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New York Times, Monday, May 4, 1998

Word before "of nails" or "of roses"

Author:
Hugh Davis
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {PVX} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Davis. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 1998, The New York Times5/4/98 ( No. 17,709 )

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Across
1
Top monk : ABBOT
6
Indian princes : RAJAS
11
Come together : GEL
14
Mail deliverer's woe, maybe : CORNS
15
Muse of love poetry : ERATO
16
12 months, in Monterrey : ANO
17
Hanna-Barbera cartoon character : QUICKDRAWMCGRAW
20
Encourage : URGE
21
Massages : RUBS
22
"Odyssey" sorceress : CIRCE
23
Somewhat: Suffix : ISH
24
Roosters' mates : HENS
25
Slaves : HELOTS
26
Aquarium fish : TETRA
28
Disfigure : MAR
29
___ offensive (Vietnam War event) : TET
30
Delphic utterances : ORACLES
34
Word before "of nails" or "of roses" : BED
35
Agent noted for Oscar night bashes : SWIFTYLAZAR
37
School transportation : BUS
38
Son of Agamemnon : ORESTES
39
Needlefish : GAR
40
"___ Poetica" : ARS
41
Film units : REELS
45
Think highly of : ADMIRE
47
Bettor's card game : FARO
50
___ gratias (thanks to God) : DEO
51
Brief affair : FLING
52
Vogue competitor : ELLE
53
Helsinki native : FINN
54
Paul Newman's role in "The Hustler" : FASTEDDIEFELSON
57
Opposite WSW : ENE
58
Country west of Chad : NIGER
59
Connery's successor as Bond : MOORE
60
Hwys. : RDS
61
Rendezvous : TRYST
62
Group belief : TENET
Down
1
Find not guilty : ACQUIT
2
European stock exchange : BOURSE
3
Brainy : BRIGHT
4
"___ bitten..." : ONCE
5
Sound of disapproval : TSK
6
"Nick at Nite" staple : RERUN
7
Many Mideasterners : ARABS
8
1975 shark blockbuster : JAWS
9
Banking convenience, for short : ATM
10
Game with a goalkeeper : SOCCER
11
Strangler : GARROTER
12
Passed, as laws : ENACTED
13
Bottommost : LOWEST
18
Rap's Dr. ___ : DRE
19
Old Dodger great Hodges : GIL
24
Mata ___ : HARI
25
Attacks : HASAT
27
Sculls : ROWS
28
___ Diner, on "Alice" : MELS
31
Ere : AFORE
32
Middles: Abbr. : CTRS
33
Burning substance : LYE
34
Corner of a diamond : BASE
35
Conjectures : SURMISES
36
Worst possible test score : ZERO
37
South Dakota geographical feature : BADLAND
39
Electrician on a film set : GAFFER
40
Silver-colored : ARGENT
42
Inventor of Menlo Park : EDISON
43
Poe's "rare and radiant maiden" : LENORE
44
Shakespearean verse : SONNET
46
Abbr. on a bank statement : INT
47
Tsetses and gnats : FLIES
48
Wide-eyed : ALERT
49
Game official : REF
52
Nervously irritable : EDGY
53
Sheet of ice : FLOE
55
Agency head: Abbr. : DIR
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Ambulance crew member, for short : EMT

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

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