New York Times, Thursday, January 2, 2014

Author: Todd Gross
Editor: Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 70, Blocks: 32 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 9 for Mr. Gross. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

Todd Gross notes: I first tried this puzzle on Peter Gordon in March of 2012. He liked the theme idea, but didn't like that every theme entry would ... more
Will Shortz notes: Sometimes I think every possible Thursday gimmick must have been used by now ... but, no. Great new ideas, like today's, keep ... more
Jeff Chen notes: Man oh man, it took me forever to cotton to this very innovative theme. Five theme answers are quasi-literal interpretations of ... more
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1. Some support beams : IBARS
6. 100% : ALL
9. Key of Chopin's Polonaise No. 6 : AFLAT
14. Hit the highlights : RECAP
15. Husband and wife, e.g. : DUO
16. Sponge : MOOCH
17. Food or drink dispensers : VENDINGMACHINES
19. ___ to the top : ARACE
20. First word in the English lyrics of "Frère Jacques" : ARE
21. Nick of "The Deep" : NOLTE
22. Kind of cartridge : TONER
23. Burning the midnight oil : UPLATE
25. Like virtually all gold medalists in Olympic table tennis : CHINESE
27. Science of light : OPTICS
28. Lads : SHAVERS
29. Performs, in the Bible : DOETH
30. Shimmery silks : MOIRES
31. "You ___" (2011 Lady Gaga song) : ANDI
32. Robert Frost poem that includes "Good fences make good neighbors" : MENDINGWALL
33. Three-toed runners : EMUS
37. Designed (for) : GEARED
39. Yoga pose that strengthens the abs : PLANK
40. Pope who declared "I am a sinner. This is the most accurate definition" : FRANCIS
42. With skill and grace : DEFTLY
43. Hog : GLUTTON
44. Ignoring : DEAFTO
45. Maid on "The Jetsons" : ROSIE
46. ___ squash : ACORN
48. Sea eggs : ROE
50. Sci-fi novelist ___ Scott Card : ORSON
51. Taking liberties : BENDINGTHERULES
53. Mock attack : FEINT
54. "Star Trek" prosthesis : EAR
55. Oceanward : TOSEA
56. Tour de France stage : ETAPE
57. Board member: Abbr. : DIR
58. Full of spunk : SASSY
1. "___ la Douce" : IRMA
2. Relate to : BEARUPON
3. Successful, as an applicant : ACCEPTED
4. Sound of support : RAH
5. Ingredient in Florentine dishes : SPINACH
6. "Someone Like You" singer : ADELE
7. Hircosity : LUST
8. 1968 #1 hit for the Supremes : LOVECHILD
9. Feeling romantic : AMATIVE
10. Going without help : FENDINGFORONESELF
11. Car not in a garage : LOANER
12. Gatekeeper's grant : ACCESS
13. "Voilà!" : THERE
18. Forget-me-___ : NOTS
24. Future court case : PENDINGLITIGATION
26. Mistreatment : HARM
27. ___ Mae ("Ghost" role) : ODA
28. Parts of clogs : SOLES
30. Softened up, in a way : MARINATED
32. Where Snickers, Skittles and Starburst are manufactured : WACO
34. Crash pad? : MATTRESS
35. Frees : UNLOOSES
36. It goes around the world : SKY
38. Diplomatic agreement : ENTENTE
39. Inconsequential stuff : PEANUTS
40. Little bloom : FLORET
41. Don's place : RUSSIA
42. Charlie Chan's creator Earl ___ Biggers : DERR
43. "Grand Canyon Suite" composer : GROFE
44. Red Sox Hall-of-Famer Bobby : DOERR
47. Tea type : CHAI
49. Company with a 1998 Nasdaq I.P.O. that hired its first employee in 1996 : EBAY
52. Mauna ___ : LOA

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