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New York Times, Saturday, December 28, 1996

Law used to fight organized crime, acronymically

Author:
N. Joline
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Nancy Nicholson Joline

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 29 Missing: {BFHKQWXZ} This is puzzle # 79 for Ms. Joline.
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© 1996, The New York Times12/28/96 ( No. 17,217 )

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Across
1
Out of place : MALAPROPOS
11
Tiny bit : MITE
15
Better : AMELIORATE
16
Like Nash's lama : ONEL
17
"Mansfield Park" author : JANEAUSTEN
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Tabula ___ : RASA
19
Occasional : ODD
20
Holiday abroad : TET
21
1972 Billy Wilder film : AVANTI
23
Orchestra section : REEDS
26
Contemptible and not to be trusted : REPTILIAN
28
Collector's items : CURIOS
30
Train part : ROOMETTE
31
Maintain : ASSERT
32
Easter preceder : NOR
33
Ivan's da : YES
34
Check : STEM
36
Storyteller : LIAR
39
Walken's gift in "The Dead Zone" : ESP
42
Gosh, British-style : GOR
44
"___ House" : ANIMAL
48
Soccer great Diego : MARADONA
51
Setting : LOCALE
52
Conditional : PROVISORY
54
Desmond of "Sunset Boulevard" : NORMA
55
Thin layer : LAMINA
56
Mathematics writer ___ Stewart : IAN
58
Chap, affectionately : LAD
59
Inter ___ : ALIA
60
Synthetic fabric : ULTRASUEDE
64
Kind of egg : NEST
65
Toon bird : ROADRUNNER
66
Shoe width : EEEE
67
Lifeguards wear them : SUNSCREENS
Down
1
Mediterranean holiday spot : MAJORCA
2
1984 Oscar winner : AMADEUS
3
Banks, e.g. : LENDERS
4
Porter : ALE
5
Airline to Karachi : PIA
6
Wipeout : ROUT
7
1987 skating champ Brian : ORSER
8
Paisley, e.g. : PATTERN
9
Suffix with Capri : OTE
10
Like some committees : SENATORIAL
11
U.S.O.'s concern : MORALE
12
Stupid joke : INANITY
13
Having a will : TESTATE
14
Renowned New York eatery : ELAINES
22
Energy : VIM
24
Burns out : DIES
25
Kind : SORT
27
Combine : POOL
29
Museum of natural history exhibits : STEGOSAURS
35
Kind of recording : MONO
37
Not now : ANON
38
Law used to fight organized crime, acronymically : RICO
39
Board the Concorde: Var. : EMPLANE
40
Food industry giant : SARALEE
41
Oath : PROMISE
43
Perth Amboy's river : RARITAN
45
Emil's "Blue Angel" co-star, 1930 : MARLENE
46
Brand of brandy : ALMADEN
47
They're followed : LEADERS
49
Fly : AVIATE
50
Racket : DIN
53
Sports page numbers : YARDS
57
Dealer's nemesis : NARC
61
Bud's comedy sidekick : LOU
62
Big ___ : SUR
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French article : UNE

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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