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New York Times, Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Author:
Ryan Milligan
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Ryan Milligan

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 36 Missing: {KQXYZ} Spans: 2 This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Milligan. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Ryan Milligan notes:
I am beyond ecstatic to be making my NY Times crossword debut today. I've been submitting puzzles to the NY Times since my junior year ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Debut! A theme HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT, those letters spread through three long answers, tied together with WHERE IS THE THEME? Although ... read more
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Across
1
Twosome in the news : ITEM
5
___ California : BAJA
9
"No drama" president : OBAMA
14
Simba's mate in "The Lion King" : NALA
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Play to ___ : ATIE
16
Half of the Dynamic Duo : ROBIN
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Serious injury for a firefighter : THIRDDEGREEBURN
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Part of a golf cup : RIM
21
Letter after kay : ELL
22
Gerund ender : ING
23
Sri Lanka export : TEA
24
___ roll : ONA
25
Mary's boss on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" : LOU
26
Santa ___ (some winds) : ANAS
28
"Pale" or "prairie" plant of the central U.S. : INDIANPLANTAIN
34
Fine distinction : NUANCE
35
Suze with financial advice : ORMAN
36
Good pace, informally : CLIP
38
One of the Wayans brothers : SHAWN
41
Salinger heroine : ESME
42
Farmhand's material : DENIM
44
Fancy neckwear : CRAVAT
46
Indication that "That's how things are" : SIGNOFTHETIMES
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Collagist's supply : GLUE
51
Bard's contraction : TIS
52
Do-over call : LET
54
Temple University athlete : OWL
57
Figures at raves : DJS
58
LIII doubled : CVI
59
Outburst from Scrooge : BAH
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Question answered by this puzzle's circled letters : WHEREISTHETHEME
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French-speaking African land : NIGER
65
Skeptic's reply : IBET
66
Tolerate : BEAR
67
Conductors' announcements : STOPS
68
Canadian fill-up choice : ESSO
69
English Channel feeder : ORNE
Down
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Start of many course titles : INTRO
2
Falafel sauce : TAHINI
3
2012 Super Bowl M.V.P. who hosted "S.N.L." : ELIMANNING
4
Deface : MAR
5
Banking problems : BADLOANS
6
Had a midday meal : ATELUNCH
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What may be up when the police arrive? : JIG
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Kind of photography : AERIAL
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Common pizza seasoning : OREGANO
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Dole out in politics? : BOB
11
Border on : ABUT
12
Bog : MIRE
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Actress Kendrick of "Pitch Perfect" : ANNA
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Novelist Ephron : DELIA
19
Sicilian province : ENNA
27
Shakespeare's Avon, for one : STREAM
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Fooling : DUPING
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Pastel shade : PEACH
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Import from Holland : AMSTELBEER
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Existential declaration : IAM
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Coastal hurricane dir. : NNE
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Subjects of heightened interest, for short? : CDS
37
Luau necklace : LEI
39
Sad sorts : WRETCHES
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From : NATIVETO
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Rots slowly : MOLDERS
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Call on : VISIT
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It's big in Japan : FUJI
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Singer O'Shea who shared the stage with the Beatles on the 2/9/64 "Ed Sullivan Show" : TESSIE
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Mariner : SEAMAN
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"Ta-da!" : THERE
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Controls : OWNS
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Iota : WHIT
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Building block : LEGO
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Sales worker : REP
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USA competitor : TBS
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"Game of Thrones" airer : HBO

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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