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New York Times, Wednesday, July 9, 2003

Annual July sports event with the world's largest live audience

Author:
Patrick Merrell
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Patrick Merrell

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 40 This is puzzle # 17 for Mr. Merrell.
Jim Horne notes:

Lance Armstrong was already a "four-time champ" of the Tour de France, going into the 2003 race, which was just starting when this puzzle was published. If he won again that year, he would be a "five-time champ." Either answer fits at 35-Across.

The first letter of the first seven Across clues spell FARRELL. This is a tribute to Jeremiah Farrell, who created the famous CLINTON/BOB DOLE puzzle which made this two-answer gimmick famous.

Mr. Armstrong went on to win seven consecutive Tours from 1999 to 2005 and then, of course, lost them all to a doping scandal.

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© 2003, The New York Times7/9/03 ( No. 19,601 )
Across
1
Fermentation receptacle : VAT
4
Aromatic salves : BALMS
9
Rough, as a car engine : JERKY
14
Rabin's land: Abbr. : ISR
15
Enjoyed immensely : ATEUP
16
Loosen, as laces : UNTIE
17
Long-ago battle protection : CHAINMAIL
19
Klutzy : INEPT
20
Annual July sports event with the world's largest live audience : TOURDEFRANCE
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Cookbook author Rombauer et al. : IRMAS
23
___ sauce : SOY
24
Co. badges : IDS
27
Playing dirty tricks : MEAN
28
Should, with "to" : OUGHT
31
Part of a parcel : ACRE
32
"Peter Pan" dog : NANA
33
Shortly : INABIT
35
[Prediction:] Lance Armstrong, at the end of the 2003 20-Across : FIVETIMECHAMP
39
Batman's home : GOTHAM
40
Daredevil Knievel : EVEL
41
End-of-the-week cry : TGIF
42
Slowly merged (into) : EASED
44
Moves it, informally : GITS
48
Key futilely pushed after a computer freeze : ESC
49
Kind of hand : PAT
50
One must be quick to join it : MENSA
51
Winner's prize, in 20-Across : YELLOWJERSEY
55
Ruler of a hive : QUEEN
58
"Janie's Got a Gun" rock band : AEROSMITH
59
UPS shade : BROWN
60
Catches : SNAGS
61
From Okla. City to Houston : SSE
62
Pantywaist : SISSY
63
"Uncle Tom's Cabin" girl : TOPSY
64
Novelist Josephine : TEY
Down
1
Muggee, e.g. : VICTIM
2
Toward the beach : ASHORE
3
Emotional damage : TRAUMA
4
Cigar wraps : BANDS
5
"Look ___!" : ATME
6
Table extender : LEAF
7
___ Woods National Monument : MUIR
8
Big media to-do : SPLASH
9
Like good oranges : JUICY
10
Feminine suffix : ENNE
11
31-Down plan: Abbr. : RTE
12
Laotian money : KIP
13
So far : YET
18
Ayatollah's land : IRAN
21
Saw : NOTICED
24
SALT topic : ICBM
25
Job for a plumber : DRIP
26
Match unit : SET
28
Hot bowlful : OATMEAL
29
Prefix with sphere : UNI
30
Pool and darts : GAMES
31
Driver's aid: Abbr. : AAA
32
Big lobby in D.C. : NEA
34
Montreal is in it: Abbr. : NHL
35
Frequent San Francisco conditions : FOGS
36
Related to: Suffix : ITIC
37
Like some TV channels, briefly : VHF
38
Last moment to prepare : EVE
39
Old inits. in telecommunications : GTE
43
Cry after a long wait : ATLAST
44
Start of an idea : GERM
45
More than urge : INSIST
46
Sub-Saharan pest : TSETSE
47
Willie Mays phrase : SAYHEY
49
Copper : PENNY
50
Unkempt : MESSY
51
Fir trees : YEWS
52
Wine: Prefix : OENO
53
Shawl, e.g. : WRAP
54
Bends, as in a river : JOGS
55
Gridiron V.I.P.'s : QBS
56
Mentalist Geller : URI
57
Canon camera model : EOS

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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