------------------ Thursday, July 23, 2009 Puzzle by Gary & Stephen Kennedy, edited by Will Shortz WHO LET THE DOGS OUT (7D. Hit song from 2000 … and a hint to 10 symmetrically arranged Across answers) and the imaginary entries of hotdog, Devil Dog, alpha dog, dog-ear, dog tag, dog catcher, dog breeder, lucky dog, salty dog, dog-eat-dog via the omission of DOG in the entries of HOT (1. Show-off); DEVIL (9. U.S. Marine); ALPHA (15. Leader of the pack); CATCHER (34. Animal control officer); EAR (36. Folded corner); TAG (46. G.I.’s ID); BREEDER (47. Person who raises and sells pups); LUCKY (70. One falling into good fortune); SALTY (72. Old sailor); EAT (74. Cutthroat). All very shaggy! Two sets of cross-referenced entries, MADE IN / USSR (4D. With “the” and 32-Across, describing an old Matryoshka doll) and POR / EJEMPLO (37D. With 48-Down, for example, south of the border) are the next longest entries, followed by five of seven -- CAVE ART (34D. Lascaux paintings, e.g.); KASHMIR (23D. K2 locale); REGALES (56A. Entertains); SATIRIC (8D. Mocking, in a way); VISCERA (25A. Innards). Six-letter -- EXACTA (51D. Firs-and-second bet); INURES (12D. Habituates); LESSER (13D. Inferior); MAGLEV (20A. Bullet train type); MENTAL (52D. A little nuts); MODEL A (38A. 1927-31 Ford); OPEN UP (60A. Cry that may accompany pounding); 42A. Alexander PETROV, Russian who popularized a chess opening; SAMOAS (50D. Some Girl Scout cookies); VIXENS (11D. She-foxes); ZEPHYR (54D. Feature of a pleasant summer day). Five -- AT ALL (69A. One bit); DEPOT (18A. End of the line, e.g.); ELEVS (5D. Hgts.); LEXUS (19A. Auto debut of 1989); LOCKE (57D. “Two Treatises of Government” writer); MEOWS (4A. Manx cries); OCTAL (64A. Using base8); OTTER (73A. Animal in a lodge); OVINE (16A. Like some flocks); POACH (55A. Steal); SIT-IN (28A. Certain occupation); ZONED (54A. Plotted for urban uses). Short stuff -- ACT and ALT, AGED, Get A JOB, ALLY, ANA, ATMS, AXES, COAT, DOLE, ERIN, EON and ETON, ERS, EVE, HARM, Dies IRAE, KNEE, KURD, LAME, LIKE, LVII, MAN, NOSE, OLE Miss, ONEA, OPP, OTIS (31A. Milo‘s canine pal), PATH, PELT, RBIS, REBA, REN (17A. Neurotic cartoon character), ROME and ROSE, SEMI, SNL, STEP, TANG, TORT, TROI, ULNA. Who let the dogs out?!…HERE!!!
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Remaining clues -- Across: 14. “Wheel of Fortune” purchase; 22. Go for; 24. Hosp. locations; 27. Common sports injury site; 33. “Star Trek” empath; 37. Trail; 44. Hibernia; 49. City containing a country; 50. Big rig; 55. Cans; 58. “Holy moly!”; 59. 20 places?; 71. NBC-TV inits. Down: 1. Damage; 2. Ready to serve; 3. Kraft Foods drink; 6. Antonym: Abbr.; 9. Loser to Clinton; 10. The 31st vis-à-vis the 1st, e.g.; 21. Super Bowl of 2023; 26. Mac, e.g.; 27. Many a Kirkuk resident; 28. Dance bit; 30. Injury, in law; 35. Long, long time; 39. Cornwallis’s school; 40. Pricey fabric; 41. Yellowing, maybe; 43. Parts of box scores: Abbr.; 45. Sitcom with the character B.J.; 49. Shot up; 61. It has two holes; 62. Arms runner?; 63. Stone, e.g.; 65. PC key; 67. Not delay.