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New York Times, Tuesday, July 25, 2017

He said that ambient music "must be as ignorable as it is interesting"

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Alex Vratsanos
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 34 Missing: {QVZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 14 for Mr. Vratsanos. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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SPREAD THE GOSPEL interpreted as "spread the names MATTHEW MARK LUKE JOHN through theme phrases." Excellent selection of snazzy ... read more
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© 2017, The New York Times7/25/17 ( No. 24,731 )
Across
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Discharge, as from a volcano : SPEW
5
Isn't rigid in one's ways : ADAPTS
11
Chrysler truck : RAM
14
Height: Prefix : ALTI
15
Protective embankment : ESCARP
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He said that ambient music "must be as ignorable as it is interesting" : ENO
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Was loved by : MEANTTHEWORLDTO
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Zoë of "Avatar" : SALDANA
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Didn't buy, say : LEASED
22
Know-it-all : SMARTALECK
25
Jason's vessel, in myth : ARGO
28
Underside of an 8-Down : PAD
29
Giga- x 1,000 : TERA
32
No holds ___ : BARRED
35
Captain Nemo's vessel : NAUTILUS
38
Oral health org. : ADA
39
Comment after a fortuitous happening : LUCKYME
41
Sound of reproach : TSK
42
It isn't recorded in a walk-off win : FINALOUT
44
First female speaker of the House : PELOSI
46
Chuck of "Meet the Press" : TODD
47
Louisa May Alcott's "___ Boys" : JOS
49
Erelong : ANON
50
Frequently going from one post to another : JOBHOPPING
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Christmas ornament, e.g. : BAUBLE
57
Puts in a box : ENCASES
61
Evangelize ... or what this puzzle's circled squares do? : SPREADTHEGOSPEL
64
Equal at the start? : ISO
65
Enthusiastic response to "Who wants dessert?" : IDOIDO
66
Family history, e.g. : SAGA
67
Gen ___ : XER
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Like emotions just after a tragedy : RAWEST
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Craft company with a 2015 I.P.O. : ETSY
Down
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___ Club : SAMS
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Defendant's entry : PLEA
3
Shortening for a bibliographer : ETAL
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House of Elizabeth II : WINDSOR
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The Hartford competitor : AETNA
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Note in the E major scale : DSHARP
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Fly through, as a test : ACE
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Hound's "hand" : PAW
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Nuisance in an online comments section : TROLL
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Shopping trip one may later regret : SPREE
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Variety show host of 1951-71 : REDSKELTON
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Cost to get in : ANTE
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Emotional state : MOOD
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Highlander's headwear : TAM
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Milk: Prefix : LACTI
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What gives you the right to bare arms? : TANKTOP
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"There will come ___ ..." : ADAY
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Toward the rear : ABAFT
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NPR segment? : RADIO
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One voting to indict or not : GRANDJUROR
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Model-turned-actress Rene : RUSSO
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Welcome at the front door : ASKIN
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Certain office desk setup : ELL
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Hip-hop's Kris Kross or OutKast : DUO
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Call balls and strikes, informally : UMP
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End of August? : TEE
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Title canine in a Stephen King book : CUJO
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Baked brick : ADOBE
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Chef Emeril : LAGASSE
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Is a leadfoot : SPEEDS
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___ House (Washington landmark) : BLAIR
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Ibsen's "___ Gabler" : HEDDA
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Gold standard? : INGOT
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Pvt.'s superior : NCO
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Vitamin whose name rhymes with a car engine : BSIX
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Chapel recess : APSE
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Dustup : SPAT
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Dr.'s orders : EEGS
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Knock dead at the comedy club : SLAY
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Haul on a U-Haul : TOW
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Rush : HIE

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

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