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New York Times, Wednesday, December 29, 1999

Author:
Robert O. Dillman
Editor:
Will Shortz
Language family that includes Finnish
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Robert Dillman

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 40 Missing: {QVXZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 17 for Mr. Dillman. Wednesday freshness: 6%
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© 1999, The New York Times12/29/99 ( No. 18,313 )
Across
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Fields : AREAS
6
Mountaineer's worry : SLIP
10
Lowly laborer : PEON
14
So out, it's in again : RETRO
15
Yorkshire river : AIRE
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Be worthy of : RATE
17
Start of a quip : IFHERCULEPOIROT
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Whole lot : TON
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Vintners' offerings : ROSES
22
Herpetologists' subjects : ASPS
26
Herpetologist's subject : RATTLER
30
Quip, part 2 : CHANGESHISMIND
34
Like black/white issues : RACIAL
35
Take the plunge, so to speak : WED
36
Set of Brit. tomes : OED
38
Revises : EDITS
39
Pres. Wilson held one : PHD
40
He married Pocahontas : ROLFE
42
Ampersand follower, sometimes : SON
43
Vote in Vosges : OUI
44
Soup holder : TUREEN
45
Quip, part 3 : WOULDNTSOMESAY
49
Winter apples : RUSSETS
50
Mach I breakers : SSTS
51
Where Akitas originated : JAPAN
54
Logical intro? : ECO
56
End of the quip : ABELGIANWAFFLES
64
Hero maker : DELI
65
Graf ___ : SPEE
66
Hooch holder : FLASK
67
T.V.A. output : ELEC
68
"Beowulf" beverage : MEAD
69
Sentimental, and then some : SOPPY
Down
1
Paul's "Exodus" role : ARI
2
Person who whistles : REF
3
Old verb ending : ETH
4
"___ you happy now?" : ARE
5
Do some postal work : SORT
6
Steamy spots : SAUNAS
7
Al Capp adjective : LIL
8
High dudgeon : IRE
9
Get-up-and-go : PEP
10
Like some deductions, with "a" : PRIORI
11
Rabbit ___ : EARS
12
Siouan speaker : OTOE
13
Takes home : NETS
18
WordPerfect company : COREL
19
Utah city : OREM
22
Lots of lots : ACRES
23
Eclipse phenomenon : SHADOW
24
Oscar winner for "Scent of a Woman" : PACINO
25
Agitated state : SNIT
27
"The Once and Future King" novelist : THWHITE
28
At deuce : TIED
29
Kind of trip : LSD
31
Boastful talk : GAS
32
To boot : NOLESS
33
Worst : DEFEAT
37
France's patron saint : DENYS
39
Groan causers : PUNS
40
Baba ingredient : RUM
41
Bonanza finds : ORES
43
Some E.R. cases : ODS
44
Puccini soprano : TOSCA
46
Language family that includes Finnish : URALIC
47
What "pneumo-" means : LUNG
48
Pie-eyed : STEWED
51
Carved gem : JADE
52
Labor leader I. W. : ABEL
53
One-named sports legend : PELE
55
Rubs out : OFFS
57
Cause: Suffix : ISM
58
Go ___ over : APE
59
PBS helper : NEA
60
Waitress at Mel's : FLO
61
Luxurious place? : LAP
62
Uncommon sense : ESP
63
Shade of blue : SKY

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