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New York Times, Monday, June 16, 2014

Subs ... or a feature of the answers to the 17 asterisked clues?

Author:
Bruce Haight
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Bruce Haight

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Haight.
Bruce Haight notes:
My first version of this puzzle had Bill Bixby and Bill Bailey in it, which Will felt was repetitious. It also had BARBARA at 9-Down, ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Man oh man, that's a lot of B's! Perhaps appropriate for a guy named Bruce, eh? Sorry Bill Ballard, Bruce Bliven, and Barry Boone, you ... read more
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© 2014, The New York Times6/16/14 ( No. 23,596 )

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Across
1
*Replaceable part of a lamp : BULB
5
"Immediately!" : ASAP
9
*Rum-soaked cakes : BABAS
14
Dr. Frankenstein's assistant : IGOR
15
*___ Ruth : BABE
16
The "U" of UHF : ULTRA
17
*Villainous noble of a classic French tale : BLUEBEARD
19
Dweebish : GEEKY
20
Cousin of a mandolin : SITAR
21
*Dodo : BIRDBRAIN
23
Kardashian who married Kanye : KIM
25
Pouty look : MOUE
26
6 on a telephone : MNO
27
*Bench-pressing equipment : BARBELL
31
Shakespeare's fairy queen : MAB
33
Love personified : AMOR
34
*Neighborhood financial institution : BANKBRANCH
40
Peeve : RILE
41
Rooster's mate : HEN
42
"Goodbye, Guido!" : CIAO
43
*Hungarian composer whose only opera is about 17-Across : BELABARTOK
47
Something a mini leaves exposed : KNEE
48
Made a ditch, say : DUG
49
*The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, e.g. : BIGBAND
51
Tally (up) : ADD
54
Maple syrup sources : SAPS
57
Boxer played by Will Smith in a 2001 biopic : ALI
58
*Base of many gravies : BEEFBROTH
61
"Them's fightin' words!" : ITSON
65
Eskimo's home : IGLOO
66
*Physical attribute of Homer Simpson : BEERBELLY
68
What vegans don't eat besides meat : DAIRY
69
Roman poet who wrote about 33-Across : OVID
70
Blood-boiling state : RAGE
71
Road curves : ESSES
72
Gen ___ : XERS
73
Sultan of ___ (nickname for 15-Across) : SWAT
Down
1
*Things to drool over? : BIBS
2
Not-so-cute fruit : UGLI
3
Boorish sort : LOUT
4
*Have a meal : BREAKBREAD
5
16th president, familiarly : ABE
6
Car from the same country as Volvo : SAAB
7
Nearly overflowing : ABRIM
8
Director Almodóvar : PEDRO
9
*Bogeyman : BUGBEAR
10
Twin or Tiger, informally : ALER
11
Subs ... or a feature of the answers to the 17 asterisked clues? : BTEAM
12
Alan of "Argo" : ARKIN
13
Refuse an offer : SAYNO
18
Gooey cheese : BRIE
22
Boneheaded : DUMB
24
Diamond org. : MLB
27
*Part of a fishhook : BARB
28
French girlfriend : AMIE
29
Item often served with a pat of butter : ROLL
30
Bert of "The Wizard of Oz" : LAHR
32
*Ones who criticize others in their absence : BACKBITERS
35
Badminton barrier : NET
36
Radio tuner : KNOB
37
Ship of 1492 : NINA
38
Normandy city where William the Conqueror is buried : CAEN
39
Weeded, in a way : HOED
44
*Restaurant staffers : BUSBOYS
45
Food thickener : AGAR
46
Car from Korea : KIA
50
Smooth-talking : GLIB
51
Put up with : ABIDE
52
Impressionist Edgar who painted ballerinas : DEGAS
53
Sub builders? : DELIS
55
Part of many a bus. address : POBOX
56
Actor McQueen : STEVE
59
Golfer's cry : FORE
60
___ to the throne : HEIR
62
BBQ side dish : SLAW
63
Gymnast Korbut : OLGA
64
Veto from Vladimir : NYET
67
Hwys. : RDS

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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