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New York Times, Monday, January 7, 2008

Theory of the universe, or a hint to the starts of 17-Across and 7-, 10-, 35- and 40-Down

Author:
Lynn Lempel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Lynn Lempel

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 37 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 32 for Ms. Lempel. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2008, The New York Times1/7/08 ( No. 21,244 )
Across
1
Peeling knives : PARERS
7
"See ya" : BYE
10
Katie Couric's network : CBS
13
Kansas city where Dwight Eisenhower grew up : ABILENE
15
Symbol of sturdiness : OAKTREE
17
High hit behind the catcher, say : POPFOUL
18
Do surgery (on) : OPERATE
19
End of a school Web address : EDU
20
Salves : BALMS
22
"My life ___ open book" : ISAN
23
Ward off : REPEL
26
Safety item for a tightrope walker : NET
27
Pep rally shout : RAH
28
Refused : SAIDNO
30
Tallied up : ADDED
33
Neurologist or orthopedist : DOCTOR
36
Graceful swimmer : SWAN
38
Nuptial agreement : IDO
39
Spotty : ERRATIC
41
Tidy savings : NESTEGG
43
Miss. neighbor : ALA
44
___ of Man : ISLE
46
Paths from here to there : ROUTES
47
Stretchy fabric : LYCRA
49
Self-assurance : APLOMB
51
Family : KIN
52
Vegetable that rolls : PEA
53
Looks to be : SEEMS
57
Treble's counterpart : BASS
59
Thorny parts of roses : STEMS
61
III + IV : VII
62
Miss terribly : ACHEFOR
64
Theory of the universe, or a hint to the starts of 17-Across and 7-, 10-, 35- and 40-Down : BIGBANG
67
Scene at a natural history museum : DIORAMA
68
Observed secretly : SPIEDON
69
Summer hrs. in D.C. : EDT
70
One doing leg. work : REP
71
Derisive looks : SNEERS
Down
1
Post or Trib : PAPER
2
Residence : ABODE
3
Shred : RIPUP
4
Aide to Santa : ELF
5
Old auto inits. : REO
6
Rebuff : SNUB
7
Prosperous place : BOOMTOWN
8
Kennel cries : YAPS
9
___ out (barely make) : EKE
10
Extreme effort at weight loss : CRASHDIET
11
Alpha, ___, gamma ... : BETA
12
Glimpsed : SEEN
14
Twisty-horned antelope : ELAND
16
Musical chord : TRIAD
21
Eye part : LENS
24
"Cómo ___ usted?" : ESTA
25
Vientiane native : LAOTIAN
27
Abductors' demands : RANSOMS
29
Eye part : IRIS
31
Periphery : EDGE
32
Lady and the Tramp, e.g. : DOGS
33
Start a card game : DEAL
34
Air France destination : ORLY
35
Skilled marksman : CRACKSHOT
37
Aviation-related prefix : AERO
40
Baloney : CLAPTRAP
42
Inside of a paper towel roll : TUBE
45
Sporting sword : EPEE
48
One heeding the alarm clock : RISER
50
Symbols of meekness : LAMBS
54
Dodge : EVADE
55
Petty : MINOR
56
+ and - : SIGNS
57
Ordered : BADE
58
Carbolic ___ : ACID
59
A few : SOME
60
Nurses a drink : SIPS
63
Lead-in to fetched or sighted : FAR
65
Card game with knocking : GIN
66
Spelling competition : BEE

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