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New York Times, Thursday, March 29, 2001

Author:
William I. Johnston
Editor:
Will Shortz
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William I. Johnston

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 42 Missing: none – this is a pangram. Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Johnston. NYT links: Across Lite
Jim Horne notes:

The answer to 39-Across, when translated by the cipher key at 20- and 55-Across (A = Z, B = Y, C = X, etc.), spells OUR COVER IS BLOWN.

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© 2001, The New York TimesNo. 0329 ( 18,769 )
Across
1
Scotland's ___ Fyne : LOCH
5
It's nothing to speak of : TABOO
10
Perennial presidential campaign issue : JOBS
14
Memo phrase : INRE
15
Part of a U.S. census category : ASIAN
16
"Did you ___?!" : EVER
17
Bound : LEAP
18
Manly apparel : KILTS
19
___ avis : RARA
20
Half of a decoder ring : ABCDEFGHIJKLM
23
Former nuclear power org. : AEC
24
"Cómo ___ usted?" : ESTA
25
Maserati, e.g. : FASTCAR
29
It gives you an out : EGRESS
34
The Buckeyes: Abbr. : OSU
35
Heralded : RANG
38
What a rubber produces? : GENIE
39
Secret message : LFIXLEVIRHYOLDM
43
Hall-of-Fame coach Mike : DITKA
44
Author Wiesel : ELIE
45
Clay, after transformation : ALI
46
English essayist Sir Richard : STEELE
48
Unpleasant ones : NASTIES
51
Landers and others : ANNS
54
Opus ___ : DEI
55
Other half of the decoder ring : ZYXWVUTSRQPON
61
Thailand, once : SIAM
62
More than hot : IRATE
63
Gave the go-ahead : OKED
65
French 101 verb : ETRE
66
Pluralizers : ESSES
67
Woman of the haus : FRAU
68
Its motto is L'Étoile du Nord: Abbr. : MINN
69
Thomas Jefferson, religiously : DEIST
70
Inevitability : FATE
Down
1
Not-so-apt word for Abner : LIL
2
Suitable for service : ONEA
3
Shore catch : CRAB
4
One who's beat but good? : HEPCAT
5
"Be well" : TAKECARE
6
Catchphrase from "Clueless" : ASIF
7
Poppycock : BILGE
8
They may be made with Bibles : OATHS
9
Present : ONSITE
10
Be rough with the reins : JERK
11
Flattened figure : OVAL
12
Earthwork : BERM
13
Madrid Mme. : SRA
21
Big holiday mo. : DEC
22
Notched : JAGGY
25
Makes origami : FOLDS
26
Comparatively healthy : ASFIT
27
Deluxe accommodations : SUITE
28
All-night party : RAVE
30
Early auto : REO
31
Zhou ___ : ENLAI
32
Move like a 3-Down : SIDLE
33
Tournament round : SEMIS
36
Nothing : NIL
37
Smile : GRIN
40
Classic Jaguar : XKE
41
Hit 1980's-90's NBC drama : LALAW
42
Car safety feature : HEADREST
47
Coveted : ENVIED
49
Et ___ (footnote abbr.) : SEQ
50
Warn : TIPOFF
52
Hospital figure : NURSE
53
Former East German secret police : STASI
55
Tubes in the kitchen : ZITI
56
Tale : YARN
57
Marvel Comics heroes : XMEN
58
Jeanne d'Arc et al.: Abbr. : STES
59
Gumbo component : OKRA
60
Without ice : NEAT
61
Relig. training ground : SEM
64
Company in Italy? : DUE

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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