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New York Times, Tuesday, September 10, 2013

63-Across : "If you ask me," in blog comments

Author:
Zhouqin Burnikel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Zhouqin Burnikel

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FJVXZ} This is puzzle # 4 for Ms. Burnikel. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Zhouqin Burnikel notes:
I sifted through all the English words with Chinese roots and came up with the current set. I avoided words with obvious Chinese ties ... read more
Will Shortz notes:
What I like about this puzzle is the unusual nature of the theme. There are no theme answers longer than seven letters. The ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Fun change of pace from C.C. today. She has an interesting story, growing up in China and only starting crosswords back in 2008. Her ... read more
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© 2013, The New York Times9/10/13 ( No. 23,317 )

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Across
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*Relative of an orange : KUMQUAT
8
*Tropical storm : TYPHOON
15
Eroded : ATEINTO
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Certain steroid : HORMONE
17
Disappointment : LETDOWN
18
"The Mary Tyler Moore Show" co-star : EDASNER
19
Procter & Gamble's first liquid laundry detergent : ERA
20
Plenty ticked off : STEAMED
22
Back in history : AGO
23
*Lingerie material : SILK
25
Race with lots of passing : RELAY
27
New Orleans pro team : SAINTS
31
Feeling one's ___ : OATS
35
Sonata maker : HYUNDAI
37
*Act deferentially : KOWTOW
39
Best rating at Moody's : AAA
40
*French fries topper : KETCHUP
42
Dedicated verse : ODE
43
*Like an eager beaver : GUNGHO
45
Friend of Hamlet : HORATIO
47
City in Nevada : ELKO
48
Alcoholic's recourse : BOTTLE
49
Former Israeli P.M. Ehud : BARAK
52
*Food, slangily : CHOW
56
Decline : EBB
59
The blahs : BOREDOM
63
"If you ask me," in blog comments : IMO
64
Radio pioneer : MARCONI
66
Surveillance pickup : CHATTER
68
Genie's master : ALADDIN
69
Op-ed pieces : COLUMNS
70
*Root used in some energy drinks : GINSENG
71
Language that's the source of the words answered by this puzzle's starred clues : CHINESE
Down
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Nutrient-rich cabbages : KALES
2
Organs men don't have : UTERI
3
Lead, for one : METAL
4
Four times a day, in an Rx : QID
5
Some, in Santiago : UNOS
6
No. in chemistry : ATWT
7
Sound of music : TONE
8
Dominant ideas : THEMES
9
Song in the Alps : YODEL
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Often-counterfeited luxury brand : PRADA
11
___ Pinafore : HMS
12
Wife of Charlie Chaplin : OONA
13
Universal donor's type, informally : ONEG
14
Villain in the 2009 "Star Trek" film : NERO
21
Plant with a heart : ARTICHOKE
24
The Wildcats of the Big 12 Conf. : KSU
26
"That hurt!" : YOW
28
Egyptian symbol of life : ANKH
29
Thought: Prefix : IDEO
30
___ King Cole : NAT
32
Yours, in Paris : ATOI
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Foofaraw : TODO
34
Neighbor of Nor. and Fin. : SWE
35
Major swag : HAUL
36
Jerk hard : YANK
37
Actor Russell : KURT
38
October gem : OPAL
39
What the number of birthday candles indicates : AGE
41
Sexy : HOT
44
Big bunch : GOB
46
Sleuth, in slang : TEC
48
Making public : BARING
50
Cabin or cottage : ABODE
51
1998 De Niro crime thriller : RONIN
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Vegas request : HITME
54
Signs : OMENS
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In decline : WORSE
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Slate, e.g. : EMAG
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Indonesian tourist mecca : BALI
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Fiber-rich food : BRAN
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800, in old Rome : DCCC
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"I know! I know!" : OHOH
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Landlocked African land : MALI
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Some B&N wares : CDS
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Large vat : TUN

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