New York Times, Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Author: Patrick Merrell
Editor: Will Shortz
Patrick Merrell
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 72, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQWZ} This is puzzle # 70 for Mr. Merrell. NYT links: Across Lite

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JimH notes: The old ST/PA trick replaces PA in common phrases with ST.
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© 2010, The New York Times
Across Down
1. U.S. political scandal involving a fictional sheik : ABSCAM
7. Sport whose name has two accents : EPEE
11. Some tablets : PCS
14. Puget Sound city : TACOMA
15. Classic theater name : ROXY
16. Alley ___ : OOP
17. Twine cutter? : STRINGKNIFE
19. Time for the history books : ERA
20. Words after cross, down or over : THELINE
21. Setting of an April marathon : BOSTON
23. Thurman of "Pulp Fiction" : UMA
24. OPEC production cutback? : OILSTINTING
27. Reservoir producers : DAMS
29. Louvre Pyramid architect : PEI
30. Suffix with myth : ICAL
31. Bygone monarchs : TSARS
34. Legal precedent setter : TESTCASE
37. March figure ... or, when split into three parts, a title for this puzzle : STPATRICK
39. Buzzer in the kitchen, maybe : HOUSEFLY
42. Onetime South African P.M. Jan : SMUTS
45. Years in old Rome : ANNI
46. Reuters competitor : UPI
48. Strait-laced : PRIM
50. Pen for a pet pig? : TAKEHOMESTY
55. Suffix with project : ILE
56. Imam, e.g. : CLERIC
57. Be postponed : LIEOVER
59. Folded-over skirt part : HEM
60. Ice hockey in prison? : STIRSKATING
63. "The Raven" writer's inits. : EAP
64. Rental for an outdoor reception : TENT
65. Will's focus : ESTATE
66. Banned bug spray : DDT
67. Some valuable 1920s-'40s baseball cards : OTTS
68. Fur wraps : STOLES
1. Offered for breeding : ATSTUD
2. Shower room sight : BATHMAT
3. Fun house sounds : SCREAMS
4. Stamp purchase : COIL
5. Prenatal exam, briefly : AMNIO
6. Great: Prefix : MAGNI
7. Directional ending : ERN
8. Polynesian paste : POI
9. Like some private dets. : EXFBI
10. "I've got my ___ you!" : EYEON
11. Horace's "Ars ___" : POETICA
12. Mexican beer choices : CORONAS
13. Glittery glue-on : SPANGLE
18. Seaweed variety : KELP
22. Bank teller's fear : STICKUP
25. Make up galleys for printing : SETTYPE
26. Layer : TIER
28. Less respectful : SASSIER
32. Map no. : RTE
33. Hawaiian Tropic no. : SPF
35. What your mom might call your aunt : SIS
36. RKO film airer, maybe : TCM
38. Grad : ALUM
39. Came out of one's shell : HATCHED
40. Being walked, as Fido : ONALEAD
41. Disheveled : UNKEMPT
43. Of no matter : TRIVIAL
44. End of life as we know it? : SILENTE
47. Archipelago's makeup: Abbr. : ISLS
49. Becomes one : MERGES
51. Tissue: Prefix : HISTO
52. Quarterfinals qualifiers, e.g. : OCTET
53. Little ones: Var. : TIKES
54. Brewing need : YEAST
58. One of four Holy Roman emperors : OTTO
61. Bankbook fig. : INT
62. Football linemen: Abbr. : RTS

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