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New York Times, Saturday, March 1, 2003

Author:
Randolph Ross
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Randolph Ross

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 37 Missing: {XZ} Spans: 4 Grid has super symmetry. Minimum word length: 4 This is puzzle # 72 for Mr. Ross. NYT links: Across Lite
Jim Horne notes:

In this beautiful super-symmetric puzzle, the four long theme answer have to be read in the indicated directions.

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© 2003, The New York TimesNo. 0301 ( 19,471 )

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Across
1
A quick left and a quick right : JABS
5
Some Indian music : RAGAS
10
Give a free pass : COMP
14
Exchange premium : AGIO
15
Put out : EVICT
16
Where Mosul is : IRAQ
17
Antelope with twisty horns : KUDU
18
Five in front : PENTA
19
"M*A*S*H" cast member : FARR
20
Company once run by astronaut Frank Borman : EASTERNAIRLINES
23
Shultz's predecessor as secretary of state : HAIG
24
Suffix with psych- : OTIC
25
Sling mud at : ASPERSE
28
Extreme blandness : NOTASTE
32
Whipped up : CHURNED
33
Popular food fish : SNAPPER
34
Paint : LIMN
35
Cell phone ring in a theater, e.g. : NONO
36
Mideast expert : ARABIST
40
Burnt : CHARRED
43
Friendly salutation in France : MESAMIS
44
Semicircular symbol : LUNETTE
45
Not too bright : PALE
46
Bridge piece : ARCH
47
Onetime subsidiary of AT&T : CIRTCELENRETSEW
54
Navajo neighbor : HOPI
55
Frank who was known as "The Enforcer" : NITTI
56
Santa ___, Calif. : ROSA
57
20's locales : ATMS
58
Head-___ : TOTOE
59
How much advertising is done : ONTV
60
Like some practice : PAST
61
Position : STAND
62
4 p.m. bellringer : NYSE
Down
1
Hunky-dory : JAKE
2
It's wet in Juárez : AGUA
3
One heart, two diamonds, e.g. : BIDS
4
Martin Luther King Jr., e.g. : SOUTHERNBAPTIST
5
Longtime record label of Frank Sinatra : REPRISE
6
Repaid : AVENGED
7
Actress Gershon : GINA
8
The things we do : ACTIONS
9
Begin : STARTON
10
Line from Seattle to Chicago : CIFICAPNREHTRON
11
Port of a 1942 Allies landing : ORAN
12
Mate for "my friend" Flicka : MARE
13
OT filler : PQRS
21
Make : EARN
22
"Close My Eyes Forever" singer ___ Ford : LITA
25
Happy as ___ : ACLAM
26
Queen's county : SHIRE
27
Reebok rivals : PUMAS
29
Genial sort : SPORT
30
Words to live by : TENET
31
Whittle away : ERODE
37
PC competitor : IMAC
38
Some 1920's entertainment : SILENTS
39
"The Four Quartets" writer : TSELIOT
40
O.K. Corral gang member : CLANTON
41
Fast : HURRIED
42
Suffix with avoid : ANCE
47
Cause to have cracks : CHAP
48
Bit : IOTA
49
Tach readings : RPMS
50
Diminutive suffix : ETTA
51
Company that introduced the transistor radio in 1952 : SONY
52
Guesses: Abbr. : ESTS
53
Hello from a distance : WAVE

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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