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New York Times, Saturday, March 9, 2013

Past-tense verb that is the same as its present-tense form minus the fourth and fifth letters

Author:
David Steinberg and Barry C. Silk
Editor:
Will Shortz
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1.645193
David Steinberg
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Barry C. Silk

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 31 Missing: {KQX} This is puzzle # 11 for Mr. Steinberg. This is puzzle # 76 for Mr. Silk. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jim Horne notes:

With this, only his 9th NYT crossword, Mr. Steinberg has now hit for the cycle (he has a puzzle published on each day of the week.)

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B
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H
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W
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U
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S
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Y
B
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P
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Z
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A
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B
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N
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E
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M
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P
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E
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P
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J
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M
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A
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M
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L
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S
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D
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S
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S
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V
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T
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O
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P
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G
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Y
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N
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N
T
H
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D
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A
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I
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R
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A
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L
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M
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C
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T
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O
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B
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H
E
M
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W
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D
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F
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S
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G
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© 2013, The New York Times3/9/13 ( No. 23,132 )
Across
1
"8mm" star, 1999 : NICOLASCAGE
12
"Applesauce!" : BAH
15
It has a Snapshot Tool command : ADOBEREADER
16
Irish ___ : ALE
17
His 1978 album "Excitable Boy" went platinum : WARRENZEVON
18
Marathoner Pippig : UTA
19
Mrs. Gorbachev : RAISA
20
Bicycle support, informally : SISSYBAR
22
1956 Santos rookie : PELE
23
Groupie's trait : ZEAL
25
Past-tense verb that is the same as its present-tense form minus the fourth and fifth letters : ALIT
26
Jane who was Chicago's first female mayor : BYRNE
28
Title science teacher of an old sitcom : MRPEEPERS
31
Mud : JOE
32
Place for locks and pins : MAT
34
___ fide : MALA
35
Gets in a lather : SUDSES
37
Won't allow : VETOES
41
Mrs. Grundy type : PRIG
43
Far East capital : YEN
44
Kind of root in math : NTH
45
Milk producer : DAIRYFARM
49
Circus Maximus stars? : ASTRA
51
Soviet attack sub : ALFA
52
Gardener's purchase : LOAM
54
Bait thrown overboard : CHUM
55
Wine-tasting accessory : SPITTOON
58
Pair in an average-sized orchestra : OBOES
60
Get an edge on? : HEM
61
One stoked to provide warmth : WOODFURNACE
64
A simpler one may be recalled : ERA
65
Black-and-white, say : INTERRACIAL
66
Typical house on "Hoarders" : STY
67
Flashlight alternatives : GASLANTERNS
Down
1
Sticks nix : NAW
2
"Go ahead and try!" : IDAREYOU
3
Orange relative : CORALRED
4
Inner Party member in "1984" : OBRIEN
5
Sake brewery byproduct : LEES
6
Star with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame : ARNAZ
7
Informal remarks? : SEZ
8
Image on a denarius : CAESAR
9
Sominex alternative : ADVILPM
10
Storms, e.g. : GEOS
11
Cousins of kites : ERNS
12
Bagatelle : BAUBLE
13
Pioneering microcomputer : ALTAIR
14
Rakes often break them : HEARTS
21
Shrilly talk to : YAPAT
22
Many tykes' lunches : PBJS
24
Potential throat clearer, briefly : EMT
27
Filing aid : EMERY
29
Hangover? : EAVE
30
Justice Kagan : ELENA
33
"Highly doubtful" : ASIF
36
Baltic Sea swimmer : SPRAT
38
Live, maybe : ONTHEAIR
39
Ancient dweller in the Po Valley : ETRUSCAN
40
Comforter go-with : SHAM
42
Lugs : GALOOTS
43
First name on the 1954 album "Mambo!" : YMA
45
Five of them represent a zero : DASHES
46
The "A" of A&M Records : ALPERT
47
Polite cut-in : IFIMAY
48
Chaucer's "Merciless Beauty," e.g. : RONDEL
50
Its contents are often wicked : SCONCE
53
Be a blessed person, per Matthew 5:4 : MOURN
56
Skinny-minny : TWIG
57
Princess in Donald Duck cartoons : OONA
59
Certain pack member : BRAT
62
Abbey title : FRA
63
They have high stations : ELS

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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