New York Times, Thursday, December 15, 2005

Author: Patrick Merrell
Editor: Will Shortz
Patrick Merrell
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {HIJKLMNOPUY} Spans: 3 Featured Will Shortz favorite This is puzzle # 53 for Mr. Merrell. NYT links: Across Lite

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Notepad: Can you figure out what?s unusual about this crossword? If not, when you?re done, read the first letters of the clues in reverse order.
JimH notes: Reading as directed in the notepad: "The grid contains all the letters and only the letters touchtyped using the left hand."
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© 2005, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Does battle : WARS
5. Name preceding "White Label" : DEWARS
11. Afore : ERE
14. Help hold up : ABET
15. They're often old and wise : ADAGES
16. Frame fillers in a perfect bowling game : XES
17. Exhibited severe embarrassment : WASASREDASABEET
20. Latin stars : ASTRA
21. Enfant's dream : REVE
22. Hebrides tongue : ERSE
23. Title role for Anne Baxter, 1950 : EVE
25. Grimace maker, maybe : DETESTER
27. North Pole, for Santa : ADDRESS
31. It might accompany a MS. : SAE
32. Stock ticker maker's inits. : TAE
33. Underclassman? : SERF
36. Dele undoers : STETS
40. Employees who once went up, up and away : TWASTEWARDESSES
44. Please, with "with" : AGREE
45. "Your Future" sign displayer : SEER
46. Time unit in basketball: Abbr. : QTR
47. Hearing figs. : DAS
49. Cheapens : DEBASES
52. Uncommercial periodicals : GAZETTES
57. Output of an arachnid : WEB
58. Testify : AVER
59. Essayist/novelist James : AGEE
61. Relative of a bolt : SCREW
65. Approximates the time of completion : SETSATARGETDATE
68. The Eisenhower years, e.g. : ERA
69. Aquatic "grasses" : SEDGES
70. "Housewife" Longoria et al. : EVAS
71. Teresa and Helena: Abbr. : STS
72. Say forcefully : ASSERT
73. Rear end of a slug? : FEST
1. Electric guitar effect : WAWA
2. Tunic toppers : ABAS
3. Take ten : REST
4. Eyer : STARER
5. Ladies' org. since 1890 : DAR
6. Ems-Weser Canal feeder : EDER
7. Had water up to one's ankles : WADED
8. Tequila source : AGAVE
9. You push these at bowling alleys and on VCR's : RESETS
10. Lifeline for srs. : SSA
11. Nudge (oneself) : EXERT
12. Originator of a popular peanut butter cup : REESE
13. Dimethyl sulfate, e.g. : ESTER
18. Not spend : SAVE
19. Assails : BESETS
24. Start of North Carolina's motto : ESSE
26. Relaxation : EASE
27. Encouraging start? : ATTA
28. TV toon Deputy ___ : DAWG
29. Turtledove : DEAR
30. Embroiders : SEWS
34. Leachman replaced her on "The Facts of Life" : RAE
35. Ethel's sitcom husband : FRED
37. Honorifics for attys. : ESQS
38. Tours head : TETE
39. Lith. and Ukr., once : SSRS
41. Lighted-candle occasions : SEDERS
42. Animal milk source : TEAT
43. Sketched : DREW
48. North and South Dakota : STATES
50. Informal letter closing : BEST
51. Alphabet start : ABCDEF
52. Terrific times, slangily : GASES
53. Not let happen : AVERT
54. Olympian Z's : ZETAS
55. "Criminy!" : EGADS
56. Durable fabric : SERGE
60. It flows to the Elbe : EGER
62. Rant : RAVE
63. Guesstimates at J.F.K. : ETAS
64. Early Hollywood sex symbol : WEST
66. High ___ kite : ASA
67. The Atl. Coast is on it : EST

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