New York Times, Tuesday, July 30, 2002

Author: Sherry O. Blackard
Editor: Will Shortz
Sherry O. Blackard
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQVXZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 17 for Ms. Blackard. NYT links: Across Lite

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Across Down
1. Nile slitherers : ASPS
5. Masked critter : COON
9. Expecting, as a raise : UPFOR
14. Opportunity, so to speak : DOOR
15. Dagger handle : HAFT
16. Monica of the courts : SELES
17. 1999 Meryl Streep movie : MUSICOFTHEHEART
20. "___ not fair!" : ITS
21. Gardener's need : HOSE
22. Craving : YEN
23. Master's requirement, often : THESIS
25. Met or Card, for short : NLER
27. Gateway Arch city: Abbr. : STL
30. Midleg : KNEE
32. Viands : EDIBLES
34. Negative vote : NAY
36. Foolhardy : RASH
38. Interminably : NOEND
39. Ayn Rand book : ATLASSHRUGGED
42. Out-and-out : TOTAL
43. Accordingly : THEN
44. Gives the nod : OKS
45. Ethel Waters classic : AMIBLUE
47. Fall shade : RUST
49. Twitch : TIC
50. Shows one's human side : ERRS
52. Things with ___ (theme of this puzzle) : SCALES
56. Yiddish plaints : OYS
57. Bread spread : OLEO
59. Matterhorn, e.g. : ALP
60. 1988 John Cleese movie, with "A" : FISHCALLEDWANDA
65. Action spot : ARENA
66. Easily molded : SOFT
67. Bumped off : ICED
68. Fortuneteller's card : TAROT
69. Golden rule word : UNTO
70. Nothing more than : MERE
1. Own up to : ADMIT
2. Pole position? : SOUTH
3. Group that's rounded up : POSSE
4. ___ Lanka : SRI
5. Picky people? : CHOOSERS
6. Meatheads : OAFS
7. "Come here ___?" : OFTEN
8. Extreme : NTH
9. Leading down the aisle : USHERING
10. Hammer part : PEEN
11. It has many keys: Abbr. : FLA
12. Anthem preposition : OER
13. Queue after Q : RST
18. Goatee site : CHIN
19. Gave the once-over : EYED
24. First U.S. space station : SKYLAB
26. McNeil's longtime news partner : LEHRER
27. Built for speed : SLEEK
28. Looks after : TENDS
29. 60's turn-on : LSD
31. Egg roll time : EASTER
33. Colombia's capital : BOGOTA
34. One of the Judds : NAOMI
35. Storage spot : ATTIC
37. "Quiet, please!" : SHH
40. Back street prowler : ALLEYCAT
41. Not familiar with : UNUSEDTO
42. Make lace : TAT
46. ___ Minor : URSA
48. Flat-bottomed boat : SCOW
51. Wise lawgiver : SOLON
53. Cyclist Armstrong : LANCE
54. Respected one : ELDER
55. Gardener's need : SPADE
56. "It can't be!" : OHNO
58. Took off : LEFT
60. "___ chance!" : FAT
61. Lyrical Gershwin : IRA
62. Sun. talk : SER
63. Baton Rouge sch. : LSU
64. Prepare to shoot : AIM

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