New York Times, Monday, January 10, 2011

Author: James Tuttle
Editor: Will Shortz
James Tuttle
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 40 Missing: {FJQXZ} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Tuttle. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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JimH notes: This puzzle cleverly takes advantage of the shape of the circles used to highlight special squares. Elizabeth C. Gorski did something similar in 2009. So did Michael Shteyman with this innovative 2010 diagramless crossword: PDF, solution.
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© 2011, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Many Eastern Europeans : SLAVS
6. Air passage : DUCT
10. Tiff : SPAT
14. "Good Will Hunting" star Matt : DAMON
15. Arthur with a Queens stadium named after him : ASHE
16. Bread for a gyro : PITA
17. BP gas brand : AMOCO
18. Wife of Jacob : LEAH
19. "___ See for Miles" (song by the Who) : ICAN
20. One place to follow the object named in the circled letters (reading left to right) : KARAOKESCREEN
23. A/C stat : BTU
24. Hannibal ___, vice president under Abraham Lincoln : HAMLIN
26. Golf peg : TEE
29. Artist whose 1999 hit "Smooth" was #1 for 12 weeks : SANTANA
32. These, in Tours : CES
34. Zenith : ACME
36. Untruth : LIE
37. Something with x and y axes : GRAPH
39. Roughen in cold weather : CHAP
40. ___ Highway (route through Whitehorse, Yukon) : ALCAN
43. Scottish hillside : BRAE
44. Ancient Asia Minor region : IONIA
46. Medical care grp. : HMO
47. Buy's opposite : SELL
48. Sleuth, in slang : TEC
49. Computer game with virtual people : THESIMS
53. Be sick : AIL
54. Old-fashioned paper copies : DITTOS
56. Carrier to Copenhagen : SAS
58. Another place to follow the object named in the circled letters : PINGPONGTABLE
64. E-mail filter's target : SPAM
66. Jacques of "Mon Oncle" : TATI
67. Governed : RULED
68. Top of the head : PATE
69. Get ___ the ground floor : INON
70. Had a role on stage : ACTED
71. Wowed : AWED
72. "___ On Down the Road" ("The Wiz" song) : EASE
73. Like mosquitoes : PESKY
1. Pierre's state: Abbr. : SDAK
2. Buddhist monk : LAMA
3. Love, in 51-Down : AMOR
4. Words, informally : VOCAB
5. Haughty sorts : SNOOTS
6. Cowgirl Evans : DALE
7. Puts to work : USES
8. Dance related to the mambo : CHACHA
9. Iran's capital : TEHRAN
10. Sales talk : SPIEL
11. Outdoor eating place where you might lay a blanket : PICNICAREA
12. One thing ___ time : ATA
13. Brown from the beach : TAN
21. ___ Lumpur, Malaysia : KUALA
22. Slate, e.g., briefly : EMAG
25. Katmandu native : NEPALI
26. Unspoken, as an understanding : TACIT
27. Reverberated : ECHOED
28. Release from slavery : EMANCIPATE
30. Nothing : NIL
31. Computer whizzes : TECHS
33. Turtle's "home" : SHELL
35. Prefix with center : EPI
38. Gridiron carriers: Abbr. : RBS
41. French friend : AMI
42. Note on a Chinese menu : NOMSG
45. Abbr. before a name on top of a memo : ATTN
50. Immobilize : HOGTIE
51. Madrid's land, to natives : ESPANA
52. Minor despot : SATRAP
55. Measured by a stopwatch : TIMED
57. Worcestershire ___ : SAUCE
59. Siouan people : OTOS
60. WXY, on a phone : NINE
61. Sandwiches that are definitely not kosher, in brief : BLTS
62. Onionlike soup ingredient : LEEK
63. Spin zone? : EDDY
64. Place to get a mudbath or massage : SPA
65. Furry foot : PAW

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