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New York Times, Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Best-selling computer game from the early 2000s, with "The"

Author:
Gary Cee
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQX} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Cee.
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© 2009, The New York Times8/26/09 ( No. 21,841 )
Across
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Hurts : SMARTS
7
3, 4 or 5, typically, in golf : PAR
10
Best-selling computer game from the early 2000s, with "The" : SIMS
14
When Hamlet says "To be or not to be" : ACTIII
15
Payment promise : IOU
16
"I'm ___!" ("Will do!") : ONIT
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"___, please" (diner's request) : CHOPSTICKS
19
Endangered state bird : NENE
20
PC capacity, for short : RAM
21
"Full" sign : SRO
22
Shot using one's noggin : HEADER
24
Beethoven dedicatee : ELISE
27
"___, please" (announcer's request) : ATTENTION
29
What to do at a crossroads : DECIDE
31
Postpone yet again : RETABLE
32
Vehement speech : TIRADE
35
Roman household god : LAR
36
"___, please" (awards show presenter's request) : THEENVELOPE
40
G.I.'s mail drop : APO
42
"Twelfth Night" duke : ORSINO
43
Malodorous critter : POLECAT
47
Mexican revolutionary played by Brando : ZAPATA
51
"___, please" (operator's request) : ONEMOMENT
54
18 oz., maybe, on a cereal box : NETWT
55
Hardware store boxful : SCREWS
56
Springsteen's birthplace of song : USA
58
Gerber eater : TOT
59
Old salt's direction : THAR
60
"___, please!" (Henny Youngman's request) : TAKEMYWIFE
64
Past the golf pin, say : LONG
65
Direction from L.A. to K.C. : ENE
66
Band with the 1975 #1 hit "One of These Nights" : EAGLES
67
Ferrara family name : ESTE
68
Blazed a trail : LED
69
Dada, to many : NONART
Down
1
With 45-Down, something not to criticize : SACRED
2
Ernest Borgnine title role : MCHALE
3
___ FireBall (hot candy) : ATOMIC
4
Job for a tailor : RIP
5
Rejoinder to "'tain't!" : TIS
6
Collects splinters, so to speak : SITS
7
Embroidery loop : PICOT
8
Just fine : AOK
9
Fraternity hopeful : RUSHEE
10
Beethoven keyboard work : SONATA
11
Like poisonous mushrooms : INEDIBLE
12
Seat of Nassau County, N.Y. : MINEOLA
13
Less lenient : STERNER
18
401(k) alternative : IRA
23
Fangorn in "The Lord of the Rings," e.g. : ENT
25
Jedi enemy : SITH
26
Falco who played Carmela on "The Sopranos" : EDIE
28
Familial diagrams : TREES
30
Bard's before : ERE
33
"I can't sing ___" : ANOTE
34
TiVo, for one : DVR
36
Broad-minded : TOLERANT
37
Taylor who said "I do" eight times : LIZ
38
___ equal footing : ONAN
39
Wearer of a triple tiara : POPE
40
Last Supper guest : APOSTLE
41
Some rainwear : PONCHOS
44
Come into prominence : EMERGE
45
See 1-Down : COW
46
Dutch brew : AMSTEL
48
The Scourge of God : ATTILA
49
Get-one-free deal : TWOFER
50
Swear (to) : ATTEST
52
Microwaved, slangily : NUKED
53
"The Waste Land" monogram : TSE
57
Grace ender : AMEN
61
"I'd like to buy ___, Pat" : ANE
62
Hoopster ___ Ming : YAO
63
Chicago Cubs' station : WGN

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later.

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