New York Times, Thursday, January 17, 2008

Author: Matt Ginsberg
Editor: Will Shortz
Matt Ginsberg
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 35 Missing: {JWX} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Ginsberg. NYT links: Across Lite

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© 2008, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Learns : ABSORBS
8. 1958 sci-fi classic starring Steve McQueen : THEBLOB
15. Jose Cuervo, for one : TEQUILA
16. --- : SUNRISE
17. Director Ivan : REITMAN
18. Most monstrous : UGLIEST
19. Taylor, Wilson or Harding : ANN
20. Rear-___ : ENDER
22. Book in the Book of Mormon : ENOS
23. "That's all I ___" : ASK
24. Rice dish : PILAF
27. Place for a houseplant : SILL
30. Column of boxes on a questionnaire : YESES
31. Defendants, legally : REI
34. Prize : TREASURE
37. --- : ISLAND
39. Supporters of the arts : PATRONS
40. Plague : SCOURGE
41. Brute : ANIMAL
42. --- : CRACKERS
43. Altoids holder : TIN
44. Saint of dancers : VITUS
46. Once, in old times : ERST
47. Letters before gimels : BETHS
48. "The Guiding Light" airer : CBS
50. Very : OHSO
53. Jazz's Peterson : OSCAR
55. It may be said while crossing the fingers : FIB
58. 1984 film with the tagline "It's 4 a.m., do you know where your car is?" : REPOMAN
61. A deadly sin : AVARICE
63. Of tremendous fervor : BLAZING
64. --- : SADDLES
65. Holiday meals : SPREADS
66. Bun toppers : SESAMES
1. Pivoting razor : ATRA
2. Existed : BEEN
3. 1/64 of a checkerboard, maybe: Abbr. : SQIN
4. So last year : OUT
5. Country singer with the 1997 triple platinum hit "How Do I Live" : RIMES
6. Fill in the ___ (a hint to this puzzle's theme) : BLANK
7. Ocean liner? : SAND
8. "Oy, vey!" cause : TSURIS
9. Show of affection : HUG
10. Film developing order: Abbr. : ENL
11. Give a rundown : BRIEF
12. It may be on a property : LIEN
13. Bone: It. : OSSO
14. Red and black, perhaps : BETS
21. Flexible blade : EPEE
23. Startle : ALARM
25. Classic camera : LEICA
26. Org. : ASSOC
27. Parade honoree, briefly : STPAT
28. Tabriz native : IRANI
29. Admit : LETIN
30. '04, '08 and others : YRS
31. Not so well done : RARER
32. Hwy. planners : ENGRS
33. Explanatory phrase : IDEST
35. Dry white : SOAVE
36. Dark : UNLIT
38. St. ___ (common hospital name) : LUKES
40. Class of '08 in '08, e.g. : SRS
42. Ornery sort : CUSS
45. Risqué beachwear : THONGS
47. Sauce : BOOZE
48. Venae ___ (major blood vessels) : CAVAE
49. Some fasteners : BRADS
50. The sun, moon and stars : ORBS
51. Toolbar heading : HELP
52. Boom : SPAR
54. Famous Mama : CASS
55. What each completed pair of theme answers in this puzzle is : FILM
56. Frozen drink brand : ICEE
57. Former first lady : BESS
59. "O patria ___" ("Aida" aria) : MIA
60. "So ...?" : AND
62. Dietary std. : RDA

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