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New York Times, Monday, September 16, 2013

Author:
Ed Sessa
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Edward Sessa

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 80, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FJQVWZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 19 for Mr. Sessa. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Edward Sessa notes:
As originally conceived and submitted this puzzle had all the clues begin with the letter "M". I suspect that either some of the clues ... read more
Will Shortz notes:
The Monday through Thursday puzzles this week were used last Saturday at the 6th annual BAC Fill crossword tournament in Oakland, ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Nice start to the week; Ed gives us a lively set of theme answers that haven't been seen much before. It took me a while to remember ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

This puzzle blows away the old record for most Ms. There are 25 of them.

Update: Clive Probert squeezed 46 Ms into this 2017 puzzle.

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P
2
A
3
N
4
A
5
S
6
A
7
P
8
D
9
A
10
P
11
P
12
E
13
R
14
U
P
I
15
G
A
L
S
16
E
L
A
I
N
E
17
M
A
M
18
M
A
M
I
A
19
C
A
N
N
O
T
20
A
R
O
A
R
21
L
22
E
O
23
A
T
R
A
24
S
T
Y
X
25
M
26
U
M
M
Y
27
S
T
O
M
B
28
I
29
B
I
D
30
I
S
L
E
31
A
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H
33
A
34
A
R
O
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O
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I
L
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O
38
S
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T
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M
I
L
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L
I
O
N
M
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O
43
M
M
A
R
C
H
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I
M
P
E
L
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B
A
A
L
46
S
H
Y
47
T
E
48
M
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P
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H
A
Y
51
S
52
M
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A
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M
M
Y
Y
O
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K
U
M
56
L
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A
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M
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A
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A
T
I
E
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N
T
H
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A
A
R
O
N
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C
E
S
S
64
N
A
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M
66
M
67
M
M
G
O
O
D
68
H
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T
E
C
H
69
E
X
A
M
70
M
E
R
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U
N
S
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R
S
72
R
I
C
O
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A
D
E
© 2013, The New York TimesNo. 0916 ( 23,323 )
Across
1
Man-goat of myth : PAN
4
"Make it snappy," on an order : ASAP
8
Smartly dressed : DAPPER
14
Media inits. since 1958 : UPI
15
Guys' counterpart : GALS
16
Mike Nichols's comedy partner ___ May : ELAINE
17
Abba-inspired hit musical : MAMMAMIA
19
Is unable to : CANNOT
20
Loud, as a crowd : AROAR
21
Sign before Virgo : LEO
23
Gillette razor brand : ATRA
24
River of the underworld, in myth : STYX
25
Movie starring Lon Chaney Jr., with "The" : MUMMYSTOMB
28
Footnote abbr. : IBID
30
___ of Wight : ISLE
31
"Now I get it!" : AHA
34
Suffix with buck : AROO
36
"Since ___ My Baby" (1965 Temptations hit) : ILOST
40
Washington rally of 5/14/00 : MILLIONMOMMARCH
44
Push : IMPEL
45
False god : BAAL
46
Timid : SHY
47
Office worker just for the day : TEMP
50
Makes bales on a farm : HAYS
52
Dogpatch matriarch : MAMMYYOKUM
56
Tibetan priest : LAMA
60
Even, after "in" : ATIE
61
Math's highest degree? : NTH
62
Baseball's Hammerin' Hank : AARON
63
Many a corporate plane : CESSNA
65
Classic advertising slogan ... and a hint to 17-, 25-, 40- and 52-Across : MMMMGOOD
68
Very advanced, computerwise : HITECH
69
Test : EXAM
70
Mal de ___ : MER
71
Al and Al Jr. of auto racing : UNSERS
72
Puerto ___ : RICO
73
Suffix on juice drinks : ADE
Down
1
Mountain cats or sneakers : PUMAS
2
Miles ___ (not even close) : APART
3
Leonard who played Mr. Spock : NIMOY
4
Medium in bio labs : AGAR
5
"Uncle ___ wants you" : SAM
6
Boxer Muhammad : ALI
7
"The Lord is my shepherd ...," e.g. : PSALM
8
Wooden ducks : DECOYS
9
Pie ___ mode : ALA
10
Long, thin cigar : PANATELA
11
Mottled horse : PINTO
12
Huge, in poetry : ENORM
13
Adjust the margins again : RETAB
18
Opposite of mini- : MAXI
22
Brit. record label : EMI
25
Artist Joan : MIRO
26
Japanese soup noodles : UDON
27
Meagerly : SLIMLY
29
Barnum's circus partner : BAILEY
31
Friend of François : AMI
32
"I Will Follow ___" (1963 #1 hit) : HIM
33
Mont Blanc, e.g. : ALP
35
White House financial advisory grp. : OMB
37
Surgery sites, for short : ORS
38
Educ. facility : SCH
39
"___ will be done ..." (Lord's Prayer phrase) : THY
41
"Hmmm ..." : LETMESEE
42
Honolulu's home : OAHU
43
Sir's counterpart, informally : MAAM
48
Bird mimics : MYNAHS
49
One calling the kettle black, in a saying : POT
51
Metal waste : SLAG
52
___ Picchu (Incan site) : MACHU
53
Had dinner at home : ATEIN
54
Light fogs : MISTS
55
Official language of Cambodia : KHMER
57
Scent : AROMA
58
Made a cow call : MOOED
59
Tennis's Agassi : ANDRE
62
Bullets, BB's and such : AMMO
64
Co. that makes A.T.M.'s : NCR
66
1011, in old Rome : MXI
67
McDonald's Big ___ : MAC

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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