine? : SANKA
42
Ruin : END
43
Stopwatch ticks: Abbr. : SECS
44
Reprimand gruffly : BARKAT
45
Character of book and film who was born John Clayton III : TARZAN
47
Uranus or Neptune : ICEGIANT
49
Number one advocate? : EGOIST
50
Gothic architecture feature : OGEEARCH
51
Davy Jones's locker, with "the" : DEPTHS
52
Spot almost halfway through a course : NINTHTEE
Down
1
Epithet meaning "great soul" : MAHATMA
2
Momentous : EPOCHAL
3
Absent : NOTHERE
4
Fixes : ALTERS
5
It's all the same : CLONE
6
Victor at Brandywine : HOWE
7
Forerunner in a race? : EVE
8
Income for general expenses? : MILITARYPENSION
9
Skydivers' aids : ALTIMETERS
10
Bright camp wear : BOAS
11
Deli supply : LOX
12
Like the Golden Horde : ASIATIC
13
Koan contemplator : ZENMONK
14
Trim : EDGING
21
Subservient sort : BETAMALE
24
Running around with one's hair on fire : INAPANIC
25
Abbr. in a bibliographic citation : ETAL
27
Kids, typically : DEPENDENTS
28
Runs, for instance : STAT
30
Runner's place : BASE
31
Relative of a cod : HAKE
32
Ship's capacity : TONNAGE
33
Physics class project testing impact safety : EGGDROP
34
Refuse work? : JUNKART
35
One way to look : ASKANCE
36
"Are you kidding me?!" : WHATTHE
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Passed the dessert? : DIETED
38
"___ Carey," 9x platinum 1990 album : MARIAH
41
Bob who narrated "How I Met Your Mother" : SAGET
43
Scout uniform part : SASH
44
Lived : BEEN
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Bad spot : ZIT
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Staple of modern sci-fi movies, for short : CGI

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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