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New York Times, Thursday, August 14, 2003

 Author: Greg Staples Editor: Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQVXZ} This is puzzle # 23 for Mr. Staples. NYT links: Across Lite
JimH notes: The black square immediately preceding or following 24A, 25A, 48A, 50A, 4D, 28D, 29D and 57D should be interpreted as a "block" and considered part of the adjoining answer. For example, 24A = SUNBLOCK, 25A = BLOCK PARTY, etc.
 1S 2M 3E 4W 5C 6A 7R 8B 9S 10A 11T 12R 13A 14P A L O 15A B O O K 16R I I S 17A C T O 18N E S A G E 19M E S S 20R H O D E S 21S E W 22S 23S I E 24S U N 25P A 26R T Y 27I 28C O N S 29B A R I 30A G I N G 31A 32B 33D U L 34F 35R 36E S H N E S 37S 38T R E S 39B L O C K 40D O U P 41C A R T 42W H E E L 43L E N N Y 44T R E A T 45A 46C E R 47T W I R L 48O 49N T H E 50A 51D 52E 53H U N 54L 55O B O 56O C 57H R E S 58O R G 59Y 60L O S 61E S H E A R T 62U S D A 63D E E R E 64A C M E 65S T O P 66E S S E N 67D E A R
© 2003, The New York TimesNo. 0814 ( 19,637 )
 Across Down 1. Duck with a large white crest : SMEW5. Atkins diet count, briefly : CARBS10. Gillette product : ATRA14. ___ Alto : PALO15. "I Could Write ___" (Rodgers and Hart song) : ABOOK16. Jacob who wrote "How the Other Half Lives" : RIIS17. Not be childish : ACTONESAGE19. Private dining room? : MESS20. Greek island or its capital : RHODES21. Wraps (up) : SEWS23. Prussian pronoun : SIE24. Burn preventer : SUN25. Neighborhood shindig : PARTY27. Folders, wastebaskets and such : ICONS29. Adriatic seaport : BARI30. No longer young : AGING31. "Forever Your Girl" hitmaker, 1989 : ABDUL34. It may get you slapped : FRESHNESS38. Very, affectedly : TRES39. Literal element of eight answers in this puzzle : BLOCK40. Arrange, as hair : DOUP41. Cheerleader's maneuver : CARTWHEEL43. 1974 title role for Dustin Hoffman : LENNY44. October 31 option : TREAT45. Super server : ACER47. Revolution : TWIRL48. For sale : ONTHE50. Line of defense : ADE53. Old-time marauder : HUN54. Timber wolf : LOBO56. Orangish hues : OCHRES58. Wild goings-on : ORGY60. Becomes discouraged : LOSESHEART62. Stamp of approval? : USDA63. Mower maker : DEERE64. Top spot : ACME65. Train station : STOP66. City near Oberhausen : ESSEN67. Sweetie : DEAR 1. Knocks heads (with) : SPARS2. ___ Picchu (Incan site) : MACHU3. John with a wild wardrobe : ELTON4. Percussion instrument struck with a mallet : WOOD5. Olive oil dressing : CAESAR6. ___ of Steel (video classic) : ABS7. Swelter : ROAST8. One over : BOGEY9. Twist : SKEW10. It may be twisted : ARM11. Paints the town red : TIESONEON12. Symbol of Japan : RISINGSUN13. Burden carriers : ASSES18. Sherpa's land : NEPAL22. Charlie Brown utterance : SIGH26. Winchester, e.g. : RIFLE28. Basic building unit : CINDER29. Huge success : BUSTER30. "Shoot!" : ASK31. Flight coordinators: Abbr. : ATC32. It may be on a roll : BRATWURST33. Heroic action : DERRINGDO35. Unnamed litigant : ROE36. Showy display : ECLAT37. Bug someone, e.g. : SPY39. All-natural food no-no : BHT42. Rampart : WALL43. Hanger-on : LEECH46. Elect : CHOSEN47. G's : THOUS48. They're found among the reeds : OBOES49. What counters may count : NOSES50. "It's ___ against time" : ARACE51. Skin layer : DERMA52. Aromatic compound : ESTER55. Part of many an antique shop name : OLDE57. Nincompoop : HEAD59. Chatter : YAP61. It comes before long : ERE

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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