New York Times, Saturday, November 29, 2008

Author: Barry C. Silk
Editor: Will Shortz
Barry C. Silk
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 70, Blocks: 28 Missing: {JKQVW} Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry This is puzzle # 31 for Mr. Silk. NYT links: Across Lite

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Across Down
1. Sole deciding issue : LITMUSTEST
11. The sculptures "Cloud Shepherd" and "Coquille Crystals" : ARPS
15. The United States, for one : OCEANLINER
16. Ready to crash : BEAT
17. Angel on one's shoulder : CONSCIENCE
18. Like the Empire State Building : DECO
19. Construe : INTERPRET
20. Net rival : SIXER
21. Bush jumper, informally : ROO
22. It might drip from a crack : SARCASM
24. "Phew!" : MAN
27. Polaroid : SNAP
30. Was vagarious : ROAMED
31. Elvis's "___ of Blues" : AMESS
33. Comic who kills : RIOT
35. Defier of Stalin : TITO
36. Shooter's equipment : DICE
37. Swimming : DIZZY
38. Not taken by : ONTO
39. Letter routing abbr. : ATTN
40. Heckle : RAZZ
41. 20-Across in the Hall of Fame : GREER
42. The devil is often depicted with one : GOATEE
44. Philosopher who promoted logical positivism : AYER
46. Many members of prestigious faculties: Abbr. : DRS
47. Cut down : ABRIDGE
49. Actor Cage, informally : NIC
51. Vile : SLIMY
52. What takes a pit crew down? : MINESHAFT
58. Means of support : CANE
59. Easy to get into : ACCESSIBLE
60. Period of prayer? : AMEN
61. Container at many a cookout : BEERCOOLER
62. Break : REST
63. Rare : SELDOMSEEN
1. Points : LOCI
2. Elvis, e.g. : ICON
3. Safari setup : TENT
4. Electromagnetic wave enhancer : MASER
5. Remove from the lotus position : UNCROSS
6. Get into easily : SLIPON
7. Arena ticket specification : TIER
8. Cousin of -trix : ENNE
9. Some offshoots : SECTS
10. Middle of the afternoon, in Milan : TRE
11. King Edward VIII, e.g. : ABDICATOR
12. Like cold cases for which new evidence arises : REEXAMINED
13. Leader : PACESETTER
14. Added protection against winter weather : STORMDOORS
20. Exceeding capacity, briefly : SRO
23. Like many indie films : ARTY
24. "The eighth continent," to ecologists : MADAGASCAR
25. Question that may be answered "No, you're not responsible" : AMITOBLAME
26. Smooth-skinned fruit : NECTARINES
28. "William Tell" component : ARIA
29. Kind of oven : PIZZA
32. Feeling : SENTIMENT
34. "The Osbournes" dad : OZZY
37. Small remnant : DREG
41. Second American to fly in space : GRISSOM
43. Last name in ice cream : EDY
45. "Oedipe" opera composer, 1936 : ENESCO
48. One making introductory remarks : EMCEE
50. Greek island in the Aegean : CHIOS
53. Place to find fjord explorers: Abbr. : ICEL
54. Square type : NERD
55. Au fait : ABLE
56. Cut out : FLEE
57. Arctic ___ : TERN
59. Trunk supporters : ABS

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