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New York Times, Wednesday, March 17, 2010

March figure ... or, when split into three parts, a title for this puzzle

Author:
Patrick Merrell
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Patrick Merrell

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQWZ} This is puzzle # 70 for Mr. Merrell.
Jim Horne notes:

The old ST/PA trick replaces PA in common phrases with ST.

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© 2010, The New York Times3/17/10 ( No. 22,044 )
Across
1
U.S. political scandal involving a fictional sheik : ABSCAM
7
Sport whose name has two accents : EPEE
11
Some tablets : PCS
14
Puget Sound city : TACOMA
15
Classic theater name : ROXY
16
Alley ___ : OOP
17
Twine cutter? : STRINGKNIFE
19
Time for the history books : ERA
20
Words after cross, down or over : THELINE
21
Setting of an April marathon : BOSTON
23
Thurman of "Pulp Fiction" : UMA
24
OPEC production cutback? : OILSTINTING
27
Reservoir producers : DAMS
29
Louvre Pyramid architect : PEI
30
Suffix with myth : ICAL
31
Bygone monarchs : TSARS
34
Legal precedent setter : TESTCASE
37
March figure ... or, when split into three parts, a title for this puzzle : STPATRICK
39
Buzzer in the kitchen, maybe : HOUSEFLY
42
Onetime South African P.M. Jan : SMUTS
45
Years in old Rome : ANNI
46
Reuters competitor : UPI
48
Strait-laced : PRIM
50
Pen for a pet pig? : TAKEHOMESTY
55
Suffix with project : ILE
56
Imam, e.g. : CLERIC
57
Be postponed : LIEOVER
59
Folded-over skirt part : HEM
60
Ice hockey in prison? : STIRSKATING
63
"The Raven" writer's inits. : EAP
64
Rental for an outdoor reception : TENT
65
Will's focus : ESTATE
66
Banned bug spray : DDT
67
Some valuable 1920s-'40s baseball cards : OTTS
68
Fur wraps : STOLES
Down
1
Offered for breeding : ATSTUD
2
Shower room sight : BATHMAT
3
Fun house sounds : SCREAMS
4
Stamp purchase : COIL
5
Prenatal exam, briefly : AMNIO
6
Great: Prefix : MAGNI
7
Directional ending : ERN
8
Polynesian paste : POI
9
Like some private dets. : EXFBI
10
"I've got my ___ you!" : EYEON
11
Horace's "Ars ___" : POETICA
12
Mexican beer choices : CORONAS
13
Glittery glue-on : SPANGLE
18
Seaweed variety : KELP
22
Bank teller's fear : STICKUP
25
Make up galleys for printing : SETTYPE
26
Layer : TIER
28
Less respectful : SASSIER
32
Map no. : RTE
33
Hawaiian Tropic no. : SPF
35
What your mom might call your aunt : SIS
36
RKO film airer, maybe : TCM
38
Grad : ALUM
39
Came out of one's shell : HATCHED
40
Being walked, as Fido : ONALEAD
41
Disheveled : UNKEMPT
43
Of no matter : TRIVIAL
44
End of life as we know it? : SILENTE
47
Archipelago's makeup: Abbr. : ISLS
49
Becomes one : MERGES
51
Tissue: Prefix : HISTO
52
Quarterfinals qualifiers, e.g. : OCTET
53
Little ones: Var. : TIKES
54
Brewing need : YEAST
58
One of four Holy Roman emperors : OTTO
61
Bankbook fig. : INT
62
Football linemen: Abbr. : RTS

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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