New York Times, Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Author: Adam G. Perl
Editor: Will Shortz
Adam G. Perl
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {CJKVWZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 19 for Mr. Perl. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

JimH notes: x + y = 16 and x - y = 4, so substituting...
x = 4 + y
y + (4 + y) = 16
y + y = 16 - 4
2y = 12, so y = 6
x + 6 = 16, so x = 10
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Across Down
1. Goose egg : BAGEL
6. "Major" beast : URSA
10. Porter's regretful Miss : OTIS
14. From Basra, say : IRAQI
15. Time to stuff stockings : NOEL
16. [sigh] : AHME
17. Start of an algebra problem : XPLUSYISSIXTEEN
20. Toby filler : ALE
21. To ___ (perfectly) : ATEE
22. Heating option : GAS
23. Least fresh : TRITEST
27. Throw one's support behind : ENDORSE
29. "___ nerve!" : SOME
30. Poet with a "fanatic's heart" : YEATS
32. Passage preventers, often : NAYS
33. Québec assent : OUI
34. Jettison : TOSS
35. Outgoing flight stat : ETD
36. The rest of the algebra problem : XMINUSYISFOUR
41. Kitty : POT
42. "L'___ c'est moi" : ETAT
43. Alternative to Yahoo! : AOL
45. It has feathers and flies : DART
47. Black Sabbath's genre : METAL
49. Benchmarks: Abbr. : STDS
50. Think tank types : IDEAMEN
52. Like stir-fry : SAUTEED
54. Meditation sounds : OMS
55. One-in-a-million : RARE
57. Messenger ___ : RNA
58. Answer to the algebra problem : XISTENANDYISSIX
64. Steaming : IRED
65. Causes of some celebrity clashes : EGOS
66. Link with : TIETO
67. Fictional Flanders and Devine : NEDS
68. Kind of day for a competitive cyclist : REST
69. Historic English county : ESSEX
1. Beiderbecke of jazz : BIX
2. Dadaist Jean : ARP
3. Guy's mate : GAL
4. Regard as identical : EQUATE
5. Fine cotton thread : LISLE
6. Prefix with -form : UNI
7. Parks in front of a bus? : ROSA
8. Sonnet part : SESTET
9. Xenophobes' fear : ALIENS
10. Muesli morsel : OAT
11. Mrs. Robinson's movie : THEGRADUATE
12. "Fine with me" : IMEASY
13. Classic quintet : SENSES
18. Response to "Who, me?" : YESYOU
19. Marked, in a way : XED
23. Menu general : TSO
24. Gumbo thickener : ROUX
25. "Wow!" : IMIMPRESSED
26. Actress Harper of "No Country for Old Men" : TESS
28. Savvy about : ONTO
31. Until now : ASYET
34. Cause of a boom and bust? : TNT
35. Young newt : EFT
37. Smidge : IOTA
38. "Take ___ a sign" : ITAS
39. Subject of a cap, in sports : SALARY
40. Didn't go by foot : RODE
44. "Dropped" drug : LSD
45. Compound in Agent Orange : DIOXIN
46. Venerate : ADMIRE
47. More Scroogelike : MEANER
48. Tee off : ENRAGE
49. Equilibrium : STASIS
51. Battlefield fare: Abbr. : MRE
53. Pull together : UNITE
56. Slaughter in baseball : ENOS
59. Some highlight reel features, for short : TDS
60. Summer hrs. : DST
61. Parisian's possessive : SES
62. Ore suffix : ITE
63. Affectionate sign-off : XOX

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