New York Times, Saturday, December 13, 2008

Author: Frank Longo
Editor: Will Shortz
Frank Longo
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 66, Blocks: 32 Missing: {JQXZ} Spans: 5, (1 triple stack) This is puzzle # 87 for Mr. Longo. NYT links: Across Lite

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Across Down
1. Like icing : ILLEGAL
8. Alternative to Best Buy or Circuit City : COMPUSA
15. What I may become : ROYALWE
16. Vast : OCEANIC
17. Payback factor : ACCRUEDINTEREST
19. What a destroyer might destroy : TORPEDOBOAT
20. Tony's portrayer on "NYPD Blue" : ESAI
21. Bloomingdale's rival : NORDSTROM
26. Letters used to avoid listing : ETC
29. Between green and black, say : RIPE
30. Desert Storm defenses : PATRIOTMISSILES
38. Bathroom buzzers : ELECTRICSHAVERS
39. When many people are off : NATIONALHOLIDAY
40. Fort Worth's ___ Carter Museum : AMON
41. Thimblerig thing : PEA
42. Jack : LONGGREEN
48. Really tough task : BEAR
52. Pulsar, e.g. : RADIOSOURCE
55. Verifiable claim : STATEMENTOFFACT
59. Explosive measure : KILOTON
60. Tradesman : CRAFTER
61. "No thanks" : ILLPASS
62. Killer of Greedo in a sci-fi film : HANSOLO
1. Close to erupting : IRATE
2. Crackpots : LOCOS
3. Biker's wear : LYCRA
4. Shrill : EARPIERCING
5. Something to bond with : GLUE
6. Floored : AWED
7. Baited : LEDON
8. Musician Oberst or playwright McPherson : CONOR
9. The planets, e.g. : OCTAD
10. Makeup of some team schedules : MEETS
11. Thing to shoot for : PAR
12. "___ Grosse Légume" (Orson Welles novel) : UNE
13. Certain twin : SIS
14. Production part : ACT
18. Nigerian native : IBO
22. Many quiz show fans : TRIVIABUFFS
23. Very upset : RILED
24. Work with choruses : OPERA
25. Tough to sort out : MESSY
27. Tenor Schipa : TITO
28. Hokey jokes : CORN
30. Like correctional facilities : PENAL
31. ___ Bowl : ALAMO
32. Sitting Bull's tongue : TETON
33. Cancún kinswoman : TIA
34. Year in which Middle English began, by tradition : MCL
35. Book closer? : ISH
36. Search for 37-Downs : SHOP
37. See 36-Down : SALE
43. Anna player in "Anna Karenina," 1935 : GRETA
44. 1990s president of the Philippines : RAMOS
45. They're pristine : EDENS
46. German magazine article : EIN
47. Step : NOTCH
49. Calliope relative : ERATO
50. Gradually quickening, in mus. : ACCEL
51. Fashionably nostalgic : RETRO
53. Marsh bird : SORA
54. Blink ___ eye : OFAN
55. Boot attachment : SKI
56. 1961 hit song for the Angels : TIL
57. Each, in scores : ALL
58. Eclipse : TOP

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