New York Times, Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Author: Chuck Deodene
Editor: Will Shortz
Chuck Deodene
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JQXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 38 for Mr. Deodene. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Across Down
1. Semidomed area : APSE
5. Constellation with the star Rigel : ORION
10. Smidgens : DABS
14. Mecca for oenophiles : NAPA
15. Like a drag revue : CAMPY
16. ___-B : ORAL
17. Fabric store employees? : SWATCHTEAM
19. "Me neither" : NORI
20. "Nixon in China" role : MAO
21. Sculptor Jean : ARP
22. Fed in pursuit of counterfeiters : TMAN
23. Repair for a torn pullover? : PATCHONTHEBACK
27. ___ esprit (witty one) : BEL
28. Set of parts awaiting assembly : KIT
29. Bothersome : PESKY
30. Org. that oversees American athletes : USOC
32. Gunk : GOO
34. Bro's sibling : SIS
35. Attend a tennis tournament because one is a fan of? : GOTOTHEMATCHFOR
41. "La Femme Nikita" director Besson : LUC
42. Serengeti herd member : GNU
43. Vostok 1's Gagarin : YURI
44. Slanted columns? : OPEDS
47. Dallas is in it, for short : NFC
49. Kicker : LEG
50. Cookies baked by Satan? : BATCHOUTOFHELL
55. Ocean predator : ORCA
56. Back-to-school night grp. : PTA
57. E.M.T. hookups : IVS
58. Mineral suffixes : ITES
59. Arrest made on a side street? : ALLEYCATCH
64. Online destination : SITE
65. Sierra ___ : LEONE
66. Grumpy : DOUR
67. Muscular jerks : TICS
68. Harmonizes, as digital devices : SYNCS
69. Form of fencing : EPEE
1. All of the above, e.g.: Abbr. : ANS
2. Claw holder : PAW
3. 2005 Broadway hit based on a 1974 film : SPAMALOT
4. Vex : EATAT
5. Edinburgh exclamation : OCH
6. Turncoat : RAT
7. "To clarify ..." : IMEAN
8. Eye-straining exhibit : OPART
9. Young termite, e.g. : NYMPH
10. Advice to an introvert : DONTBESHY
11. Airborne stimuli : AROMAS
12. President after George : BARACK
13. Toy consisting of 80 feet of wire : SLINKY
18. One making a wake-up call? : COCK
23. Money across the border : PESO
24. Feat for a soprano : HIGHC
25. Plains native : OTOE
26. Monumental : EPIC
27. Flu : BUG
31. Dead-ended investigations : COLDCASES
33. Text messager's "Wow!" : OMG
34. Cram : STUFF
36. Heinie : TUSH
37. ___ Domini : ANNO
38. Period : FULLSTOP
39. Oka River city : OREL
40. Semi : RIG
44. Wind section player : OBOIST
45. Trilogy's midsection : PARTII
46. Yadda, yadda, yadda : ETCETC
48. Fashionable : CHIC
51. Milky gems : OPALS
52. Five-time All-Star second baseman Chase ___ : UTLEY
53. Avian gripper : TALON
54. Sidestep : EVADE
60. S.A.S.E., for one : ENC
61. "Getting to ___" (best-selling business book) : YES
62. What a walk-on awaits : CUE
63. Bygone Eur. realm : HRE

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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