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New York Times, Tuesday, December 23, 2003

Possible comment before an embarrassing admission

Author:
Mike Torch
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Michael Torch

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 80, Blocks: 40 Missing: {QX} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Torch.
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© 2003, The New York Times12/23/03 ( No. 19,768 )
Across
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Othello, for one : MOOR
5
Indian prince : RAJAH
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___ no. (bank info) : ACCT
14
Helper : AIDE
15
Like a gymnast : AGILE
16
Became tattered : WORE
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Trudge : PLOD
18
King portrayer on stage and screen : YULBRYNNER
20
Neighbor of Israel : SYRIA
22
Sailing : ATSEA
23
Suffix with hotel : IER
24
Carte starter : ALA
26
Deceptive : TRICKY
28
Spokesperson who liked "wild hickory nuts" : EUELLGIBBONS
34
Co. with a plant : MFR
35
Tennis serving whiz : ACER
36
Brazilian dance : SAMBA
40
State of mind : MOOD
42
Speeder's bane : RADAR
44
Wine label info : YEAR
45
Silk-producing region : ASSAM
47
"Shake a leg!" : MOVE
48
Baseball stat. : RBI
49
Annual winter celebration : YULEFESTIVAL
53
Sweater material : ANGORA
56
Shelley's "___ Skylark" : TOA
57
Goose pimples producer : BOO
58
Fluster : ADDLE
62
Looks at lustfully : OGLES
66
Possible comment before an embarrassing admission : YOULLLAUGH
69
Give marks to : RATE
70
Army NCO : SSGT
71
Ventriloquist Bergen : EDGAR
72
Book before Nehemiah : EZRA
73
Burpee unit : SEED
74
Not just words : DEEDS
75
One taking a gander : EYER
Down
1
Cartographic products : MAPS
2
Like unwashed hair, maybe : OILY
3
Scent : ODOR
4
Phone feature : REDIAL
5
Beam of light : RAY
6
Lago contents : AGUA
7
Reject, as a beau : JILT
8
Priestly wear : ALBS
9
Regarding this point : HERETO
10
Barley bristle : AWN
11
Like highway traffic markers : CONIC
12
Rural swimming place : CREEK
13
Robe fabric : TERRY
19
Tall tales : YARNS
21
Everybody : ALL
25
Petri dish filler : AGAR
27
Brit's exclamation : ISAY
28
Meddlesome heroine of an 1816 novel : EMMA
29
Some streaking lights, briefly : UFOS
30
Ardent love : EROS
31
Start of Caesar's boast : ICAME
32
___ roses : BEDOF
33
Atlanta player : BRAVE
37
"Jeopardy!" creator ___ Griffin : MERV
38
Rum-soaked cake : BABA
39
Seed covering : ARIL
41
Belafonte song catchword : DAYO
43
Musical mark : REST
46
Many a commissioned artwork : MURAL
50
Served, as soup : LADLED
51
Unduly : TOO
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"You have my support" : IAGREE
53
Bottomless chasm : ABYSS
54
Lasso part : NOOSE
55
Overcharge : GOUGE
59
Miami-___ County : DADE
60
Winter Olympics sport : LUGE
61
Quaint cry of horror : EGAD
63
Do-nothing : LAZY
64
Raison d'___ : ETRE
65
Burn : SEAR
67
Old Ford model : LTD
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Mins. and mins. : HRS

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle.

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