New York Times, Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Author: Alison Donald
Editor: Will Shortz
Alison Donald
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {QX} This is puzzle # 7 for Ms. Donald. NYT links: Across Lite

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Notepad: The answers at 17- and 51-Across and 11- and 24-Down can all be defined by the same missing three-letter word. What is it?
JimH notes: The missing three-letter word is BUD.
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© 2007, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Keen-edged : SHARP
6. Gave in : CAVED
11. ___-a-cake : PAT
14. Chomping at the bit : EAGER
15. Last Olds made : ALERO
16. Corrida cheer : OLE
17. See blurb : CLOSEFRIEND
19. Cooking spray brand : PAM
20. "When hell freezes over" : NEVER
21. Grouch : GRUMP
23. Not exactly insightful : OBTUSE
26. Gung-ho sort : ZEALOT
27. Minty drinks : JULEPS
28. Greg's sitcom mate : DHARMA
30. Oklahoma Indians : OTOES
31. Some earrings : HOOPS
32. Slugger's stat : RBI
35. Hershey confection : KISS
36. Pasta is loaded with them : CARBS
37. Skier's transport : TBAR
38. "I do" : YES
39. Four-page sheet : FOLIO
40. An ex of the Donald : MARLA
41. Martini garnishes : OLIVES
43. Shiny fabric : SATEEN
44. Regal fur : ERMINE
46. Brilliantly colored parrots : MACAWS
47. Actress Gaynor : MITZI
48. Scarlett of Tara : OHARA
50. "Evil Woman" band, for short : ELO
51. See blurb : COMICABBOTT
57. Cornhusker State: Abbr. : NEB
58. Special talent : KNACK
59. Fashionably old-fashioned : RETRO
60. Batiking need : DYE
61. Doughboys : YANKS
62. Thoroughly enjoy : EATUP
1. Trice, informally : SEC
2. "2001" computer : HAL
3. In the past : AGO
4. Counterpart of bus. : RES
5. Engagement contracts, briefly : PRENUPS
6. Cut up : CARVE
7. "I cannot tell ___" : ALIE
8. Zig or zag : VEER
9. Directional suffix : ERN
10. For whom Sandy Koufax pitched : DODGERS
11. See blurb : POPULARBREW
12. Texas shrine : ALAMO
13. Tantalize : TEMPT
18. Come clean, with "up" : FESS
22. Smash into : RAM
23. Belly button type : OUTIE
24. See blurb : BLOSSOMTOBE
25. Summer shirts : TEES
26. Nukes : ZAPS
27. Facetious : JOKY
28. Day of "Pillow Talk" : DORIS
29. Boxcar rider : HOBO
31. In the pink : HALE
33. Farm bundles : BALES
34. Neighbor of Turkey : IRAN
36. Place to moor : COVE
37. "Later" : TATA
39. Like a picky eater : FINICKY
40. Like much of Poe's work : MACABRE
42. Designer Claiborne : LIZ
43. ___ Lee cakes : SARA
44. Make corrections to : EMEND
45. Life of ___ (ease) : RILEY
46. Some big trucks : MACKS
48. Mideast sultanate : OMAN
49. Bumpkin : HICK
52. ___ lark : ONA
53. Arthur of "The Golden Girls" : BEA
54. Hall-of-Famer Mel : OTT
55. Play about Capote : TRU
56. Toy with a string : TOP

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