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New York Times, Thursday, March 18, 2010

Author:
Daniel A. Finan
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Daniel A. Finan
eighth notes

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 73, Blocks: 34 Missing: {QX} Spans: 2 There are unchecked squares This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Finan. NYT links: Across Lite
Notepad: When this puzzle is done, the answers will include a familiar series of 38-Across (minus the middle square). Connect the squares of this series in order with a line, starting with the circled square. The resulting image will be a pair of 38-Across (WITH the middle square). In addition, the clues all share a feature that provides an additional hint to the puzzle's theme.
Jim Horne notes:

There are EIGHT NOTES that, when connected in order, form a pair of EIGHTH NOTES. Also, every clue starts with a solfège name: Do, Re, Mi, etc.

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© 2010, The New York TimesNo. 0318 ( 22,045 )
Across
1
Tijuana dishes : FAJITAS
8
Relegated to a state of oblivion : INLIMBO
15
Middle name of Sen. Joe Lieberman : ISADORE
16
Resting place for the deceased : MAUSOLEUM
17
False start's result, in football : FIVEYARDPENALTY
19
Red ___ (sushi order) : TAI
20
"Do me ___ and ..." : AFAVOR
21
Reference abbr. : ETAL
22
Ming's 7'6" and Bryant's 6'6", e.g.: Abbr. : HGTS
24
"Resolved: that ...," for debaters : TOPIC
26
D.O.E. part: Abbr. : ENER
28
"'Tis a pity" : SOSAD
30
Tiberius' "to be" : ESSE
32
Last test before starting some advanced deg. programs : GRE
33
Request of a frog in a fairy tale : KISS
36
Missions, for short : OPS
37
Laptop key : ESC
38
[Refer to blurb] : EIGHTHNOTES
40
Last name in ice cream : EDY
42
Laborer's suffix : IER
43
Lance : STAB
44
Reversible preposition : ERE
45
Double-bladed ___ II razor : TRAC
47
Fated for ruin : DOOMED
51
Doily material : LACE
53
Rent down the center : INTWO
56
Milk: Prefix : LACTO
57
Time-share unit : CONDO
59
Latin motto "Ars ___ artis" : GRATIA
61
Tilly of Tinseltown : MEG
62
Doughbags : MULTIMILLIONAIRE
65
Renaissance cradle city : FLORENCE
66
Resident of the Winter Palace before 1917 : TSARINA
67
Last-column element on the periodic table : RAREGAS
68
Relatively piquant : ZESTIER
Down
1
Rémy Martin units : FIFTHS
2
Lasagna cheese, sometimes : ASIAGO
3
Late New York senator Jacob : JAVITS
4
Lanthan- suffix : IDE
5
Michael's sister La ___ : TOYA
6
Mideast peace conference attendee, 1993 : ARAFAT
7
Regulator mechanism, for short : SERVO
8
Doesn't let go? : IMPRISONS
9
Refusal for Rob Roy : NAE
10
Millet's moon : LUNE
11
Reverse of "bring together" : ISOLATE
12
Mishmashes : MELANGES
13
Mister Belvedere and others : BUTLERS
14
Record of 1947 "Peg ___ Heart" : OMY
18
Lamebrain : DOPE
23
"Reginald" writer : SAKI
25
Large bill, slangily : CSPOT
27
Remote button : REC
29
"Far out, man!" : DIGIT
31
Michigan, e.g., to a Spaniard : ESTADO
34
Fashionista ___ Moon Zombie : SHERI
35
Does in with a rope : STRANGLES
38
Factual info on a dating service questionnaire : EYECOLOR
39
Fatal virus : EBOLA
40
Sole alternative? : EEL
41
Fanged villain : DRACULA
46
Laptop key : CTRL
48
"Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm" was published in this year : MCMIII
49
Timeless, old-style : ETERNE
50
Reader's place marker : DOGEAR
52
Restaurant order : ENTREE
54
Repeat New York City Marathon winner Grete ___ : WAITZ
55
Lazy : OTIOSE
58
Solving, as a puzzle : DOING
60
Miscellanies : ANAS
62
Dow Chemical, e.g.: Abbr. : MFR
63
Mineral in sheets : MICA
64
Michelangelo's field : ART

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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