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New York Times, Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Kind of exam, with a hint to the answers to the four starred clues

Author:
Ken Bessette
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQY} This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Bessette.
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© 2008, The New York Times4/15/08 ( No. 21,343 )
Across
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Like a cold fish : ALOOF
6
Final Four games : SEMIS
11
Item in a bucket : MOP
14
Lash ___ of old westerns : LARUE
15
Bring shame to : ABASH
16
Greeting at the Forum : AVE
17
*Myopic cartoon fellow : MISTERMAGOO
19
Drink from a snifter, e.g. : SIP
20
Garbage hauler : SCOW
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Rowlands of "Gloria" : GENA
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Charlie of the Stones : WATTS
24
Film terrier : ASTA
26
Victoria Falls river : ZAMBEZI
28
Fess up to : ADMIT
31
Boots, gloves, mask, etc. : SKIWEAR
33
Took off excess pounds : DIETED
35
___ huff : INA
36
One way to run : AMOK
39
Muesli morsel : OAT
40
Kind of exam, with a hint to the answers to the four starred clues : MIDTERM
43
U2's home: Abbr. : IRE
44
Inuit's transport : SLED
46
Born, in France : NEE
47
Former Disney chief Michael : EISNER
49
Home of the Scarlet Knights : RUTGERS
52
Dangerous gas : RADON
53
Soft, colorful candy : GUMDROP
55
"___ Flux" (Charlize Theron film) : AEON
57
Clear the blackboard : ERASE
58
___ de vie (brandies) : EAUX
60
What icicles do : DRIP
64
Japanese band : OBI
65
*Popular tune around Halloween : MONSTERMASH
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June honoree : DAD
69
"Golden" tune : OLDIE
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Gave a beating to : CANED
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U.S.N.A. grad: Abbr. : ENS
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Chills out : RESTS
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Start-up costs, of sorts : ANTES
Down
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Beggar's cry : ALMS
2
Not of the clergy : LAIC
3
Approximately : ORSO
4
Be more patient than : OUTWAIT
5
Agent's take : FEE
6
Just like : SAMEAS
7
Israel's Abba : EBAN
8
16 or Seventeen : MAGAZINE
9
Prefix with bar : ISO
10
"Prove it!" : SHOWME
11
*Plan hatcher : MASTERMIND
12
Former Disney chief Michael : OVITZ
13
Soda selection : PEPSI
18
Mil. unit : RGT
23
Simple rhyme scheme : ABAA
25
___ cell research : STEM
27
On top of things : AWARE
28
Big deals : ADOS
29
Call up : DIAL
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*Some ticket issuers : METERMAIDS
32
Passer of bad checks : KITER
34
Dog from Down Under : DINGO
37
Treat that's sometimes dunked : OREO
38
"Show Boat" composer : KERN
41
Diving board locales : DEEPENDS
42
Muralist Joan : MIRO
45
Clothes, informally : DUDS
48
Sleep inducer of song : SANDMAN
50
Richter scale blip : TREMOR
51
Pan-fries : SAUTES
53
Crystal-lined rock : GEODE
54
Word before blight or sprawl : URBAN
56
Program file extension : EXE
59
"___ stands ..." : ASIT
61
Angry outburst : RANT
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"It makes sense to me" : ISEE
63
Advanced degs. : PHDS
66
Soccer stadium shout : OLE
67
___ Dome (Colts' longtime home) : RCA

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