New York Times, Thursday, December 2, 2010

Author: Joe Krozel
Editor: Will Shortz
Joe Krozel
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 37 Missing: {JKQXZ} This is puzzle # 40 for Mr. Krozel. NYT links: Across Lite

Joe Krozel notes: It's hard for me to pick out a favorite puzzle, but this one is probably in my top five. This is the puzzle one should pull out when challenging anyone who claims he/she can solve a puzzle with only the Across clues.

This puzzle exists thanks to the clue database which Matt Ginsberg provided to the crossword community. The database has a nice feature of displaying all other entries — of the same length as the word being queried — having an identical clue. So, for instance, if I type TABLE into the database I find that it and two other words — DEFER and DELAY — have been clued as [Put on hold]. So, when I saw this feature for the first time, I immediately conceived of the current puzzle concept. From there I just frantically hunted down all the 7-letter entries which shared a common clue.

JimH notes: Nine pairs of side-by-side seven-letter answers share common clues.
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© 2010, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Orient : FAREAST
8. Orient : SITUATE
15. Ace : AVIATOR
16. Ace : ONESPOT
17. Lower in stature : DEGRADE
18. Lower in stature : BENEATH
19. Part of B.C.E. : ERA
20. Shakes : LOSES
22. Runnin' ___, 1944 N.C.A.A. basketball champs : UTES
23. Party favorites? : ALIST
24. Onetime sponsor of Richard Petty and Mario Andretti : STP
26. Uses a needle : SEWS
29. Dummy : DOPE
31. Epitome of simplicity : ABC
34. I, for one : PRONOUN
38. I, for one : NUMERAL
40. Understanding : ENTENTE
41. Understanding : EMPATHY
42. Tire : WEAROUT
43. Tire : RETREAD
44. Tax form datum: Abbr. : SSN
45. Major sight in the sky? : URSA
47. Ballet bend : PLIE
48. East end? : ERN
49. Sweater woes : SNAGS
53. Raw side? : SLAW
56. Sway : SAYSO
57. "Nonsense!" : BAH
60. Loose : LIBERAL
63. Loose : ATLARGE
65. Mean : AVERAGE
66. Mean : SIGNIFY
67. Bristles : GETSMAD
68. Bristles : ARISTAS
1. What some things do in the sun : FADE
2. Profess : AVER
3. Latvian capital : RIGA
4. Elephant's-___ (plant) : EAR
5. Whatever : ATALL
6. "Me too!" : SODOI
7. Lock : TRESS
8. They're good for crying out loud : SOBS
9. Serpent tail? : INE
10. Good companion for an ace in Vegas : TEN
11. Burn through : USEUP
12. Pit-___ : APAT
13. Lug : TOTE
14. Old English letters : ETHS
21. J.F.K. posting : ETD
23. Ed of Hollywood : ASNER
24. Froth : SPUME
25. Lure : TEMPT
26. Gushes : SPEWS
27. Coastal fliers : ERNES
28. Odin, to the Germans : WOTAN
30. Lulu : ONER
31. Old Russian co-op : ARTEL
32. Religion with an apostrophe in its name : BAHAI
33. River through Glasgow : CLYDE
35. "___ Own," 1989 #2 hit by Bobby Brown : ONOUR
36. Possible response to a driving mistake : UTURN
37. Trawlers' gear : NETS
39. Brothers of the Wild West : EARPS
46. ___ result : ASA
48. Vessels by basins : EWERS
50. Lake bordered by Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania : NYASA
51. Moving : ASTIR
52. ___ body (cell part) : GOLGI
53. Denigrate, in English slang, with "off" : SLAG
54. In the flesh : LIVE
55. Aid's partner : ABET
56. Something that's fun on the coast? : SLED
57. Person under the Union Jack : BRIT
58. Fuji rival : AGFA
59. Startled cries : HEYS
61. Winning Super Bowl XXXIV player : RAM
62. Turkish title : AGA
64. Response: Abbr. : ANS

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