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New York Times, Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Practitioner of aromatherapy and astrology, maybe

Author:
Sean Dobbin
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQVXZ} This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Dobbin. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Sean Dobbin notes:
I'm happy to see BERN clued as something other than the Swiss city, and I wish I could take credit for it. Nope. This puzzle was ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Neat idea, an -ING ending changed to a short -EN or -ON sound. Consistently executed, each two-word phrase morphed from something ... read more
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© 2016, The New York Times6/8/16 ( No. 24,319 )

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Across
1
Young fellow : BUCKO
6
Contrarian : ANTI
10
Former Israeli P.M. Barak : EHUD
14
Beef on the hoof : STEER
15
Go like heck : TEAR
16
Arnold, Ronald or Roland : NAME
17
Military vehicle for actor William? : HOLDENTANK
19
Ballroom motions : DIPS
20
Gibbons, e.g. : APES
21
Part of a comedy routine : BIT
22
Strong suit : FORTE
23
Part of a certain cage : RIB
24
Makeup for actor Kevin? : BACONPOWDER
27
So last year : PASSE
29
Burj Khalifa's home: Abbr. : UAE
30
Nevertheless : YET
31
Much of the moon's landscape : CRATERS
35
Department store department : MENS
36
Footwear for actor Ted? : DANSONSHOES
38
Product that can maintain a bikini line : NAIR
40
Tailoring measures : INSEAMS
41
She, in Lisbon : ELA
42
[That is so disgusting!] : GAG
43
Chalupa go-with : SALSA
47
Cudgel for actor Christopher? : WALKENSTICK
52
Texter's reaction to a joke : LOL
53
Playground retort : AMTOO
54
Xbox ___ : ONE
55
Up to it : ABLE
56
Not too shabby : GOOD
57
Equipment for actor Michael? : LANDONGEAR
60
Krabappel of Springfield : EDNA
61
City ESE of Turin : ASTI
62
Proselytizer's handout : TRACT
63
Need a bath badly : REEK
64
"Hey, take it easy!" : WHOA
65
Beefy-T brand : HANES
Down
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C's equivalent : BSHARP
2
Perfect place : UTOPIA
3
People people : CELEBS
4
Sneakers that come in over a hundred designs : KEDS
5
Metallurgist's sample : ORE
6
Dormered area, maybe : ATTIC
7
"Fantabulous!" : NEATO
8
Color similar to Crayola's Tumbleweed : TAN
9
Bug big-time : IRK
10
Supply, as a chair : ENDOW
11
Salon supply : HAIRDYES
12
A zillion : UMPTEEN
13
Jumps ship : DESERTS
18
Draft org. : NBA
22
Moriarty, to Holmes : FOE
24
"Feel the ___" (2016 campaign slogan) : BERN
25
Tend to : NURSE
26
Ottoman title : PASHA
28
Sign of past trauma : SCAR
32
Like Mongols : ASIAN
33
Patio grill accessory : TONGS
34
Two of nine? : ENS
35
Badlands sight : MESA
36
Feature of a landline, but not a cellphone : DIALTONE
37
Trans-Siberian Railway city : OMSK
38
Practitioner of aromatherapy and astrology, maybe : NEWAGER
39
How birthday cake may be served : ALAMODE
42
___ Metro (bygone car) : GEO
44
Competitor of The North Face : LLBEAN
45
Comforting words : SOLACE
46
"Fore!" and others : ALERTS
48
Big employer in Rochester, N.Y. : KODAK
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Classic TV sidekick : TONTO
50
Where Uttar Pradesh is : INDIA
51
Onetime title for Carly Fiorina : CEO
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Uttar Pradesh city : AGRA
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"The ___ is a ass": Dickens : LAW
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Baseball bat material : ASH
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Ultimate degree : NTH

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle.

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