New York Times, Saturday, February 7, 2009

Author: Pete Muller
Editor: Will Shortz
Pete Muller
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 72, Blocks: 28 Missing: {Q} This is puzzle # 6 for Mr. Muller. NYT links: Across Lite

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JimH notes: This clever Saturday puzzle has a hidden theme. Nestled into the four corners are the words SEX, DRUGS, ROCK and ROLL.
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© 2009, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Unoriginal order, with "the" : SAME
5. Enhancers of cognitive abilities : SMARTDRUGS
15. Raven : EBON
16. Places to live the high life? : PENTHOUSES
17. Lawless vehicle : XENA
18. Follower of an extra-long workday : LATEDINNER
19. Meal bit : ORT
20. Extravagant display : RITZ
21. Comes up to : NEARS
22. Rambler's lack : BREVITY
24. Acts clownishly : MUGS
26. "Grease" co-writer Jim : JACOBS
27. Maggie's dog in "Bringing Up Father" : FIFI
28. Trumped-up bit : FIB
31. The Louvre's Salles des ___ : ETATS
32. Drink with a bite : LEMONSODA
34. Glazed, waxy fabric finish : CIRE
35. Sounds unsound : RAVES
36. Move caller for a round dance : CUER
37. Produced 28-Acrosses : TOLDTALES
39. Kind of cycle : LUNAR
40. ___ Balls (snack brand) : SNO
41. Somewhat open : AJAR
42. It doesn't have an obvious answer : RIDDLE
43. Uncooked side : SLAW
44. Headed out for the drink : SETSAIL
45. Open : FRANK
48. Give up : CEDE
49. Original Dungeons & Dragons co. : TSR
50. Upper-class luxury : LIVEINMAID
53. W.W. II partisan leader : TITO
54. Like bottles with S O S messages, typically : OCEANBORNE
55. Muddy : ROIL
56. Spot to show off alpine plants : ROCKGARDEN
57. Letter abbr. : ENCL
1. Idols, often : SEXOBJECTS
2. Anomaly : ABERRATION
3. Solitaire game of matching pairs of cards : MONTECARLO
4. Disney doe : ENA
5. Cheerleaders' display : SPLITS
6. Substantial : MEATY
7. Animated film featuring the voices of Gene Hackman and Sylvester Stallone : ANTZ
8. G.P.S. request : RTE
9. Seminary deg. : THD
10. Icing : DOINGIN
11. Old character set : RUNES
12. John McCain's alma mater: Abbr. : USNA
13. Emmy winner Will : GEER
14. Bygone Black Sea borderers: Abbr. : SSRS
20. Rack parts : RIBS
23. Supported a runner : VOTED
24. Those whose actions speak louder than words? : MIMES
25. Potential hoax subjects : UFOS
27. Pyrexia : FEVER
28. Something to build on : FOUNDATION
29. Not real-world : IDEALISTIC
30. Aerobatic maneuver : BARRELROLL
32. Hit NBC series succeeded in its time slot by "ER" : LALAW
33. Gulf war weaponry : SCUDS
35. Asian royal : RAJA
38. Activity avoided by 24-Down : TALKING
39. Miller option : LITE
42. Betray shame : REDDEN
43. Choice for third and short : SNEAK
44. It's under the Pont Neuf : SEINE
45. Rosa or violeta, por ejemplo : FLOR
46. First baseman Brogna : RICO
47. Matisse's "Jeune fille ___ tiare" : AVEC
48. Jester : CARD
51. Org. with guards : NBA
52. Neighbor of Alg. : MOR
53. Amount past due? : TRE

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