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New York Times, Tuesday, February 18, 2014

*Sarah Palin or Arnold Schwarzenegger, informally

Author:
David Steinberg
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 80, Blocks: 38 Missing: none – this is a pangram. Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 24 for Mr. Steinberg.
Notepad: The answers to the 13 starred clues follow an unusual two-way progression from 1- to 73-Across. Can you figure out what it is?
David Steinberg notes:
I first came up with the idea for this puzzle when I was 14. I had no idea how I was going to go about squeezing thirteen symmetrical ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Very neat concept today, not sure if I would have ever thought it up: thirteen words in a progression, starting with A, B, C... and ... read more
1
A
2
T
3
O
4
Z
5
B
6
A
7
R
8
B
9
G
10
O
11
N
12
E
13
R
14
C
O
D
Y
15
B
B
O
Y
16
O
R
O
N
O
17
I
D
I
G
18
C
H
A
T
19
T
E
R
B
O
X
20
D
O
N
O
21
W
22
O
N
E
R
S
23
E
R
I
24
T
E
25
A
R
26
I
S
27
I
T
M
E
28
H
29
A
30
K
E
E
M
31
E
32
X
G
O
V
33
I
C
I
34
A
35
M
I
D
36
F
O
37
N
38
D
39
U
40
G
A
R
41
M
42
E
N
T
D
I
43
S
T
R
I
C
T
44
H
I
K
E
S
45
G
E
N
L
46
S
O
N
47
I
C
48
I
E
R
49
U
50
R
51
S
I
N
E
52
P
53
I
54
A
N
O
S
55
L
E
A
H
56
O
R
K
57
R
E
58
U
59
S
E
60
J
O
61
H
62
N
63
Q
64
K
A
R
65
A
T
E
C
H
O
66
P
67
L
U
A
U
68
E
N
O
T
E
69
L
E
N
O
70
O
M
N
I
71
D
I
N
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D
72
A
L
E
X
73
M
E
A
N
© 2014, The New York Times2/18/14 ( No. 23,478 )
Across
1
*Everything : ATOZ
5
"Yo mama" joke, e.g. : BARB
9
Hopeless case : GONER
14
Buffalo Bill's surname : CODY
15
*Rap devotee, slangily : BBOY
16
University of Maine locale : ORONO
17
"Gotcha, dude!" : IDIG
18
*One who goes on and on : CHATTERBOX
20
*"What should I ___?" : DONOW
22
Lollapaloozas : ONERS
23
"___ tu" (Verdi aria) : ERI
24
Run like the wind : TEAR
26
"Am I nuts?" : ISITME
28
Former Rocket Olajuwon : HAKEEM
31
*Sarah Palin or Arnold Schwarzenegger, informally : EXGOV
33
"Vous êtes ___" (label on a French map) : ICI
34
In a crowd of : AMID
36
*Dish served with long-handled forks : FONDU
40
*Part of Manhattan's Midtown West : GARMENTDISTRICT
44
*Football snaps : HIKES
45
Robt. E. Lee, e.g. : GENL
46
Like a ___ to me : SON
47
*Less welcoming : ICIER
49
Bearlike : URSINE
52
Yamaha products : PIANOS
55
In-law of Esau : LEAH
56
1970s-'80s TV planet : ORK
57
Get extra value from, say : REUSE
60
*2002 Denzel Washington drama : JOHNQ
64
*Wood cutter? : KARATECHOP
67
Hawaiian do : LUAU
68
Online line : ENOTE
69
*2014 TV retiree : LENO
70
Marriott alternative : OMNI
71
Supped : DINED
72
James Patterson sleuth Cross : ALEX
73
*Standard deviation deviates from it : MEAN
Down
1
Trip provider? : ACID
2
Hullabaloo : TODO
3
Role in "Thor" : ODIN
4
Fertilized egg : ZYGOTE
5
"Sherlock" and "EastEnders" network : BBC
6
Hate : ABHOR
7
Horse of a certain color : ROAN
8
Small storage unit : BYTE
9
Becomes less strict : GOESSOFT
10
Iceman Bobby : ORR
11
Casino pass? : NOBET
12
Huge, in poetry : ENORM
13
"Chicago" song : ROXIE
19
One of the Palins : TRIG
21
Like some hours : WEE
25
"Walk Like ___" (1963 hit) : AMAN
27
Composer Novello : IVOR
28
Over the estimate : HIGH
29
Healthful berry : ACAI
30
"Star Trek" captain : KIRK
31
What can get you down? : EIDER
32
Marked, as a box : XDIN
35
Loan insured by the F.H.A.: Abbr. : MTGE
37
Not final, legally : NISI
38
Popular pesticide : DCON
39
Reader founder : UTNE
41
Chow ___ : MEIN
42
Accompanied : ESCORTED
43
Pivot on an axis : SLUE
48
Therapist's words : ISEE
50
Rule ending in 1947 : RAJ
51
Yiddish author Aleichem : SHOLOM
52
Moseyed (along) : POKED
53
Ayatollah Khomeini, for one : IRANI
54
Goodyear headquarters : AKRON
55
Sierra ___ : LEONE
58
Pac-12 team : UCLA
59
Children's author Silverstein : SHEL
61
Brit of Fox News : HUME
62
"Peter Pan" dog : NANA
63
Christie's "The Mysterious Mr. ___" : QUIN
65
Supped : ATE
66
Curse : POX

Answer summary: 1 debuted here and reused later.

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