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New York Times, Monday, June 8, 1998

First step for a would-be groom vis-à-vis his intended's father

Author:
Mark Danna
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Mark Danna

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQVXZ} This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Danna. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 1998, The New York Times6/8/98 ( No. 17,744 )

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Across
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Feudal workers : SERFS
6
Italian money : LIRA
10
Con artist's art : SCAM
14
Characteristic : TRAIT
15
Scent : ODOR
16
Barbershop emblem : POLE
17
Indy 500 competitor : RACER
18
Suckling spot : TEAT
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Landed (on) : ALIT
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First step for a would-be groom vis-à-vis his intended's father : ASKFORHERHAND
23
Director Craven : WES
24
Mauna ___ : KEA
25
Arrow's path : ARC
26
New Deal org. : WPA
29
Kind of talk the would-be bride had with mom : HEARTTOHEART
32
Commedia dell'___ : ARTE
35
A.F.L.'s partner : CIO
36
___ into holy matrimony : ENTER
37
Sets of pews : ROWS
38
Namely : TOWIT
41
"___ pin and pick it up..." : SEEA
42
Bullwinkle, e.g. : MOOSE
44
Opposite of WSW : ENE
45
Coffee servers : URNS
46
How the would-be groom proposed : ONBENDEDKNEE
50
Actor Fernando : REY
51
Wedding ___ : DAY
52
Letters on a Cardinal's cap : STL
53
Shoot the breeze : GAB
56
What the bride's father did vis-à-vis the reception : FOOTEDTHEBILL
60
"Neato!" : COOL
62
Director Kazan : ELIA
63
Kind of lily : CALLA
64
Dull sound : THUD
65
Notes after do : REMI
66
Ebb and neap, e.g. : TIDES
67
Peeved : SORE
68
British gun : STEN
69
What italics do : SLANT
Down
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Scarecrow stuffing : STRAW
2
Wipe out : ERASE
3
Pool ball sorters : RACKS
4
Where 1-Across slaved : FIEF
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Golf shot : STROKE
6
Ladies' man : LOTHARIO
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___ fixe : IDEE
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Greet with loud laughter : ROARAT
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Prefix with -pod or -scope : ARTHRO
10
Bridge unit : SPAN
11
It's thrown on bad ideas : COLDWATER
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He K.O.'d Foreman 10/30/74 : ALI
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Bumped into : MET
21
Take countermeasures : REACT
22
Be in pain : ACHE
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Groom carefully : PREEN
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Gillette razors : ATRAS
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"Siddhartha" writer : HESSE
30
Hauled : TOWED
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Follow as a result : ENSUE
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Knight's garb : ARMOR
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TV news exec Arledge : ROONE
34
Common board size : TWOBYFOUR
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Tough job for a dry cleaner : INKSTAIN
40
Tithe amount : TENTH
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Within: Prefix : ENDO
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Library gadgets : DATERS
48
Shoelace hole : EYELET
49
Votes into office : ELECTS
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Funny lady Radner : GILDA
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Funny man Woody : ALLEN
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Great time, or great noise : BLAST
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Kind of shoppe : OLDE
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Onetime phone call cost : DIME
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Get-out-of-jail money : BAIL
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Pennies: Abbr. : CTS
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"Well, what's this?!" : OHO

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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