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New York Times, Saturday, April 29, 2017

Fictional spy who first appeared in "Call for the Dead"

Author:
Martin Ashwood-Smith
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Martin Ashwood-Smith

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 30 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 85 for Mr. Ashwood-Smith.
Martin Ashwood-Smith notes:
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© 2017, The New York Times4/29/17 ( No. 24,644 )
Across
1
Result of a firing : ASH
4
English channel : BBC
7
It's poorly written : SCRAWL
13
Hannibal's men : THEATEAM
16
1962 Best Picture setting : ARABIA
17
Fault line? : MEACULPA
18
Swimming : NATANT
19
Shade of green : FERN
20
Bind with a belt : GIRD
22
Certain finish : MATTE
23
Chanel No. 5 competitor : ESTEE
25
Gridlock consequence : TIEUP
27
Many a Dallas cowboy : TEX
28
Comments that lead people to repeat themselves : EHS
29
Ones carrying babies on their backs : KOALAS
31
Middle Earth? : CORE
32
Dawdles : DILLYDALLIES
34
Source of feedback : SOUNDINGBOARD
36
Fictional spy who first appeared in "Call for the Dead" : GEORGESMILEY
37
"___ joke" : ITSA
38
Ranges : STOVES
39
Go the right way? : GEE
42
Mystery in the fossil record : GAP
43
Writer with the given names Robert Lawrence : STINE
44
Tick off : STEAM
46
Jointly : ASONE
48
Whine lover? : CRAB
50
Undeceived by : ONTO
51
Capital for King Zog : TIRANA
53
Hooter's location : OWLSNEST
55
Setting for Sergei Eisenstein's "Battleship Potemkin" : ODESSA
56
Clear brandy : EAUDEVIE
57
Brisk competitor : NESTEA
58
Fist pumper's cry : YES
59
Besides : AND
Down
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PIN money? : ATMFEE
2
"Jeez Louise!" : SHEESH
3
Trick-taking card game : HEARTS
4
About 252 cals. : BTU
5
Like M. Poirot : BELG
6
Competitive, in a way : CAPITALISTIC
7
Title of politeness : SAN
8
Swimmer's woe : CRAMP
9
Pro ___ : RATA
10
Slaughterhouse : ABATTOIR
11
Spent a season in the sun? : WINTERED
12
Rubbery compounds : LATEXES
14
Certain eruption : ACNE
15
Famed Pop Art subject : MARILYNMONROE
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It's pretty obvious : DEADGIVEAWAY
24
Augmenting, old-style : EKING
26
Functional : USABLE
30
Guinness adjective : OLDEST
31
Modeling medium : CLAY
32
Long-lasting, in commercial names : DURA
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Good earth : LOESS
34
Table : SETASIDE
35
Some fertilized eggs : OOSPORES
36
Unit of explosive capacity : GIGATON
39
Palace of Nations locale : GENEVA
40
Has a home-cooked meal : EATSIN
41
Made a big scene? : EMOTED
43
Import : SENSE
45
Step on a scale : TONE
47
Illustrator Thomas : NAST
49
Down : BLUE
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Strong, as a bond : AAA
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New Left org. : SDS

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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