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New York Times, Monday, September 23, 1996

Author:
S. L. Robbins
Editor:
Will Shortz
55-Across : Space-efficient floor connector
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Sidney L. Robbins

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JKQZ} Spans: 3 This is puzzle # 201 for Mr. Robbins.
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© 1996, The New York Times9/23/96 ( No. 17,121 )
Across
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Free-for-all : MELEE
6
Welshman or Scot : CELT
10
Paint unskillfully : DAUB
14
Critical, as a shortage : ACUTE
15
Seaweed product : AGAR
16
Florence's river : ARNO
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Eastern ascetic : WHIRLINGDERVISH
20
Kennedy matriarch : ROSE
21
Lover's sounds : COOS
22
Downy duck : EIDER
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It's "big" in London : BEN
24
Venomous vipers : ADDERS
25
Insincere sentimentality : BATHOS
29
Cries one's eyes out : BAWLS
31
Of bees : APIAN
32
French capital, in song : PAREE
33
Man of tomorrow : BOY
36
Daytime serial since 1956 : ASTHEWORLDTURNS
39
One born in early August : LEO
40
Carved gem : CAMEO
41
Speck : TRACE
42
Whalers and such : SHIPS
43
Drinking spree : BENDER
44
"Scram!" : BEATIT
47
Remote : FAR
48
Lumberjack : AXMAN
49
Employer : USER
51
Money-losing proposition : SCAM
55
Space-efficient floor connector : SPIRALSTAIRCASE
58
Mailed : SENT
59
Leave out : OMIT
60
Harbor : HAVEN
61
Ransom, the car maker : OLDS
62
Part of V.F.W. : WARS
63
Mountain nymph : OREAD
Down
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Bryn ___ College : MAWR
2
Canyon feature : ECHO
3
"The Bridge of San ___ Rey" : LUIS
4
To be, in Picardy : ETRE
5
Conger : EEL
6
Church law : CANON
7
Frozen waffle brand : EGGO
8
Youngsters : LADS
9
Uno, due, ___ : TRE
10
St. ___ (famous Welsh cathedral) : DAVIDS
11
Take for ___ : ARIDE
12
Racer Al : UNSER
13
Family of Danish physicists : BOHRS
18
Hot-weather desserts : ICES
19
Outstanding, as a day : REDLETTER
23
Fine dinnerware : BONECHINA
24
Quite impressed : AWED
25
False god : BAAL
26
Church nook : APSE
27
Yugoslav hero : TITO
28
"So there!" : HAH
29
Uncovers : BARES
30
Singer Guthrie : ARLO
32
Grand display : POMP
33
Slender nail : BRAD
34
Fairy tale starter : ONCE
35
River to the North Sea : YSER
37
Linger : WAIT
38
Coffee server : URN
42
Race openers : STARTS
43
Italian port on the Adriatic : BARI
44
Deep-voiced singer : BASSO
45
Oust : EXPEL
46
"___ is a terrible thing to waste" : AMIND
47
Achievements : FEATS
49
West Point inits. : USMA
50
Agitate : STIR
51
Capone feature : SCAR
52
Grotto : CAVE
53
Out of port : ASEA
54
Darn : MEND
56
Near the ground : LOW
57
Sigma's predecessor : RHO

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