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New York Times, Thursday, July 15, 2010

Mideast city that is the capital of the world in H. G. Wells's "The Shape of Things to Come"

Author:
Brendan Emmett Quigley and Patrick Blindauer
Editor:
Will Shortz
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1.635214
Brendan Emmett Quigley
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Patrick Blindauer

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 35 Missing: {JQVZ} This is puzzle # 142 for Mr. Quigley. This is puzzle # 41 for Mr. Blindauer. NYT links: Across Lite
Jim Horne notes:

The print version of this puzzle was a normal 15x15 grid that mysteriously referred to the non-existent 66 Across. I've attached the secret answer below.

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© 2010, The New York Times7/15/10 ( No. 22,164 )
Across
1
Thing with four digits : PAW
4
Unfirm : LIMP
8
Target, as a receiver : PASSTO
14
Small business's dream, for short : IPO
15
Sets in geometry : LOCI
16
Colorful summer treat : ICEPOP
17
After 66-Across, Batcave feature : ENTRANCE
19
Popular headlights : XENONS
20
Shift one's focus : REAIM
21
After 66-Across, anonymous Valentine sender : ADMIRER
23
After 66-Across, participant in a gift-giving activity : SANTA
24
Vex : RILE
25
Some Ferraris : GTOS
28
"You know better than that!" : TSKTSK
30
Mideast city that is the capital of the world in H. G. Wells's "The Shape of Things to Come" : BASRA
31
Coniferous trees : YEWS
34
Hot tub sound : AHH
35
After 66-Across, election standard : BALLOT
36
Kitchen gadget brand with a rotationally symmetric logo : OXO
37
What for : WHY
38
Muffin choice : OAT
39
Agosto to agosto : ANO
40
After 66-Across, classic 1911 children's book, with "The" : GARDEN
42
Janis Ian, Billy Preston and George Carlin were its first guests : SNL
43
Champion's shout : IWON
44
Boozehound : ALKIE
45
Four-time Yankee All-Star Paul : ONEILL
47
Places where connections are made: Abbr. : STAS
48
Literary character who says "For hate's sake, I spit my last breath at thee" : AHAB
49
After 66-Across, spy : AGENT
53
After 66-Across, exposé subject : HISTORY
55
Squarepants : DWEEB
56
Sorry soul? : ATONER
58
After 66-Across, marketing gimmicks : FORMULAS
60
Old TV "Uncle" : MILTIE
61
Irish pop star : ENYA
62
1970s supergroup, for short : ELP
63
"V" extras : ALIENS
64
Jiang's predecessor : DENG
65
Lo-___ : RES
Down
1
Docks : PIERS
2
Sleep lab study : APNEA
3
"Der Ring des Nibelungen" war god : WOTAN
4
Beasts of burden : LLAMAS
5
One in an accelerated program? : ION
6
Cormac who wrote "No Country for Old Men" : MCCARTHY
7
Bake sale container : PIEDISH
8
Sprite : PIXIE
9
Big PC maker : ACER
10
Dakar's land : SENEGAL
11
Judicial area dealing with athletes : SPORTSLAW
12
Host : TON
13
Photo finish? : OPS
18
Photographer Herb : RITTS
22
___ Day, Jan. celebration : MLK
26
Chief Joseph ___, after whom a Maine college town is named : ORONO
27
Squelched : SATON
29
"Clue" actress Madeline : KAHN
30
Hit : BAT
31
Options at a gym : YOGAS
32
Elevate : EXALT
33
Person who doesn't know when to quit : WORKAHOLIC
35
2,100-square mile island with six volcanoes : BALI
37
Lilliputian : WEE
38
Individually : ONEBYONE
41
Dig up : DISINTER
42
Gobbled : SNARFED
43
Labor grp. : ILGWU
45
"What's all this?" : OHO
46
Maxim, e.g. : LADMAG
48
Still : ATREST
50
Certain fisher : EELER
51
Football Hall-of-Famer Greasy : NEALE
52
Dosage amts. : TBSPS
54
River that's the site of Javert's demise in "Les Misérables" : SEINE
56
Member of a Latin trio : AMAS
57
Tessellation piece : TILE
59
Artist Rembrandt van ___ : RYN

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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