New York Times, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Author: John Farmer
Editor: Will Shortz
John Farmer
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Rows: 16, Columns: 15, Words: 73, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQWXZ} This is puzzle # 21 for Mr. Farmer. NYT links: Across Lite

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JimH notes: Three 18-letter theme answers snake across the grid, each taking a nose dive on the word NOSE.
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D
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© 2010, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Find out what's wrong : DIAGNOSETHEPROBLEM
6. Squad leader, e.g.: Abbr. : NCO
9. Oft-talked of : FAMED
14. Like Moses' wife, per Numbers 12:1 : ETHIOPIAN
16. Cawdor title : THANE
17. Loot in an old train robbery : MAILSACKS
18. "A great flame follows a little spark" writer : DANTE
19. Monogram of 1964's Nobel Peace laureate : MLK
22. Regards : EYES
24. Downhill : TOSEED
25. Sports seasons: Abbr. : YRS
26. Wind up : COIL
28. Coffin nails : CIGS
30. "Huh?!" : ITMAKESNOSENSETOME
34. ___ acting : METHOD
38. Key combination : CHORD
39. "Batman" sound effects : OOFS
41. Ignition system expert? : PYRO
42. Augur : BODE
43. Jug handle, in archaeology : ANSA
44. Turn off : REPEL
45. U.S.S. Enterprise crewman, to Kirk : MRSULU
49. Qualm : PANG
51. "Scream" actress Campbell : NEVE
52. Doo-wop syllable : SHA
55. Nicks of rock : STEVIE
57. Blow a gasket : RANT
61. Plummet ... or what this puzzle's theme answers do? : TAKEASTEEPNOSEDIVE
64. Deg. held by George W. Bush : MBA
65. Senescence : AGING
66. Robert Langdon's field in "The Da Vinci Code" : SEMIOTICS
68. Period before après-midi : MATIN
69. Conducts, as business : TRANSACTS
70. Milan-based fashion label : PRADA
71. Sugar suffix : OSE
1. "Philadelphia" director Jonathan : DEMME
2. "A Farewell to Arms" setting : ITALY
3. "Take ___!" : AHIKE
4. Jazz great Evans : GIL
6. Actor in the Best Picture winners of 1975, 1983 and 2006 : NICHOLSON
7. They're sometimes upside-down : CAKES
8. Without assignment : ONSPEC
9. Old Army base on the Santa Fe Trail, briefly : FTDODGE
10. I Kings king : AHAB
11. Butch : MANLY
12. Welcome word : ENTER
13. Regards : DEEMS
15. Peppermint ___ : PATTIE
21. Site of Germany's surrender in W.W. II : REIMS
23. Get ahold of with effort : SCAREUP
27. Having a permit : OKD
29. Subject in many a joke : STPETER
30. Part of the U.S. arsenal : ICBM
31. Onetime part of the U.S. arsenal : THOR
32. Some '60s hipsters : MODS
35. Needle, informally : HYPO
36. City near Provo : OREM
37. Republican candidate between Bush and Bush : DOLE
40. Mortgage giant founded in 1938 : FANNIEMAE
43. Clara and Harriet, in 1960s TV : AUNTS
44. Short circuit? : REV
46. "Mangia!" dish : LASAGNA
48. Come through slowly : SEEPIN
50. Bugs : GETSTO
52. Perforation site : STAMP
53. Viking in a Dik Browne strip : HAGAR
54. Dog breed Helen Keller introduced to the U.S. in 1937 : AKITA
56. Changes course : VEERS
58. Friends of Florence : AMICI
59. "More colorful" sloganeer : NBCTV
60. Café cup : TASSE
62. Children's author Blyton : ENID
67. Whisper : TAD

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