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New York Times, Thursday, January 15, 2004

Author: Patrick Merrell
Editor: Will Shorts
Patrick Merrell
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQVX} Grid is asymmetric Minimum word length: 2 Featured in Will Shortz's favorite puzzles Grid has repeated answers This is puzzle # 24 for Mr. Merrell.

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JimH notes: The experience here is not quite the same as the print version so it's best to print this out and solve it on paper.

1. unsymmetrical grid; 2. two-letter answers; 3. LORE in grid twice; 4. ACROSS heading instead of DOWN; 5. PUZLE misspelled (56A); 6. 50A clue out of order; 7. two 13D clues; 8. phony 37D clue; 9. 47D repeats answer as clue; 10. Will "Shorts"?
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© 2004, The New York TimesNo. 19,791
Across Across
1. Often-told truths : SAWS
5. ___ facto : IPSO
9. Tricky shot : MASSE
14. Racer Luyendyk : ARIE
15. Gardener's purchase : LOAM
16. Some saxes : ALTOS
17. Lava geese : NENE
18. It's passed on : LORE
19. Contents of some John Cage compositions : NOISE
20. Start of a question : CANYOUFINDTEN
23. Adjusts : TWEAKS
24. Big ___ : SUR
25. Whomps, briefly : KOS
28. Old Mideast combine: Abbr. : UAR
29. John Dean, to Nixon : AIDE
32. Sure way to lose money : BADBET
34. "Gosh!" : MY
35. Ruined : SPOILT
37. A star may have one : AURA
38. Middle of the question : THINGSWRONG
41. Place : LIEU
43. Discernment : SEEING
44. Common ratio : PI
46. Sample : SWATCH
50. Chamber piece? : GUN
49. Dispatched : SENT
51. Monk's title : DOM
52. Driver's aid: Abbr. : AAA
54. Track racer : GOCART
56. End of the question : WITHTHISPUZLE
60. Like workhorses : SHOD
62. Arcade name : ATARI
63. V.I.P.'s opposite : PEON
64. It's passed on : LORE
65. Compelled : HALED
66. Wading bird : IBIS
67. Ottawa-born singer/songwriter : ANKA
68. Turned up : AROSE
69. Cry that might be appropriate at this point in the puzzle : DONE
1. Retreat : SANCTUM
2. Passage between buildings : AREAWAY
3. Bingo announcement : WINNER
4. "Toodles!" : SEEYA
5. Mirage : ILLUSION
6. Magician's sound effect : POOF
7. Draped dress : SARI
8. Things to be read : OMENS
9. Om, e.g. : MANTRA
10. Cream ingredient : ALOE
11. Malodorous pest : STINKBUG
12. Coded message : SOS
13. Language suffix often seen in crosswords : ESE
13. Compass dir. often seen in crosswords : ESE
21. African grazer : OKAPI
22. Put words in someone's mouth? : DUB
26. Anthem contraction : OER
27. Platform place: Abbr. : STA
30. Is hip to : DIGS
31. 1995 country hit "Someone ___ Star" : ELSES
33. "Dagnabbit!" : DANG
35. Latched : SHUT
36. Affectedly dainty, in England : TWEE
37. Extinct Namibian shrub genus: Var.
38. Coordinated effort : TEAMWORK
39. Like some seats : RINGSIDE
40. First : ONTOP
41. Trip producer : LSD
42. W.W. II Pacific battle site, for short : IWO
44. Appropriate : PURLOIN
45. Blazing : INTENSE
47. Cat : CAT
48. Desired response to "Take my wife... please!" : HAHAHA
50. Open-sided shelter : GAZEBO
53. Perfume source : ATTAR
55. Noted archer : CUPID
57. What a germ may become : IDEA
58. Good sign : HALO
59. Ticks off : IRES
60. Hearst kidnapping grp. : SLA
61. Dear : HON

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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