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New York Times, Wednesday, March 19, 1997

"The Star-Spangled Banner" preposition

Author:
Trip Payne
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Trip Payne

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {GJVZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 6 for Mr. Payne.
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© 1997, The New York Times3/19/97 ( No. 17,298 )
Across
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___ center : REC
4
Protection against chills : SHAWL
9
Biting : ACERB
14
Listening device : EAR
15
Shire of "For Richer, For Poorer" : TALIA
16
Paint ingredient : LATEX
17
Saddam Hussein's title : PRESIDENTOFIRAQ
20
Playful water animal : OTTER
21
"Speed" name : KEANU
22
Popular N.B.A. nickname : SHAQ
23
They avail themselves of Vail : SKIERS
26
___ Canals : SOO
29
"The Joy Luck Club" author : TAN
30
A & W rival : BARQS
31
Con job : SCAM
32
This is one for the books : AUDIT
33
Dwellers along the Volga : TATARS
35
Informative dialogues : QANDASESSIONS
38
Not moving : ATREST
39
Resell at inflated prices : SCALP
40
Run amok : RIOT
41
Marquee names : STARS
42
%: Abbr. : PCT
45
Computer's "guts," for short : CPU
46
Bomb tryouts : ATESTS
48
Prefix with space or stat : AERO
49
Title for Cervantes : SENOR
51
Persian Gulf nation : QATAR
52
Most typewriters have them : QWERTYKEYBOARDS
57
Spine-tingling : EERIE
58
Freeze : ICEUP
59
"Hold On Tight" rock group : ELO
60
Office furniture : DESKS
61
Part of a spool : NOTCH
62
"___ Miserables" : LES
Down
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Send another E-mail message : REPOST
2
Actress Kitt : EARTHA
3
Canea resident : CRETAN
4
Move a muscle : STIR
5
"It ___ to Be You" : HAD
6
Pintful, perhaps : ALE
7
Take the gold : WIN
8
Potato pancakes : LATKES
9
Code words for "A" : ALFAS
10
He went east of Eden : CAIN
11
Ancient Italian : ETRUSCAN
12
Stephen of "The Crying Game" : REA
13
Diagonal chess capture : BXQ
18
Et ___ (and the following) : SEQ
19
"The Star-Spangled Banner" preposition : OER
23
1978 Peace Prize winner : SADAT
24
Actor Kristofferson : KRIS
25
Mensa hurdles : IQTESTS
27
Galley items : OARS
28
Meditation syllables : OMS
30
Signs of winter's end : BUDS
31
Word in an octagon : STOP
32
Work without ___ (risk injury) : ANET
33
Some Romanovs : TSARS
34
Suffers : AILS
35
Common swab : QTIP
36
Firebrands : AROUSERS
37
Imitate Mel Torme : SCAT
38
Pinball path : ARC
41
Pianist Rudolf : SERKIN
42
"Stormy" sea bird : PETREL
43
Hold protectively : CRADLE
44
Some sculptures : TORSOS
46
Poker payments : ANTES
47
Slinky or yo-yo : TOY
48
Motel approver, briefly : AAA
50
Estrada of "CHiPs" : ERIK
51
Hebrew letter before resh : QOPH
52
Proof finale : QED
53
Minuscule : WEE
54
"The Island of the Day Before" author : ECO
55
To date : YET
56
Tampa Bay player, for short : BUC

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 6 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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