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New York Times, Wednesday, December 6, 2000

It might put you head and shoulders above everyone else

Author:
Mel Taub (and crossword class)
Editor:
Will Shortz
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
11910/24/195410/20/20190
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64812941165
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1.5400044
Mel Taub

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 40 Missing: {FZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 58 for Mr. Taub.
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© 2000, The New York Times12/6/00 ( No. 18,656 )

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Across
1
Roaring success : SMASH
6
Kindergarten education : ABCS
10
XII years after Columbus's first voyage : MDIV
14
Must : HASTO
15
Grown-up kid : GOAT
16
Place to moor a boat : COVE
17
"Ash Wednesday" poet : ELIOT
18
Actress Nazimova : ALLA
19
Use low-key persuasion : COAX
20
Malt liquor man in Glasgow? : IANBARLEYCORN
23
Slim swimmer : EEL
24
Northern English pronunciation : BURR
25
Keep in a barrel : AGE
28
Claims, informally : DIBS
31
Hair dressing : POMADE
35
Tarzan player ___ Lincoln : ELMO
37
Grit : GUTS
39
Spot of relief : OASIS
40
Document signer in Rome? : GIOVANNIHANCOCK
43
Silicon Valley giant : INTEL
44
"___ to help" : GLAD
45
Medial meniscus site : KNEE
46
Biochemical solid : STEROL
48
Little nothing : TWIT
50
Drop one, say : ERR
51
"Hold on there!" : WHOA
53
NASA orbiter : EOS
55
Average guy in Berlin? : JOHANNQPUBLIC
61
Heavy load : BALE
62
Forbidding : DOUR
63
Prophesy : AUGUR
65
Tab : BILL
66
Merle Haggard song character : OKIE
67
Cousin of a loon : GREBE
68
Hardly a blabbermouth : CLAM
69
Downy surfaces : NAPS
70
Picked, with "for" : OPTED
Down
1
The Four Tops' "When ___ Was My Girl" : SHE
2
Timbuktu's land : MALI
3
Part of SEATO : ASIA
4
14 pounds, in 47-Down : STONE
5
Greenhouse area : HOTBED
6
Where bacteria may flourish : AGAR
7
Seed pod of flax : BOLL
8
Name from Hebrew for "dog" : CALEB
9
Decline to recline? : STAYUP
10
John W. ___, Speaker of the House, 1962-71 : MCCORMACK
11
Way out : DOOR
12
One of several czars : IVAN
13
Torment : VEX
21
Side (with) : ALIGN
22
Sing like Bing : CROON
25
Auspices : AEGIS
26
Quick reflection : GLINT
27
Be a ham in "Hamlet"? : EMOTE
29
Keg stopper : BUNG
30
It might put you head and shoulders above everyone else : STILT
32
All together : ASONE
33
Craps player, e.g. : DICER
34
Glacial ridge : ESKER
36
Crush : OVERWHELM
38
"Mrs. Warren's Profession" writer : SHAW
41
Hello : ALOHA
42
Goodbye : ADIEU
47
Where Wembley is : LONDON
49
Trinidad's sister island : TOBAGO
52
Minneapolis suburb : ANOKA
54
Drink impolitely : SLURP
55
Clink : JAIL
56
Spicy stew : OLLA
57
Bon mot : QUIP
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F.D.R. or D.D.E. : PRES
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"___ Ideas" (1951 Tony Martin hit) : IGET
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Crouton, maybe : CUBE
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World Service provider : BBC
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Florid : RED

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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