New York Times, Thursday, December 12, 1996

Author: J. R. Conrad
Editor: Will Shortz
John R. Conrad
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Conrad. NYT links: Across Lite

JimH notes: The empty squares must be read as the word BLANK.
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© 1996, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Recording session need : BLANKTAPE
6. Direct : POINTBLANK
12. Task : ERRAND
14. Feminist Smeal and others : ELEANORS
16. U.P.S. customer : SENDER
17. Classical language : SANSKRIT
18. Got ready to drive, with "up" : TEED
19. Dress up : ADORN
21. Boy preceder : ATTA
22. Rob of "About Last Night..." : LOWE
24. Flemish composer ___ Pres : DES
26. Part of H.M.S. : HER
27. Engrossed : IMMERSED
31. Idolize : REVERE
33. Vitamin stat. : RDA
34. Ricochet : CAROM
36. Publicize : AIR
37. Shows curiosity : ASKS
39. Gosh-darn : BLANKETYBLANK
41. Freshly : ANEW
44. General-turned-politician : IKE
46. Passover feast : SEDER
48. "Die Meistersinger" heroine : EVA
49. "___ Tune" (50's TV theme song) : ERNIES
52. Redirected : DETOURED
54. Reprint necessity: Abbr. : NEG
55. Apollo vehicle, for short : LEM
57. Lots : ATON
58. Ergo : THUS
60. Copy : REPRO
62. Heart and soul : MEAT
66. Brush up again : REPOLISH
68. Stop, as a flow : STANCH
70. Partner for "so near" : YETSOFAR
71. Inveigle : SEDUCE
72. Strangers may get them : BLANKLOOKS
73. Skipped, as in printing : LEFTBLANK
1. Most vague : BLANKEST
2. Trap : TREE
3. English composer Thomas : ARNE
4. Row : PADDLE
5. From S.F. to Wyo. : ENE
6. Thomas Jefferson's Declaration role : PENNER
7. Alliance headquartered in D.C. : OAS
8. Durante's "___ Dinka Doo" : INKA
9. Yankee : NORTHERNER
10. More banal : TRITER
11. Uncomprehending response : BLANKSTARE
13. Fails to remember : DRAWSABLANK
14. "Que es ___?" : ESO
15. Old kitchen supply : LARD
20. Some combines : DEERES
23. Fabled monster : ORC
25. Richard Henry Dana subject : SEA
27. Author Levin : IRA
28. Hosp. workers : MDS
29. Recompensing : MAKINGUPTO
30. Lovingly cared for, with "on" : DOTED
32. By way of : VIA
35. Intimate term of address : MYDEAR
38. Schuss : SKI
40. Beach party game : BLANKETTOSS
42. Christmas ___ : EVE
43. Walletful : WAD
45. Sushi order : EEL
47. Down Under critter, informally : ROO
49. Contestant's application : ENTRYBLANK
50. Cobble again : REHEEL
51. Font embellishments : SERIFS
53. Neglected, as beds : UNMADE
56. Southwestern desert feature : MESA
59. Mediocre : SOSO
61. Sentence part: Abbr. : PHR
63. Plenty: Var. : ENUF
64. ___ exec. : ACCT
65. Something to fill in : THEBLANK
67. ___ Sabha (Indian legislature) : LOK
69. Addr. book entry : TEL

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