New York Times, Wednesday, April 24, 2002

Author: Sheldon Benardo
Editor: Will Shortz
Sheldon Benardo
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQWXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Benardo. NYT links: Across Lite

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1. Scoring a 10 in gymnastics, say : FEAT
5. A Muppet : ELMO
9. Cloak-and-dagger person : SPOOK
14. Zoning minimum, maybe : ACRE
15. Dear's partner : NEAR
16. Remove, Soviet-style : PURGE
17. Tees off : IRES
18. Site of some Sargents : TATE
19. ___ Gay (W.W. II plane) : ENOLA
20. Like a Muscovite at 5 p.m.? : RUSSIANHOME
23. Basketball "trophy" : NET
24. Sch. on the Charles River : MIT
25. They're cast : ACTORS
27. Roundup terminus : CORRAL
31. Nouveau ___ : RICHE
33. Qatar bigwig: Var. : AMEER
34. Short-billed rail : SORA
35. Barely beat : EDGE
39. Helsinki mother's exhortation? : FINNISHYOURMEAL
42. Suffix with towel : ETTE
43. Penny-pinching : MEAN
44. Makes better : HEALS
45. Give the third degree : GRILL
47. Torso : MIDDLE
48. Shampoo bottle instruction : REPEAT
51. Whole lot : TON
52. Suffix with percent : ILE
53. Game decider in Bangkok? : THAIBREAKER
60. Attack : SETAT
62. Pizazz : BRIO
63. **** review : RAVE
64. Mournful peal : KNELL
65. Old-fashioned dance locale : BARN
66. Not windward : ALEE
67. Looie's subordinate : SARGE
68. Loose ___ : ENDS
69. Furnish for now : LEND
1. Worth a C : FAIR
2. Neutral tone : ECRU
3. Bellicose god : ARES
4. 1979 Kinski title role : TESS
5. Involve : ENTAIL
6. Wasn't erect : LEANT
7. S.A.T. section : MATH
8. ___ O's (Post cereal) : OREO
9. Teleprompter's contents : SPEECH
10. 20-, 39- or 53-Across, say : PUN
11. Home of the Black Bears : ORONO
12. Leering sort : OGLER
13. "Ode to Psyche" poet : KEATS
21. ___ ware (Japanese porcelain) : IMARI
22. Hong Kong neighbor: Var. : MACAU
26. Swarmed : TEEMED
27. Eatery : CAFE
28. Leave off : OMIT
29. $50 Boardwalk outlay : RENT
30. Weasel out : RENEGE
31. Like some flushes : ROYAL
32. It's sometimes cast : IRON
34. Author Silverstein : SHEL
36. Bo-o-o-o-ring : DEAD
37. Chutzpah : GALL
38. Ultimatum word : ELSE
40. Title "Mr." of a 1939 film : SMITH
41. Lorelei's river : RHINE
46. Maraca, essentially : RATTLE
47. Jerks : MORONS
48. Puts on the line : RISKS
49. "Maria ___" : ELENA
50. Great name? : PETER
51. "Fun, Fun, Fun" car : TBIRD
54. Religious figure : ABBE
55. 1979-81 hostage site : IRAN
56. Asia's ___ Sea : ARAL
57. Do-re-mi : KALE
58. Not bumpy : EVEN
59. Bassoon, e.g. : REED
61. H.S. class : ALG

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