To­day’s Cross­word

The Mercury News Weekend - - PUZZLES - Puz­zle by Ed Sessa

ACROSS 1 Ser­vice calls 6 Emo­tion­ally bother 11 Sonic the Hedge­hog maker 15 Miller’s sales­man 16 Au­di­bly awed 17 Dirt hand­ful 18 Com­monly bristly cover­ing 21 “Set­tle down!” 22 Watch name 23 Black shade 26 Pos­i­tive as­pects 27 Make the cut? 29 Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tion 32 Sock part 33 In­nate abil­i­ties 34 Gins­burg col­league 36 With 37-Across, an apt re­minder 37 See 36-Across 39 Pile 43 Off the plate 46 Mooch 48 SHO sis­ter chan­nel 51 Last-minute dead­line 54 Whal­ing weapon 56 Nar­row in­lets 57 Friend of Frodo 58 Red flag 59 World Her­itage Site org. 61 “Things are dif­fer­ent now” ... and an apt hint to three other an­swers 67 Long-billed wader 68 Like Stout’s Wolfe 69 For­mer Na­tional En­dow­ment for the Hu­man­i­ties chair Ch­eney 70 Great balls of fire 71 Herd but­ters 72 Ra­di­ate DOWN 1 1980s TV ET 2 Call from Mrs. O’Leary’s barn 3 Dingo prey 4 Cop mak­ing a traf­fic stop? 5 Nosy sort 6 Mus­tang’s rate of speed, at times 7 Self­ish­ness 8 Del­i­cacy 9 Sound of dis­ap­proval 10 Spe­cial __ 11 Ponzi schemes, e.g. 12 First­born 13 Like love­struck eyes 14 Pop-up source 19 Rea­sons to take painful steps? 20 Verb in the song “Sloop John B” 23 Mutt’s com­pan­ion 24 “First Lady of Song” 25 Col­or­ful duck 27 Po­lio vac­cine pi­o­neer 28 TV foren­sic se­ries 30 Nasty 31 Cheese go-with 35 “Trou­ble ahead!” 37 “It’s __ fun” 38 Farm crawler 40 Ge­n­e­sis grand­son 41 Wa­ter en un lago 42 Sa­lon of­fer­ing 44 Scin­til­las 45 Short still? 46 Squir­rel away 47 Range on which 7 de­notes neu­tral­ity 48 Strictly speak­ing 49 “Two and a Half Men” beach set­ting 50 Pack with­out an inch to spare 52 First name of a lit­er­ary “Papa” 53 Fam­ily re­union at­ten­dees 55 Per­sist, with “on” 59 Pig­mented eye area 60 Black shade 62 “Sooey!” re­spon­der 63 Blood clas­si­fi­ca­tion let­ters 64 Beast that rhymes with zoo 65 Word with liv­ing or dead 66 When dou­bled, a Ra­mone

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