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New York Times, Wednesday, August 20, 2014

66-Across : Like the number 8, to the Chinese

Author:
Zhouqin Burnikel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 12 for Ms. Burnikel.
Zhouqin Burnikel notes:
Will tweaked a few entries (32A, 35A, 67A & 68A) of my original submission and changed lots of clues. He probably needs extra strong ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I had no idea what the theme was until I hit FREE — very nice a-ha moment. Six theme entries, each starting with a FREE Wheel of ... read more
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© 2014, The New York Times8/20/14 ( No. 23,661 )
Across
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Start to grunt? : HARDG
6
Air freshener scent : LILAC
11
Tabloid paper, slangily : RAG
14
Shudder at : ABHOR
15
Plain People : AMISH
16
Subj. for U.S. citizens-to-be : ESL
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*Fare for those 17 and up : RRATEDMOVIE
19
Lunes or martes : DIA
20
Google Earth offering : MAP
21
Watered down : WEAK
22
*Astronomical red giant : SSTAR
24
Runoff conduit : SEWER
26
Steal the show from : UPSTAGE
28
*"Invest With Confidence" firm : TROWEPRICE
31
Swelled heads : EGOS
32
Top of a platter : SIDEA
33
Black keys, in some key signatures : FLATS
35
Schumer of Comedy Central : AMY
36
Publicist's handout : RELEASE
39
G.M.'s Mary Barra, beginning in 2014 : CEO
42
Land on the eastern Mediterranean : SYRIA
43
Imam's Almighty : ALLAH
45
"As seen ___" : ONTV
48
*Best-selling novelist who wrote the children's poetry volume "Father Goose" : LFRANKBAUM
51
Anticipate : FORESEE
53
Windblown soil : LOESS
54
*"It's Gonna Be Me" group : NSYNC
55
Symbol of authority : FIST
56
Autograph seeker's encl. : SAE
59
Cries of surprise : OHS
60
*The Boss's backup musicians : ESTREETBAND
64
___ Offensive of 1968 : TET
65
"Julius," e.g., in Gaius Julius Caesar : NOMEN
66
Like the number 8, to the Chinese : LUCKY
67
Masthead listings, for short : EDS
68
Road signs may warn of them : ESSES
69
Spaniard's "these" : ESTAS
Down
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"What's the ___ in that?" : HARM
2
Start of a magic incantation : ABRA
3
Liszt piece : RHAPSODY
4
Umlaut half : DOT
5
Tired : GREWWEARY
6
Hedy of "Ecstasy" : LAMARR
7
"Don't worry about me" : IMOK
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Tyler of "Stealing Beauty" : LIV
9
"Just ___ expected" : ASI
10
Game in which pieces can be forked : CHESS
11
Sale item attachment : REDTAG
12
Cheese that's often grated : ASIAGO
13
Gives the evil eye : GLARES
18
Almost to the outfield wall : DEEP
23
Fr. holy women : STES
25
Wearer of a natural wool coat : EWE
26
Rose Bowl stadium sch. : UCLA
27
Wasabi ___ (bar snack) : PEAS
28
Org. with a no-shoes policy? : TSA
29
Wheel part : RIM
30
"Sadly ..." : IFEAR
34
Whistler in the kitchen : TEAKETTLE
37
First name in mysteries : ERLE
38
Subject of a search on Mars : LIFE
39
One to admire : CLASSACT
40
Mer contents : EAU
41
Resistor unit : OHM
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Name that's Old Norse for "young man" : SVEN
44
Abbr. in a birth announcement : LBS
45
Worth mentioning : OFNOTE
46
Snacked : NOSHED
47
No-tell motel meetings : TRYSTS
49
Many Astounding Stories cover subjects : ALIENS
50
Aroma : NOSE
52
Hot spot : SCENE
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Like the initial letters of the answers to the six starred clues, on "Wheel of Fortune" : FREE
57
"My Way" lyricist : ANKA
58
Brand known as Dreyer's in the West : EDYS
61
"Hel-l-l-lp!" : SOS
62
Things Coke and Pepsi have: Abbr. : TMS
63
Work tables? : BUS

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