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New York Times, Monday, August 12, 2013

With 69-Across, childish taunt ... and a homophonic hint to the answers to the asterisked clues

Author:
Daniel Raymon
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Daniel Raymon

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JMQZ} This is puzzle # 8 for Mr. Raymon.
Jim Horne notes:

This puzzle set a new record for most I's in a 15x grid. It held until 2019 when this puzzle with I as the only vowel smashed it.

1
F
2
O
3
U
4
R
5
A
6
B
7
B
8
O
9
T
10
H
11
U
12
F
13
F
14
D
R
N
O
15
V
O
L
T
A
16
E
N
O
L
17
A
G
H
A
18
O
N
A
I
R
19
A
F
R
O
20
I
N
21
H
I
G
H
S
P
22
I
R
I
T
S
23
T
24
U
T
25
E
D
S
26
C
I
T
E
S
27
U
N
C
28
L
E
29
S
30
W
31
A
I
N
32
N
I
H
I
L
33
I
34
S
T
I
C
35
G
36
I
37
V
38
E
39
I
T
E
N
40
A
H
I
N
T
41
A
N
O
S
42
C
E
D
E
43
G
I
N
G
I
44
V
I
T
I
S
45
D
46
R
O
N
E
47
A
D
E
L
A
48
A
49
S
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T
R
O
51
S
52
K
I
53
N
A
Y
54
S
T
R
I
N
55
G
56
B
57
I
K
I
N
58
I
S
59
K
I
E
V
60
R
O
B
O
T
61
L
I
62
E
63
D
64
E
P
E
E
65
I
S
E
R
E
66
I
F
S
O
67
W
E
D
S
68
T
E
X
T
S
69
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© 2013, The New York Times8/12/13 ( No. 23,288 )
Across
1
With 69-Across, childish taunt ... and a homophonic hint to the answers to the asterisked clues : FOUR
5
Monastery head : ABBOT
10
Angry, resentful state : HUFF
14
First James Bond movie : DRNO
15
Italian scientist after whom an electrical unit is named : VOLTA
16
Carbon compound : ENOL
17
Turkish honorific : AGHA
18
Kind of personality, in broadcasting : ONAIR
19
Hairstyle that's rarely seen on blonds and redheads : AFRO
20
*Elated : INHIGHSPIRITS
23
Egyptian boy king : TUT
25
Masthead figures, for short : EDS
26
References in a footnote : CITES
27
"I give!" : UNCLE
29
One who goes a-courting : SWAIN
32
*Believing in nothing : NIHILISTIC
35
With 40-Across, tip off : GIVE
39
Major Fla.-to-Calif. route : ITEN
40
See 35-Across : AHINT
41
Spanish years : ANOS
42
Relinquish : CEDE
43
*Inflammation of gum tissue : GINGIVITIS
45
Spying aircraft : DRONE
47
Journalist ___ Rogers St. Johns : ADELA
48
Houston baseballer : ASTRO
51
Item of sports equipment sometimes seen on top of a car : SKI
53
Yea's opposite : NAY
54
*Eensy-weensy beach garments : STRINGBIKINIS
59
Chicken ___ (dish) : KIEV
60
Man of steel? : ROBOT
61
Told a whopper : LIED
64
Olympic sword : EPEE
65
France's Val d'___ : ISERE
66
"In that case ..." : IFSO
67
Joins in holy matrimony : WEDS
68
"lol, u r so funny" and others : TEXTS
69
See 1-Across : EYES
Down
1
Pharmaceutical-approving grp. : FDA
2
Grp. : ORG
3
Separated, as a horse from its carriage : UNHITCHED
4
Horse with more than one color : ROAN
5
Steer clear of : AVOID
6
Water pipes : BONGS
7
Unexciting : BLAH
8
"Miss ___ Regrets" : OTIS
9
Covering pulled out during a rain delay : TARP
10
Stick it in your ear : HEARINGAID
11
Not suitable : UNFIT
12
Talent : FORTE
13
Dental thread : FLOSS
21
Part of a shoe with a tap : HEEL
22
Here, to Henri : ICI
23
Old Greek garment : TUNIC
24
Join : UNITE
28
Low, hard hits : LINEDRIVES
29
Children's author R. L. ___ : STINE
30
Pegasus appendage : WING
31
Play's opening : ACTI
33
"O, beware, my lord, of jealousy" speaker : IAGO
34
Lower part of the leg : SHIN
36
Make stronger and deeper : INTENSIFY
37
"And there you have it!" : VOILA
38
Alternative to true-false or multiple-choice : ESSAY
44
Self-absorbed : VAIN
46
Politico Paul : RON
48
Off-kilter : ASKEW
49
Michael of R.E.M. : STIPE
50
Cornered, as a raccoon : TREED
51
Women's hybrid tennis garment : SKORT
52
Toys with tails : KITES
55
Bits of sand : GRIT
56
Audio equipment giant : BOSE
57
Alpine goat : IBEX
58
Tennis's Nastase : ILIE
62
WNW's opposite : ESE
63
Mexican couple : DOS

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle.

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