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New York Times, Friday, December 2, 2005

20-Across : Popular writers

Author:
Patrick Merrell
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Patrick Merrell

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 25 Missing: {JKQZ} Spans: 8, (4 double stacks) Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry. This is puzzle # 52 for Mr. Merrell.
Jim Horne notes:

In this unusual grid, no two black square touch each other, even at the corners.

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© 2005, The New York Times12/2/05 ( No. 20,478 )
Across
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No. for Na or Ni : ATWT
5
Give ___ of the hat : ATIP
9
Symbols of masculinity : MANES
14
Shows no one comes to see : DRESSREHEARSALS
17
Takes the wrong way : MISAPPROPRIATES
18
Opening : INTRO
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Relatively common letters : SPAM
20
Popular writers : BICS
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It's unresolved : TIE
22
"Ah" : ISEE
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Center in a state's center : EPCOT
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"No kidding" : TRULY
28
Thompson of "Family" : SADA
30
Org. to which eight U.S. presidents have belonged : NRA
32
Footed receptacles : URNS
33
Conductor seen at night : NEON
35
Change one's focus : REAIM
37
Beans : NOODLES
39
Product with three heads : NORELCO
41
"___ come to that" : ITMAY
42
Boom : SPAR
44
Takes a course : OPTS
45
Limb's end : TOE
46
Anatomical passage : ITER
48
Confectioner's raw material : CACAO
50
Caballero's locale : LLANO
52
King ___ II known as "The Stout" : OLAF
54
It might expose rings : SAW
56
Went after : SUED
57
Something folded before a meal : PITA
59
Mucho : LOTSA
61
Kinsey report topic : HETEROSEXUALITY
64
John Le Carré characters : INTELLIGENCEMEN
65
Takes an alternate course : VEERS
66
Adopted son of Claudius : NERO
67
Anhydrous : SERE
Down
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Not hide : ADMIT
2
Boom producer : TRINITROTOLUENE
3
Brunch order : WESTERNOMELETTE
4
Anticommunist leader : TSAR
5
Early Surrealist : ARP
6
Clipped : TERSE
7
Wishful words : IHOPESO
8
Salt's partner : PEPA
9
Dr.'s order : MRI
10
How easy things might be : ASABC
11
Source of pop-ups? : NATIONALPASTIME
12
Source of pop-ups? : ELECTRICTOASTER
13
Bacon sizzle : SSSS
15
Pamper : SPOIL
16
Carrying : ARMED
23
End of a Scottish title sung at many parties : SYNE
25
Catherine of history : PARR
27
Big employer of inspectors: Abbr. : USDA
29
A Freud : ANNA
31
Old radio title character : AMOS
32
Soldier's group : UNIT
34
Start of North Carolina's motto : ESSE
36
Color-conscious grp. : EEOC
38
"___ Eyes" by the Eagles : LYIN
40
Relative of a bottlenose : ORCA
43
One being brought along : PROTEGE
47
Famous player of a milkman with many daughters : TOPOL
49
Big name in insurance : AFLAC
51
Run like ___ : ADEER
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Not so hard : LAXER
55
Detroit's county : WAYNE
56
Knife : SHIV
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Hasn't left : ISIN
60
They ring out in rings : OLES
62
Literary inits. : RLS
63
Game with a Wild Draw Four card : UNO

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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