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New York Times, Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Topic of international negotiations ... and a hint to every four-letter answer in this puzzle

Author:
David Woolf
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 81, Blocks: 40 Missing: {BJQZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 14 for Mr. Woolf.
David Woolf notes:
I loved the idea of making a puzzle where all of the four letter words were the combination of two two-letter US state abbreviations. Of the 50 ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
What a neat idea! The TWO-STATE SOLUTION refers to the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict, but also to the fact that every four-letter word in ... read more
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© 2016, The New York Times7/6/16 ( No. 24,347 )
Across
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Light beam splitter : PRISM
6
This and that: Abbr. : MISC
10
What Old MacDonald had : AFARM
15
About to, informally : GONNA
16
Ocean predator : ORCA
17
Prefix with comic : SERIO
18
Biopharmaceutical company that makes Enbrel : AMGEN
19
Futile : VAIN
20
Either of Cinderella's storytellers : GRIMM
21
By no means experts : LAYMEN
23
"Buenas ___" ("Good afternoon," in Spanish) : TARDES
24
"Um, sure" : OHOK
26
Relationship with two other lovers, both of whom consent : TRIAMORY
29
Corcoran of "Bachelor Father" : NOREEN
31
Rearmost : HIND
32
Texting format, for short : SMS
35
Starts to come to : STIRS
36
Greek marketplace of old : AGORA
38
___ polloi : HOI
39
Topic of international negotiations ... and a hint to every four-letter answer in this puzzle : TWOSTATESOLUTION
43
Nonpro sports org. : AAU
44
Baltic natives : LETTS
45
Sweetly, in music : DOLCE
46
Drs.' orders : RXS
47
Earth goddess : GAIA
48
Like a jack-o'-lantern : HOLLOW
49
Pope's bestowal : SAINTDOM
52
Like morning grass : DEWY
53
Enter, as an alluring aroma : WAFTIN
56
Flutist Jean-Pierre ___ : RAMPAL
58
See 49-Down : ALLEN
59
Letter-shaped fastener : TNUT
61
Avis competitor : ALAMO
64
Hardwood percussion stick : CLAVE
65
Blush, e.g. : WINE
66
Prop for Groucho : CIGAR
67
Stored in certain wood barrels, as 65-Across : OAKED
68
Types : ILKS
69
[Titter] : TEHEE
Down
1
Green jacket org. : PGA
2
It can't be written to, in a PC : ROM
3
Causing shame : INGLORIOUS
4
Court tie-ups? : SNEAKERS
5
Lots of : MANY
6
Helper with a relocation : MOVER
7
Kurd, perhaps : IRANI
8
Poli ___ (college major) : SCI
9
Send packing : CAN
10
Home to Norse gods : ASGARD
11
Charon's craft : FERRY
12
Like an environment that's difficult for farming : ARID
13
Icy coating : RIME
14
Annual May honorees : MOMS
22
High-elev. spot : MTN
23
Pitch-related : TONAL
24
G.M. navigation system : ONSTAR
25
Hair removal method : HOTWAX
27
Lots (of) : AHOST
28
"Blue I," "Blue II" and "Blue III" artworks : MIROS
30
Guinness suffix : EST
32
Cudgel made from a knotty stick : SHILLELAGH
33
Bovine, to a tot : MOOCOW
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Tough and stringy, as meat : SINEWY
36
Ordered takeout, say : ATEIN
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Suggest subtly : GETAT
40
Delon of "Purple Noon" : ALAIN
41
Japanese salad herb : UDO
42
Prevaricated : TOLDALIE
47
Got portlier : GAINED
48
Chin scratcher's utterance : HMM
49
With 58-Across, first host of "The Tonight Show" : STEVE
50
Feeling no pain, so to speak : DRUNK
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Hall's partner in pop music : OATES
53
Branch Davidians' home : WACO
54
___ breve : ALLA
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Bomber pilot's worry : FLAK
57
A handshake may seal one : PACT
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___-night doubleheader : TWI
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Zero, in soccer : NIL
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Actress Whitman of "The Duff" : MAE
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You can dig it : ORE

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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