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New York Times, Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Why the buyers of 20-, 28- and 42-Across are in the shoe store?

Author:
Samuel A. Donaldson and Tracy Gray
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Samuel A. Donaldson
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Tracy Gray

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 38 Missing: {QX} This is puzzle # 29 for Mr. Donaldson. This is puzzle # 24 for Ms. Gray. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Constructor notes:
SAM: I came across the phrase JUST FOR KICKS and thought it would be a great name for a shoe store. That's when the theme idea for ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I love an early-week puzzle that's JUST FOR KICKS! (KICKS is what the young kids call shoes these days. Well, not anymore now that ... read more
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© 2018, The New York Times6/12/18 ( No. 25,053 )

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Across
1
Crab's means of defense : CLAW
5
Tuna ___ : MELT
9
One wallowing in a zoo pond : HIPPO
14
"That smarts!" : OUCH
15
Mideast V.I.P. : EMIR
16
Not in a bottle or can : ONTAP
17
Zippo : NADA
18
Soup that might have a tofu cube in it : MISO
19
Gives the go-ahead : OKAYS
20
Cat burglar's shoe purchase? : SUCTIONPUMPS
23
"___ Baby" ("Hair" number) : ABIE
24
Zero score, in soccer : NIL
25
Bon ___ (witty remark) : MOT
28
Synchronized swimmer's shoe purchase? : WATERMOCCASINS
32
Tops : SHIRTS
33
Gathering of quilters : BEE
34
Bear that's up at night? : URSA
35
Raced (through) : TORE
36
Used to own : HAD
37
Fishing site : PIER
38
Old Icelandic saga : EDDA
39
Newsman Donaldson : SAM
40
Members of all-century teams, e.g. : GREATS
42
Event coordinator's shoe purchase? : PARTYPLATFORMS
45
Apt metaphor for many a dorm room : STY
46
Klutz : OAF
47
Greetings for the visiting team : BOOS
48
Why the buyers of 20-, 28- and 42-Across are in the shoe store? : JUSTFORKICKS
53
"Leave!" : GONOW
56
Camaro ___-Z : IROC
57
Word that can follow time, danger or neutral : ZONE
58
Loudly crying face, for one : EMOJI
59
Lion's pride? : MANE
60
Divisible by two : EVEN
61
Goad : EGGON
62
Buds on spuds : EYES
63
Document recorded at a government office : DEED
Down
1
Drawbacks : CONS
2
Polynesian shindig : LUAU
3
Flexible, electrically : ACDC
4
"How delightful!" : WHATATREAT
5
Some nonfiction best sellers : MEMOIRS
6
Slim Shady is his alter ego : EMINEM
7
Imitate Daffy Duck : LISP
8
Clobbered : TROUNCED
9
Big to-do : HOOPLA
10
Calligraphers' choices : INKS
11
Grp. that might help organize an open house : PTA
12
Subject of hiring negotiations : PAY
13
Coin-___ : OPS
21
"Yeah, right!" : IBET
22
Stuart Little and Chuck E. Cheese, for two : MICE
25
___ Makeba, singer known as "Mama Africa" : MIRIAM
26
Initial stages : ONSETS
27
Old Russian autocrats : TSARS
28
Slangy question suggesting "I don't know this person" : WHODAT
29
Hang out, as laundry : AIRDRY
30
"44" : OBAMA
31
Enlarged, as an order of fries : SUPERSIZED
32
Numbered things in a how-to manual : STEPS
36
12-minute period expanded to 30 minutes for the Super Bowl : HALFTIME
39
Beauty spots : SPAS
40
Pressing concerns for astronauts? : GFORCES
41
Castle : ROOK
43
Terse concession speech : YOUWIN
44
Magnate ___ Pickens : TBOONE
48
Who left his home in Tucson, Arizona, in a Beatles tune : JOJO
49
Melee : FRAY
50
Pirate's hideout : COVE
51
Pants part that might be patched : KNEE
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Email button that's all too easy to hit by mistake : SEND
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"I'll be darned!" : GEE
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"Holy cow!," in a text : OMG
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Holiday quaff : NOG

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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