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New York Times, Thursday, January 1, 1998

Author:
Jim Page
Editor:
Will Shortz
Shopper's reply to the salesman
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Jim Page

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 36 Missing: {KQX} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 102 for Mr. Page. Thursday freshness: 64%
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© 1998, The New York Times1/1/98 ( No. 17,586 )
Across
1
Field : AREA
5
Sting : TRAP
9
Conjointly : ASONE
14
Rossini subject : TELL
15
Craig of the N.B.A. : EHLO
16
Split : RIVEN
17
Alaska's first governor : EGAN
18
Ones born in late July : LEOS
19
Floor, in a way : AMAZE
20
Clothing salesman's greeting : MAYIBEOFHELP
23
With 12-Down, eyeglasses : PINCE
24
Cabin attendant, once : STEW
25
Merganser : SMEW
29
Sandlot game : ONEOCAT
31
Be of good cheer : REJOICE
33
Basic rhyme scheme : ABAB
35
___ a high note : ENDON
36
Shopper's reply to the salesman : NAHJUSTBROWSING
42
Pastiches : OLIOS
43
Beer buy : CASE
44
Old-fashioned fighting force : LANCERS
47
Clod : DULLARD
52
Not taken in by : ONTO
53
Netanyahu of Israel : BIBI
55
Like "The X-Files" : EERIE
56
Clothing salesman's reply : SUITYOURSELF
59
Words of recognition : AHYES
62
Tahiti and others : ILES
63
Western tie : BOLO
64
Exercise : WIELD
65
Undercover worker : NARC
66
He had designs on Jackie : OLEG
67
"Semi-Tough" actress : LENYA
68
Spoils : SWAG
69
Be impudent : SASS
Down
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"Resume speed," to a musician : ATEMPO
2
Get back : REGAIN
3
Comic Boosler : ELAYNE
4
Magnetic alloy : ALNICO
5
Cast leader : TELE
6
Current regulator : RHEOSTAT
7
Up in the air : ALOFT
8
More ritzy : POSHER
9
___ Sea (Amu Darya's outlet) : ARAL
10
90's TV family, with "the" : SIMPSONS
11
Eggs : OVA
12
See 23-Across : NEZ
13
Helm heading : ENE
21
"Abbey Road" song : BECAUSE
22
Part of a flock : EWE
26
Knee concealer : MIDI
27
37-Down's concern: Abbr. : ECON
28
Memorable puzzle editor : WENG
30
Certain muscles, informally : ABS
32
Ringmaster? : JEWELER
34
Telly option : BBC
36
___ contendere : NOLO
37
Mr. Greenspan : ALAN
38
"Warm" or "cold" : HINT
39
With levity : JOCOSELY
40
The 30's and 40's, e.g. : RADIOERA
41
Big Ten sch. : OSU
45
Ken Griffey Jr. stat. : RBI
46
Protests : SITINS
48
Sappho's home : LESBOS
49
Interstice : AREOLA
50
Lunar trenches : RILLES
51
Clears, in a way : DEFOGS
54
Charter member? : BYLAW
57
Food stamp agcy. : USDA
58
Naut. law enforcers : USCG
59
Punching tool : AWL
60
Run : HIE
61
Wish : YEN

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