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New York Times, Wednesday, April 30, 2008

He wrote "If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him"

Author:
Henry Hook
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Henry Hook

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 40 Missing: {FHJQX} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 54 for Mr. Hook. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2008, The New York Times4/30/08 ( No. 21,358 )
Across
1
Taunt : GIBE
5
Slalomer's moves : ZAGS
9
"And ___ ask is a tall ship ...": John Masefield : ALLI
13
Sans deferment : ONEA
14
Till you get it right : AGAIN
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"Present" in bad kids' Christmas stockings : COAL
17
Acapulco acclamations : OLES
18
Bellini two-acter : NORMA
19
Fail miserably, in slang : TANK
20
1968 Glen Campbell hit : GENTLEONMYMIND
23
Daughter of Muhammad Ali : LAILA
24
Cut into parts : DISSEVER
25
Mouse who's always throwing bricks at Krazy Kat : IGNATZ
27
Hardly stuffy : AIRY
28
Aficionado : NUT
29
Gets : OBTAINS
34
1960 Ray Charles hit : GEORGIAONMYMIND
40
Peace-and-quiet venue : ARCADIA
41
"Whaddya waitin' for?!" : NOW
42
Title lover in a 1920s Broadway hit : ABIE
44
Little fingers or toes : MINIMI
47
He wrote "If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him" : VOLTAIRE
52
Borrow a partner : CUTIN
53
1982 Willie Nelson hit : ALWAYSONMYMIND
55
Nolo contendere, for one : PLEA
56
Get by : ELUDE
57
False deity : BAAL
58
"Gilmore Girls" daughter : RORY
59
New Jersey's ___ Hall University : SETON
60
Novel ending? : ETTE
61
1961 "spacechimp" : ENOS
62
Wraps (up) : SEWS
63
Accordion part : REED
Down
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Solver's online recourse : GOOGLING
2
Allied (with) : INLEAGUE
3
Enjoyed doing : BEENINTO
4
Title locale in a Cheech Marin flick : EASTLA
5
Actor Billy of "Titanic" : ZANE
6
"What ___ boy am I!" : AGOOD
7
Adorned, in the kitchen : GARNI
8
Super Bowl XXI M.V.P., first to say "I'm going to Disney World!" : SIMMS
9
What demonstrators demonstrate : ACTIVISM
10
Auto shop's offering : LOANER
11
Longtime Cowboys coach Tom : LANDRY
12
Sort : ILK
15
Senate tally : NAYS
21
Midback muscle, briefly : LAT
22
Villain : MEANY
26
Suffix with Meso- or Paleo- : ZOIC
30
Ewe said it : BAA
31
Mann's "Der ___ in Venedig" : TOD
32
Singer DiFranco : ANI
33
Mosque V.I.P. : IMAM
35
Things people are trained in? : RAILWAYS
36
Van Susteren of Fox News : GRETA
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Begin : INITIATE
38
Put up : NOMINATE
39
Approached zero : DWINDLED
42
Burial place of King Arthur : AVALON
43
Ravel work : BOLERO
45
Unfriendly : ICY
46
Repertoire component : NUMBER
48
Senate tally : AYES
49
N.H.L. Eastern Conf. team : ISLES
50
What a traveling salesman travels : ROUTE
51
Establish, as a chair : ENDOW
54
Department store section : MENS
55
Opposite of post- : PRE

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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