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New York Times, Wednesday, April 10, 1996

Some search for these in vein

Author:
M. Lees
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Matthew Lees

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQVZ} Spans: 1 This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Lees.
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© 1996, The New York Times4/10/96 ( No. 16,955 )

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Across
1
Triviality : FROTH
6
Deli order : TOGO
10
Kan. neighbor : OKLA
14
English truck : LORRY
15
Towel word : HERS
16
Wet forecast : RAIN
17
Mr. T series, with "The" : ATEAM
18
Sci. course : ANAT
19
Analogy words : ISTO
20
Unhelpful spelling tip #1 : GASINGNOME
22
Surround : GIRD
23
Escapade : LARK
24
Play during the day : MATINEE
26
Sound of a sock : POW
29
In-___ land (spacy) : LALA
31
Tall and slender : LANK
32
Russian river : URAL
34
Fluid parts of blood : SERA
36
Barge's path : CANAL
39
Unhelpful spelling tip #2 : PASINPSYCHOLOGY
42
It might let a person off : ALIBI
43
Glut : SATE
44
Kind of lord : SLUM
45
Capone foe : NESS
47
River through Khartoum : NILE
49
Novelist Harper : LEE
50
Collaborate on a screenplay : COWRITE
53
Barber's cry : NEXT
55
Il cambio currency : LIRA
56
Unhelpful spelling tip #3 : AASINAISLE
61
Tons : ALOT
62
Walked all over : TROD
63
St. ___ (West Indies spot) : CROIX
64
Quebec's Levesque : RENE
65
Glamour competitor : ELLE
66
It may be perfect : TENSE
67
Physics units : ERGS
68
Does batik : DYES
69
Secretaries: Abbr. : ASSTS
Down
1
Indy 500 prop : FLAG
2
Roster : ROTA
3
Some search for these in vein : ORES
4
Be behind : TRAIL
5
Sunday songbook : HYMNAL
6
Unappreciated : THANKLESS
7
Wine: Prefix : OENO
8
Senator Phil : GRAMM
9
Bone-related : OSTEAL
10
First generations : ORIGINALS
11
Unhelpful spelling tip #4 : KASINKNOLL
12
Austin Rover gas unit : LITRE
13
Battery side : ANODE
21
Understand : GRASP
25
Lunch with a crunch : TACO
26
Cocoon's contents : PUPA
27
Unwritten : ORAL
28
Unhelpful spelling tip #5 : WASINWRONG
30
Indo-European : ARYAN
33
Frees : LIBERATES
35
Radioactive elements : ACTINIDES
37
Malaria symptom : AGUE
38
Old___, Conn. : LYME
40
Unless, to Cato : NISI
41
Paris abductee : HELEN
46
Explicit : STATED
48
Betting combo : EXACTA
50
Journalist___ Boothe Luce : CLARE
51
Houston athlete : OILER
52
Betimes : EARLY
54
Auto foursome : TIRES
57
Part of a pump : SOLE
58
Pearl S. Buck novel : SONS
59
Tilt to one side : LIST
60
Past spouses : EXES

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later.

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