New York Times, Tuesday, November 5, 1996

Author: Jeremiah Farrell
Editor: Will Shortz
Jeremiah Farrell
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 80, Blocks: 33 Missing: {JKQX} Spans: 2 This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Farrell. NYT links: Across Lite

JimH notes: This amazing puzzle appeared the morning of the 1996 U.S. presidential election. The answer word at 39 Across can be filled in with either CLINTON or BOBDOLE and all the crossing Down clues work either way. In this audio interview, Will Shortz calls this his favorite crossword ever.
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© 1996, The New York Times
Across Down
1. "___ your name" (Mamas and Papas lyric) : ICALL
6. Fell behind slightly : LOSTASTEP
15. Euripides tragedy : MEDEA
16. Free : ATLIBERTY
17. Forecast : PROGNOSTICATION
19. Be bedridden : AIL
20. Journalist Stewart : ALSOP
21. Rosetta ___ : STONE
22. 1960's espionage series : ISPY
24. ___ Perignon : DOM
25. Quilting party : BEE
26. "Drying out" program : REHAB
28. Umpire's call : SAFE
30. Tease : RAZZ
34. Tease : RIB
36. Standard : NORM
38. "The Tell-Tale Heart" writer : POE
39. Lead story in tomorrow's newspaper (!), with 43-Across : CLINTON
43. See 39-Across : ELECTED
45. Gold: Prefix : AUR
46. ___ Lee cakes : SARA
48. Bobble the ball : ERR
49. Spanish aunts : TIAS
51. Obi : SASH
53. Bravery : VALOR
57. Small island : AIT
59. Daddies : PAS
61. Theda of 1917's "Cleopatra" : BARA
62. Employee motivator : AWARD
65. Otherworldly : EERIE
67. Treasure hunter's aid : MAP
68. Title for 39-Across next year : MISTERPRESIDENT
71. Exclusion from social events : OSTRACISM
72. Fab Four name : RINGO
73. They may get tied up in knots : SHOELACES
74. Begin, as a maze : ENTER
1. Disable : IMPAIR
2. Cherry-colored : CERISE
3. Newspaperman Ochs : ADOLPH
4. Easel part : LEG
5. Actress Turner : LANA
6. Ropes, as dogies : LASSOS
7. Place to put your feet up : OTTOMAN
8. Underskirt : SLIP
9. First of three-in-a-row : TIC
10. Lower in public estimation : ABASE
11. Onetime bowling alley employee : SETTER
12. Threesome : TRIO
13. English prince's school : ETON
14. 60's TV talk-show host Joe : PYNE
18. Superannuated : OLD
23. Sewing shop purchase : YARN
25. TV's Uncle Miltie : BERLE
27. Short writings : BITS
29. Opponent : FOE
31. Likely : APT
32. Actress Caldwell : ZOE
33. End of the English alphabet : ZED
35. Trumpet : BOAST
37. Ex-host Griffin : MERV
39. Black Halloween animal : CAT
40. French 101 word : LUI
41. Provider of support, for short : IRA
42. Much-debated political inits. : NRA
44. Sourpuss : CRAB
47. Malign : ASPERSE
50. "La Nausee" novelist : SARTRE
52. Sheiks' cliques : HAREMS
54. Bemoan : LAMENT
55. Popsicle color : ORANGE
56. Bird of prey : RAPTOR
58. 10 on a scale of 1 to 10 : IDEAL
60. Family girl : SIS
62. Famous ___ : AMOS
63. Something to make on one's birthday : WISH
64. Regarding : ASTO
65. Quite a story : EPIC
66. Dublin's land : EIRE
69. ___ Victor : RCA
70. Hullabaloo : DIN

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