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New York Times, Monday, December 22, 1997

Author:
Arthur S. Verdesca
Editor:
Will Shortz
With 34-, 43- and 58-Across, message on a tourist's postcard
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Arthur S. Verdesca

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JQXZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 34 for Mr. Verdesca. Monday freshness: 4%
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© 1997, The New York Times12/22/97 ( No. 17,576 )
Across
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Capital of Azerbaijan : BAKU
5
___ Kett of early comics : ETTA
9
Confronts : FACES
14
X ___ xylophone : ASIN
15
Statutes : LAWS
16
Nonsensical : INANE
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Leave in, editorially : STET
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Explorer called "the Red" : ERIC
19
Kind of orange : NAVEL
20
With 34-, 43- and 58-Across, message on a tourist's postcard : HAVINGAGOODTIME
23
Chou En-___ : LAI
24
Bout outcome, briefly : TKO
25
River at Ghent : LYS
26
Strike caller : UMP
29
After : PAST
32
Truck track : RUT
34
See 20-Across : PERFECTWEATHER
39
Composer Stravinsky : IGOR
40
Moray, e.g. : EEL
41
Lendl of tennis : IVAN
43
See 20-Across : AWESOMESCENERY
48
Ordinal suffix : ETH
49
Card game start : DEAL
50
Born: Fr. : NEE
51
Airline with the old slogan "Up, up and away" : TWA
54
Broadcast : AIR
56
Oversized : BIG
58
See 20-Across : WISHYOUWEREHERE
65
Put ___ to (end) : ASTOP
66
Surrealist Salvador : DALI
67
Gym socks may have one : ODOR
68
India's first P.M. : NEHRU
69
"Holy moly!" : EGAD
70
What's holding things up : SNAG
71
Like Gatsby : GREAT
72
Actress Russo : RENE
73
Root in Hawaiian cookery : TARO
Down
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Wingding : BASH
2
Nick and Nora's dog : ASTA
3
Chicken ___ (deep-fried dish) : KIEV
4
"Don't open ___ Christmas!" : UNTIL
5
Mournful : ELEGIAC
6
Scarlett's home : TARA
7
Baby branch : TWIG
8
Broad necktie : ASCOT
9
Discover : FINDOUT
10
Med. course : ANAT
11
Carp : CAVIL
12
Hostile force : ENEMY
13
Tennis champ Monica : SELES
21
Back of the neck : NAPE
22
Gumbo : OKRA
26
A.P. rival : UPI
27
Prefix with bucks or phone : MEGA
28
Ship's front : PROW
30
Part of a rose : STEM
31
Preppy's fabric : TWEED
33
Significantly underweight : THIN
35
At liberty : FREE
36
"What ___ can I say?" : ELSE
37
Uniform : EVEN
38
Lightly cooked : RARE
42
Actress Carrie : NYE
44
"Don't move!" : STAYPUT
45
Toledo's home : OHIO
46
Trip to the airport, say : CABRIDE
47
Nobelist Wiesel : ELIE
51
Nasal tone : TWANG
52
More prudent : WISER
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"___ World Turns" : ASTHE
55
Less polite : RUDER
57
Basic Halloween costume : GHOST
59
Jewish wedding dance : HORA
60
Carry on : WAGE
61
Vivacity : ELAN
62
___ St. Vincent Millay : EDNA
63
Din : ROAR
64
Hence : ERGO

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