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New York Times, Friday, August 15, 2014

Author:
Jeff Chen
Editor:
Will Shortz
___ Wuornos, "Monster" role for which Charlize Theron won an Oscar
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Jeff Chen
Panama Canal

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 34 Missing: {QVWX} This is puzzle # 30 for Mr. Chen. Friday freshness: 66%
Jeff Chen notes:
Two years ago, I was researching the Panama Canal for a book I was writing. My crossword spidey-sense flared when I noticed the canal ... read more
Will Shortz notes:
I think Jeff intended 16A, A PLAN, to be a bonus theme entry, since it's part of the classic palindrome "A man, a plan, a canal — ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:

So sad that my original clue for HAIRLIKE didn't make it in: [Quality of a quality rug?].

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© 2014, The New York Times8/15/14 ( No. 23,656 )
Across
1
"The Lion King" bird : ZAZU
5
Environmental pollutants, for short : PCBS
9
Easter cake : BABKA
14
Remote : SLIM
15
Writer ___ Stanley Gardner : ERLE
16
"Sounds like ___" : APLAN
17
Staples of Americana : APPLEPIES
19
Iraqi P.M. ___ al-Maliki : NOURI
20
One end of the [circled letters], which opened on 8/15/1914 : CARIBBEANSEA
22
Quanta : AMOUNTS
24
First female athlete on the front of a Wheaties box : RETTON
26
Brew that gets its color from oxidation : REDTEA
27
Capillaceous : HAIRLIKE
29
What a check might be delivered in : CHESS
30
Tribal wear, for short : MOCS
31
Part of the conjugation of "être" : ETES
32
Fiery eruptions : TIRADES
35
Features of many drive-thrus : ATMS
39
Chicago market, with "the" : MERC
40
One with a once-in-a-lifetime experience? : HAJJI
45
Elation : RHAPSODY
47
___ Wuornos, "Monster" role for which Charlize Theron won an Oscar : AILEEN
48
"Whew!" feeling : RELIEF
49
Was behind : RANLATE
50
The other end of the [circled letters] : PACIFICOCEAN
53
Sonatas have four of them : TIRES
54
What never lets go? : SUPERGLUE
57
Hip place? : ILIUM
58
Second issue? : ABEL
59
Prefix with zone : EURO
60
Gives it up, so to speak : CLAPS
61
N.B.A. coaching great George ___ : KARL
62
Nobel pursuits?: Abbr. : SCIS
Down
1
When doubled, onetime name in Hollywood : ZSA
2
Pinnacle of "The Sound of Music" : ALP
3
Letter number : ZIPCODE
4
Deutsch marks? : UMLAUTS
5
Seed in Mexican cuisine : PEPITA
6
Homie's homes : CRIBS
7
Air bubble : BLEB
8
Zaire's Mobutu ___ Seko : SESE
9
Ad form : BANNER
10
Evangelist : APOSTLE
11
Bird that, curiously, has a yellow breast : BLUETIT
12
Bars in a bar? : KARAOKE
13
Darth Vader's boyhood nickname : ANI
18
___ Rutherford, the Father of Nuclear Physics : ERNEST
21
Result (from) : ARISE
22
A pop-up has one : ARC
23
So-so : MEH
25
The Legend of Zelda platform, briefly : NES
27
Trite : HOARY
28
Electrical inits. : ACDC
30
Stable role on TV? : MRED
33
"Ta-ta" : IMOFF
34
Boxing souvenir : SHINER
35
Flight board abbr. : ARR
36
Medical product with no conceivable use? : THEPILL
37
Central American danger : MALARIA
38
Enliven : SPICEUP
41
Family-friendly category : ALLAGES
42
TV's Capt. Picard : JEANLUC
43
Fountain feature : JET
44
Suffix with opal : INE
46
They'll rock your world : SEISMS
47
Remote power source : AACELL
49
Rodeo performer : ROPER
51
"Out of Africa" writer Dinesen : ISAK
52
Island sometimes called El Cocodrilo : CUBA
53
Peculiarity : TIC
55
Location of the William Tell legend : URI
56
Lover of Orion, in Greek myth : EOS

Answer summary:
5 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later.

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