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New York Times, Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Author:
Patrick Merrell
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Patrick Merrell

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 34 Missing: {FQUWXZ} Spans: 1 Featured in Will Shortz's favorite puzzlemakers This is puzzle # 73 for Mr. Merrell. NYT links: Across Lite
Jim Horne notes:

American crosswords traditionally ignore diacritical marks, even with foreign words, but this puzzle carefully handles both N and Ñ so the words are correct both Across and Down. In 2012, David J. Kahn did something similar with És.

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P
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O
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M
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L
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L
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L
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H
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B
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© 2010, The New York TimesNo. 1229 ( 22,331 )
Across
1
Jettisoned compartment : POD
4
Update, in a way : RENAME
10
Noise in a comic book gunfight : BLAM
14
Expert : ACE
15
Key of "The James Bond Theme" : EMINOR
16
Bathe : LAVE
17
Big ___ : BEN
18
Margarita alternatives : PINACOLADAS
20
Spanish for "the meadows" : LASVEGAS
22
Mexican bloom : DAHLIA
23
Like telemarketing headsets : ONEEAR
24
Bit of a climb : STEP
26
They're caught in Chicago : ELS
27
What a cheeky one's cheek might get : SLAP
29
Screen role for Skippy the dog : ASTA
31
Pit-___ : APAT
34
Cook Island carving : TIKI
36
Card game of Spanish origin : OMBRE
40
Salsa verde ingredients : JALAPENOPEPPERS
43
Barrio outsider : ANGLO
44
At 30° W 30° N, e.g. : ASEA
45
Lock part : HASP
46
Goals against, e.g. : STAT
48
"What ___ be done?" : ISTO
50
Certain Protestant: Abbr. : BAP
53
Golfer Aoki : ISAO
55
Reason for an evacuation : THREAT
59
Baja buddies : AMIGOS
61
Like traditional Mexican music : MARIACHI
63
Procrastinating words south of the border : MANANASENOR
65
Castor ___ (old comic strip character) : OYL
66
Subj. involving cells : BIOL
67
Be altruistic : DOGOOD
68
Mustachioed "Simpsons" character : NED
69
Kournikova of tennis : ANNA
70
They might be knee-jerk reactions : SPASMS
71
Carbohydrate suffix : OSE
Down
1
"Tortilla Flat" character : PABLO
2
Jersey Shore county, appropriately : OCEAN
3
None too swift : DENSE
4
Officially annul : REPEAL
5
Go from home to home? : EMIGRATE
6
One of a 15th-century trio : NINA
7
"With the jawbone of ___ ..." : ANASS
8
Comfy footwear, briefly : MOC
9
Slowly disappears : ERODES
10
Bor-r-ring : BLAH
11
Soup kitchen server : LADLE
12
Use : AVAIL
13
Tijuana tables : MESAS
19
One turned off for takeoff : LAPTOP
21
Virgins of ancient Rome : VESTALS
25
Island capital of 2.6 million : TAIPEI
28
It requires one who's blind with a bat : PINATA
30
Two-handled vase : AMPHORA
31
1977 double-platinum album by Steely Dan : AJA
32
Sweeping shot : PAN
33
Medit. land : ALG
35
Flattens, for short : KOS
37
Arthur of "The Golden Girls" : BEA
38
$200 Monopoly properties: Abbr. : RRS
39
Gift in "The Gift" : ESP
41
Crone's concoction : POTION
42
White House ceremony site : EASTROOM
47
Syrian presidential family : ASSADS
49
Helping for the very hungry, maybe : THIRDS
50
"La ___" : BAMBA
51
At full speed : AMAIN
52
Evergreen with edible nuts : PINON
54
Psi follower : OMEGA
56
Cheap, in adspeak : ECONO
57
"But of course" : AHYES
58
Mark used four times in this puzzle's solution : TILDE
60
Pricey event : GALA
62
Yucatán years : ANOS
64
Soak (up) : SOP

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

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