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New York Times, Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Big ___ (person who takes a date to a fast-food restaurant, jocularly)

Author:
Gerry Wildenberg
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQVXZ} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Wildenberg.
Gerry Wildenberg notes:
Though I've done crossword puzzles sporadically all my life, about four years ago I started doing them a bit more seriously than I had ... read more
Will Shortz notes:
Like almost all puzzles that contain triply-checked letters, like the shaded ones here, this puzzle includes some vocabulary that is ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
GOLD NUGGETS hidden in the grid today, a neat visual when seen in the print version and pdf. These types of graphics don't occur very ... read more
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© 2014, The New York Times9/23/14 ( No. 23,695 )

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Across
1
Drink with a lizard logo : SOBE
5
Big balls : GALAS
10
W.W. I's Battle of the ___ : YSER
14
Winter truck attachment : PLOW
15
Lagoon surrounder : ATOLL
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Brand of shoes or handbags : ALDO
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Advantage : EDGE
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One of the Gabor sisters : MAGDA
19
Exercise on a mat : YOGA
20
Reds and Braves, for short : NLERS
22
Rodeo rope : RIATA
24
Swiss river : AAR
25
Like some home improvement projects, briefly : DIY
26
Actor Claude of "B. J. and the Bear" : AKINS
28
Jazz great named after an Egyptian god : SUNRA
30
Riddle : ENIGMA
32
"Trust me!" : HONEST
33
Home of the University of Nevada : RENO
34
Cooks gently : SIMMERS
38
Valuable finds suggested by the circled letters : GOLDNUGGETS
41
Rascal : SOANDSO
42
Snowman in Disney's "Frozen" : OLAF
45
Scattered : STREWN
48
Like the snow in a shaken snow globe : ASWIRL
50
Rub out : ERASE
51
Makes a harsh sound : BLATS
54
Mahmoud Abbas's grp. : PLO
55
"Ugh, German sausage is the wurst," e.g. : PUN
56
Think optimistically : DREAM
58
Settles (into) : EASES
60
Nothing doing? : IDLE
62
Poet Nash : OGDEN
64
Advanced law degs. : LLDS
65
Stravinsky ballet : AGON
66
Cheddarlike cheese : COLBY
67
Pricey seating option : LOGE
68
Darns, e.g. : SEWS
69
What comes out of an angry person's ears in cartoons : STEAM
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Sprinted : SPED
Down
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Big ___ (person who takes a date to a fast-food restaurant, jocularly) : SPENDER
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Well-established : OLDLINE
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Barely missing par : BOGEYING
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Pitcher : EWER
5
Group of whales : GAM
6
Maker of Asteroids and Missile Command : ATARI
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Access a private account : LOGIN
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Actors Alan and Robert : ALDAS
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Blind part : SLAT
10
"We did it!" : YAY
11
Everett ___, player of Mr. Bernstein in "Citizen Kane" : SLOANE
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Mystery prizes : EDGARS
13
Greet with loud laughter : ROARAT
21
Spade of "The Maltese Falcon" : SAM
23
Hit ___ spot : ASORE
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Lawrence who co-wrote two of the "Star Wars" films : KASDAN
29
Take out of an overhead bin, say : UNSTOW
31
Stimulates, informally : GOOSES
32
Billy : HEGOAT
35
Red Roof ___ : INN
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Nasty political accusations : MUD
37
Old British sports cars : MGS
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Gave a cattle call? : LOWED
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Twaddle : SLIPSLOP
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Roone who created "Nightline" and "20/20" : ARLEDGE
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Obeyed a dentist's directive : FLOSSED
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Brown-toned photos : SEPIAS
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Plod : TRUDGE
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Almost had no stock left : RANLOW
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NNW's opposite : SSE
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Sired : BEGOT
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Soup server : LADLE
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Itsy-bitsy creature : AMEBA
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Fabulous birds : ROCS
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"___ well" : ALLS
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U.S.N.A. grad: Abbr. : ENS
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Citi Field team, on scoreboards : NYM

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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