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New York Times, Wednesday, December 18, 2002

Author:
Merle Baker
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Merle Baker

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 40 Missing: {QUXZ} Spans: 1 This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Baker. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2002, The New York TimesNo. 1218 ( 19,398 )
Across
1
Blows away : AWES
5
Turkish title : AGA
8
Apollo 15 astronaut James ___ : IRWIN
13
Call : DIAL
14
Agatha contemporary : ERLE
16
Bonehead : SCHMO
17
Cherubic child : ANGELFACE
19
"___ funny, McGee!" : TAINT
20
It may follow a bench-clearing : MELEE
21
Change form : MORPH
23
Water tester : TOE
24
Cavalier : DEVILMAYCARE
27
Language suffix : ESE
28
Not sober : STONED
31
Med. readout : EKG
34
Wordsmith Webster : NOAH
38
R.E.M. singer Michael : STIPE
39
Imminent disaster : SWORDOFDAMOCLES
43
Brunei native : MALAY
44
Axis leader : TOJO
45
Comics scream : EEK
46
Place for an O. Henry surprise : ENDING
48
Jolson and Jarreau : ALS
51
Far from buxom : FLATASABOARD
57
Dian Fossey subject : APE
59
Sub system : SONAR
60
Auto option : ALARM
62
Commit a deadly sin : COVET
64
Powerful politico : KINGMAKER
66
Fragrant resin : ELEMI
67
Father-and-daughter boxers : ALIS
68
Metric prefix : DECI
69
Column type : DORIC
70
Place for a FISH (which is a hint to this puzzle's theme) : SEA
71
Sets a price of : ASKS
Down
1
First of all : ADAM
2
Regaled, in a way : WINED
3
Links rarity : EAGLE
4
Record protector : SLEEVE
5
Gen. Pershing's troops: Abbr. : AEF
6
Texas politico Phil : GRAMM
7
Major maker of beverage cans : ALCOA
8
"Oh, yeah?" : ISTHATSO
9
Sony rival : RCA
10
It flows to Khartoum : WHITENILE
11
"___ expert, but ..." : IMNO
12
Sol, say : NOTE
15
Mysterious: Var. : EERY
18
Fragrant rings : LEIS
22
Gateway products : PCS
25
One who follows the news : LENO
26
O.C.S. relative : ROTC
29
Olympics event : EPEE
30
Pigeonhole's place : DESK
31
Salinger heroine : ESME
32
Skater Michelle : KWAN
33
Cause of a rush : GOLDFEVER
35
Frequently, in verse : OFT
36
Fuss : ADO
37
"The ___" (Uris novel) : HAJ
40
Object bitterly : RAIL
41
Like the Romanovs : DYNASTIC
42
Old Testament kingdom : MOAB
47
Old muscle car : GTO
49
Good earth : LOAM
50
Lipton rival : SALADA
52
"My Way" writer : ANKA
53
Leaves port : SAILS
54
Tom's "Roseanne" role : ARNIE
55
Croupiers' gear : RAKES
56
Inferior merchandise : DRECK
57
Breezed through : ACED
58
Traveler to Cathay : POLO
61
M.D.'s diagnostic tools : MRIS
63
British record label : EMI
65
Federal purchasing org. : GSA

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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