New York Times, Wednesday, December 18, 2002

Author: Merle Baker
Editor: Will Shortz
Merle Baker
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 40 Missing: {QUXZ} Spans: 1 This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Baker. NYT links: Across Lite

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© 2002, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Blows away : AWES
5. Turkish title : AGA
8. Apollo 15 astronaut James ___ : IRWIN
13. Call : DIAL
14. Agatha contemporary : ERLE
16. Bonehead : SCHMO
17. Cherubic child : ANGELFACE
19. "___ funny, McGee!" : TAINT
20. It may follow a bench-clearing : MELEE
21. Change form : MORPH
23. Water tester : TOE
24. Cavalier : DEVILMAYCARE
27. Language suffix : ESE
28. Not sober : STONED
31. Med. readout : EKG
34. Wordsmith Webster : NOAH
38. R.E.M. singer Michael : STIPE
39. Imminent disaster : SWORDOFDAMOCLES
43. Brunei native : MALAY
44. Axis leader : TOJO
45. Comics scream : EEK
46. Place for an O. Henry surprise : ENDING
48. Jolson and Jarreau : ALS
51. Far from buxom : FLATASABOARD
57. Dian Fossey subject : APE
59. Sub system : SONAR
60. Auto option : ALARM
62. Commit a deadly sin : COVET
64. Powerful politico : KINGMAKER
66. Fragrant resin : ELEMI
67. Father-and-daughter boxers : ALIS
68. Metric prefix : DECI
69. Column type : DORIC
70. Place for a FISH (which is a hint to this puzzle's theme) : SEA
71. Sets a price of : ASKS
1. First of all : ADAM
2. Regaled, in a way : WINED
3. Links rarity : EAGLE
4. Record protector : SLEEVE
5. Gen. Pershing's troops: Abbr. : AEF
6. Texas politico Phil : GRAMM
7. Major maker of beverage cans : ALCOA
8. "Oh, yeah?" : ISTHATSO
9. Sony rival : RCA
10. It flows to Khartoum : WHITENILE
11. "___ expert, but ..." : IMNO
12. Sol, say : NOTE
15. Mysterious: Var. : EERY
18. Fragrant rings : LEIS
22. Gateway products : PCS
25. One who follows the news : LENO
26. O.C.S. relative : ROTC
29. Olympics event : EPEE
30. Pigeonhole's place : DESK
31. Salinger heroine : ESME
32. Skater Michelle : KWAN
33. Cause of a rush : GOLDFEVER
35. Frequently, in verse : OFT
36. Fuss : ADO
37. "The ___" (Uris novel) : HAJ
40. Object bitterly : RAIL
41. Like the Romanovs : DYNASTIC
42. Old Testament kingdom : MOAB
47. Old muscle car : GTO
49. Good earth : LOAM
50. Lipton rival : SALADA
52. "My Way" writer : ANKA
53. Leaves port : SAILS
54. Tom's "Roseanne" role : ARNIE
55. Croupiers' gear : RAKES
56. Inferior merchandise : DRECK
57. Breezed through : ACED
58. Traveler to Cathay : POLO
61. M.D.'s diagnostic tools : MRIS
63. British record label : EMI
65. Federal purchasing org. : GSA

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