New York Times, Thursday, April 27, 2000

Author: Greg Staples
Editor: Will Shortz
Greg Staples
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 37 Missing: {JXZ} This is puzzle # 9 for Mr. Staples. NYT links: Across Lite

Notepad: The 10 unclued answers in this puzzle (from 20-Across to 57-Across) comprise a word ladder, in which one letter is changed between each consecutive step.
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© 2000, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Kind of tent : PUP
4. Strong criticism : FLAK
8. Ages : EPOCHS
14. Charlotte-to-Raleigh dir. : ENE
15. Parks in 1955 news : ROSA
16. "Big deal" : SOWHAT
17. With skill : ADROITLY
19. ___ Club : SIERRA
20. *Start of the word ladder : SOUP
21. *Second step : SOAP
23. *Third step : SOAR
24. Polite guest : THANKER
27. Denver clock setting: Abbr. : MST
28. Smart set : MENSA
31. Communicate successfully : GETACROSS
34. Jackie's second : ARI
35. *Fourth step : BOAR
37. *Fifth step : BOAS
38. Whines : YAMMERS
40. Take care (of) : DISPOSE
43. *Sixth step : BIAS
44. *Seventh step : BINS
45. "O patria ___" ("Aida" aria) : MIA
46. Perfect hits : BULLSEYES
49. Happening : EVENT
51. Duke Ellington's "___ Got Me" : IVE
52. Pay back : REQUITE
54. *Eighth step : BUNS
56. *Ninth step : NUNS
57. *End of the word ladder : NUTS
61. Censors' signs : BLEEPS
64. Brainiac : EINSTEIN
66. Stands for things : EASELS
67. Put on board : STOW
68. Grazing ground : LEA
69. Saddam Hussein, e.g. : DESPOT
70. Chapeau's spot : TETE
71. A little work : ERG
1. They can be sweet : PEAS
2. Word processor command : UNDO
3. Amazon's source : PERU
4. When "Dallas" aired: Abbr. : FRI
5. "___ luck!" : LOTSA
6. Provided that : ASLONGAS
7. Olympic water sports competitor : KAYAKER
8. Tee preceder : ESS
9. Luau serving : POI
10. Has a tab : OWES
11. Gene carrier : CHROMOSOME
12. Ride, so to speak : HARASS
13. Some may be false : STARTS
18. Chooses : OPTS
22. Fido or Fluffy : PET
25. ___ corpus : HABEAS
26. 1994 Peace Nobelist : RABIN
28. Fifth of 12 : MAY
29. Baseball card stat. : ERA
30. One of Jack's qualities : NIMBLENESS
32. Baby : COSSET
33. Shoot the breeze : RAP
36. Canadian skater Brian : ORSER
39. N.L. Central team, on a scoreboard : MIL
40. Sever : DISUNITE
41. Fall from grace : SIN
42. "Dig in!" : EAT
44. Legal legacy : BEQUEST
46. Like a baby in a highchair : BIBBED
47. Throat flaps : UVULAE
48. Hankering : YEN
50. Blow off steam : VENT
53. "A house ___ a home" : ISNOT
55. Trickle : SEEP
58. Congo river : UELE
59. Bleacher feature : TIER
60. Unforeseen difficulty : SNAG
62. Arafat's grp. : PLO
63. Jet-set jet : SST
65. Nor. neighbor : SWE

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