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New York Times, Friday, July 31, 1998

Author:
John Wolting
Editor:
Will Shortz
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John Wolting

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 30 Missing: {QWX} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Wolting. NYT links: Across Lite
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M
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© 1998, The New York TimesNo. 0731 ( 17,797 )
Across
1
Discovery made by a spot check? : MEASLES
8
Stingy : CLOSE
13
Cast of characters? : ALPHABET
15
Mark and Martin : SAINTS
16
Self-service station : SALADBAR
17
Optimistic : UPBEAT
18
Ray, in a way : SPOKE
19
More than persuasion : FORCE
21
Start of many Indian place names : SRI
22
Wife's name in "Babe" : ESME
23
Disguise : CLOAK
24
"M" or "V" : FILM
25
Girl in a gown : DEB
26
Eccentric : LOOPY
27
Marshall McLuhan's concern : MEDIA
28
Rack and ruin : HAVOC
29
Keen : LAMENT
30
Grave : ASSOBERASAJUDGE
34
See 45-Across : BUTTER
35
Straight ___ : RAZOR
36
Leading lines? : SPIEL
37
Harmony : ORDER
38
Deck (out) : TOG
41
Blow the whistle : TELL
42
Speakeasy risks : RAIDS
43
Chichén Itzá resident : MAYA
44
.0247 acre : ARE
45
Delicacy cooked in 34-Across : MOREL
46
Easily confused : DITSY
47
Openings : INTROS
49
Ring : RESONATE
51
Home-grown : NATIVE
52
"Stoned Love" singers, with "the" : SUPREMES
53
It's not on the level : SLOPE
54
Forty-niner's quest : PAYDIRT
Down
1
Mustered : MASSED
2
Tick away : ELAPSE
3
Poise : APLOMB
4
Deal binder : SHAKE
5
Stevedore : LADE
6
Fall off : EBB
7
Octopus's locale : SEAFLOOR
8
Bull's target : CAPE
9
Ad follower : LIB
10
Partial : ONESIDED
11
Myna's cousin : STARLING
12
Gauge : ESTIMATE
14
Wartime transportation : TROOPCARRIERS
15
Be a leech : SUCK
20
Bit of sun : RAY
23
Run for it! : COVER
24
Biggest bone in the body : FEMUR
26
Motown, for one : LABEL
27
___ medical : MAJOR
28
It has its reservations : HOTEL
29
Kills time : LAZES
30
Lays off, with "from" : ABSTAINS
31
Heavenly : SUPERNAL
32
Eyelet maker : STILETTO
33
Get ready to ride : SADDLEUP
37
It has a blade : OAR
38
Japanese straw mat : TATAMI
39
Kind of fork : OYSTER
40
Most festive : GAYEST
42
Sunset-tinged : ROSE
43
Like enemy waters, maybe : MINED
45
Change places : MOVE
46
Site for a 37-Down : DORY
48
Speed (through) : RIP
50
Jacuzzi site : SPA

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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