New York Times, Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Author: Jeff Chen
Editor: Will Shortz
Jeff Chen
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 41 Missing: {QZ} This is puzzle # 7 for Mr. Chen. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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1. Above : OVER
5. Badly rough up : MAUL
9. Despot's desire : POWER
14. Wife whose face was never seen on "Cheers" : VERA
15. Art Deco artist : ERTE
16. Response to "Am not!" : ARESO
17. Awestruck : AGOG
18. Tons : ALOT
19. Group valuing high I.Q.'s : MENSA
20. *"Everyone off!" : LASTSTOP
22. *Exactly right : SPOTON
23. NATO part: Abbr. : ATL
24. Put-it-together-yourself company : IKEA
26. Toon Mr. ___ : MAGOO
28. *Often-restricted zone : AIRSPACE
33. Thanksgiving side dish : YAM
34. Cow catcher : LASSO
36. Loft's locale : BARN
37. *Bag remover, of a sort : EYELIFT
39. *Jumper alternative : SETSHOT
42. Singers of "Voulez-Vous" and "Waterloo" : ABBA
43. Heroic Schindler : OSKAR
45. Many a "Star Trek" officer: Abbr. : ENS
46. *Wrestling move : HEADLOCK
49. Good to go : READY
51. Norse prankster : LOKI
52. Limit : CAP
53. *Deckhand, e.g. : SEAMAN
57. Unfruitful paths ... or a description of both words in the answers to the seven starred clues? : DEADENDS
62. "In the raw," "in the red" or "in the running" : IDIOM
63. Architect with an avian name : WREN
64. Cancel : XOUT
65. Assassin in black : NINJA
66. When repeated, a Polynesian island : BORA
67. Heroine in one of Salinger's "Nine Stories" : ESME
68. Four Holy Roman emperors : OTTOS
69. U.S.M.C. truant : AWOL
70. "Man and Superman" playwright : SHAW
1. Ellipsoidal : OVAL
2. Singer Suzanne : VEGA
3. Cupid's Greek counterpart : EROS
4. Shabby : RAGTAG
5. Beefy entree : MEATLOAF
6. Janis's partner in the funnies : ARLO
7. Shangri-las : UTOPIAS
8. Court cry : LET
9. Patagonian plains : PAMPAS
10. Snack with a Double Stuf variety : OREO
11. Departed : WENT
12. Gas brand with a tiger symbol : ESSO
13. Horse hue : ROAN
21. Popular vodka, informally : STOLI
22. Sun. message : SER
25. Mall info source : KIOSK
26. Evasive response : MAYBE
27. Tiny creature : AMEBA
29. "Masterpiece Theatre" network : PBS
30. Reacted to a massage, maybe : AAHED
31. Old pal : CRONY
32. "The Lord of the Rings" tree creatures : ENTS
33. "Woo-hoo!" : YEAH
35. Keep on the shelves : STOCK
38. Boy : LAD
40. What an otoscope explores : EARCANAL
41. Tire feature : TREAD
44. Hobos' hangout : SKIDROW
47. Alpaca cousins : LLAMAS
48. Suffix with ball : OON
50. High points : APEXES
53. ___-Soviet relations : SINO
54. Move text around : EDIT
55. Isn't incorrect? : AINT
56. "Mr. ___ Risin'" (Jim Morrison biography) : MOJO
58. Architect Saarinen : EERO
59. Snack : NOSH
60. Russian legislature : DUMA
61. Beefy entree : STEW
63. Ring org. : WBA

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