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New York Times, Monday, February 12, 2007

1978 Donna Summer hit … or a hint to 18-, 25-, 39- and 56-Across

Author:
Lynn Lempel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Lynn Lempel

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FQXZ} This is puzzle # 24 for Ms. Lempel. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2007, The New York Times2/12/07 ( No. 20,915 )

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Across
1
"My Fair Lady" horse race : ASCOT
6
Wrigley Field team : CUBS
10
Hinged fastener : HASP
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Tiresome task : CHORE
15
"Got it" : ISEE
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Germany's von Bismarck : OTTO
17
Film director Frank : CAPRA
18
Sharp-toothed Atlantic swimmer : CONGEREEL
20
Ron of Tarzan fame : ELY
21
Record-setting miler Sebastian : COE
23
Diner's bill : TAB
24
Actress Gardner : AVA
25
Overabundance : PLETHORA
28
Washing site : BASIN
30
Fuss : TODO
31
Toyota rival : HONDA
34
Must-have : NEED
35
Holey cheese : SWISS
37
Entice : TEMPT
39
Doohickey : THINGAMAJIG
43
Sir ___ Newton : ISAAC
44
Skin woes : SORES
47
Total flop : BOMB
50
Evening up, as a score : TYING
53
Ice cream purchase : CONE
54
About 71% of the earth's surface : OCEAN
56
All-time winningest N.F.L. coach : DONSHULA
58
The "I" in T.G.I.F. : ITS
59
Acorn producer : OAK
62
___ and Coke : RUM
63
Seize : NAB
64
1978 Donna Summer hit … or a hint to 18-, 25-, 39- and 56-Across : LASTDANCE
67
Tennis's Agassi : ANDRE
69
Nights before holidays : EVES
70
Wines like Merlot : REDS
71
Prolonged attack : SIEGE
72
Office furniture : DESK
73
Annoyer : PEST
74
Jackrabbits, actually : HARES
Down
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Takes, as an offer : ACCEPTS
2
Not deep : SHALLOW
3
Tweak, as magazine text : COPYEDIT
4
Hockey legend Bobby : ORR
5
Class instructor, informally : TEACH
6
Roman orator : CICERO
7
Grp. putting on shows for troops : USO
8
Not straight : BENT
9
Big video game maker : SEGA
10
Opposite of vert. : HOR
11
Relaxed : ATEASE
12
Musical Wonder : STEVIE
13
Pope John Paul II's homeland : POLAND
19
Diminish : EBB
22
Cry of wonder : OOH
26
Tokyo electronics giant : TOSHIBA
27
Heartburn reliever : ANTACID
29
Ohio college named for a biblical city : ANTIOCH
32
Rep.'s foe : DEM
33
Dr.'s advocate : AMA
36
Lisa, to Bart Simpson : SIS
38
Bedwear, briefly : PJS
40
___ King Cole : NAT
41
Not straight : GAY
42
Alternative to a fly ball : GROUNDER
45
Expand : ENLARGE
46
Navy building crew : SEABEES
47
Heated, as water : BOILED
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"Do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti, do" range : OCTAVE
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Slobs' creations : MESSES
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What the weary get, in a saying : NOREST
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Horned beast : GNU
55
Silent O.K. : NOD
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Huge hit : SMASH
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Org. for those 50+ : AARP
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Thigh/shin separator : KNEE
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"For shame!" : TSK
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PC inserts : CDS
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Vardalos of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" : NIA

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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