New York Times, Saturday, February 14, 2004

Author: Frank Longo
Editor: Will Shortz
Frank Longo
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 62, Blocks: 30 Missing: {JQXZ} Spans: 9, (3 triple stacks) Average word length: 6.29 This is puzzle # 77 for Mr. Longo. NYT links: Across Lite

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JimH notes: This extraordinary grid has only 17 Across clues.
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© 2004, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Signifies respect and sadness : FLIESATHALFMAST
16. Slipped : LOSTONESBALANCE
17. He said "In America, anybody can be president; that's one of the risks you take" : ADLAIESTEVENSON
18. Service groups : TEASETS
19. Minds : LISTENS
20. Engineer in 2000 headlines : WENHOLEE
21. Masses : POPULACE
28. Alternative to Castilian : AMERICANSPANISH
36. Place likely to have zoning restrictions : RESIDENTIALAREA
37. Factor in relationships between viruses : CROSSREACTIVITY
38. Mimics satisfactorily : PASSESAS
39. Long and sharply pointed : FANGLIKE
46. "Speaking personally ..." : IFORONE
47. Compound in fungicides : ANILIDE
54. Pal of Pogo : ALBERTALLIGATOR
56. Playground activity : TEETERTOTTERING
57. Buying guides? : SALESASSISTANTS
1. Like some rates : FLAT
2. Treasure-trove : LODE
3. Margarita, e.g. : ISLA
4. Itinerary info : ETAS
5. French silk : SOIE
6. Without ___ (daringly) : ANET
7. "Touched by an Angel" character : TESS
8. Bygone presidential inits. : HST
9. White poplar : ABELE
10. 1987 Tony-winning actress for "Broadway Bound" : LAVIN
11. Relatives : FLESH
12. Sending a ___ the moon (1960's goal) : MANTO
13. Noted Adams : ANSEL
14. Baked breakfast item : SCONE
15. In danger of snapping : TENSE
20. Flipped : WENTAPE
21. Green stretch in Grenoble : PARC
22. Post-Passover period : OMER
23. Mexican mint product : PESO
24. Writer who created the writer Gideon Zadok : URIS
25. Blinkers : LIDS
26. Pete Sampras, notably : ACER
27. One with a supporting role : CANE
29. Director Vittorio De ___ : SICA
30. Dabs : PATS
31. Some Muslim men : ALIS
32. Place to pray : NAVE
33. Glad family : IRIS
34. Bristle : SETA
35. Eponymous code creator : HAYS
39. Uno and others : FIATS
40. "___ in Her Ear" (classic Georges Feydeau farce) : AFLEA
41. Coveted award : NOBEL
42. Marathoner Waitz : GRETE
43. Like inferior computer graphics : LORES
44. Prefix with molecular : INTRA
45. "Lines on the Mermaid Tavern" poet : KEATS
47. Some singers : ALTI
48. Annual sports contests, for short : NITS
49. 1988 Belinda Carlisle hit "___ Weak" : IGET
50. Pasternak heroine : LARA
51. Pack ___ : ITIN
52. Terse warning : DONT
53. Dyne-centimeters : ERGS
55. Spanish article : LOS

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