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New York Times, Wednesday, December 23, 1998

3,500-year-old writing deciphered in 1953

Author:
Christopher Hurt
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Christopher Hurt

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {QX} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 11 for Mr. Hurt.
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© 1998, The New York Times12/23/98 ( No. 17,942 )
Across
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___ Damon of "Saving Private Ryan" : MATT
5
Site of the oldest church in France : METZ
9
Bones : DICE
13
Teacher of Heifetz : AUER
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Queens's ___ Stadium : ASHE
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The whole gamut : ATOZ
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Supercomputer pioneer : CRAY
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Electoral test : STRAWVOTE
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Hold up : ROB
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Certain playing marble : STEELIE
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Bout decision : TKO
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One of the Musketeers : ARAMIS
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Long time : EON
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Prepare, as a hook : BAIT
27
Old-fashioned wizards : MAGES
28
Club alternative : BLT
29
Man of many words : ROGET
30
Film feline : ELSA
31
___ alai : JAI
32
Savory fungi : MORELS
33
It's nowhere : THESTICKS
36
Skipped past with a remote : ZAPPED
39
Remote targets? : TVS
40
Large bulrush : TULE
44
With force : AMAIN
45
"Around the World in 72 Days" writer : BLY
46
Have food delivered : EATIN
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Pew area : NAVE
48
Charge : FEE
49
"Fighting" Big Ten team : ILLINI
50
Pipe connector : ELL
51
Firefighter's breathing apparatus : AIRPACK
53
Kicker : LEG
54
Slacker : GOLDBRICK
56
Author O'Flaherty : LIAM
57
Like an 8-Down : AVID
58
Malarial fever : AGUE
59
Cornell of Cornell University : EZRA
60
Vacation-planning aids : MAPS
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J.F.K. arrivals : SSTS
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Girls in gowns : DEBS
Down
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Yarn work : MACRAME
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Dawnlike : AURORAL
3
Brewers' needs : TEABAGS
4
Essay : TRY
5
Spars : MASTS
6
City near Padua : ESTE
7
Storied homebuilders : THREELITTLEPIGS
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Big fan : ZEALOT
9
Late-night name : DAVE
10
"What was ___ think?" : ITO
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Kind of industry : COTTAGE
12
"God strengthens" in Hebrew : EZEKIEL
18
Convert, with "over" : WIN
20
Start of a cheer : SIS
22
Giant Mel and family : OTTS
24
Baked entree : MEATPIE
26
School for bad lads : BORSTAL
28
Many college grads : BAS
29
Seoul G.I. : ROK
31
Clampett patriarch, in 60's TV : JED
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Hosts, for short : MCS
34
Little red one : HEN
35
Arbutus, e.g. : IVY
36
Actor Billy of "Tombstone" : ZANE
37
Mixture : AMALGAM
38
St. Petersburg-born ballet star : PAVLOVA
41
Put to work : UTILIZE
42
3,500-year-old writing deciphered in 1953 : LINEARB
43
Mysteries : ENIGMAS
45
Yankee Yogi and others : BERRAS
46
Caribou kin : ELK
48
Taradiddle : FIB
49
F.D.R.'s Interior Secretary : ICKES
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Comments further : ADDS
52
___ above the rest : ACUT
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Sass : LIP
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Put down the first card : LED

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

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