New York Times, Wednesday, December 25, 2002

Author: Patrick Merrell
Editor: Will Shortz
Patrick Merrell
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {FQVX} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 10 for Mr. Merrell. NYT links: Across Lite

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Across Down
1. Your role in this puzzle [the asterisked clues will help you crack the case] : COP
4. *Suspected means of entry : CHIMNEY
11. No Miss America : HAG
14. Org. in Langley, Va. : CIA
15. Finders' fees : REWARDS
16. Chemical suffix : INE
17. Done with a wink : SLY
18. Period in human development : IRONAGE
19. Regular guy : JOE
20. American Beauty growth : ROSEBUD
22. Not real : ERSATZ
24. Storage facilities : SILOS
25. Big: Abbr. : LRG
27. Cause for an aspirin : ACHE
28. New York cardinal : EGAN
29. Major oil port : ADEN
30. "Wild" one : JOKER
31. Italian town with Giotto frescoes : ASSISI
33. Meat seasoning : SAGE
35. Namesake makers: Abbr. : SRS
36. *When the break-in occurred : CHRISTMAS
39. Copycat : APE
42. This, in España : ESTE
43. Stop for the night : ENCAMP
47. Asian assassin : NINJA
49. Garden with a snake : EDEN
51. NASA's ___ Research Center : AMES
52. Garr of "Young Frankenstein" : TERI
53. Bag thickness : MIL
54. Port in western France : BREST
55. Nukes : ABOMBS
58. Roofers, often : NAILERS
60. Lo-___ : CAL
61. Site of an unwanted duty : LATRINE
63. Three on a clock : III
65. Suffering : ILL
66. Adjusts : ORIENTS
67. Elevator ___ : CAR
68. Person who does a lot of cleaning: Abbr. : DDS
69. *What the intruder accidentally left behind : CINDERS
70. What you may say when you crack the case : AHA
1. Syringe amt. : CCS
2. Offshore workplaces : OILRIGS
3. Commercial bribes : PAYOLAS
4. "Hurray!" and "Oh, no!" : CRIES
5. 33-Across, e.g. : HERB
6. "If asked, yes" : IWOULD
7. *Eyewitness's description of the intruder : MANDRESSEDINRED
8. 1930's program, for short : NRA
9. Ragged part : EDGE
10. Belgian river : YSER
11. Takes by force : HIJACKS
12. Bar order : ANOTHER
13. Old dogs : GEEZERS
21. Kind of boom : SONIC
23. ___ Paulo : SAO
24. Marine : SEA
26. Little biter : GNAT
29. What a snob might put on : AIRS
30. Shepherd who wrote "The Ferrari in the Bedroom" : JEAN
32. Flushing site : SHEA
34. Feds : GMEN
37. Some thing : ITEM
38. Startle : SCARE
39. It may settle things : ANTACID
40. Spotted, as a horse : PIEBALD
41. Matriculates : ENROLLS
44. Its third verse begins "Let music swell the breeze" : AMERICA
45. Handel work : MESSIAH
46. L.A. setting : PST
48. "Treasure Island" boy : JIM
50. "Seinfeld" pal : ELAINE
54. "God ___" : BLESS
56. Convention group : BLOC
57. Indian garb : SARI
59. Like some verbs: Abbr. : INTR
62. Bolivian export : TIN
64. Kind of contribution : IRA

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