New York Times, Thursday, August 14, 2003

Author: Greg Staples
Editor: Will Shortz
Greg Staples
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQVXZ} This is puzzle # 23 for Mr. Staples. NYT links: Across Lite

JimH notes: The black square immediately preceding or following 24A, 25A, 48A, 50A, 4D, 28D, 29D and 57D should be interpreted as a "block" and considered part of the adjoining answer. For example, 24A = SUNBLOCK, 25A = BLOCK PARTY, etc.
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Across Down
1. Duck with a large white crest : SMEW
5. Atkins diet count, briefly : CARBS
10. Gillette product : ATRA
14. ___ Alto : PALO
15. "I Could Write ___" (Rodgers and Hart song) : ABOOK
16. Jacob who wrote "How the Other Half Lives" : RIIS
17. Not be childish : ACTONESAGE
19. Private dining room? : MESS
20. Greek island or its capital : RHODES
21. Wraps (up) : SEWS
23. Prussian pronoun : SIE
24. Burn preventer : SUN
25. Neighborhood shindig : PARTY
27. Folders, wastebaskets and such : ICONS
29. Adriatic seaport : BARI
30. No longer young : AGING
31. "Forever Your Girl" hitmaker, 1989 : ABDUL
34. It may get you slapped : FRESHNESS
38. Very, affectedly : TRES
39. Literal element of eight answers in this puzzle : BLOCK
40. Arrange, as hair : DOUP
41. Cheerleader's maneuver : CARTWHEEL
43. 1974 title role for Dustin Hoffman : LENNY
44. October 31 option : TREAT
45. Super server : ACER
47. Revolution : TWIRL
48. For sale : ONTHE
50. Line of defense : ADE
53. Old-time marauder : HUN
54. Timber wolf : LOBO
56. Orangish hues : OCHRES
58. Wild goings-on : ORGY
60. Becomes discouraged : LOSESHEART
62. Stamp of approval? : USDA
63. Mower maker : DEERE
64. Top spot : ACME
65. Train station : STOP
66. City near Oberhausen : ESSEN
67. Sweetie : DEAR
1. Knocks heads (with) : SPARS
2. ___ Picchu (Incan site) : MACHU
3. John with a wild wardrobe : ELTON
4. Percussion instrument struck with a mallet : WOOD
5. Olive oil dressing : CAESAR
6. ___ of Steel (video classic) : ABS
7. Swelter : ROAST
8. One over : BOGEY
9. Twist : SKEW
10. It may be twisted : ARM
11. Paints the town red : TIESONEON
12. Symbol of Japan : RISINGSUN
13. Burden carriers : ASSES
18. Sherpa's land : NEPAL
22. Charlie Brown utterance : SIGH
26. Winchester, e.g. : RIFLE
28. Basic building unit : CINDER
29. Huge success : BUSTER
30. "Shoot!" : ASK
31. Flight coordinators: Abbr. : ATC
32. It may be on a roll : BRATWURST
33. Heroic action : DERRINGDO
35. Unnamed litigant : ROE
36. Showy display : ECLAT
37. Bug someone, e.g. : SPY
39. All-natural food no-no : BHT
42. Rampart : WALL
43. Hanger-on : LEECH
46. Elect : CHOSEN
47. G's : THOUS
48. They're found among the reeds : OBOES
49. What counters may count : NOSES
50. "It's ___ against time" : ARACE
51. Skin layer : DERMA
52. Aromatic compound : ESTER
55. Part of many an antique shop name : OLDE
57. Nincompoop : HEAD
59. Chatter : YAP
61. It comes before long : ERE

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