New York Times, Monday, November 29, 2010

Author: Elizabeth A. Long
Editor: Will Shortz
Elizabeth A. Long
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 37 Missing: {JVZ} This is puzzle # 6 for Ms. Long. NYT links: Across Lite

JimH notes: Unusual for a Monday, many people had trouble parsing this theme. The central theme answer is HEAD BAND. The HEAD (that is the front or the first word) of each long answer is the name of a BAND: Queen, Kiss, Traffic, and Cream.
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© 2010, The New York Times
Across Down
1. "___ hands are the devil's tools" : IDLE
5. "Nonsense!" : BOSH
9. Webster of Webster's dictionary : NOAH
13. Do library study : READ
14. Convention center event, for short : EXPO
15. Romance or sci-fi : GENRE
16. Priestly robes : ALBS
17. ___ year (period of 366 days) : LEAP
18. Pitchers : EWERS
19. Wildflower from which the cultivated carrot originated : QUEENANNESLACE
22. "When ___ See You Again" (1974 #2 hit) : WILLI
23. AOL or MSN: Abbr. : ISP
24. Former C.I.A. chief Porter ___ : GOSS
26. Enzyme suffix : ASE
27. Something that is ultimately ruinous : KISSOFDEATH
31. Cincinnati baseball team : REDS
33. Homer Simpson exclamation : DOH
34. Nervous : ANTSY
35. With 37-Across, hair accessory ... or a literal hint to 19-, 27-, 47- and 56-Across : HEAD
37. See 35-Across : BAND
39. ___ point (very center) : FOCAL
42. Kind of sauce : SOY
43. Bank no. : ACCT
47. Orange item set out by a highway crew : TRAFFICCONE
51. "Bali ___" ("South Pacific" song) : HAI
52. It may hit a bull's-eye : DART
53. Nearly worthless amount : SOU
54. Region : REALM
56. Very best : CREAMOFTHECROP
60. Toboggans : SLEDS
61. "Drat!" : PFUI
62. Taj Mahal city : AGRA
63. 11 ___ and spices (KFC secret ingredients) : HERBS
64. German river where American and Soviet forces met in 1945 : ELBE
65. Bridle strap : REIN
66. "___ can you see ...?" : OSAY
67. Marsh plant : REED
68. German three : DREI
1. It started in 2003 with the bombing of Baghdad : IRAQWAR
2. Comic actor Dom : DELUISE
3. Tagged for identification : LABELED
4. 1950s Ford flop : EDSEL
5. Lugosi of horror films : BELA
6. Plow team : OXEN
7. "Cómo está usted?" language : SPANISH
8. [Keeping fingers crossed] : HOPESO
9. Incoming administration's to-do list : NEWAGENDA
10. Minimal paint job : ONECOAT
11. Nabs : ARRESTS
12. "___ Just Not That Into You" (2009 film) : HES
15. Hair goop : GEL
20. Suffix with refuse : NIK
21. Letters on a Coppertone bottle : SPF
25. "Once bitten, twice ___" : SHY
28. Boise's home: Abbr. : IDA
29. Lawn base : SOD
30. Aykroyd of the Blues Brothers : DAN
32. Handed a raw deal from : SHAFTEDBY
36. Santa helper : ELF
37. Hiss accompanier : BOO
38. Literary Rand : AYN
39. Bouquets-to-order co. : FTD
40. Magic 8 Balls, e.g. : ORACLES
41. Classic Porsche model : CARRERA
42. Fight that's less than a brawl : SCUFFLE
44. San Diego footballer : CHARGER
45. Some diet drinks have one : CALORIE
46. Kettledrums : TIMPANI
48. Doctrine : ISM
49. Author James Fenimore : COOPER
50. Before, poetically : ERE
55. Modern greeting form : ECARD
57. Long-eared equine : ASS
58. Toothpaste holder : TUBE
59. Hurried : HIED
60. "___ 'nuff" : SHO

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