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New York Times, Saturday, April 4, 2009

Author:
Matt Ginsberg
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Matt Ginsberg

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JKQWXZ} This is puzzle # 11 for Mr. Ginsberg. NYT links: Across Lite
Jim Horne notes:

This clever puzzle confused many people. Despite the answer at 33 Across, the key is to read the FIRST letter of each clue. Then it all makes sense.

"Any clue for a word of eight or more letters is the opposite of the word to be entered."

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© 2009, The New York TimesNo. 0404 ( 21,697 )
Across
1
Attendant : PAGE
5
No mild pepper : CHILI
10
Yearly loan figs. : APRS
14
Chooses badly : ERRS
15
Lead role in a classic Arthur Miller play : LOMAN
16
Upstate New York county : ERIE
17
Eventful stretches : ERAS
18
Friendly side in a debate : OPPOSITION
20
Officer's request, at times : LICENSE
22
Rival of Roach in early film comedy : SENNETT
23
Asymmetry, as in a relationship : EVENNESS
25
Wile E. Coyote, often : CHASER
26
Overhead supporter : RAFTER
27
Ruminate (over) : PORE
29
Determine the innocence or guilt of : TRY
30
Orléans pronoun : LUI
31
Feodor III's successor as czar : PETERI
33
Explanatory information about this puzzle is revealed by reading these in the clues : LASTLETTERS
37
Its streets are immortalized in a classic cowboy ballad : LAREDO
38
Govt. agency creation : REG
40
Head : TOP
43
"The Thinker," for one : NUDE
44
On-call accessory : BEEPER
47
Rakes' shedmates : SPADES
49
Make more important : RELEGATE
51
Opening of a toast : HERESTO
53
Reinforced : SECURED
54
Energize : INACTIVATE
56
Leucite source : LAVA
57
Edit menu command : REDO
58
Titled : NAMED
59
Two fives for ___ : ATEN
60
ESPN anchor Wingo : TREY
61
Result of polishing : GLOSS
62
Split : RENT
Down
1
Implement in a kitchen : PEELER
2
Station information : ARRIVAL
3
Tripping over one's feet : GRACEFUL
4
Hardly necessary : ESSENTIAL
5
Expert dealmaker : CLOSER
6
Optimists keep them alive : HOPES
7
Parent's challenge : IMP
8
Part of French Indochina : LAOS
9
Overtly : INSECRET
10
State Farm competitor : AETNA
11
Incense burner, at times : PRIEST
12
Tears may be brought to one's eyes : RIOTER
13
Ever-vigilant sort : SENTRY
19
One possible answer to "Where are you?" : INHERE
21
Frankfurt-to-Copenhagen dir. : NNE
24
Ticket taker? : SPEEDER
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"How to Make an American Quilt" author Whitney ___ : OTTO
31
Entreated : PLED
32
Well-proportioned : IRREGULAR
34
Of soundest mind : SANEST
35
Remaining leery of : TRUSTING
36
Draw together : SEPARATE
39
Take vengeance : GETEVEN
40
Option for dressing down : TSHIRT
41
Barkeep's gizmo : OPENER
42
Event for a marshal : PARADE
44
Extorts : BLEEDS
45
Nafta's overseas counterpart : EEC
46
Tiny biter : REDANT
48
Entrap : DECOY
50
Rob of "Melrose Place" : ESTES
52
Eyecup's shape : OVAL
55
Domitian's "I love" : AMO

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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