Richard Silvestri
Richard Silvestri

NY Times, Sun, Mar 17, 2002 CRYPTIC CROSSWORD

Author:Richard Silvestri
Editor:Will Shortz
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: , Blocks: 63, Across Lite

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© 2002, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Noblemen look in front of highways (5) : LORDS
4. TV crew arrived right before prayer's end (9) : CAMERAMEN
9. Merit of French verse after translation (7) : DESERVE
10. Got rescued, in a way (7) : SECURED
11. Piece of cloth covering best timing device (9) : STOPWATCH
12. Din in casino is earsplitting (5) : NOISE
13. One sick playwright (6) : ONEILL
15. Record gang getting to the point? (8) : TAPERING
18. Make a guess at varying teatimes (8) : ESTIMATE
20. Asks God loudly for approval (6) : PRAISE
23. Pinch hitter describing home run is bush (5) : SHRUB
24. Chinese detective holding me and Leo the Lizard (9) : CHAMELEON
26. Don't pass around one thousand letters to movie stars (3,4) : FANMAIL
27. Excited at great sailing competition (7) : REGATTA
28. Miscreant medic interrupting confused counsel (9) : SCOUNDREL
29. Follow back of chuck wagon heading west (5) : TRACK
1. Something attractive: 50 poems on "The Sound of Music" (9) : LODESTONE
2. Put back excess tram cargo (7) : RESTORE
3. Raised bumps on the skin from bedding material (5) : STRAW
4. Box containing excellent produce (6) : CREATE
5. A small article in crazy part of the newspaper (8) : MASTHEAD
6. Double-crosser about to take in European storyteller (9) : RACONTEUR
7. Swallow one mixed drink (7) : MARTINI
8. Poke, for example, Bill from below (5) : NUDGE
14. Idiot left Maine bar in shambles (9) : LAMEBRAIN
16. Note inexperienced football player (9) : GREENBACK
17. "Perfectionist" label captivates Liberal (8) : STICKLER
19. Raptors' home is rocky hill on the outskirts of Toledo (7) : TORONTO
21. In hesitant sound, note a reluctance to change (7) : INERTIA
22. Beer container relative put behind tavern (6) : BARREL
23. Couches note in call for help (5) : SOFAS
25. Reportedly had dinner after seven (5) : EIGHT

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