New York Times, Saturday, December 15, 2001

Author: Frank A. Longo
Editor: Will Shortz
Frank Longo
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 54, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQXZ} Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry Minimum word length: 6 Average word length: 7.00 This is puzzle # 65 for Mr. Longo. NYT links: Across Lite

JimH notes: Every answer word in this grid is 6 or more letters long. It's the only puzzle in my database with this property.
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© 2001, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Boondocks : STICKS
7. "The Virginian" writer : WISTER
13. Dovetailed : TENONED
15. Neighbor of Ciudad Juárez : ELPASO
16. Psychically : INSPIRIT
18. They may pull banners : BLIMPS
19. Sole, e.g. : FLATFISH
20. Log rollers? : POKERS
21. Prisoner's desire : LENIENCE
22. 2001 French film comedy or its heroine : AMELIE
23. It may cover dark circles : EYECREAM
24. Humorist ___ Burgess of "purple cow" fame : GELETT
25. Opposite of scarcity : RIFENESS
27. Some queens' wear : PROMDRESSES
31. Asking for a hand : PROPOSAL
32. Chocolate candy brand : RIESEN
33. Like some errors : CLERICAL
40. Over-and-___ (two-barreled firearms) : UNDERS
41. Part of a one-sided tennis match : LOVEGAME
42. Gradually corrode : GNAWAT
43. "Nanny and the Professor" family from 1970's TV : EVERETTS
44. Kiwi, e.g. : RATITE
45. Century in politics : SENATORS
46. Penitent : ATONER
47. Optic screens : RETINAE
48. Mother ___ : TERESA
49. Another shooting : RETAKE
1. Choke : STIFLE
2. 1956 U.S. figure skating gold medalist ___ Albright : TENLEY
3. Ludicrous : INSANE
4. Language descended from ancient Egyptian : COPTIC
5. Dangerous assailant : KNIFER
6. Amino acid in many proteins : SERINE
7. Surfers' stops, perhaps : WEBPAGES
8. Black cats, supposedly : ILLOMENS
9. "Clockers" director, 1995 : SPIKELEE
10. Feral : TAMELESS
11. Beaux-___ (people with lively minds) : ESPRITS
12. Tennis ace Marc : ROSSET
14. Scraps : DISCARDS
17. "You've Really Got a Hold on Me" singers : THEMIRACLES
26. Lost one's balance, perhaps : FELLOVER
27. Lion or wolf : PREDATOR
28. Blush : ROSEWINE
29. Gets under someone's skin? : OPERATES
30. Scary-sounding houseplant : MONSTERA
31. Like oak leaves : PINNATE
32. Tot : RUGRAT
34. Relatively regular : EVENER
35. Give more stars to, maybe : RERATE
36. Comment before "Ha, ha" : IGETIT
37. Williams title starter : CATONA
38. Kind of station : AMTRAK
39. Tenant : LESSEE

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