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New York Times, Thursday, April 27, 2000

16-Across : "Big deal"

Author:
Greg Staples
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Greg Staples

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 37 Missing: {JXZ} This is puzzle # 9 for Mr. Staples.
Notepad: The 10 unclued answers in this puzzle (from 20-Across to 57-Across) comprise a word ladder, in which one letter is changed between each consecutive step.
1
P
2
U
3
P
4
F
5
L
6
A
7
K
8
E
9
P
10
O
11
C
12
H
13
S
14
E
N
E
15
R
O
S
A
16
S
O
W
H
A
T
17
A
D
R
18
O
I
T
L
Y
19
S
I
E
R
R
A
20
S
O
U
P
21
S
O
A
22
P
23
S
O
A
R
24
T
25
H
A
N
K
E
26
R
27
M
S
T
28
M
29
E
30
N
S
A
31
G
E
T
A
32
C
33
R
O
S
S
34
A
R
I
35
B
36
O
A
R
37
B
O
A
S
38
Y
A
M
39
M
E
R
S
40
D
I
S
P
O
41
S
42
E
43
B
I
A
S
44
B
I
N
S
45
M
I
A
46
B
47
U
L
L
S
E
48
Y
E
S
49
E
50
V
E
N
T
51
I
V
E
52
R
E
Q
U
53
I
T
E
54
B
U
N
55
S
56
N
U
N
S
57
N
58
U
59
T
60
S
61
B
L
E
E
62
P
63
S
64
E
I
N
65
S
T
E
I
N
66
E
A
S
E
L
S
67
S
T
O
W
68
L
E
A
69
D
E
S
P
O
T
70
T
E
T
E
71
E
R
G
© 2000, The New York Times4/27/00 ( No. 18,433 )

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Across
1
Kind of tent : PUP
4
Strong criticism : FLAK
8
Ages : EPOCHS
14
Charlotte-to-Raleigh dir. : ENE
15
Parks in 1955 news : ROSA
16
"Big deal" : SOWHAT
17
With skill : ADROITLY
19
___ Club : SIERRA
20
*Start of the word ladder : SOUP
21
*Second step : SOAP
23
*Third step : SOAR
24
Polite guest : THANKER
27
Denver clock setting: Abbr. : MST
28
Smart set : MENSA
31
Communicate successfully : GETACROSS
34
Jackie's second : ARI
35
*Fourth step : BOAR
37
*Fifth step : BOAS
38
Whines : YAMMERS
40
Take care (of) : DISPOSE
43
*Sixth step : BIAS
44
*Seventh step : BINS
45
"O patria ___" ("Aida" aria) : MIA
46
Perfect hits : BULLSEYES
49
Happening : EVENT
51
Duke Ellington's "___ Got Me" : IVE
52
Pay back : REQUITE
54
*Eighth step : BUNS
56
*Ninth step : NUNS
57
*End of the word ladder : NUTS
61
Censors' signs : BLEEPS
64
Brainiac : EINSTEIN
66
Stands for things : EASELS
67
Put on board : STOW
68
Grazing ground : LEA
69
Saddam Hussein, e.g. : DESPOT
70
Chapeau's spot : TETE
71
A little work : ERG
Down
1
They can be sweet : PEAS
2
Word processor command : UNDO
3
Amazon's source : PERU
4
When "Dallas" aired: Abbr. : FRI
5
"___ luck!" : LOTSA
6
Provided that : ASLONGAS
7
Olympic water sports competitor : KAYAKER
8
Tee preceder : ESS
9
Luau serving : POI
10
Has a tab : OWES
11
Gene carrier : CHROMOSOME
12
Ride, so to speak : HARASS
13
Some may be false : STARTS
18
Chooses : OPTS
22
Fido or Fluffy : PET
25
___ corpus : HABEAS
26
1994 Peace Nobelist : RABIN
28
Fifth of 12 : MAY
29
Baseball card stat. : ERA
30
One of Jack's qualities : NIMBLENESS
32
Baby : COSSET
33
Shoot the breeze : RAP
36
Canadian skater Brian : ORSER
39
N.L. Central team, on a scoreboard : MIL
40
Sever : DISUNITE
41
Fall from grace : SIN
42
"Dig in!" : EAT
44
Legal legacy : BEQUEST
46
Like a baby in a highchair : BIBBED
47
Throat flaps : UVULAE
48
Hankering : YEN
50
Blow off steam : VENT
53
"A house ___ a home" : ISNOT
55
Trickle : SEEP
58
Congo river : UELE
59
Bleacher feature : TIER
60
Unforeseen difficulty : SNAG
62
Arafat's grp. : PLO
63
Jet-set jet : SST
65
Nor. neighbor : SWE

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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