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New York Times, Wednesday, April 1, 1998

Author:
Alan Arbesfeld
Editor:
Will Shortz
They get in the way of sound thinking
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Alan Arbesfeld

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {QZ} Spans: 4 This is puzzle # 15 for Mr. Arbesfeld.
Jim Horne notes:

This puzzle April Fooled many solvers who thought they saw an accidental repeat from the day before. The grid pattern and the first three clues are identical.

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© 1998, The New York Times4/1/98 ( No. 17,676 )
Across
1
Check : STEM
5
Fill to excess : CLOY
9
Country bumpkin : JAKE
13
New Jersey city : LODI
14
All-night teen parties : RAVES
16
Send off : EMIT
17
DIAMOND : ENGAGEMENTSTONE
20
Lilliputian : WEE
21
Ready to serve : OPEN
22
They're trouble for roses : APHIDS
23
Bass, for one : ALE
24
___ Fox : BRER
25
33
Honeydew, e.g. : MELON
34
Spa : BATHS
35
Excessively : TOO
36
Parched : ARID
37
Bug : ANNOY
38
One of Columbus's ships : NINA
39
Words at the altar : IDO
40
Senator John : GLENN
41
Like a shoe : SOLED
42
45
Peaches : GEMS
46
Idiom: Abbr. : PHR
47
Sound choice : STEREO
50
Look : SEEM
52
1936 candidate Landon : ALF
55
TRIANGLE : LOVERSIMBROGLIO
58
Sounds from Hawaii : UKES
59
Legend in automotives : ACURA
60
Top spot : APEX
61
Meal eaten in a hall : MESS
62
They get in the way of sound thinking : EGOS
63
More than lean : BONY
Down
1
Great deal : SLEW
2
Character : TONE
3
Lip : EDGE
4
"Mamma ___!" : MIA
5
Dishes with syrup : CREPES
6
Hardly believable : LAME
7
Pizza place : OVEN
8
Money for a Toyota, say : YEN
9
One of the Beverly Hillbillies : JETHRO
10
Mine, in Marseille : AMOI
11
Species : KIND
12
Alpine off-seasons : ETES
15
Stiff : STARCHY
18
___ Heights : GOLAN
19
Viewfinders? : SPECS
23
Give ___ to (approve) : ANOD
24
Relay sticks : BATONS
25
Screen letters : EMAIL
26
"Rigoletto" composer : VERDI
27
"The Hollow Men" poet : ELIOT
28
Doubleday and others : ABNERS
29
Fran Drescher TV role : NANNY
30
Beneficial : UTILE
31
Fair-sized musical group : NONET
32
Parasite : TOADY
37
Colorado city on the Rio Grande : ALAMOSA
38
Film genre : NOIR
40
Actress Garson : GREER
41
Jerk : SCHMO
43
Way out : EGRESS
44
Works by 26-Down : OPERAS
47
Pigsty : SLUM
48
Puff : TOKE
49
Party times : EVES
50
Complacent : SMUG
51
River in Spain : EBRO
52
Purina competitor : ALPO
53
Mortgage : LIEN
54
Good-lookin' : FOXY
56
Secure, as a victory : ICE
57
Prattle : GAB

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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