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New York Times, Monday, August 31, 2015

20-Across : Allen whose #3 was retired by the 76ers

Author:
Michael Dewey
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {QX} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Dewey.
Michael Dewey notes:
This puzzle, which I called "Pool Cues" during construction, was one I began brainstorming several years ago. The expression DIVE IN ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Great theme; three colorful metaphors relating to jumping into a swimming pool. Really cool find, and so fortuitous that no words are ... read more
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© 2015, The New York Times8/31/15 ( No. 24,037 )
Across
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___ pit (area at a punk concert) : MOSH
5
Cheese named after a town in Holland : EDAM
9
Phenom : WHIZ
13
Butterlike spreads : OLEOS
15
Adjust the strings of, as a guitar : TUNE
16
Shankar who mentored George Harrison : RAVI
17
Attack an endeavor vigorously : DIVEINHEADFIRST
20
Allen whose #3 was retired by the 76ers : IVERSON
21
Papal name chosen 12 times : PIUS
22
What a priest may absolve : SIN
23
Stepped (on) : TROD
25
Heroine of Purim : ESTHER
29
Pilgrim to Mecca : HADJI
31
Locale for Christmas lights : EAVE
33
Ginger ___ (soft drink) : ALE
34
Prevailed : WON
35
___ mater : ALMA
36
The "O" in S.R.O. : ONLY
37
Get hitched : TAKETHEPLUNGE
40
Lacking adornment : BARE
41
Good things to have about you in an emergency : WITS
42
Building designer I. M. ___ : PEI
43
Terrier's expression of terror : ARF
44
Name, as sources : CITE
45
Entertainers Carvey and Delany : DANAS
48
M's and N's, in pronunciation : NASALS
50
Circa-W.W. I art movement : DADA
53
Pre-W.W. II public works project, for short : TVA
54
Moistens : WETS
56
Eighty-sixed : DITCHED
58
Lose one's mind : GOOFFTHEDEEPEND
62
Pakistani language : URDU
63
Expel from power : OUST
64
Jolt of power : SURGE
65
Holiday-time song : NOEL
66
Micro : millionth :: ___ : trillionth : PICO
67
Viewed : SEEN
Down
1
In fashion : MODISH
2
Actress Munn of "Deliver Us From Evil" : OLIVIA
3
Title characters in Disney's first full-length feature : SEVENDWARFS
4
Gardener in the weeds : HOER
5
Prefix with centric : ETHNO
6
Word before north or process : DUE
7
"I need ___" (yawner's words) : ANAP
8
Pertaining to the time of castles and knights : MEDIEVAL
9
Where to wear a watch : WRIST
10
Part of a sarcastic laugh : HAR
11
Hosp. hookups : IVS
12
Teen's facial blemish : ZIT
14
The Vatican's ___ Chapel : SISTINE
18
Neither's partner : NOR
19
What to light on a stick of dynamite : FUSE
24
X'd out : DELETED
26
"Don't give up now!" : HANGINTHERE
27
Vogue rival : ELLE
28
"The Bridge of San Luis ___" : REY
30
Rib-tickler : JOKE
32
Charges (up) : AMPS
35
Score ___ (enjoy some success) : AHIT
36
Draft-worthy : ONEA
37
"Gone With the Wind" plantation : TARA
38
Like some easy-open bottles : TWISTTOP
39
Subjects of some software pop-ups : UPDATES
40
Outlaw : BAN
44
Musical symbol : CLEF
46
Exact retribution for : AVENGE
47
Make melancholy : SADDEN
49
Terrible : AWFUL
51
Supplement : ADDTO
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Go pfft : DIE
55
Feng ___ (harmonizing philosophy) : SHUI
57
PC brains : CPUS
58
Rev, as an engine : GUN
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Pizarro's gold : ORO
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Praiseful poem : ODE
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Abort key : ESC

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