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New York Times, Monday, March 10, 2008

Command center? ... or where you might hear the starts of 17-, 28- and 49-Across

Author:
Ken Bessette
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Ken Bessette

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Bessette. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2008, The New York Times3/10/08 ( No. 21,307 )
Across
1
Stars and Stripes, e.g. : FLAG
5
Places where lines meet : FOCI
9
French greeting : SALUT
14
___ of Sandwich : EARL
15
Cause of a game cancellation : RAIN
16
Unaccompanied : ALONE
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"Here he is now!" : SPEAKOFTHEDEVIL
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Black card : SPADE
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Talks one's head off : YAPS
22
French summer : ETE
23
Twinings selections : TEAS
26
Sign before Virgo : LEO
27
Big Apple ave. : LEX
28
Be undecided : SITONTHEFENCE
33
___ Wednesday : ASH
34
Suds maker : SOAP
35
Mounted, as a horse : GOTON
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Talking maybe a little too fast : GLIB
40
Snapshot : PHOTO
43
Sgt. Snorkel's dog : OTTO
44
Fable writer : AESOP
46
No. on which a magazine's ad rates are based : CIRC
48
Freudian one : EIN
49
Persist to completion : STAYTHECOURSE
53
Prefix with center : EPI
55
Column's counterpart : ROW
56
Interstate entrance or exit : RAMP
57
Fish after which a cape is named : COD
58
Logic diagram : TREE
60
Long Island airfield town : ISLIP
64
Command center? ... or where you might hear the starts of 17-, 28- and 49-Across : OBEDIENCESCHOOL
68
Nephew of Donald Duck : LOUIE
69
For whom the bell tolls, in a John Donne poem : THEE
70
Numerical prefix with -ber : OCTO
71
Bygone Montreal ball club : EXPOS
72
Quiet exercise : YOGA
73
Remove from the freezer : THAW
Down
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Admit (to), with "up" : FESS
2
Reindeer herder : LAPP
3
Geometry calculation : AREA
4
"My pleasure" : GLADTO
5
Black power hairdo, for short : FRO
6
Dunderpate : OAF
7
The "C" in N.Y.C. : CITY
8
Divided 50/50 : INHALF
9
Dirge : SADSONG
10
Schooner fill : ALE
11
Billet-doux : LOVELETTER
12
Join : UNITE
13
Old message system : TELEX
18
Wails : KEENS
19
Dueling sword : EPEE
24
Perched on : ATOP
25
Deposed Iranian : SHAH
28
"Roots," for one : SAGA
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___ of Wight : ISLE
30
Message on a shipping crate : THISSIDEUP
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Geologic time unit : EPOCH
32
Pigeon's sound : COO
36
Big elevator manufacturer : OTIS
37
___ too soon : NONE
39
Droid : BOT
41
Wedding cake feature : TIER
42
Killer whale : ORCA
45
Republican, Democratic, Green, etc. : PARTIES
47
"Luann" or "Blondie" : COMIC
50
Knight time? : YORE
51
A score : TWENTY
52
End result : UPSHOT
53
French place of learning : ECOLE
54
Mail receiver, in brief : POBOX
59
Repeat : ECHO
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___ Ness monster : LOCH
62
Itsy-bitsy bit : IOTA
63
Winter truck attachment : PLOW
65
God, in Italy : DIO
66
Brain scan, for short : EEG
67
Bounding main : SEA

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