New York Times, Monday, October 15, 2007

Author: Andrea Carla Michaels
Editor: Will Shortz
Andrea Carla Michaels
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 40 Missing: {QXZ} This is puzzle # 6 for Ms. Michaels. NYT links: Across Lite

Andrea Carla Michaels notes: Originally I had:
CRYINGWOLF 10
TALKINGTURKEY 13
PLAYINGPOSSUM 13
SITTINGDUCK 10

Will pointed out that SITTINGDUCK was a noun, whereas the other three were an action + noun. I thought I was doomed. Couldn't just drop it, had to find a matching 10 and not sure one even existed! Plus, I was used to having just three 15s. I found four themes daunting! When I came up with EATINGCROW, I could have wept with happiness.

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© 2007, The New York Times
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1. Indifferent to pleasure or pain : STOIC
6. Close : NEAR
10. Jacket : COAT
14. Toyota rival : HONDA
15. Impulse : URGE
16. ___ of office : OATH
17. Taking back one's words in humiliation : EATINGCROW
19. "Oh, that's what you mean" : ISEE
20. Excitement : ADO
21. ___-de-sac : CUL
22. Receiver of a legal transfer : GRANTEE
24. Actress Zellweger : RENEE
26. Anger : IRE
27. Negotiating in a no-nonsense way : TALKINGTURKEY
32. Baby kangaroos : JOEYS
34. Joel who directed "Raising Arizona" : COEN
35. "These ___ the times that ..." : ARE
36. One-named Art Deco designer : ERTE
37. Vehicles in airplane aisles : CARTS
39. "Love ___ the air" : ISIN
40. Big elephant feature : EAR
41. Theater award : TONY
42. Prayers' ends : AMENS
43. Pretending to be dead : PLAYINGPOSSUM
47. The "et" of et cetera : AND
48. Lock of hair : TRESS
49. Rip off : DEFRAUD
53. Moo goo ___ pan : GAI
54. Ewe's call : BAA
57. Supervising : OVER
58. Raising a false alarm : CRYINGWOLF
61. Roman statesman ___ the Elder : CATO
62. Daylight saving, e.g. : TIME
63. ___ Rae (Sally Field title role) : NORMA
64. Didn't just guess : KNEW
65. Locales of mineral waters : SPAS
66. Say with one's hand on the Bible : SWEAR
1. New York stadium : SHEA
2. Relative of a frog : TOAD
3. Seeing through the deception of : ONTO
4. Dictator Amin : IDI
5. Calls off : CANCELS
6. Cell centers : NUCLEI
7. Misplay, e.g. : ERR
8. Slack-jawed : AGOG
9. Edits : REWRITES
10. Neologist : COINER
11. Kiln : OAST
12. Suit to ___ : ATEE
13. Biblical pronoun : THEE
18. Sticky matter : GUNK
23. Give ___ for one's money : ARUN
24. Comedic actress Martha : RAYE
25. Put into cipher : ENCRYPT
27. Four: Prefix : TETRA
28. "___ Milk?" : GOT
29. Casey with a radio countdown : KASEM
30. Land o' blarney : ERIN
31. Achings : YENS
32. Army transport : JEEP
33. Spoken : ORAL
37. Leads, as an orchestra : CONDUCTS
38. "Hulk" director Lee : ANG
39. Don with a big mouth : IMUS
41. One of the Sinatras : TINA
42. Hands out, as duties : ASSIGNS
44. Peter of Peter, Paul & Mary : YARROW
45. Unrestrained revelries : ORGIES
46. Actor Penn : SEAN
49. Marina fixture : DOCK
50. "___ Almighty," 2007 film : EVAN
51. Honor with a roast, say : FETE
52. What icicles do : DRIP
54. Drill : BORE
55. ___ mater : ALMA
56. Many miles away : AFAR
59. Singer Sumac : YMA
60. "Man alive!" : WOW

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