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New York Times, Thursday, May 7, 1998

With 43-Across and 20-Down, a sign on a restaurant door

Author:
Ed Pegg Jr.
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Ed Pegg Jr.

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 32 Missing: {JQ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Pegg.
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© 1998, The New York Times5/7/98 ( No. 17,712 )
Across
1
Hot stuff : TABASCO
8
Nuts, so to speak : ZEALOTS
15
More accurate : EXACTER
16
Select for jury duty : EMPANEL
17
Snob : ELITIST
18
Saltpeter, for one : NITRATE
19
They're found in patches : MELONS
20
Zero : NIL
21
Like some straits : DIRE
22
Peeve : IRK
23
Recurring subject : MOTIF
25
Record store section : RAP
26
Moistens, in a way : DEWS
28
With 43-Across and 20-Down, a sign on a restaurant door : NOSHOES
30
"My God," in the Scriptures : ELI
31
Jack-a-dandy : DUDE
32
Semimonthly tides : NEAPS
36
On floppy disk, say : MACHINEREADABLE
40
Signed : INKED
41
Burgundy and Bordeaux : VINS
42
Interdict : BAN
43
See 28-Across : NOSHIRT
46
Tear to bits : REND
47
Sighs of content : AHS
50
1-Across, e.g. : SAUCE
51
Stable staple : HAY
52
Places for Pekes : LAPS
54
Spleen : IRE
55
"The Misfits" co-star : MONROE
58
Initial gain : TOEHOLD
60
Vine-covered passageway : PERGOLA
61
Spirits : ALCOHOL
62
Opens, as a letter : UNSEALS
63
Give back : RESTORE
64
Lent preceder : TUESDAY
Down
1
Be rife (with) : TEEM
2
Wheel support : AXLE
3
Domain : BAILIWICK
4
Hunt and Peck : ACTORS
5
Olfactory offense : STINK
6
British tax : CESS
7
Table scrap : ORT
8
Magnavox rival : ZENITH
9
___ Largo, "Thunderball" villain : EMILIO
10
Prone : APT
11
Cover with fat : LARD
12
TV studio sign : ONAIR
13
Prefix with chloride : TETRA
14
Visit the land of Nod : SLEEP
20
See 28-Across : NOSERVICE
23
Statistical calculation : MODE
24
Wards (off) : FENDS
26
Half of the French? : DEMI
27
Sparkle : ELAN
28
Wimple wearer : NUN
29
The briny : SEA
31
Pranks : DIDOS
33
Album whose cover shows Paul McCartney with 28-Across : ABBEYROAD
34
Blueprint : PLAN
35
E-mail command : SEND
37
Female lobster : HEN
38
The Old Sod : EIRE
39
Small colonist : ANT
44
Chantey singer : SAILOR
45
Now clear this! : HURDLE
46
Kitchen appliances : RANGES
47
Hitching post? : ALTAR
48
Non-Polynesian, in Pearl City : HAOLE
49
Blueprint : SPECS
51
Centaur, in part : HORSE
53
With 60-Down, Summer Olympics event : SHOT
55
Computer list : MENU
56
Stewpot : OLLA
57
Cushy : EASY
59
"So that's your game!" : OHO
60
See 53-Down : PUT

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 4 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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