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New York Times, Thursday, May 31, 2007

Missing word in 21-, 31-, 40- and 50-Across, applied literally

Author:
William F. Stephens
Editor:
Will Shortz
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William F. Stephens

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JZ} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Stephens.
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© 2007, The New York Times5/31/07 ( No. 21,023 )
Across
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Pines : ACHES
6
Biblical stargazers : MAGI
10
Acad. : INST
14
A-one : PRIMO
15
Neuron part : AXON
16
Lifeline, maybe : ROPE
17
It comes in a shot : SERUM
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C ___ : CLEF
19
Burke of TV's "Burke's Law" : AMOS
20
Milk source : EWE
21
From the beginning again : ENOERAUQSOT
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Be the first to use : COIN
25
1960s greetings : VSIGNS
26
Like papaw leaves : OBLONG
29
Classic walkways : STOAS
31
Revived : DAEDEHTMORF
33
"That's so good!" : AAH
36
Low joint : DIVE
37
"___ Wiedersehen!" : AUF
38
Nobel-winning bishop : TUTU
39
Designing : SLY
40
1985 Michael J. Fox film : ERUTUFEHTOT
44
Worries for a cardiologist : CLOTS
45
Truths : AXIOMS
46
Street in the Winter Olympics : PICABO
49
Dines : SUPS
50
Controlling things once more : ELDDASEHTNI
53
Swarm : MOB
56
Set of classes all students must take : CORE
57
Peach or apple : TREE
58
Greeting that may precede "Pehea 'oe?" : ALOHA
60
Muscle problem : KNOT
61
U2's home : EIRE
62
Refresher : TONIC
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Some mil. defenses : SAMS
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Pet : DEAR
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Some modern reading : EBOOK
Down
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Place for a fresco, maybe : APSE
2
All hands : CREW
3
Engagement : HIRE
4
Avian leather source : EMU
5
It doesn't matter who : SOMEONE
6
The Heart of Georgia : MACON
7
Part of a gyroscope : AXLE
8
Suffix with movie : GOER
9
For : INFAVOR
10
Some Kurds : IRAQIS
11
Chinese menu notation : NOMSG
12
Snuggle in bed, say : SPOON
13
Proves : TESTS
22
Near : NIGH
23
Thunderbirds' org. : USAF
24
Programmer's work : CODE
26
Chances : ODDS
27
Leave completely, in slang : BAIL
28
Charge : LEVY
29
Plant diseases : SMUTS
30
Blocks in a healthful diet? : TOFU
32
Like guitar strings : TAUT
33
Camera setting : AUTO
34
Basic building block : ATOM
35
Preceders of snaps : HUTS
38
1975 Natalie Cole hit "___ Will Be" : THIS
40
Napoleon's home before his Hundred Days campaign : ELBA
41
Settled down for the night : ROOSTED
42
Subject of a Debussy prelude : FAUN
43
Atone : EXPIATE
44
West Pointers : CADETS
46
Kisses from grandma, say : PECKS
47
Massey of "Love Happy" : ILONA
48
File holder : CDROM
49
Turn this way or that : STEER
51
I-90 runs along it : ERIE
52
Jealous queen of myth : HERA
53
Like early Elvis Presley albums, e.g. : MONO
54
I-90 runs through it : OHIO
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Missing word in 21-, 31-, 40- and 50-Across, applied literally : BACK
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Send overhead : LOB

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle.

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