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New York Times, Thursday, August 31, 2017

Author:
Zachary Spitz
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Zachary Spitz

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Spitz. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Zachary Spitz notes:
I don't remember what sparked this, but I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out, especially around the corners. One change to the ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Rebus, with four CORNER / OFFICEs: BOX office, POST office, OVAL office, HOME office. Zach produced a nice and clean grid, with just ... read more
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BOX
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B
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HOME
© 2017, The New York TimesNo. 0831 ( 24,768 )
Across
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Transporter with sliding doors : BOXCAR
5
Saddle accessories : PADS
9
Kicker's target : GOALPOST
14
Consumer's boon : SALE
15
"How ___ Your Mother" : IMET
16
First lady with a popular recipe for "million-dollar fudge" : MAMIE
17
School founded by Henry VI : ETON
18
Refuge : SAFEHARBOR
20
Mitt Romney's wife : ANN
21
Pilot's surroundings : GASOVEN
22
Business add-on? : INC
23
Alternative to a gun : TASER
25
Futurist : SEER
26
Situation with equal losses and gains : WASH
27
"Precisely!" : SPOTON
29
Soccer star Chastain with two Olympic gold medals : BRANDI
31
With 44-Across, V.I.P. area represented four times in this puzzle : CORNER
35
Microsoft offering : EXCEL
36
Fish ___ : FRY
39
Gavin of "The Love Boat" : MACLEOD
41
What a Möbius strip lacks : END
42
Rehm of public radio : DIANE
44
See 31-Across : OFFICE
46
Capital on an Asian peninsula : ANKARA
48
___ Tomb : LENINS
52
Without modification : ASIS
53
Jack who was quick with a quip : PAAR
57
Odd group of musicians? : NONET
58
Extra cost for an airline passenger : PET
59
Shift+5 on a keyboard : PERCENT
61
"This puzzle is relatively easy," say : LIE
62
Not a good example : POOREXCUSE
64
High-quality cotton : PIMA
65
Like most of Maine : RURAL
66
Holder of the Obama cabinet : ERIC
67
Bargain : DEAL
68
Popular drink : OVALTINE
69
Like some cellars : DANK
70
Alison Bechdel memoir made into a hit 2015 Broadway musical : FUNHOME
Down
1
Luxuries for theatergoers : BOXSEATS
2
Quick break : CATNAP
3
King in "The Tempest" : ALONSO
4
Kylo ___ of "The Force Awakens" : REN
5
City with a famous bell tower : PISA
6
Collect : AMASS
7
Author who did part of his work on Friday : DEFOE
8
Jobs once in California : STEVE
9
F.B.I. agent, informally : GMAN
10
Conjunction in a rebus puzzle : OAR
11
Atmosphere : AMBIANCE
12
Locale of hostile criticism, metaphorically : LIONSDEN
13
Archetype : POSTERCHILD
19
Cannabis, e.g. : HERB
21
Shelter staffer : GROOMER
24
Alternative to "..." : ETC
26
Material for Icarus' wings : WAX
28
F.D.R.-created program with the slogan "We Do Our Part" : NRA
30
Pittance : REDCENT
32
Base fig. : NCO
33
"The Lord of the Rings" figure : ELF
34
Certain whistle blower : REF
36
Need for drugs : FDAAPPROVAL
37
De-suds : RINSEOUT
38
Japanese style of chicken : YAKITORI
40
Palm ___ : OIL
43
Rapper who famously feuded with Jay-Z : NAS
45
"Music for Airports" composer : ENO
47
Tiptop : APEX
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Taking the place (of) : INLIEU
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Artist LeRoy : NEIMAN
51
Sneakily advance from third : STEALHOME
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Parabolic, e.g. : ARCED
55
Automaker whose current models all end in "X" : ACURA
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Material used in mummification : RESIN
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"The King of Football" : PELE
60
Make out : NECK
63
Controlled : RAN
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Common email attachment : PDF

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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