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New York Times, Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Solution to the classic riddle "What force or strength cannot get through, / I, with gentle touch, can do"

Author:
Howard Barkin
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Howard Barkin

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {FJX} Spans: 2 This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Barkin.
Howard Barkin notes:
Hello, Howard Barkin here. When I'm not filling in these waffly grid-like things, I'm having some family time, reading, or playing ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Howard! What a pleasure to see this nicest of guys get his debut. Howard finished 3rd at the 2014 ACPT, performing admirably on a ... read more
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© 2014, The New York Times7/23/14 ( No. 23,633 )

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Across
1
Truffle-seeking beast : BOAR
5
Like some orders or tales : TALL
9
Bits in marmalade : ZESTS
14
Works of Goya, e.g. : ARTE
15
Utah skiing mecca : ALTA
16
Words after "You can't fire me!" : IQUIT
17
Speed Wagons of old autodom : REOS
18
*Movie stand-in : BODYDOUBLE
20
Toddler's banishment to a corner, say : TIMEOUT
22
Talkative bird : MYNA
23
It may be bid in the end : ADIEU
24
Singer/songwriter Corinne Bailey ___ : RAE
25
ZZ Top, for one : TRIO
29
*Crowd noise, for example : BACKGROUNDSOUND
33
Devoid of wool, now : SHORN
34
Keep in touch, in a way : WRITE
35
Palindromic girl's name : AVA
38
Bach work : TOCCATA
41
iPhone data: Abbr. : NOS
42
Join, as a table : SITAT
44
End of a Greek series : OMEGA
46
*One's physical or emotional burdens : PERSONALBAGGAGE
52
Love-letter letters : SWAK
53
A "little word" in charades : AND
54
Enjoy to the max : EATUP
55
Like a soufflé's texture : AIRY
57
What the moon does during a lunar eclipse : DARKENS
59
Complete freedom ... and a hint to each half of the answer to each starred clue : BLANKCHECK
63
Sign of virtue : HALO
64
Tilter's weapon : LANCE
65
Anthony's longtime partner on satellite radio : OPIE
66
"___ option ..." : ASAN
67
Where sailors go : TOSEA
68
Like odor-indicating lines, in comics : WAVY
69
The latest : NEWS
Down
1
Tippler's account : BARTAB
2
Tater Tots maker : OREIDA
3
Superprecise, as some clocks : ATOMIC
4
Tries for again, as an office : RESEEKS
5
Fragrance name that's forbidden-sounding : TABU
6
Jillions : ALOT
7
Old Ford model : LTD
8
Nonprofessional : LAYMAN
9
Promised Land, to Rastafarians : ZION
10
Where it's always zero degrees : EQUATOR
11
Benchwarmer : SUB
12
Up to, briefly : TIL
13
Fr. woman with a 63-Across : STE
19
Got away from one's roots? : DYED
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Should : OUGHTTO
24
What your blood may do when you're frightened : RUNCOLD
26
Completely screw up : RUIN
27
Infatuated with : INTO
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Praiseful works : ODES
30
Pal of Pooh : ROO
31
Humanoid monster of myth : ORC
32
Walk with an attitude : SWAGGER
35
Nile reptiles : ASPS
36
Asset of an oceanfront home : VIEW
37
First razor with a pivoting head : ATRA
39
Diplomatic fig. : AMB
40
Word before set or service : TEA
43
With suspicion, as a look : ASKANCE
45
Shiite leader who claims direct descent from Muhammad : AGAKHAN
47
Buster? : NARC
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"As I was saying ..." : ANYHOW
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Anxiety-free : ATEASE
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The Brady Bill is one : GUNLAW
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Popular printers : EPSONS
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Certain superstore : IKEA
57
604, in old Rome : DCIV
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Solution to the classic riddle "What force or strength cannot get through, / I, with gentle touch, can do" : AKEY
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Crunchy sandwich : BLT
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Mekong Valley native : LAO
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T or F, perhaps: Abbr. : ANS
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Water-quality org. : EPA

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

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