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New York Times, Monday, October 6, 2008

Author: Patrick Blindauer
Editor: Will Shortz
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Rows: 9, Columns: 24 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JKQ} Spans: 1 Grid has mirror symmetry. Featured in Will Shortz's favorite puzzles This is puzzle # 20 for Mr. Blindauer. NYT links: Across Lite
Notepad: While most crossword grids are square, this one has an ingenious reason for being elongated. This may be my favorite Monday puzzle of all time, proving that easy can also be a wow. - Will Shortz
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© 2008, The New York TimesNo. 1006 ( 21,517 )
Across Down
1. Blood type, briefly : ONEG
5. "___ Miz" : LES
8. Source of all the tender words in this puzzle? : DOLLAR
14. "The Sopranos" airer : HBO
17. The "Z" of DMZ : ZONE
21. Slow-cooked entree : POTROAST
23. Oregon city : EUGENE
24. Body parts that may be pierced : EARLOBES
26. 8-Across issuer : THEUNITEDSTATESOFAMERICA
29. Neither's partner : NOR
30. Tear : RIP
31. German direction : OST
32. Flow back, as the tide : EBB
33. Retired flier : SST
35. Motto of 26-Across found on the 8-Across : INGODWETRUST
41. Mornings, briefly : AMS
44. Water of Oise : EAU
45. Emergency PC key : ESC
47. It led to a 1773 Boston "party" : TEAACT
48. "That hurts!" : YOW
51. "That feels so-o-o good!" : AAH
53. Symbol of 26-Across found on the 8-Across : GREATSEAL
57. Sage : WISE
58. Symbol of 26-Across found on the 8-Across : BALDEAGLE
61. What gave the Hulk his powers : GAMMARAYS
62. Stunt legend Knievel : EVEL
63. Fort Knox feature : STEELDOOR
64. Ryan of "Love Story" : ONEAL
65. Marked, as a box : XED
66. Holler : YELL
67. ___ Lingus : AER
68. Lorna of fiction : DOONE
1. Choose (to) : OPT
2. Yokohama drama : NOH
3. Somme summer : ETE
4. Lowly soldier : GRUNT
5. Dragon's ___ (early video game) : LAIR
6. Ballpark fig. : EST
7. Uncompromising : STERN
8. Tyrant : DESPOT
9. Opposite of safe : OUT
10. N.Y.C. landing site : LGA
11. Tennis umpire's cry : LET
12. "Wheel of Fortune" buy : ANE
13. Club Med, for one : RESORT
14. Weights : HEFTS
15. Word repeated before "black sheep" : BAA
16. "Coffee, Tea ___?" (1960s best seller) : ORME
17. "The Greek" of film : ZORBA
18. ___-Wan Kenobi : OBI
19. I.B.M. competitor : NEC
20. Spanish pronoun : ESA
22. "Bed-in" participant with Lennon : ONO
25. Beirut's land: Abbr. : LEB
27. Archaeological operation : DIG
28. The Buckeyes, for short : OSU
33. Clear kitchen wrap : SARAN
34. "Guys and Dolls" song : SUEME
35. Mountaineer's tool : ICEAX
36. ___ Decimal System : DEWEY
37. Forgo, as one's rights : WAIVE
38. Three-legged support : EASEL
39. Immune system lymphocyte : TCELL
40. "Tippecanoe and ___ too" : TYLER
42. Nearsighted "Mr." : MAGOO
43. Where dos are done : SALON
44. Breakfast brand for a toaster : EGGO
45. List-ending abbr. : ETAL
46. Lithuania or Estonia, once: Abbr. : SSR
49. Praiseful poem : ODE
50. Join with a blowtorch : WELD
52. Roll call response : HERE
54. Doc bloc : AMA
55. Affirmative at sea : AYE
56. Psychedelic drug : LSD
58. "Be Prepared" org. : BSA
59. Had a meal : ATE
60. "Without further ___ ..." : ADO

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