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New York Times, Wednesday, May 10, 1995

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Author:
Jeremy Thomas Paine
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Jeremy Thomas Paine

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 40 Missing: {FQWXZ} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Paine.
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© 1995, The New York Times5/10/95 ( No. 16,619 )

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Across
1
Fantastik competitor : TOPJOB
7
Minimum : LEAST
12
60's space project : MERCURY
13
Polyester sheets : MYLARS
15
Show horse : STEPPER
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Trident carrier : NEPTUNE
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Jewel : GEM
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"___ Rhythm" : IGOT
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Riyadh residents : SAUDIS
22
Blitzed : STONED
24
TV's "Tales from the ___" : CRYPT
25
Weaselly animal : MARTEN
28
Boston airport : LOGAN
30
Doe follower, in song : ADEER
31
Botticelli subject : VENUS
32
Lawyers' org. : ABA
35
Budget item : RENT
36
Fits (inside) : NESTS
37
Kind of history : ORAL
38
Compass heading : SSE
39
Aligns, temporally : SYNCS
40
Bring forth : EVOKE
41
Disney dog : PLUTO
42
Father of the Titans : URANUS
43
50's White House name : MAMIE
46
Tap type : SPINAL
48
Item in this puzzle's theme : PLANET
50
Results : ENDS
51
Warning to Bo-Peep : BAA
54
Buckle up : STRAPIN
56
Offering a neologism : COINING
58
Meaning : INTENT
59
A Mouseketeer : ANNETTE
60
Ground : EARTH
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Nullify : NEGATE
Down
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Parisian head : TETE
2
Utah city : OREM
3
Street drug : PCP
4
Florida city : JUPITER
5
Eugene's place : OREGON
6
"The Prisoner of Chillon" poet : BYRON
7
K-O string : LMN
8
Potato buds : EYES
9
Guanaco relatives : ALPACAS
10
General Motors product : SATURN
11
Hubert's wife, in the comics : TRUDY
12
Food additive : MSG
14
Trim a tress : SNIP
17
Superlative suffix : EST
20
Means of spotting this puzzle's theme? : TELESCOPE
22
Editor's notation : STET
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Some pieces of advice : DONTS
25
Damages : MARS
26
Summer beverages : ADES
27
Artist Magritte : RENE
29
Astronaut Grissom : GUS
31
Relieves : VENTS
32
Elvis's middle name : ARON
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Capital on the Caspian : BAKU
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XXX drinks : ALES
36
Big Apple sch. : NYU
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Ellipsoid : OVAL
39
Train car : SLEEPER
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Causing to disappear : ERASING
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Mexican festival feature : PINATA
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Ruined : UNDONE
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Brit. legislators : MPS
44
Prefix with meter : ALTI
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1918 battle site : MARNE
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Like some pre-Columbian art : INCAN
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Hue : TINT
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Ship post : BITT
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Part of A.M. : ANTE
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Point in life : AGE
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Advanced degree? : NTH
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Teachers' grp. : NEA

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later.

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