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New York Times, Thursday, June 23, 2005

Author:
Courtenay Crocker III
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Courtenay Crocker III

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 32 Missing: {QWXZ} Spans: 1 This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Crocker. NYT links: Across Lite
Jim Horne notes:

As the central Across answer MAN IN OUTER SPACE suggests, the six words at 1-, 18-, 27-, 47-, 62- and 68-Across (CHESTER, MILITIA, HANDLE, DRAFTS, SERVANT and TRIGGER) need to be preceded or followed by MAN (MANCHESTER, MILITIAMAN, MANHANDLE, DRAFTSMAN, MANSERVANT and TRIGGERMAN) to answer their clues.

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© 2005, The New York TimesNo. 0623 ( 20,316 )
Across
1
City in England : MANCHESTER
8
Motorized watercraft : JETSKIS
15
Dangerous ocean phenomenon : REDTIDE
16
Inflexible : ADAMANT
17
Maryland team : ORIOLES
18
Old musket carrier : MILITIAMAN
19
Like money in the bank : UNSPENT
20
Former Rep. Abzug : BELLA
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Union inits. : CIO
22
HBO rival : SHO
24
___ Buena (island in San Francisco Bay) : YERBA
27
Treat roughly : MANHANDLE
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Anatomical mouths : ORA
33
___ Valley, Calif. : SIMI
34
Capital originally called the City of the Kings : LIMAPERU
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Go-ahead : NOD
38
Project Mercury objective (and a hint to 1-, 18-, 27-, 47-, 62- and 68-Across) : MANINOUTERSPACE
42
High dudgeon : IRE
43
Richly laden ships : ARGOSIES
44
Czech or Serb : SLAV
46
Singer Sumac : YMA
47
Architect's aide : DRAFTSMAN
51
Achier : SORER
53
Dutch city : EDE
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Tax-deferring instrument: Abbr. : IRA
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___ González in 2000 news : ELIAN
58
Minsk's home : BELARUS
62
Maid's counterpart : MANSERVANT
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They may get heavy at night : EYELIDS
65
Warming : DETENTE
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Wronged person's cry : REVENGE
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On the schedule : SLOTTED
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Armed gang member : TRIGGERMAN
Down
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What catchers do : CROUCH
2
Rupture : HERNIA
3
Famous lab director : EDISON
4
Pull over : STOP
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Floor element : TILE
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Heaven : EDEN
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Last word for the defense : RESTS
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Scouting blowouts : JAMBOREES
9
One of the housewives on "Desperate Housewives" : EDIE
10
Add up : TALLY
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Prepares to be shot, maybe : SMILES
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Women's tennis star Srebotnik : KATARINA
13
Magician's name ending : INI
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Place to buy tkts. : STA
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Critter with a sticky tongue : HOPTOAD
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College V.I.P. : BMOC
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Adjutant : AIDE
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551, once : DLI
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Filmmaker Wertmuller : LINA
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Georgia university : EMORY
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Ban alternative : ARRID
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Added value to : AUGMENTED
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Addict : USER
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Hit's alternative : MISS
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Name on "Alice's Restaurant" : ARLO
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Closer by : NEARERTO
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Unpaid TV ad: Abbr. : PSA
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Antler covering : VELVET
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Step in ceramic making : FIRING
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Plod : TRUDGE
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Smart one : SASSER
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Laughing : RIANT
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Roeper's TV partner : EBERT
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Help make a pot : ANTE
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Ogler : EYER
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Strauss of jeans fame : LEVI
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"Shake ___!" : ALEG
62
60's campus grp. : SDS
63
It was "boil'd in broo'," in the ballad "Lord Randal" : EEL

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 5 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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