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New York Times, Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Religious symbol resembling a plus sign ... or a hint to the three groups of shaded squares in this puzzle

Author:
John Guzzetta
Editor:
Will Shortz
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John Guzzetta

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 39 Missing: {BJQUX} This is puzzle # 23 for Mr. Guzzetta. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
John Guzzetta notes:
While working on this idea in April 2018, I tried to make the Greek letters break across a two-word phrase, and I tried to use as many ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Three GREEK CROSSes = pairs of themers intersecting at their hidden Greek letters. The LAT published a bigger version of this concept ... read more
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© 2019, The New York Times9/24/19 ( No. 25,522 )
Across
1
Shelter grp. : SPCA
5
Taj Mahal city : AGRA
9
Rabbit's foot : PAW
12
With 50-Down, home of Goodyear : AKRON
13
Modern-day Persia : IRAN
14
Kismet : FATE
15
Protective garments worn for dental X-rays : LEADAPRONS
17
Let the host know : RSVP
18
Project's windup : FINALPHASE
19
90° on a compass : EAST
20
India ___ : INK
21
Not stereo : MONO
22
Hefty lexical ref. : OED
23
Competitor of Petro-Canada : ESSO
25
Grated food flavorer used in baking : LEMONZEST
29
"Not on your life!" : NEVER
32
Holder of a collateral loan : LIENEE
33
Aromatic shrubs yielding an essential oil : MYRTLES
36
It's "read" during a reprimand : RIOTACT
37
Fowl with a showy mate : PEAHEN
38
Temporary tattoo dye : HENNA
39
About half of a regular-season schedule : HOMEGAMES
41
Gold-coated : GILT
45
Snorters' quarters : STY
46
Galleria display : ARTE
48
It's fixed when it's flat : FEE
49
Capital of Qatar : DOHA
51
Religious symbol resembling a plus sign ... or a hint to the three groups of shaded squares in this puzzle : GREEKCROSS
54
"That makes sense now" : OHOK
55
Set in direct opposition to : PITAGAINST
56
It's fixed when it's flat : TIRE
57
Spanish liqueur : ANIS
58
Hollows between hills : VALES
59
Thor, to Odin : SON
60
Cabinet position: Abbr. : SECY
61
Kirk ___, first actor to play Superman on the big screen : ALYN
Down
1
Balls of yarn : SKEINS
2
April 1 activities : PRANKS
3
End of a concerto : CODA
4
Fussy to excess : ANAL
5
What jars with fireflies need : AIRHOLES
6
"I started a boat-building business in my attic ... Now sails are going through the roof," e.g. : GROANER
7
Price of freedom : RANSOM
8
Addie's husband in "As I Lay Dying" : ANSE
9
Annual parade locale since 1890 : PASADENA
10
Rugged four-wheelers, for short : ATVS
11
Openly mourned : WEPT
12
Title role for Michael Caine or Jude Law : ALFIE
14
Playground game with teams : FREEZETAG
16
Pollutant concentration meas. : PPM
22
Burger topper : ONION
24
Accepting bribes : ONTHETAKE
26
Lena of "Havana" : OLIN
27
Jiffy : SEC
28
Vietnamese holiday : TET
30
Mournful poem : ELEGY
31
With 52-Down, passage to the heart : VENA
33
Letters on a speedometer : MPH
34
Naval petty officer: Abbr. : YEO
35
What a shofar is typically made from : RAMSHORN
36
Be worry-free : RESTEASY
38
One at risk of excommunication : HERETIC
40
Leatherneck : MARINE
42
"Wouldn't that be nice!" : IFONLY
43
Mitigate : LESSEN
44
Trials and tribulations : TESTS
47
Heart chart, briefly : EKG
49
They might be connected by children ... or detectives : DOTS
50
See 12-Across : OHIO
51
College application figs. : GPAS
52
See 31-Down : CAVA
53
Currency on the Arabian Peninsula : RIAL

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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