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0521-12: New York Times Crossword Answers 21 May 12, Monday

Solution to today's crossword in the New York Times
Solution to today's SYNDICATED New York Times crossword in all other publications

THEME: Oh! … each of the theme answers is an exclamation starting with the word “Oh”:
10A. "Let's be serious here ..." : OH COME NOW!
32A. "You've gotta be joking!" : OH BROTHER!
16A. "Incidentally ..." : OH BY THE WAY!
38A. "Holy cow!" : OH MY GOD!
61A. "Never mind" : OH FORGET IT!

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For the sake of completion, here is a full listing of all the answers:
1. Mix with a spoon : STIR
5. Not go : STAY
9. Political science subj. : GOVT
13. Biblical water-to-wine locale : CANA
14. Snapshot : PHOTO
15. Flightless bird of South America : RHEA
16. "Incidentally ..." : OH BY THE WAY!
18. Performs in a play : ACTS
19. Response of sympathy : TOO BAD
20. Suffix with ranch : -ERO
21. Cozy dining spot : NOOK
22. Lone Star State : TEXAS
23. Beef jerky brand : SLIM JIM
25. Egg-hatching spot : NEST
27. Filmmaker with style and total control : AUTEUR
30. Pairs : DUOS
33. ___ Hoop : HULA
36. 1968 A.L. M.V.P. and Cy Young winner ___ McLain : DENNY
37. Cigarette's end : ASH
38. "Holy cow!" : OH MY GOD!
40. Dedicated poem : ODE
41. Striped equine : ZEBRA
43. Suspect, in cop lingo : PERP
44. Pairs : TWOS
45. Goofs : ERRORS
47. Carve into, as a plaque : ETCH
49. Performing in a play, say : ON STAGE
52. Following the law : LEGAL
56. Skating jump : LUTZ
58. Sony rival : RCA
59. Southwest desert that includes Death Valley : MOHAVE
60. Sound heard in an empty hallway : ECHO
61. "Never mind" : OH FORGET IT!
63. Secluded valley : GLEN
64. Like much diet food, informally : LO-FAT
65. 1970 Kinks hit : LOLA
66. Indian woman's attire : SARI
67. Found's opposite : LOST
68. Rear end : PRAT

1. Sir Walter who wrote "Ivanhoe" : SCOTT
2. Western lake near Squaw Valley : TAHOE
3. E-mail folder : INBOX
4. Some stylish sunglasses : RAYBANS
5. Pronoun for a ship : SHE
6. Locker room handout : TOWEL
7. Big name in arcade games : ATARI
8. Chinese-American virtuoso cellist : YOYO MA
9. Rock associated with hardness : GRANITE
10. "Let's be serious here ..." : OH COME NOW!
11. Presidential rejection : VETO
12. Chore : TASK
14. Deg. for a prof : PHD
17. Zap with a stun gun : TASE
23. A lumberjack might leave one behind : STUMP
24. "Knocked Up" director Apatow : JUDD
26. Sound heard in a movie theater : SHH
28. Loosen, as laces : UNDO
29. Some whiskeys : RYES
30. Flabbergasted state : DAZE
31. Consumer : USER
32. "You've gotta be joking!" : OH BROTHER!
34. Chemical in drain cleaners : LYE
35. Have a meeting of the minds : AGREE
38. Rowers : OARS
39. Withdraw, with "out" : OPT
42. Packaged pasta brand : RONZONI
44. 2011 Oscar-nominated film about African-American maids : THE HELP
46. Leisurely walk : STROLL
48. Drain cleaner target : CLOG
50. Sound heard before "Gesundheit!" : ACHOO
51. Large fishing hooks : GAFFS
53. Swamp critter : GATOR
54. Walled city in Spain : AVILA
55. Allow to attack : LET AT
56. Pants fillers : LEGS
57. The Bruins of the N.C.A.A. : UCLA
59. Muscular actor with a mohawk : MR T
62. Grain in Cheerios : OAT

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I do the New York Times puzzle online every evening, the night before it is published in the paper. Then, I "Google & Wiki" the references that puzzle me, or that I find of interest. I post my findings, along with the solution, as soon as I am done, usually well before the newsprint version becomes available.

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