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New York Times, Wednesday, September 14, 2011

2004 movie featuring a clash of sci-fi species

Author:
Jeff Chen
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Jeff Chen

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQXZ} Spans: 2 Grid has repeated answers This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Chen. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jim Horne notes:

This is the 15th Shortz-era puzzle with repeated answer words, and its SPY vs SPY gimmick is one of my favorites. Here's the complete list.

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© 2011, The New York Times9/14/11 ( No. 22,590 )

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Across
1
Foe of 71-Across in Mad magazine : SPY
4
Slaps on : DAUBS
9
Mass seating : PEWS
13
Some round components : ALES
15
"There, there" : ITSOK
16
Stack server : IHOP
17
Genetics-or-environment debate : NATUREVSNURTURE
20
Utensil drawer compartment : KNIVES
21
Like guns and dump trucks, over and over : RELOADED
22
Brewskis : SUDS
24
Shade of blue : SKY
25
"And ___ Was," 1985 Talking Heads song : SHE
28
Decathlete's implement : POLE
30
Brute : SAVAGE
35
Discovery Channel survival show : MANVSWILD
38
"___ Theme" (1965 soundtrack tune) : LARAS
39
Piedmont wine town : ASTI
40
Neighbor of St. Kitts : NEVIS
42
Pack down : TAMP
43
Wozniak or Jobs : STEVE
45
Home-seeker's decision : RENTVSBUY
47
Usher in : HERALD
49
___ avis : RARA
50
Bourbon and Beale: Abbr. : STS
51
Get too much sun : FRY
53
Standing O, say : HAND
55
Chewbacca and kin : WOOKIEES
60
Saint of Ávila : TERESA
64
2004 movie featuring a clash of sci-fi species : ALIENVSPREDATOR
66
___ diagram (logic illustration) : VENN
67
Wearing a disguise, informally : INCOG
68
Oz creator : BAUM
69
John Lennon's "Dear ___" : YOKO
70
Like some rich soil : LOAMY
71
Foe of 1-Across in Mad magazine : SPY
Down
1
Went under : SANK
2
___ B : PLAN
3
Hairy legend : YETI
4
Decreases gradually : DIESDOWN
5
Off-roader, for short : ATV
6
"Evil empire" initials : USSR
7
Our 206 : BONES
8
Moves furtively : SKULKS
9
Falafel holder : PITA
10
Israel's Olmert : EHUD
11
Sported : WORE
12
Rushed : SPED
14
Some 4WD rides : SUVS
18
Opts not to be discharged : REUPS
19
Word before pain or treatment : ROYAL
23
More cagey : SLIER
25
Chart-topper : SMASH
26
Rush : HASTE
27
Reply to a knock : ENTER
29
Young migratory fish : ELVER
31
Brewery lineup : VATS
32
Many Semites : ARABS
33
Full range : GAMUT
34
Cable TV sports awards : ESPYS
36
South-of-the-border cheer starter : VIVA
37
Washington of jazz : DINAH
41
Generalship : STRATEGY
44
Pixieish : ELFIN
46
Like a windmill : VANED
48
Austin Powers foe : DREVIL
52
Kind of question on a survey : YESNO
54
Ho-hum : DRAB
55
Like moiré patterns : WAVY
56
Land O'Lakes product : OLEO
57
"Old MacDonald" sound : OINK
58
Popular bar game : KENO
59
Adoption advocacy org. : SPCA
61
Itinerary data, briefly : ETAS
62
Alternative to salad : SOUP
63
Camp group : ARMY
65
CD-___ : ROM

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

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