New York Times, Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Author: Patrick Merrell
Editor: Will Shortz
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Patrick Merrell
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 80, Blocks: 40 Missing: {FJKQVZ} This is puzzle # 54 for Mr. Merrell. NYT links: Across Lite

JimH notes: I have shaded the squares that we're asked to circle at 65 Across.
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© 2006, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Cheese choice : SWISS
6. It's no free ride : CAB
9. Gangster gals : MOLLS
14. Like a Hitchcock audience, typically : TENSE
15. Grant opponent : LEE
16. Poet T. S. ___ : ELIOT
17. Hitchhikers' needs : RIDES
18. Turkish chief : AGA
19. Not completely white anymore : DINGY
20. "Where did ___ wrong?" : IGO
21. Testing, as one's patience : TRYING
24. S-shaped molding : OGEE
25. Fear : PHOBIA
27. Scant : SPARSE
29. Like 90 proof liquor : STRONG
30. Non-Rx : OTC
31. Four Monopoly properties: Abbr. : RRS
34. European carrier : SAS
35. Bad winner's behavior : GLOATING
37. "Who's the ___?" : BOSS
40. Peking or Siam suffix : ESE
41. Direction for a wagon train : WEST
42. Large turnip : RUTABAGA
45. ___ good clip : ATA
47. Valuable rock : ORE
48. Spying device : BUG
49. Reviewer : CRITIC
53. Outsiders may not get it : ACCESS
56. Put a new handle on : RENAME
57. Ticklish muppet : ELMO
59. Thick-skinned critters : RHINOS
61. 33 1/3 r.p.m. spinners : LPS
62. Many a pope : SAINT
64. Before, in poetry : ERE
65. California team [and 18 letters in the grid to circle ... and then connect using three lines] : THEAS
67. Lightly burn : SINGE
68. N.Y.C. ave. between Park and Third : LEX
69. Red Square notable : LENIN
70. Gang's slanguage : ARGOT
71. Allow : LET
72. Newsboy's shout of old : EXTRA
1. Comic page offerings : STRIPS
2. Scale reading : WEIGHT
3. Not outside : INDOOR
4. Memphis-to-Mobile dir. : SSE
5. Troubadour's six-stanza verse : SESTINA
6. Pot composition : CLAY
7. Sponsorship : AEGIS
8. Gardener's vine support : BEANPOLE
9. Dr.'s field : MED
10. Stews : OLIOS
11. Common Valentine's Day gift : LINGERIE
12. Theater section : LOGE
13. Eye ailment : STYE
22. Lively piano pieces : RAGS
23. Córdoba cat : GATO
26. ___ nova (1960's dance) : BOSSA
28. Zenith competitor : RCA
32. Surgical assts. : RNS
33. ___ Snorkel : SGT
35. Fed. purchasing org. : GSA
36. Wit who wrote "When in doubt, tell the truth" : TWAIN
37. Sis's sib : BRO
38. Your and my : OUR
39. Hot under the collar : STEAMING
40. Shade of white : EGGSHELL
43. U.K. radio and TV inits. : BBC
44. Violinist Leopold : AUER
45. Prefix with 25-Across : ACRO
46. Railroad support : TRESTLE
50. Skill : TALENT
51. Damage : IMPAIR
52. Business jet maker : CESSNA
54. Zaire, now : CONGO
55. "Yes ___, Bob!" : SIREE
57. She, in Roma : ESSA
58. Bandit's refuge : LAIR
60. Call in a bakery : NEXT
63. Holiday in Vietnam : TET
66. Bewitch : HEX

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