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New York Times, Monday, September 8, 2014

Milestone birthday, informally ... with a hint to 20-, 31- and 41-Across

Author:
Dan Schoenholz
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQUXZ} This is puzzle # 15 for Mr. Schoenholz.
Dan Schoenholz notes:
For some reason, the theme for this puzzle didn't jump out at me when I was actually getting the cards and gag gifts that accompanied ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Dan gives us theme entries each with five O's, tying it nicely together with THE BIG FIVE OH. Relatively smooth grid; a good start to ... read more
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© 2014, The New York Times9/8/14 ( No. 23,680 )
Across
1
Glasgow natives : SCOTS
6
Horse's feedbox fill : OATS
10
Spill the beans : BLAB
14
"Yippee!" : WAHOO
15
Get-out-of-jail money : BAIL
16
Toy construction piece : LEGO
17
Ann ___, Mich. : ARBOR
18
Long-distance callers' necessities : AREACODES
20
2011 Tony-winning religious satire, with "The" : BOOKOFMORMON
22
Cunning : SLY
23
Speckled horse : ROAN
24
"___ Bovary" : MADAME
28
A toddler might throw one : FIT
29
Wager : BET
30
Hip, in the '60s : MOD
31
Hyperlocal way to campaign : DOORTODOOR
36
Barbecue fare : RIBS
37
Hall-of-Fame Broncos QB John : ELWAY
38
Charged particle : ION
39
Skater Sonja who won three Olympic gold medals : HENIE
40
Slight coloring : TINT
41
Black magic item : VOODOODOLL
43
Mother of Cain and Abel : EVE
44
___ Lingus (Irish carrier) : AER
45
London lav : LOO
46
Edit : REDACT
48
Cutlet meat : VEAL
50
European peak : ALP
53
Milestone birthday, informally ... with a hint to 20-, 31- and 41-Across : THEBIGFIVEOH
56
Uncle Ben's offering : WHITERICE
59
Actress Greta who famously said "I want to be alone" : GARBO
60
Boingo service at airports : WIFI
61
Pub potables : ALES
62
Flying saucer occupant : ALIEN
63
Computer that runs OS X : IMAC
64
Where to get eggs : NEST
65
Destitute : NEEDY
Down
1
Q-tips, e.g. : SWABS
2
Christmas song : CAROL
3
"Goody!" : OHBOY
4
Conned : TOOK
5
Campus sisterhood : SORORITY
6
First president born outside the continental U.S. : OBAMA
7
Boy's name that's almost always first alphabetically : AARON
8
Cake layer : TIER
9
Jail, slangily : SLAMMER
10
Golden-haired : BLOND
11
Was ahead : LED
12
"Act your ___!" : AGE
13
2013 World Series winner, on scoreboards : BOS
19
Paint layer : COAT
21
Pic : FOTO
25
___ acid (protein building block) : AMINO
26
Exxon merger partner : MOBIL
27
Famous auto flop : EDSEL
28
Campus brotherhood, briefly : FRAT
29
007 : BOND
31
Discourage : DETER
32
___ Oyl : OLIVE
33
Had possession of : OWNED
34
Christian of couture : DIOR
35
Tic-tac-toe winner : OOO
36
Start all over : REDO
39
Rowdy soccer fan, for one : HOOLIGAN
41
Purple Heart recipient, e.g. : VETERAN
42
Scandinavian saint : OLAF
44
Heartsickness, e.g. : ACHE
47
Place for a ghost : ATTIC
48
Drinking and gambling : VICES
49
Discharge : EGEST
50
Eagle's perch : AERIE
51
Like oak leaves and brains : LOBED
52
Insincere type : PHONY
54
Ill temper : BILE
55
Hollow between hills : VALE
56
1910s conflict: Abbr. : WWI
57
That guy : HIM
58
"... woodchuck chuck, ___ woodchuck could chuck wood?" : IFA

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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