New York Times, Monday, December 22, 2014

Author: Lynn Lempel
Editor: Will Shortz
Lynn Lempel
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
6912/9/197912/22/20141
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
54992130
ScrabbleRebusCirclePangramPre-WS
1.610412

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {QZ} This is puzzle # 69 for Ms. Lempel. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

Puzzazz
Lynn Lempel notes: It's often hard to remember what actually triggered a puzzle. In this case, I think I was pondering 'crossings,' like RR ... more
Jeff Chen notes: Nice start to the week from Lynn, featuring four PED XINGs, literally the PED trio of letters crossing in four corners (as ... more
1
E
2
L
3
I
4
D
5
E
6
C
7
A
8
M
9
P
10
J
11
A
12
G
13
R
E
M
U
S
14
A
S
I
A
15
P
U
L
L
16
G
A
P
E
S
17
S
H
A
R
18
P
E
D
G
E
19
S
P
E
D
A
20
W
A
Y
21
M
E
D
I
A
N
22
D
A
Y
O
23
R
E
A
R
24
S
25
N
I
T
26
N
27
O
28
T
E
S
29
O
30
B
31
I
32
T
33
T
O
M
E
34
S
35
R
E
M
A
36
P
37
R
N
A
38
O
W
E
39
P
40
E
D
X
I
N
G
41
A
P
R
42
R
A
N
43
F
L
E
A
S
44
A
45
S
K
E
D
46
M
Y
T
47
H
48
E
R
N
S
49
T
50
E
E
N
Y
51
O
52
R
C
S
53
E
54
A
R
P
55
S
56
T
57
O
P
I
T
58
S
59
T
A
M
P
E
60
D
61
E
62
P
I
P
E
D
R
63
E
A
M
64
A
I
D
E
S
65
A
V
I
D
66
I
S
L
E
67
S
C
A
M
P
68
R
O
E
69
C
O
E
N
70
S
O
L
O
N
© 2014, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Slur over, as a syllable : ELIDE
6. ___ David (presidential retreat) : CAMP
10. Boozer's binge : JAG
13. Uncle who told Br'er Rabbit tales : REMUS
14. Where China and India are : ASIA
15. Push's opposite : PULL
16. Stares open-mouthed : GAPES
17. What a whetstone gives a knife : SHARPEDGE
19. Hurriedly left by car : SPEDAWAY
21. Highway divider : MEDIAN
22. Repeated word in "The Banana Boat Song" : DAYO
23. Derrière : REAR
24. Pique performance? : SNIT
26. Jottings : NOTES
29. Write-up on the recently deceased : OBIT
33. Weighty books : TOMES
35. Survey anew : REMAP
37. Genetic stuff : RNA
38. Be behind in bills : OWE
39. Something often seen on a street corner, briefly ... or, literally, something seen in each corner of this puzzle : PEDXING
41. Follower of Mar. : APR
42. Hurried : RAN
43. Fido tormentors : FLEAS
44. Quizzed : ASKED
46. Story set on Mount Olympus, e.g. : MYTH
48. Dadaist Max : ERNST
50. "___, meeny, miney, mo ..." : EENY
51. Ugly Middle-earth creatures : ORCS
53. Gunslinger Wyatt : EARP
55. "Enough!" : STOPIT
58. Panicky onrush : STAMPEDE
62. Wishful fantasy : PIPEDREAM
64. Helpers around the House, say : AIDES
65. Gung-ho : AVID
66. Capri, for one : ISLE
67. Rapscallion : SCAMP
68. Fish eggs : ROE
69. Director Joel or Ethan : COEN
70. Wise man : SOLON
1. Measures of work, in physics : ERGS
2. High jump : LEAP
3. Roadblock : IMPEDIMENT
4. What a pregnant woman or a library book has : DUEDATE
5. Op-ed piece, e.g. : ESSAY
6. Hidalgo home : CASA
7. Like a post-volcanic landscape : ASHY
8. Hamm in the National Soccer Hall of Fame : MIA
9. Cheese to sprinkle on spaghetti : PARMESAN
10. Dame Dench : JUDI
11. Simple aquatic plant : ALGA
12. Narrow valley : GLEN
15. Martinez with three Cy Young Awards : PEDRO
18. Split-___ soup : PEA
20. Got the gold : WON
23. Neglectful : REMISS
24. Attack violently, as a fortress : STORM
25. "Can't be done!" : NOWAY
27. Buys on Amazon, say : ORDERS
28. Lyndon Johnson or George W. Bush : TEXAN
30. It may bring you to a screeching halt : BRAKEPEDAL
31. How many forms are filled out : INPEN
32. Late : TARDY
34. Beach lotion letters : SPF
36. Links org. : PGA
40. Thrilling : ELECTRIC
45. Title cop played by Al Pacino in 1973 : SERPICO
47. Had aspirations : HOPED
49. Lipton product : TEA
52. Free (of) : RID
54. Gather : AMASS
55. Practice boxing : SPAR
56. Recorder for couch potatoes : TIVO
57. Mayberry boy : OPIE
58. Post-Christmas store event : SALE
59. Feds who catch counterfeiters : TMEN
60. Floor model, often : DEMO
61. Channel with many game highlights : ESPN
63. That: Sp. : ESO

Found bugs or have suggestions?

Previous puzzle | Next