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New York Times, Monday, February 25, 2002

Nickels-and-___ (bothers with trivialities)

Author:
Christina Houlihan
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Christina Houlihan Kelly

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {FJQXY} This is puzzle # 2 for Ms. Kelly. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2002, The New York Times2/25/02 ( No. 19,102 )

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Across
1
___ Mayer (wiener maker) : OSCAR
6
Doe's mate : STAG
10
Poker action : BET
13
Great Plains tribe : KIOWA
14
San Diego baseballer : PADRE
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Holiday preceder : EVE
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Informer : STOOLPIGEON
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Nothing : NIL
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Is in danger of sinking : LEAKS
21
Prophecy giver : ORACLE
23
U.K. news source : BBC
26
Mineral suffix : ITE
27
Mennonite group : AMISH
28
Pennsylvania university : LEHIGH
30
Like some Chinese cooking : SZECHWAN
33
Overflowing (with) : AWASH
34
Rocket engine : RETRO
35
Hubbub : ADO
36
Mangle : MAIM
37
Nickels-and-___ (bothers with trivialities) : DIMES
38
Last year's sr. : GRAD
39
Misjudge : ERR
40
Military doctor : MEDIC
41
Unloads : DUMPS
42
Corrupts : DEPRAVES
44
100 centimos : PESETA
45
Like a beaver : EAGER
46
Minister: Abbr. : REV
47
Letters after Q : RST
48
"Aeneid" poet : VIRGIL
50
Like ghost stories : EERIE
52
Koch and Asner : EDS
53
Habitual boob tube watcher : COUCHPOTATO
58
"Do Ya" rock grp. : ELO
59
Extra : SPARE
60
The "U" in U.S.S.R. : UNION
61
Ballpoint, e.g. : PEN
62
Gone across a pool : SWUM
63
Barker of military orders : SARGE
Down
1
Gives a thumbs-up : OKS
2
Dog command : SIT
3
Make dove sounds : COO
4
Person missed by a 63-Across : AWOL
5
North Carolina's capital : RALEIGH
6
Volleyball kill : SPIKE
7
License plates : TAGS
8
Summer cooler : ADE
9
Ones using brushes and combs : GROOMERS
10
Substitute : BENCHWARMER
11
Worse than knavery : EVIL
12
Prefix with phone : TELE
15
Singer Caruso : ENRICO
18
Trodden track : PATH
22
___ Wednesday : ASH
23
Held responsible : BLAMED
24
"___ the Ides of March" : BEWARE
25
Committee head : CHAIRPERSON
27
Ancient Mexican : AZTEC
29
Suffix with organ or patriot : ISM
30
Games before finals : SEMIS
31
Modifies : ADAPTS
32
Signals, as to an auctioneer : NODSAT
34
Document amendment : RIDER
37
Unfolds : DEVELOPS
38
Film director Van Sant : GUS
40
Voodoo and wizardry : MAGICS
41
Crafty : DEVIOUS
43
Scott Joplin tune : RAG
44
Whom a copper apprehends : PERP
46
Fix, as cuffs : REHEM
48
Prez's #2 : VEEP
49
Inactive : IDLE
50
Creamy shade : ECRU
51
Sicilian spouter : ETNA
54
Big Detroit inits. : UAW
55
Lungful : AIR
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Coat, informally : TOG
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"You're Still the ___" (1998 Grammy winner) : ONE

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

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