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New York Times, Thursday, July 26, 2018

Numerical prefix ... or, with 62-Across, another name for this puzzle's key symbol

Author:
Nate Cardin
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Nate Cardin

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Cardin.
Nate Cardin notes:
The inspiration for this puzzle was the too-late-can't-sleep thought that #FOOLISH would be a neat answer for a clue like [Hashtag for ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I have frequent internal debates when it comes to scoring words for our XWI Word List. I usually give an entry the benefit of the ... read more
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© 2018, The New York Times7/26/18 ( No. 25,097 )
Across
1
Write : PEN
4
Recipe details: Abbr. : AMTS
8
Popular newspaper puzzle : JUMBLE
14
Words of promise : IDO
15
Respectful term of address : MAAM
16
Yoga poses : ASANAS
17
Bother : NUISANCE
19
Black out, in a way : REDACT
20
Accountant : NUMBERCRUNCHER
22
Much-overused filler word : LIKE
23
Smartphones replaced them, for short : PDAS
24
German wheels : AUDI
27
"It wasn't me," for one : DENIAL
30
Cirque du Soleil performers : ACROBATS
34
Rival school of Winchester : ETON
35
Activating, as a security system : ARMING
37
Feature of two lowercase letters of the alphabet : DOT
38
Consumer : EATER
40
Yellow or gray : AGE
41
Dessert made primarily of flour, butter, eggs and sugar : POUNDCAKE
43
K-12 school org. : PTA
44
Ring-measuring devices : SIZERS
47
Sign : OMEN
48
Astronauts' workplace : SPACESTATION
50
Comment accompanying a shrug : IDUNNO
52
Sierra Club founder John : MUIR
53
"Let's go!" : CMON
54
Numerical prefix ... or, with 62-Across, another name for this puzzle's key symbol : OCTO
57
Deadeyes : SHARPSHOOTERS
62
Olympian Jim or Ian : THORPE
65
Jack-of-all-trades : HANDYMAN
66
Plow and plant again : REFARM
67
"Make room for life" sloganeer : IKEA
68
"Am ___ understand ...?" : ITO
69
Charm : AMULET
70
With 71-Across, symbol used four times in this puzzle with four different meanings : HASH
71
See 70-Across : TAG
Down
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A.T.M. necessity : PINNUMBER
2
Cabinet dept. : EDUC
3
Gritty genre : NOIR
4
Mystery novelist Cross : AMANDA
5
Stone-capturing board game : MANCALA
6
Instruments on dashes : TACHS
7
Hook's henchman : SMEE
8
Unsettle : JAR
9
Zoning concern : USE
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Fill-in-the-blanks story : MADLIB
11
___ B'rith : BNAI
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Absence : LACK
13
Where the sun rises, in Mexico : ESTE
18
Not prone : SUPINE
21
More spicy : RACIER
25
Where to find an average joe? : URN
26
Place to get a rescue animal : DOGPOUND
27
Far parts of the universe : DEEPSPACE
28
Les ___-Unis : ETATS
29
Absent from : NOTAT
30
Major biotech company : AMGEN
31
What Rhett Butler didn't give : ADAMN
32
Arcade item : TOKEN
33
Transcriber : STENO
36
Finely honed : RAZORSHARP
39
Alphabet quartet : RSTU
42
Sheriff's domain, typically : COUNTY
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Article of the Constitution that provides for the Supreme Court : III
46
Mother-and-daughter singers Nina and Lisa : SIMONES
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Ethically unprincipled : AMORAL
51
Repeated part of the "Camptown Races" refrain : DOODAH
53
R&B singer Khan : CHAKA
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"Por ___ parte" (Spanish for "on the other hand") : OTRA
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Nobel Prize category: Abbr. : CHEM
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Meat substitute : TOFU
58
___ Tzu : SHIH
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Let out : EMIT
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Pro ___ : RATA
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Make out, in Manchester : SNOG
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Lead-in to K : PRE
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Certain fire dept. employee : EMT

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

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