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New York Times, Friday, November 30, 2007

Olympics item ... or the winning word in the 1984 National Spelling Bee

Author:
Henry Hook
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Henry Hook

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 34 Missing: {QWXZ} This is puzzle # 50 for Mr. Hook. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2007, The New York Times11/30/07 ( No. 21,206 )
Across
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Show signs of improvement : LOOKBETTER
11
Second in a series : BETA
15
Indication of stress : UNDERSCORE
16
1,575-mile river known to some locals as the Zhayyq : URAL
17
"Well, duh!" : GEEYATHINK
18
Hitch : RIDE
19
Supra : EARLIER
20
Syrup of ___ : IPECAC
22
Caustic : SNIDE
23
Sci-fi author McIntyre : VONDA
25
Bad ___, German resort : EMS
26
With eyes open : MINDFULLY
30
Mr. Levy of 1920s Broadway fame : ABIE
32
Holders of big pads : EASELS
33
Marker : IOU
34
W.S.J. subjects : COS
35
"It's ___!" ("You're on!") : ADATE
36
Alt. spelling : VAR
37
Slam : DIS
38
Dictionary data : USAGES
39
Minimal change : CENT
40
Cloth workers? : CLERGYMEN
42
Big-league : PRO
43
Sculptor Oldenburg : CLAES
44
Dive : JOINT
46
Game craze of the late 1980s and '90s : TETRIS
49
Direct : NONSTOP
51
Island nicknamed the Gathering Place : OAHU
52
Jump the gun : ANTICIPATE
55
Senior moment? : PROM
56
One who's happy when things look black : BOOKKEEPER
57
Blunt : SNUB
58
Undergo a change of habit? : CROSSDRESS
Down
1
Olympics item ... or the winning word in the 1984 National Spelling Bee : LUGE
2
Civilians eligible to be drafted : ONEAS
3
___ Line (German/Polish border) : ODERNEISSE
4
Bitter fruit : KEYLIME
5
Queues : BRAIDS
6
Name on a bottle of Beyond Paradise : ESTEE
7
Sch. staffer : TCHR
8
French pronoun : TOI
9
Suffix with south : ERN
10
Sparks a second time : REKINDLES
11
Department : BUREAU
12
Greenland colonizer : ERIC
13
"I did it!" : TADA
14
Pianist Templeton : ALEC
21
Visual PC-to-PC files : PDFS
23
Appearances : VISAGES
24
Classic Packard model with a numerical name : ONETEN
26
Pompadour, for one : MADAME
27
Prerecorded : LIVEONTAPE
28
Advance : LOAN
29
Tentlike dwelling with a conical roof : YURT
30
Like some electric circuits : ACDC
31
Be angry as heck : BOIL
32
"Nothing to it" : EASYASABC
38
Hybrid fruit : UGLI
39
Where cooler heads prevail? : CRISPER
41
Fritz the Cat illustrator : RCRUMB
42
Paid (up) : PONIED
44
Locker room habitués : JOCKS
45
Rain gear brand : TOTES
46
Maximally : TOPS
47
Pull down : EARN
48
Grand total? : THOU
49
Plural suffix with beat or neat : NIKS
50
Kind of pronoun: Abbr. : PERS
53
Clause connector : NOR
54
Unduly : TOO

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 4 debuted here and reused later, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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