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New York Times, Wednesday, July 22, 2015

What's found on some canapés (and hiding in the answers to 20-, 31-, 38- and 49-Across?)

Author:
Peter A. Collins
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Peter A. Collins

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JKQ} This is puzzle # 90 for Mr. Collins. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Peter A. Collins notes:
Does CHOPPED LIVER go bad after two years? I hope not. That's how long this puzzle has been waiting for publication. In the acceptance ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I'm terrible at cryptic crosswords. Even looking at the answer grid, I usually can't figure out WHY most of the answers make sense. ... read more
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© 2015, The New York Times7/22/15 ( No. 23,997 )

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1
Get a promotion : RISE
5
Johnny Carson's Carnac the Magnificent, e.g. : SEER
9
1972 Olympics sensation Mark : SPITZ
14
Linear, in brief : ONED
15
Buckshot and such : AMMO
16
Painter Matisse : HENRI
17
Carpet choice : SHAG
18
Installed, as 17-Across : LAID
19
Mark up or down, say : RETAG
20
Lex Luthor, notably : SUPERVILLAIN
23
"I'd say," in texts : IMO
24
I.S.P. that bought CompuServe : AOL
25
Nonverbal communication, for short : ASL
26
Postage stamp letters : USA
29
Busters? : NARCS
31
High-end tailoring area in London : SAVILEROW
34
As a whole : INTOTO
36
Do-over serve : LET
37
Prince Harry's aunt : ANNE
38
Belly dancer's decoration : NAVELRING
41
Neck ridge : FRET
44
Prefix with skeleton : EXO
45
100% : SOLELY
49
Tropicana Field team renamed in 2008 : DEVILRAYS
52
Refute : BELIE
53
Send packing : AXE
54
Hyman Rickover's rank: Abbr. : ADM
55
Hurry, old-style : HIE
57
___ Air (Taiwanese carrier) : EVA
58
What's found on some canapés (and hiding in the answers to 20-, 31-, 38- and 49-Across?) : CHOPPEDLIVER
61
1998 and 2005 role for Banderas : ZORRO
64
Handed-down wisdom : LORE
65
iPod Mini successor : NANO
66
Shady spot : ARBOR
67
Airer of the "Not Top Ten" plays : ESPN
68
Sci-fi weapon setting : STUN
69
Bellyache : GRIPE
70
Judicial position : SEAT
71
Cartoon skunk Le Pew : PEPE
Down
1
"The Barber of Seville" composer : ROSSINI
2
Barbaric : INHUMAN
3
San Jose, but not Santa Fe : SEAPORT
4
Slight advantage : EDGE
5
Battleship blast : SALVO
6
Many 24-Across messages : EMAILS
7
Disney boy helped by detectives : EMIL
8
Tennis star ranked #1 in the world, 1964-70 : RODLAVER
9
Like the sound of a siren : SHRILL
10
Hammer part : PEEN
11
Negative stat. for a QB : INT
12
___ la la : TRA
13
Sharp turn : ZIG
21
Jamaican worshiper, for short : RASTA
22
"If nothing changes ..." : ASITIS
26
Barista's dispenser : URN
27
Prince, e.g. : SON
28
Blow away : AWE
30
Bill who composed the score for "Rocky" : CONTI
32
Brass or bronze : ALLOY
33
Double bogey's opposite : EAGLE
35
Go to extremes with : OVERDO
39
For-instances : EXAMPLES
40
1984 prize for Desmond Tutu : NOBEL
41
Rx watchdog : FDA
42
Mardi Gras king : REX
43
Genesis evictee : EVE
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Promote in rank : ELEVATE
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Add zip to : LIVENUP
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Beginning of time, figuratively : YEARONE
50
Capital of Punjab province : LAHORE
51
Everest guide : SHERPA
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Air traveler's need: Abbr. : IDENT
58
Trim, as a photo : CROP
59
What a model strikes : POSE
60
Clouseau's rank: Abbr. : INSP
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Reverse of a 13-Down : ZAG
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Bruin Hall-of-Famer Bobby : ORR
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Result of a bases-loaded walk, briefly : RBI

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