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New York Times, Thursday, November 7, 2002

Author:
Patrick Merrell
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Patrick Merrell

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 37 Missing: {HJKQXY} Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry. There are unchecked squares This is puzzle # 8 for Mr. Merrell. NYT links: Across Lite
Jim Horne notes:

X marks the spot in this pirate themed puzzled. The letters N, W, E, and S are arranged appropriately near the center.

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C
2
O
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N
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D
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O
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R
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T
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N
S
A
L
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N
O
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U
R
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N
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S
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C
R
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A
M
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D
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S
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L
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S
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E
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O
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O
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R
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C
U
B
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S
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S
T
O
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S
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T
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N
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A
P
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E
S
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E
R
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B
U
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S
N
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R
U
L
E
R
S
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B
L
E
W
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E
L
B
A
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A
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N
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G
E
L
A
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S
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S
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N
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S
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D
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R
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G
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O
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M
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D
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C
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D
© 2002, The New York TimesNo. 1107 ( 19,357 )
Across
1
Andean flier : CONDOR
7
Clarification lead-in : IDEST
12
Reduced : ONSALE
13
Intersection interdiction : NOTURNS
16
Not just beaten : CREAMED
17
Nixon's Checkers, e.g. : SPANIEL
18
N.B.A. coach Kruger : LON
19
With 28-Across, treasure locator : PIRATES
21
That, in Toledo : ESO
22
___ about : ONOR
24
They have six faces : CUBES
25
Analogy part : ISTO
26
Determined to carry out : SETON
28
See 19-Across : MAP
29
Bar in court : ESTOP
30
Antarctic observatory mount : EREBUS
32
Shahs and pooh-bahs : RULERS
33
Went off : BLEW
34
1814-15 principality for Napoleon : ELBA
35
Activist Davis : ANGELA
39
Source of strength : SINEWS
43
Some tick carriers : DEERS
44
With 52-Across, what treasure hunters do : DIG
46
"Frasier" dog : EDDIE
47
Has : OWNS
48
___ Park, Calif. : MENLO
50
Assess, with "up" : SIZE
51
Word between Lincoln and Todd : NEE
52
See 44-Across : FORGOLD
54
Govt. agent : FED
55
Sharon, e.g. : ISRAELI
57
Uninitiated ones : VIRGINS
59
Overly formal : STILTED
60
Manifest : EVINCE
61
Knock off : CEASE
62
Drained : SAPPED
Down
1
One doing body work? : CORONER
2
Lacking in variety : ONENOTE
3
Decryption org. : NSA
4
Like many a cellar : DAMP
5
Kind of acid : OLEIC
6
Three-time Grand National champion whose name is a kind of liquor : REDRUM
7
Conforming (with) : INSTEP
8
Ninnies : DOPES
9
Itinerary info : ETAS
10
Las Vegas newspaper, with "the" : SUN
11
Italian port near Slovenia : TRIESTE
14
Counselor to the Greeks at Troy : NESTOR
15
Single-masted vessels : SLOOPS
16
Intimate : CLOSE
20
Impose ___ on : ABAN
23
See 31-Down : ROBBERS
25
Some treasure hunters' destinations : ISLANDS
27
Repeals : NULLS
29
Blake of ragtime : EUBIE
31
With 23-Down, treasure hunters : SEA
32
Author of a classic novel about treasure hunters: Abbr. : RLS
35
Hunk : ADONIS
36
Most modern : NEWEST
37
Prescription option : GENERIC
38
Blab : SING
40
Skyscraper, e.g. : EDIFICE
41
Shriveled : WIZENED
42
Core group? : SEEDS
44
Make sport of : DERIDE
45
Ring wear : GLOVES
48
Double agents : MOLES
49
Ex-Twin Tony : OLIVA
52
Greek salad topping : FETA
53
Faucet problem : DRIP
56
It may be bitter : ALE
58
Economic stat. : GNP

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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