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New York Times, Friday, February 23, 2007

Author:
Patrick Merrell
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Patrick Merrell

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 32 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 63 for Mr. Merrell. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2007, The New York TimesNo. 0223 ( 20,926 )

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Students & seniors
Across
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Kind of blocker : SPAM
5
Clay defeater : POLK
9
Standard jacket feature : BLURB
14
Conference intro : TELE
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26 on a table : IRON
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Girl's name meaning "born again" : RENEE
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Dangerously : ONTHINICE
19
8 1/2-pound statue : OSCAR
20
Comment of abandon : WHATTHEHECK
22
___ Bad Wolf of comic books : LIL
23
Cement layer : MASON
24
"Hey, just a second!" : SEEHERE
26
W. Coast airport : SFO
28
___ horn : ALTO
30
It works as a translator : RNA
31
Tragic figure of literature : KINGLEAR
33
Splash guard : FENDER
37
1960's TV dog : ASTRO
38
Head : LAV
40
Like some myths : NORSE
41
"No more" : THEEND
43
High-waisted to the extreme : LEGGIEST
45
Psych 101 topic : EGO
46
Poet/cartoonist Silverstein : SHEL
47
Affliction : WOE
48
"Who knows?!" : BEATSME
52
Pioneering 1940's computer : ENIAC
54
Business card abbr. : EXT
55
Modern phone display : TEXTMESSAGE
59
___-Car : ECONO
61
Event souvenirs : TEESHIRTS
62
Island shared by two countries : TIMOR
63
Eastern queen : RANI
64
Study of figures: Abbr. : GEOM
65
Spirited : SASSY
66
Partner of letters : ARTS
67
Business page inits. : NYSE
Down
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Lay up : STOW
2
Phnom ___ : PENH
3
___ Springs, Fla. : ALTAMONTE
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Former Los Angeles and New York Philharmonic conductor : MEHTA
5
It admits very little light : PINHOLE
6
Like the Mikado and Nanki-Poo : ORIENTAL
7
Shetland Islands sight : LOCH
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They're often found under desks : KNEES
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Difficult means of communication : BROKENENGLISH
10
Article in a French magazine : LES
11
Poseidon, to Athena : UNCLE
12
Show over : REAIR
13
Star of "Always Leave Them Laughing," 1949 : BERLE
18
"Too much to go into now" : ITSALONGSTORY
21
Early "What's My Line?" panelist : CERF
25
Red River city : HANOI
26
Game in which jacks are the highest trumps : SKAT
27
Seek at random, with "for" : FISH
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Grad student's hurdle : ORALS
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Welcome : GREET
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Star of a former self-titled sitcom : DREWCAREY
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Onetime distributor of free maps : ESSO
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Nerve network : RETE
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Very strong : VEHEMENT
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Hemisphere : DOME
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Creation : GENESIS
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Common sugar source : BEETS
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No longer working for the Company : EXCIA
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Smithereens : ATOMS
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Part of a crowd, maybe : EXTRA
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"It's ___" ("Maybe it's meant to be") : ASIGN
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Do 80, say : TEAR
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Sporty cars : GTOS
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Salinger dedicatee : ESME
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Directory data: Abbr. : NOS

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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