New York Times, Thursday, December 15, 2011

Author: Jim Hilger
Editor: Will Shortz
Jim Hilger
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {QXZ} This is puzzle # 6 for Mr. Hilger. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

Notepad: Parts of 15 answers in this puzzle are missing, in a manner for you to discover.
JimH notes: TOP is missing from the three answers at the top, BOTTOM from the bottom, and SIDE from both sides. In addition, MIDDLE is missing from three answers in the center row.
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© 2011, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Company's numero uno : TOPBANANA
7. Bit of dance attire for Fred Astaire : TOPHAT
10. Elite : TOPTIER
14. Toyota sedan : AVALON
15. Recipient of three consecutive Hart Trophies : ORR
16. About : ASTO
17. Arsenal, so to speak : REPERTOIRE
19. Opening word of many an Italian letter : CARA
20. Kind of coach: Abbr. : ASST
21. Reveled in : ENJOYED
23. Bypass : EVADE
26. Bitter and sweet : TASTES
28. Key ___ : FOB
29. With 30-Across, they started in 1969 : SALT
30. See 29-Across : TALKS
34. Some shot targets : FLUS
36. User of night vision : OWL
37. One-named pop star : SELENA
38. Oil source : MIDDLEEAST
39. Midnight to 4 a.m., at sea : MIDDLEWATCH
41. In the 40s? : MIDDLEAGED
42. Whups : CREAMS
44. Debt doc : IOU
45. Harriet Beecher Stowe novel : DRED
46. ___ verte (green earth pigment) : TERRE
47. Early 26th-century year : MMDI
48. Certain joint : ELL
49. Wrigley product : BIGRED
51. Certain gifts in "The 12 Days of Christmas" : GEESE
53. Trademarked sanitary wipes : WETONES
56. Word with belt or tape : LOOP
58. Michigan college : ALMA
59. Boom-causing, perhaps : SUPERSONIC
64. Fabulist : LIAR
65. ___-pitch : SLO
66. What Cowboy legend Tom Landry sported : FEDORA
67. Often-flooded locale : BOTTOMLAND
68. Hit a low point : BOTTOMOUT
69. Starfish or sea cucumber, e.g. : BOTTOMFEEDER
1. Writing in a box : SIDEBAR
2. Many a Monopoly property: Abbr. : AVE
3. Pile : NAP
4. Following ___ : ALEAD
5. Like the origin of the names for some days of the week : NORSE
6. Pantry problem : ANTS
7. ___ polloi : HOI
8. Check : ARREST
9. Nottingham's river : TRENT
10. Dish often served in a shell : TACOSALAD
11. "My word!" : ISAY
12. To be, at the Louvre : ETRE
13. Way less traveled : SIDEROAD
18. Capital whose name comes from an Algonquin word for "to trade" : OTTAWA
22. Jump on a stage : JETE
23. Drug drawback : SIDEEFFECT
24. 1958 hit that won the first-ever Grammy for Song of the Year : VOLARE
25. Rehab candidate : ABUSER
27. Like the highest high : ALLTIME
29. Disseminates : SOWS
31. Fictional plantation owner : LEGREE
32. Kowtows, say : KNEELS
33. One way to ride a horse : SIDESADDLE
35. Port alternative : STARBOARD
37. Feng ___ : SHUI
40. Overindulge : CODDLE
43. Words after count or let : MEIN
47. "Star Trek" helmsman : MRSULU
50. Painter's preparation : GESSO
51. "Check it out" : GOSEE
52. Lyric poem : EPODE
53. Tire part : SIDEWALL
54. "The South-Sea House" essayist : ELIA
55. No friend of the bootlegger : TMAN
57. "Carmina Burana" composer : ORFF
60. What a big hand often grabs? : POT
61. Make a little mistake : NOD
62. Source of heat : IRE
63. Brandy cocktail : SIDECAR

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