New York Times, Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Author: Merl Reagle
Editor: Will Shortz
Merl Reagle
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 31 Missing: {FHJQXZ} Featured Will Shortz favorite This is puzzle # 8 for Mr. Reagle. NYT links: Across Lite

JimH notes: You can watch Merl Reagle construct this puzzle in the movie Wordplay.
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Across Down
1. Warhead weapon, briefly : ICBM
5. Like the kiddie rides at a park, relatively speaking : TAMEST
11. ___ Paulo, Brazil : SAO
14. "Encore!" : MORE
15. Not dismissive of, as suggestions : OPENTO
16. Smidge : TAD
17. Beach community near LAX : PLAYADELREY
19. Khan who wed Rita Hayworth : ALY
20. "It'd be my pleasure" : LOVETO
21. "Norma ___" : RAE
22. Bikini parts : BRAS
23. Like a bump on a log : INERT
24. Outermost strata : TOPLAYERS
26. Lengthy lurkers of the deep : EELS
27. Like Bo Peep's sheep : LOST
28. Beetle Bailey superior : SARGE
29. Foxy : SLY
30. Air force? : GALE
31. 2004 Liam Neeson film : KINSEY
32. With 33-Across, anagrams and puns (or parts hidden in 17-, 24-, 44- and 51-Across) : WORD
33. See 32-Across : PLAY
34. "Never on Sunday" star ___ Mercouri : MELINA
37. Hammer part : PEEN
38. Dipstick wipe, often : RAG
41. Sans friends : ALONE
42. Philosopher Descartes : RENE
43. Psychologist Jung : CARL
44. Soldier's reassignment papers : NEWORDERS
46. Backyard party spot : PATIO
47. Who-knows-how-long : AGES
48. Tempe sch. : ASU
49. Main arteries : AORTAS
50. Surfacing stuff : TAR
51. Duel (with) : CROSSSWORDS
53. Pittsburgh-to-Boston dir. : ENE
54. Multicar accident : PILEUP
55. Highway division : LANE
56. Takeoff stat: Abbr. : ETD
57. Guitarist Segovia : ANDRES
58. Went like the wind : SPED
1. Hints at : IMPLIES
2. Cavalry V.I.P. : COLONEL
3. With courage : BRAVELY
4. Ari of "Kate & Allie" : MEYERS
5. Heading on a list of errands : TODO
6. King Kong, e.g. : APE
7. "Place" name on TV : MELROSE
8. Wholly absorbed : ENRAPT
9. Girder material : STEEL
10. Cracker Jack bonus : TOY
11. People around a 54-Across, typically : STARERS
12. Egg carton spec : AALARGE
13. Amazing adventure : ODYSSEY
18. QB's pass, whether completed or not: Abbr. : ATT
22. ___ means possible : BYANY
24. Ratted : TOLD
25. Iraqi or Thai : ASIAN
27. "Tomb raider" Croft : LARA
30. One who's done for : GONER
31. Swiss artist Paul : KLEE
32. Skid row sights : WINOS
33. Confident solvers' supply : PENS
34. Animal on a Florida license plate : MANATEE
35. Tastefully beautiful : ELEGANT
36. Revised downward : LOWERED
37. Reader : PERUSER
38. Seedy stopover : RATTRAP
39. She helped Theseus escape the labyrinth : ARIADNE
40. Smoothed (over) : GLOSSED
42. Auctioned again : RESOLD
43. Holiday music : CAROLS
45. "Splish Splash" singer, 1958 : DARIN
46. Impact sound : POW
49. Nile snakes : ASPS
51. Tax prep. expert : CPA
52. "So ___ me!" : SUE

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