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# New York Times, Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Author:
Don Gagliardo and Zhouqin Burnikel
Editor:
Will Shortz
Blog:
One way of ordering things, like all the consonants in rows three, six and nine
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## This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 79, Blocks: 37 Missing: none – this is a pangram. Spans: 1 Grid has mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 9 for Mr. Gagliardo. This is puzzle # 28 for Ms. Burnikel.
Constructor notes:
Don: There is no memorable inspiration for this puzzle. It probably grew out of thinking about alphabetic order. Why not just order ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I highlighted the appropriate letters below, to make this puzzle's theme stand out — the consonants in rows three, six, and nine ... read more
 1B 2O 3M 4B 5A 6T 7A 8L 9L 10A 11T 12M 13S 14O D I E 15D E T O O 16C O O K 17B O C A 18D E F O G 19H O J O 20O N A D 21I E T 22S I 23S E N O R 24T R I 25B E C A 26K 27O 28A 29L A 30M E N 31P 32I 33Q 34U 35E 36A M I E 37S E N S 38E 39D U L L 40T A R G 41E T 42D 43A S A N I 44O R S 45T O 46V 47W A X 48Y A Z 49H O M E 50G A M E 51S 52S 53P 54C A 55P S A T S 56A 57M 58F 59M 60L E A S 61T 62P I K 63F L O R A 64A L P H A 65B E T I 66Z A T I O N 67S L E E P E R 68N O W O R S E 69H A R D E E S 70S O N N E T S
© 2016, The New York Times3/22/16 ( No. 24,241 )
Across
1
Fail big-time : BOMB
5
To any degree : ATALL
10
Cash caches, briefly : ATMS
14
"Garfield" drooler : ODIE
15
Artoo-___ : DETOO
16
Pan handler : COOK
17
___ Raton, Fla. : BOCA
18
Clear, in a way : DEFOG
19
Once-popular roadside chain, familiarly : HOJO
20
Losing some love handles, say : ONADIET
22
"Yes sir" overseas : SISENOR
24
Manhattan neighborhood next to SoHo : TRIBECA
26
___ bear : KOALA
30
Maxim magazine's intended audience : MEN
31
Arouse, as curiosity : PIQUE
36
French female friend : AMIE
37
The "common" sort is said to be not so common : SENSE
39
Yawn-provoking : DULL
40
Walmart competitor : TARGET
42
Fiji competitor : DASANI
44
Where scrubs are worn, for short : ORS
45
"Mazel ___!" : TOV
47
Floor coat : WAX
48
Bosox great Carl, familiarly : YAZ
49
They're never away : HOMEGAMES
52
Pet lovers' org. : SPCA
55
Precollege exams : PSATS
56
60
Tiniest bit : LEAST
62
Commercial ending with Water : PIK
63
Botanist's specialty : FLORA
64
One way of ordering things, like all the consonants in rows three, six and nine : ALPHABETIZATION
67
Unexpected hit : SLEEPER
68
Just as good : NOWORSE
69
Sister fast-food chain of Carl's Jr. : HARDEES
70
Browning's "How Do I Love Thee?" and others : SONNETS
Down
1
Common clown name : BOBO
2
Consume too much of, in brief : ODON
3
Sheet rock? : MICA
4
5
6
Golf reservation : TEETIME
7
Org. shifted to the Dept. of Justice in 2003 : ATF
8
Eases : LOOSENS
9
Sudoku solver's need : LOGIC
10
Arthritis symptom : ACHE
11
SpongeBob or Scooby-Doo : TOON
12
Self-confidence, slangily : MOJO
13
Hershey toffee bar : SKOR
21
"Give ___ rest!" : ITA
23
Easy mark : SAP
25
Title rat of a 1972 film : BEN
26
Bruce Lee's role in TV's "The Green Hornet" : KATO
27
Longtime Sudanese president ___ al-Bashir : OMAR
28
Puts on TV : AIRS
29
One of six for an insect : LEG
32
Fingers, as a perp : IDS
33
Where ships get loaded : QUAY
34
Bone below the elbow : ULNA
35
Part of QE2: Abbr. : ELIZ
37
Defeat soundly : STOMP
38
Red-coated cheeses : EDAMS
41
D.D.E.'s charge in W.W. II : ETO
43
Timber feller : AXE
46
Sunset prayer service : VESPERS
47
New York's ___ Glen State Park : WATKINS
49
Discussed, with "out" : HASHED
50
Trot or canter : GAIT
51
California's ___ Sea : SALTON
52
Cut drastically, as prices : SLASH
53
Big name in windows : PELLA
54
Lark : CAPER
57
Wavy-patterned fabric : MOIRE
58
Concern for a fall gardener : FROST
59
Thick locks : MANES
61
3M product : TAPE
63
65
Stinger : BEE
66
Workplace for some veterinarians : ZOO