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New York Times, Monday, January 17, 1994

Author:
Sidney L. Robbins
Editor:
Will Shortz
Sometimes they get the hang of it
TotalDebutLatest
2033/27/19742/8/1999
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1.47891534%
Sidney L. Robbins

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JKQXZ} Spans: 3 This is puzzle # 156 for Mr. Robbins. Monday freshness: 24%
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© 1994, The New York Times1/17/94 ( No. 16,141 )
Across
1
Hearth debris : ASHES
6
Atmosphere : AURA
10
Columnist Bombeck : ERMA
14
Room to ___ : SPARE
15
Skater Heiden : ERIC
16
High time? : NOON
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Critical juncture : POINTOFNORETURN
20
Parade : STREAM
21
Some oranges : OSAGES
22
Roasting items : EARS
25
Sometimes they get the hang of it : SPIES
26
Woolly one : LAMB
30
Carnegie Hall event : RECITAL
32
Where Marco Polo traveled : ASIA
33
Tomb tenant : LENIN
34
All fired up? : LIT
37
Future brass : WESTPOINTCADETS
41
Modeled, maybe : SAT
42
Mountain ridge : ARETE
43
Peruvian of yore : INCA
44
Neptune's fork : TRIDENT
46
Physicist Niels : BOHR
47
Work, work, work : SLAVE
49
Its password was "Mickey Mouse" : DDAY
51
Trotsky rival : STALIN
52
Straight shooters? : RIFLES
57
Stops rambling : COMESTOTHEPOINT
61
Algerian seaport : ORAN
62
Broadway groom of 1922 : ABIE
63
Sister of Thalia : ERATO
64
Bridge seat : WEST
65
Bank holding : LIEN
66
Prepare to shave : STROP
Down
1
Cleo's snakes : ASPS
2
Flyspeck : SPOT
3
"Let the Sunshine In" musical : HAIR
4
Sea bird : ERNE
5
Bristles : SETAE
6
W.W.I grp. : AEF
7
Mausoleum item : URN
8
"Road to___" : RIO
9
Beginnings of poetry? : ACROSTIC
10
Involve : ENTAIL
11
Beauty aid : ROUGE
12
Folkways : MORES
13
Writer Beattie and others : ANNS
18
Poet translated by FitzGerald : OMAR
19
Toledo locale : ESPANA
23
Depended : RELIED
24
Perfumed : SCENTED
26
Senate output : LAWS
27
On the briny : ASEA
28
"Gorillas in the ___" : MIST
29
Hit a fly, perhaps : BAT
31
Mean : INTEND
34
Host Jay : LENO
35
Yen : ITCH
36
Ivan, for one : TSAR
38
Church front area : PARVIS
39
Expensive rug : ORIENTAL
40
Fish in a way : DIB
44
Aptitude : TALENT
45
Weight allowance : TARE
47
Pack away : STORE
48
"Falcon Crest" star : LAMAS
50
"Egad!" : YIPES
51
Barge : SCOW
53
McHenry, e.g. : FORT
54
Munchhausen, for one : LIAR
55
Within: Prefix : ENTO
56
Common sign : STOP
58
Sash : OBI
59
Cause for overtime : TIE
60
Clucker : HEN

Answer summary:
1 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Modern Era but used previously.

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