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New York Times, Thursday, December 12, 1996

Author:
J. R. Conrad
Editor:
Will Shortz
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John R. Conrad

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Conrad. NYT links: Across Lite
Jim Horne notes:

The empty squares must be read as the word BLANK.

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© 1996, The New York TimesNo. 1212 ( 17,201 )
Across
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Recording session need : BLANKTAPE
6
Direct : POINTBLANK
12
Task : ERRAND
14
Feminist Smeal and others : ELEANORS
16
U.P.S. customer : SENDER
17
Classical language : SANSKRIT
18
Got ready to drive, with "up" : TEED
19
Dress up : ADORN
21
Boy preceder : ATTA
22
Rob of "About Last Night..." : LOWE
24
Flemish composer ___ Pres : DES
26
Part of H.M.S. : HER
27
Engrossed : IMMERSED
31
Idolize : REVERE
33
Vitamin stat. : RDA
34
Ricochet : CAROM
36
Publicize : AIR
37
Shows curiosity : ASKS
39
Gosh-darn : BLANKETYBLANK
41
Freshly : ANEW
44
General-turned-politician : IKE
46
Passover feast : SEDER
48
"Die Meistersinger" heroine : EVA
49
"___ Tune" (50's TV theme song) : ERNIES
52
Redirected : DETOURED
54
Reprint necessity: Abbr. : NEG
55
Apollo vehicle, for short : LEM
57
Lots : ATON
58
Ergo : THUS
60
Copy : REPRO
62
Heart and soul : MEAT
66
Brush up again : REPOLISH
68
Stop, as a flow : STANCH
70
Partner for "so near" : YETSOFAR
71
Inveigle : SEDUCE
72
Strangers may get them : BLANKLOOKS
73
Skipped, as in printing : LEFTBLANK
Down
1
Most vague : BLANKEST
2
Trap : TREE
3
English composer Thomas : ARNE
4
Row : PADDLE
5
From S.F. to Wyo. : ENE
6
Thomas Jefferson's Declaration role : PENNER
7
Alliance headquartered in D.C. : OAS
8
Durante's "___ Dinka Doo" : INKA
9
Yankee : NORTHERNER
10
More banal : TRITER
11
Uncomprehending response : BLANKSTARE
13
Fails to remember : DRAWSABLANK
14
"Que es ___?" : ESO
15
Old kitchen supply : LARD
20
Some combines : DEERES
23
Fabled monster : ORC
25
Richard Henry Dana subject : SEA
27
Author Levin : IRA
28
Hosp. workers : MDS
29
Recompensing : MAKINGUPTO
30
Lovingly cared for, with "on" : DOTED
32
By way of : VIA
35
Intimate term of address : MYDEAR
38
Schuss : SKI
40
Beach party game : BLANKETTOSS
42
Christmas ___ : EVE
43
Walletful : WAD
45
Sushi order : EEL
47
Down Under critter, informally : ROO
49
Contestant's application : ENTRYBLANK
50
Cobble again : REHEEL
51
Font embellishments : SERIFS
53
Neglected, as beds : UNMADE
56
Southwestern desert feature : MESA
59
Mediocre : SOSO
61
Sentence part: Abbr. : PHR
63
Plenty: Var. : ENUF
64
___ exec. : ACCT
65
Something to fill in : THEBLANK
67
___ Sabha (Indian legislature) : LOK
69
Addr. book entry : TEL

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 4 debuted here and reused later, 5 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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