New York Times, Thursday, December 13, 2012

Author: Sam Ezersky
Editor: Will Shortz
Sam Ezersky
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 74, Blocks: 34 Missing: {QX} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Ezersky. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

JimH notes: This original grid has four "rebus" squares containing IO. Each crosses a short and a long answer. The short answers fit the clues with either I or O. (I arbitrarily chose to use I in the answers below but you can see that either satisfies the clue.) The long answers use both I and O in that order. So, 14 Across can be either WRITE or WROTE, and 3 Down is SING-SONG VOICE.

DING DONG DITCH at 34 Down is a game where you ring someone's doorbell and run away. It's a favorite each year at the ACPT.
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© 2012, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Lament after a loss, maybe : SOSAD
6. Like un + quatre vis-à-vis deux + trois : EGAL
10. Reduce : SLIM
14. Put to paper : WRITE
15. Partly : SOME
16. Accumulation : PILE
17. Historical record : ANNAL
18. Feature of many a rec room : PINGPONGTABLE
20. Discontinued brand of antidandruff shampoo : TEGRIN
22. Something generally known : NOSECRET
23. Andrea Bocelli's "___ per lei" : VIVO
24. Hearing problems? : TINEARS
25. Like a buzz, say : CLOSECUT
29. ___ Mahal : TAJ
30. Bird: Prefix : AVI
31. Quickly accumulated : RANUP
33. ___ Chair : MADAM
37. What an ellipse's major axis passes through : FOCI
39. Bygone N.F.L.'er : LARAM
41. Teensy bit : MITE
42. Smooths : EVENS
44. College frat with the greatest number of chapter houses (200+) : SIGEP
46. Org. with lots of big shots? : NRA
47. Heart reading, briefly : EKG
49. Not law-related : NONLEGAL
51. Studio : ARTROOM
55. Ilsa in "Casablanca" : LUND
56. Quarantine : SHUTAWAY
58. Big name in travel : ORBITZ
61. 1986 film sequel Razzie-nominated for Worst Visual Effects : KINGKONGLIVES
63. Howe'er : ALTHO
64. Prime window seat : ONEA
65. T. Rex, e.g. : DINO
66. One who knows the neighborhood : LOCAL
67. Regulatory group : FEDS
68. Canadian roadside sign : ESSO
69. Agenda's beginning or end : SCHWA
1. Kind of team : SWAT
2. Department where Camembert cheese is made : ORNE
3. Insincere-sounding speaking style : SINGSONGVOICE
4. Classic consoles : ATARIS
5. Stand's partner : DELIVER
6. Special sight? : ESP
7. Proceed, say : GOIN
8. Cry preceding "Are too!" : AMNOT
9. Walks : LEGSIT
10. 1996 live-action/animated comedy : SPACEJAM
11. Only astrological sign with an inanimate symbol : LIBRA
12. "No One's ___" (Eminem rap) : ILLER
13. Sports events : MEETS
19. Late breakfast time, maybe : TENAM
21. For dieters : NOCAL
25. Establishment that may display a chalkboard : CAFE
26. Ukrainian city, once : LVOV
27. Some: Sp. : UNAS
28. 2006 Winter Olympics city : TURIN
32. When doubled, a Pacific capital : PAGO
34. Kids' doorbell-ringing prank : DINGDONGDITCH
35. Razor brand : ATRA
36. Grace period? : MEAL
38. It's hard to get a reaction out of it : INERTGAS
40. ___ Park, Calif. : MENLO
43. Toaster's output? : SKOAL
45. Dollars and cents, e.g. : PLURALS
48. Attempt to get a mass audience : GOWIDE
50. All together : ENBLOC
51. Want from : ASKOF
52. Major European river : RHINE
53. Sounding good, say : TUNED
54. One of the Staple Singers : MAVIS
57. Aches (for) : YENS
59. Antifreeze? : THAW
60. Novelist who was a childhood friend of Cézanne : ZOLA
62. ___ Canals : SOO

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