New York Times, Wednesday, July 9, 2003

Author: Patrick Merrell
Editor: Will Shortz
Patrick Merrell
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 40 Missing: {XZ} This is puzzle # 17 for Mr. Merrell. NYT links: Across Lite

JimH notes: Lance Armstrong was already a "four-time champ" of the Tour de France, going into the 2003 race, which was just starting when this puzzle was published. If he won again that year, he would be a "five-time champ." Either answer fits at 35-Across.

The first letter of the first seven Across clues spell FARRELL. This is a tribute to Jeremiah Farrell, who created the famous CLINTON/BOB DOLE puzzle which pioneered this two-answer gimmick.

Mr. Armstrong went on to win seven consecutive Tours from 1999 to 2005 and then, of course, lost them all to a doping scandal.
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Across Down
1. Fermentation receptacle : VAT
4. Aromatic salves : BALMS
9. Rough, as a car engine : JERKY
14. Rabin's land: Abbr. : ISR
15. Enjoyed immensely : ATEUP
16. Loosen, as laces : UNTIE
17. Long-ago battle protection : CHAINMAIL
19. Klutzy : INEPT
20. Annual July sports event with the world's largest live audience : TOURDEFRANCE
22. Cookbook author Rombauer et al. : IRMAS
23. ___ sauce : SOY
24. Co. badges : IDS
27. Playing dirty tricks : MEAN
28. Should, with "to" : OUGHT
31. Part of a parcel : ACRE
32. "Peter Pan" dog : NANA
33. Shortly : INABIT
35. [Prediction:] Lance Armstrong, at the end of the 2003 20-Across : FIVETIMECHAMP
39. Batman's home : GOTHAM
40. Daredevil Knievel : EVEL
41. End-of-the-week cry : TGIF
42. Slowly merged (into) : EASED
44. Moves it, informally : GITS
48. Key futilely pushed after a computer freeze : ESC
49. Kind of hand : PAT
50. One must be quick to join it : MENSA
51. Winner's prize, in 20-Across : YELLOWJERSEY
55. Ruler of a hive : QUEEN
58. "Janie's Got a Gun" rock band : AEROSMITH
59. UPS shade : BROWN
60. Catches : SNAGS
61. From Okla. City to Houston : SSE
62. Pantywaist : SISSY
63. "Uncle Tom's Cabin" girl : TOPSY
64. Novelist Josephine : TEY
1. Muggee, e.g. : VICTIM
2. Toward the beach : ASHORE
3. Emotional damage : TRAUMA
4. Cigar wraps : BANDS
5. "Look ___!" : ATME
6. Table extender : LEAF
7. ___ Woods National Monument : MUIR
8. Big media to-do : SPLASH
9. Like good oranges : JUICY
10. Feminine suffix : ENNE
11. 31-Down plan: Abbr. : RTE
12. Laotian money : KIP
13. So far : YET
18. Ayatollah's land : IRAN
21. Saw : NOTICED
24. SALT topic : ICBM
25. Job for a plumber : DRIP
26. Match unit : SET
28. Hot bowlful : OATMEAL
29. Prefix with sphere : UNI
30. Pool and darts : GAMES
31. Driver's aid: Abbr. : AAA
32. Big lobby in D.C. : NEA
34. Montreal is in it: Abbr. : NHL
35. Frequent San Francisco conditions : FOGS
36. Related to: Suffix : ITIC
37. Like some TV channels, briefly : VHF
38. Last moment to prepare : EVE
39. Old inits. in telecommunications : GTE
43. Cry after a long wait : ATLAST
44. Start of an idea : GERM
45. More than urge : INSIST
46. Sub-Saharan pest : TSETSE
47. Willie Mays phrase : SAYHEY
49. Copper : PENNY
50. Unkempt : MESSY
51. Fir trees : YEWS
52. Wine: Prefix : OENO
53. Shawl, e.g. : WRAP
54. Bends, as in a river : JOGS
55. Gridiron V.I.P.'s : QBS
56. Mentalist Geller : URI
57. Canon camera model : EOS

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