New York Times, Monday, December 22, 1997

Author: Arthur S. Verdesca
Editor: Will Shortz
Arthur S. Verdesca
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JQXZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 34 for Mr. Verdesca. NYT links: Across Lite

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Across Down
1. Capital of Azerbaijan : BAKU
5. ___ Kett of early comics : ETTA
9. Confronts : FACES
14. X ___ xylophone : ASIN
15. Statutes : LAWS
16. Nonsensical : INANE
17. Leave in, editorially : STET
18. Explorer called "the Red" : ERIC
19. Kind of orange : NAVEL
20. With 34-, 43- and 58-Across, message on a tourist's postcard : HAVINGAGOODTIME
23. Chou En-___ : LAI
24. Bout outcome, briefly : TKO
25. River at Ghent : LYS
26. Strike caller : UMP
29. After : PAST
32. Truck track : RUT
34. See 20-Across : PERFECTWEATHER
39. Composer Stravinsky : IGOR
40. Moray, e.g. : EEL
41. Lendl of tennis : IVAN
43. See 20-Across : AWESOMESCENERY
48. Ordinal suffix : ETH
49. Card game start : DEAL
50. Born: Fr. : NEE
51. Airline with the old slogan "Up, up and away" : TWA
54. Broadcast : AIR
56. Oversized : BIG
58. See 20-Across : WISHYOUWEREHERE
65. Put ___ to (end) : ASTOP
66. Surrealist Salvador : DALI
67. Gym socks may have one : ODOR
68. India's first P.M. : NEHRU
69. "Holy moly!" : EGAD
70. What's holding things up : SNAG
71. Like Gatsby : GREAT
72. Actress Russo : RENE
73. Root in Hawaiian cookery : TARO
1. Wingding : BASH
2. Nick and Nora's dog : ASTA
3. Chicken ___ (deep-fried dish) : KIEV
4. "Don't open ___ Christmas!" : UNTIL
5. Mournful : ELEGIAC
6. Scarlett's home : TARA
7. Baby branch : TWIG
8. Broad necktie : ASCOT
9. Discover : FINDOUT
10. Med. course : ANAT
11. Carp : CAVIL
12. Hostile force : ENEMY
13. Tennis champ Monica : SELES
21. Back of the neck : NAPE
22. Gumbo : OKRA
26. A.P. rival : UPI
27. Prefix with bucks or phone : MEGA
28. Ship's front : PROW
30. Part of a rose : STEM
31. Preppy's fabric : TWEED
33. Significantly underweight : THIN
35. At liberty : FREE
36. "What ___ can I say?" : ELSE
37. Uniform : EVEN
38. Lightly cooked : RARE
42. Actress Carrie : NYE
44. "Don't move!" : STAYPUT
45. Toledo's home : OHIO
46. Trip to the airport, say : CABRIDE
47. Nobelist Wiesel : ELIE
51. Nasal tone : TWANG
52. More prudent : WISER
53. "___ World Turns" : ASTHE
55. Less polite : RUDER
57. Basic Halloween costume : GHOST
59. Jewish wedding dance : HORA
60. Carry on : WAGE
61. Vivacity : ELAN
62. ___ St. Vincent Millay : EDNA
63. Din : ROAR
64. Hence : ERGO

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