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New York Times, Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Author: Jeremy Newton
Editor: Will Shortz
Jeremy Newton
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 44 Missing: {QX} Scrabble average: 1.93 This is puzzle # 7 for Mr. Newton. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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JimH notes: Play the notes indicated in the circles and you'll plink out a familiar theme from the fourth movement of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.
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Across Down
1. Actor whose original name was Laurence Tureaud : MRT
4. Some muscles or sorority women, informally : DELTS
9. Actress Rogers : MIMI
13. Green light : YES
14. Sioux adversary : OMAHA
15. Blitzed : RANAT
16. Composer of 20-Across : BEETHOVEN
18. Annual athletic awards : ESPYS
19. When Othello kills himself : ACTV
20. Work by 16-Across : ODETOJOY
22. Can't stomach : DESPISE
26. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, etc. : EVENS
27. Prod : EGGON
28. "Still Life - Fast Moving" artist : DALI
29. Band with low numbers, in brief : VHF
31. ___ use (worthless) : OFNO
33. U.S.A.F. rank : LTCOL
37. They're difficult to grasp : EELS
39. What to watch the Beeb on : TELLY
42. Alarmed squeals : EEKS
43. "Here, have one" : TRYIT
45. Pulitzer winner Maureen : DOWD
47. Tendency for one's mind to wander, for short : ADD
48. Learn fast, maybe : CRAM
51. Midsize bra features : CCUPS
53. Dilapidated : SEEDY
54. Least clear, as a memory : HAZIEST
57. How the circled letters of 20-Across are played : INCMAJOR
60. Ali, before he was Ali : CLAY
61. "No ___!" ("Of course!") : DOUBT
62. Items you might play 20-Across on : PIANOKEYS
66. Rice-sized pastas : ORZOS
67. Acquired relative : INLAW
68. "___ 'nuff!" : SHO
69. Slothful : LAZY
70. Best competitive effort, informally : AGAME
71. Do something wrong : SIN
1. "Whoops!" : MYBAD
2. Volleyball champion/model Gabrielle : REECE
3. Small biter in Niger : TSETSEFLY
4. "I am an idiot!" : DOH
5. Rock music genre : EMO
6. John : LAV
7. TV's Kojak : THEO
8. Smoothed, as wood : SANDED
9. Composite board material : MASONITE
10. Dressed for bed, briefly : INPJS
11. Month after abril : MAYO
12. Not big at all, informally : ITSY
15. Share again, as a story : RETELL
17. Rating for most episodes of "The Simpsons" : TVPG
21. Actress ___ Marie Saint : EVA
23. "Where did ___ wrong?" : IGO
24. Downy : SOFT
25. -trix alternative : ENNE
29. Dog doc : VET
30. Every other hurricane : HER
32. So last year : OLD
34. Unending : CEASELESS
35. Green-lit : OKD
36. Trip producer : LSD
38. Order to Rex : SICEMBOY
40. Fishing spot for Scots : LOCH
41. Feminine org. since the 1850s : YWCA
44. Dog biscuits, e.g. : TREATS
46. "Eazy-___-It" (double-platinum album by Eazy-E) : DUZ
49. Small, medium or large: Abbr. : ADJ
50. Shortsightedness : MYOPIA
52. Horse on a ticket : PICK
53. Dirt, slangily : SCUZZ
55. Give a greeting : SAYHI
56. He said about an opponent "My main objective is to be professional but to kill him" : TYSON
57. Fox hit since 2002, informally : IDOL
58. Writer Ephron : NORA
59. Circus or wedding staple : RING
63. ___ king : ALA
64. Ho Chi Minh Trail locale, for short : NAM
65. Have bills : OWE

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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