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New York Times, Sunday, May 20, 2007

Author: Seth A. Abel
Editor: Will Shortz
Seth A. Abel
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Rows: 23, Columns: 23 Words: 162, Blocks: 92 Missing: {QZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 10 for Mr. Abel. NYT links: Across Lite
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Across Down
1. Trick-taking card game : SKAT
5. Yemeni port famous as a source of coffee : MOCHA
10. Former Connecticut governor Ella : GRASSO
16. Take in : SNARE
21. Swenson of "Benson" : INGA
22. Saw : AXIOM
23. Comparatively flush : RICHER
24. "No men allowed" area : HAREM
25. Ambiguous headline about a man charged with killing his attacker? : COURTTOTRYBEATINGVICTIM
29. Mystic : SWAMI
30. Level of care : INTENSIVE
31. Connected, in a way : ONLINE
32. Bright-eyed : AGOG
35. Santa ___ : ANA
36. Earth Day subj. : ECOL
38. Retired boomer : SST
39. Ambiguous headline about a protest? : MARCHPLANNEDFORAUGUST
48. Gone by : AGO
49. Parcel : TRACT
50. Company with the slogan "born from jets" : SAAB
51. Field protector : TARP
52. Sandwich rank : EARL
54. Take ___ breath : ADEEP
56. Hang over : LOOM
59. "What ___?" : GIVES
63. Ambiguous headline about school closings? : TEACHERSTRIKESIDLEKIDS
69. Oil-rich ruler : EMIR
70. Dutch painter Jan : STEEN
71. Hair-raiser : SCARE
72. Fall setting : EDEN
73. Was contrite : RUED
76. Break : REST
78. Field stars : ATEAM
80. Early hrs. : AMS
81. Ambiguous headline about a California drug bust? : FEDSDISCOVERCRACKINLA
87. Rocky peak : TOR
88. One with a thick skin : HIPPO
89. " ... ___ saw Elba" : EREI
90. Actress Sedgwick : KYRA
91. JFK-to-TLV option : ELAL
93. Peter and Paul, but not Mary : TSARS
95. Sugar cube holder : TONGS
98. Rating of a program blocked by a V-chip : TVMA
101. Ambiguous headline about a vagrancy statistic? : CITYSHOMELESSCUTINHALF
106. Moonshine : HOOCH
107. Progress smoothly : SAIL
108. Broom ___ (comics witch) : HILDA
109. "___ & Stitch," 2002 animated film : LILO
111. Encouraging sounds : RAHS
114. Cozy corner : NOOK
117. Country singer Carter : DEANA
119. McKellen of "The Lord of the Rings" : IAN
120. Ambiguous headline about attorneys' pro bono work? : LAWYERSGIVEPOORADVICE
125. Do-do connector : ASI
127. Jump in the rink : AXEL
128. "___ of Destruction," 1965 protest song : EVE
129. Actor Morales : ESAI
130. Words said with raised arm and glass : ATOAST
133. Word for word : LITERALLY
138. Huge : MAJOR
142. Ambiguous headline about a stolen Stradivarius? : MANGETSYEARINVIOLINCASE
146. Kind of chin : CLEFT
147. Vast : COSMIC
148. Heavy metal bar : INGOT
149. Like the rim of an eyecup : OVAL
150. Earthenware pots : OLLAS
151. Kind of valve : INTAKE
152. Wild guesses : STABS
153. It's not held when it's used : MAYO
1. Sets (on) : SICS
2. In the ___ : KNOW
3. It'll douse a fuego : AGUA
4. Frequent congestion site : TARMAC
5. "Welcome" offerer : MAT
6. Kitchen gadget company : OXO
7. Big name in credit cards : CITI
8. Blast maker : HORN
9. "The Bonesetter's Daughter" author : AMYTAN
10. 1983 U.S. invasion site : GRENADA
11. Narrow inlets : RIAS
12. Dramatic opening : ACTI
13. Quake : SHIVER
14. One of New York's Finger Lakes : SENECA
15. E-mail address ender : ORG
16. Place for a guard, in soccer : SHIN
17. Shaker formula : NACL
18. Word with scam or sketch : ARTIST
19. Means of control : REINS
20. Irish patriot hanged in 1803 : EMMET
26. Close : TIGHT
27. Elaine ___ ("Seinfeld" role) : BENES
28. One end of the Moscow Canal : VOLGA
33. Longtime staple of daytime TV : OPRAH
34. Popular air freshener : GLADE
37. Dated : OUT
39. West of Hollywood : MAE
40. Playing marble : AGATE
41. Composer Ned : ROREM
42. Their service is impeccable : ACERS
43. Mushroom cloud creator, briefly : NTEST
44. Columbo portrayer : FALK
45. Duo in a typical symphony : OBOES
46. Exhort : URGE
47. Sudden increase on a graph : SPIKE
53. Scottish estate owner : LAIRD
55. Prefix with dactyl : PTERO
57. Muppet who lives in a trash can : OSCAR
58. Mazda model : MIATA
60. "Myra Breckinridge" novelist : VIDAL
61. Abnormal plant swelling : EDEMA
62. Info that may be phished: Abbr. : SSNS
64. Trounce : CRUSH
65. "Still Me" autobiographer Christopher : REEVE
66. Some magazine ads : INSERTS
67. Schlock : DRECK
68. In need of a washer, perhaps : LEAKY
74. Head of costume design : EDITH
75. Lush : DIPSO
77. Palm readers? : TREOS
79. Gaiety : MIRTH
81. Manuscript sheet : FOLIO
82. Muse with a wreath of myrtle and roses : ERATO
83. Makes unwanted overtures? : SPAMS
84. Jazz pianist Chick : COREA
85. Breeze : CINCH
86. Maritime : NAVAL
87. High-___ : TECH
92. Sock fiber : LYCRA
94. Definitely no arm-twister : SLING
96. Father Sarducci of old "S.N.L." : GUIDO
97. Fifth-century pope : STLEO
99. 11th-century year : MLIII
100. Company with a "spokesduck" : AFLAC
102. Newsman Bernard : SHAW
103. "The Time Machine" race : ELOI
104. "Do ___?" : IDARE
105. Grannies : NANAS
110. It's next to nothing : ONE
112. "Grand" hotel : HYATT
113. Reason for a 98-Across : SEX
115. Not neat : OVERICE
116. N.F.L. running back Barlow : KEVAN
118. Rhett Butler's last words : ADAMN
120. Choo-choo name : LIONEL
121. Trust : RELYON
122. Most cunning : SLIEST
123. Hip locale : PELVIS
124. MTV's owner : VIACOM
125. Transmission repair franchise : AAMCO
126. Silver quarters? : STALL
131. Film brand : AGFA
132. Numismatists' goals : SETS
134. Author Janowitz : TAMA
135. Composer Satie : ERIK
136. It might get the brush-off : LINT
137. Home stretches? : YOGA
139. Joe : JAVA
140. Anthem starter : OSAY
141. Move, in Realtor lingo : RELO
143. Poli ___ : SCI
144. High ball? : LOB
145. "___ true" : ITS

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 4 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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