New York Times, Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Author: Patrick Merrell
Editor: Will Shortz
Patrick Merrell
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 34 Missing: {FQUWXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 73 for Mr. Merrell. NYT links: Across Lite

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JimH notes: American crosswords traditionally ignore diacritical marks, even with foreign words, but this puzzle carefully handles both N and Ñ so the words are correct both Across and Down. In 2012, David J. Kahn did something similar with És.
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© 2010, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Jettisoned compartment : POD
4. Update, in a way : RENAME
10. Noise in a comic book gunfight : BLAM
14. Expert : ACE
15. Key of "The James Bond Theme" : EMINOR
16. Bathe : LAVE
17. Big ___ : BEN
18. Margarita alternatives : PINACOLADAS
20. Spanish for "the meadows" : LASVEGAS
22. Mexican bloom : DAHLIA
23. Like telemarketing headsets : ONEEAR
24. Bit of a climb : STEP
26. They're caught in Chicago : ELS
27. What a cheeky one's cheek might get : SLAP
29. Screen role for Skippy the dog : ASTA
31. Pit-___ : APAT
34. Cook Island carving : TIKI
36. Card game of Spanish origin : OMBRE
40. Salsa verde ingredients : JALAPENOPEPPERS
43. Barrio outsider : ANGLO
44. At 30° W 30° N, e.g. : ASEA
45. Lock part : HASP
46. Goals against, e.g. : STAT
48. "What ___ be done?" : ISTO
50. Certain Protestant: Abbr. : BAP
53. Golfer Aoki : ISAO
55. Reason for an evacuation : THREAT
59. Baja buddies : AMIGOS
61. Like traditional Mexican music : MARIACHI
63. Procrastinating words south of the border : MANANASENOR
65. Castor ___ (old comic strip character) : OYL
66. Subj. involving cells : BIOL
67. Be altruistic : DOGOOD
68. Mustachioed "Simpsons" character : NED
69. Kournikova of tennis : ANNA
70. They might be knee-jerk reactions : SPASMS
71. Carbohydrate suffix : OSE
1. "Tortilla Flat" character : PABLO
2. Jersey Shore county, appropriately : OCEAN
3. None too swift : DENSE
4. Officially annul : REPEAL
5. Go from home to home? : EMIGRATE
6. One of a 15th-century trio : NINA
7. "With the jawbone of ___ ..." : ANASS
8. Comfy footwear, briefly : MOC
9. Slowly disappears : ERODES
10. Bor-r-ring : BLAH
11. Soup kitchen server : LADLE
12. Use : AVAIL
13. Tijuana tables : MESAS
19. One turned off for takeoff : LAPTOP
21. Virgins of ancient Rome : VESTALS
25. Island capital of 2.6 million : TAIPEI
28. It requires one who's blind with a bat : PINATA
30. Two-handled vase : AMPHORA
31. 1977 double-platinum album by Steely Dan : AJA
32. Sweeping shot : PAN
33. Medit. land : ALG
35. Flattens, for short : KOS
37. Arthur of "The Golden Girls" : BEA
38. $200 Monopoly properties: Abbr. : RRS
39. Gift in "The Gift" : ESP
41. Crone's concoction : POTION
42. White House ceremony site : EASTROOM
47. Syrian presidential family : ASSADS
49. Helping for the very hungry, maybe : THIRDS
50. "La ___" : BAMBA
51. At full speed : AMAIN
52. Evergreen with edible nuts : PINON
54. Psi follower : OMEGA
56. Cheap, in adspeak : ECONO
57. "But of course" : AHYES
58. Mark used four times in this puzzle's solution : TILDE
60. Pricey event : GALA
62. Yucatán years : ANOS
64. Soak (up) : SOP

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