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New York Times, Monday, January 28, 2008

Singing group suggested by the starts of 20-, 28- and 48-Across

Author:
Michael Blake
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Michael Blake

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQX} Spans: 2 This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Blake.
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© 2008, The New York Times1/28/08 ( No. 21,265 )

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Across
1
Baby's first word, in Italy : MAMMA
6
Commercials : ADS
9
Touches : ABUTS
14
Skip ___ (lose tempo) : ABEAT
15
Tennis do-over : LET
16
Katmandu's land : NEPAL
17
___ firma : TERRA
18
Mai ___ (tropical drink) : TAI
19
"Yum!" : TASTY
20
"Future Shock" author : ALVINTOFFLER
23
Prefix with -lithic : NEO
24
Wetland : FEN
25
Antique restorer's efforts, for short : TLC
28
Late hunter of Nazi war criminals : SIMONWIESENTHAL
34
Comedian Philips : EMO
35
Aria singer : DIVA
36
Brewing coffee produces one : AROMA
37
Designer Christian : DIOR
39
Semesters : TERMS
42
Muslim holy man : IMAM
43
Shake hands (on) : AGREE
45
Former senator Trent : LOTT
47
___ dye (chemical coloring) : AZO
48
"Sister Carrie" author : THEODOREDREISER
52
Airport schedule abbr. : ETD
53
The 1919 Treaty of Versailles concluded it: Abbr. : WWI
54
Directional suffix : ERN
55
Singing group suggested by the starts of 20-, 28- and 48-Across : THECHIPMUNKS
61
Dragon Ball Z game company : ATARI
64
___ Solo of "Star Wars" : HAN
65
Actress Papas or Ryan : IRENE
66
Thesaurus author : ROGET
67
Superlative suffix : EST
68
Girlish laugh : TEHEE
69
Bullwinkle, for one : MOOSE
70
Letter between pi and sigma : RHO
71
Actress Falco and namesakes : EDIES
Down
1
___ Hari : MATA
2
Brother of Cain and Seth : ABEL
3
"___ Griffin's Crosswords" : MERV
4
Dolphins QB Dan : MARINO
5
Finished : ATANEND
6
Choir voice : ALTO
7
Like most users of sign language : DEAF
8
Cadavers, slangily : STIFFS
9
Insect or radio part : ANTENNA
10
Yogi, for one : BEAR
11
FedEx competitor : UPS
12
Tit for ___ : TAT
13
Crafty : SLY
21
Namely : TOWIT
22
Former auto executive Iacocca : LEE
25
Clarence of the Supreme Court : THOMAS
26
Kind of class for expectant mothers : LAMAZE
27
Noisy shouting : CLAMOR
28
Anesthetize, say : SEDATE
29
"Put me down as a maybe" : IMIGHT
30
Tied down, as a boat : MOORED
31
"___ changed my mind" : IVE
32
Country rocker Steve : EARLE
33
Prefix with lateral : TRI
38
Old Olds car : REO
40
"The ___ Squad" of '60s-'70s TV : MOD
41
Throat problem : STREP
44
First American to walk in space : EDWHITE
46
Orkin target : TERMITE
49
Be in the red : OWE
50
Wealthier : RICHER
51
Accustomed : INURED
55
___ chic : TRES
56
Corned beef concoction : HASH
57
Absorbed by : INTO
58
Soda pop brand : NEHI
59
Thigh/shin connector : KNEE
60
Understands : SEES
61
Slot machine part : ARM
62
Excessively : TOO
63
In the past : AGO

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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