New York Times, Thursday, December 17, 2009

Author: Francis Heaney and Patrick Blindauer
Editor: Will Shortz
Francis Heaney
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Patrick Blindauer
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1.59251

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JQXZ} Featured Will Shortz favorite Grid has repeated answers This is puzzle # 6 for Mr. Heaney. This is puzzle # 34 for Mr. Blindauer. NYT links: Across Lite

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Across Down
1. Gulf competitor : ESSO
5. "What Do You Do With ___ in English?" ("Avenue Q" song) : ABA
8. Preserved, in a way : DRIED
13. Vat waste : LEES
14. Hipster : CAT
15. A Previn : SOONYI
16. Canaanite deity : BAAL
17. Tractor make, briefly : CAT
18. More sumptuously furnished : POSHER
19. No holds barred : ALLOUT
21. Craft that's the subject of this puzzle : NOAHSARK
23. Subject of "Hofmann's Potion" : LSD
25. Finish behind : TRAIL
26. ___ Americano : CAFFE
30. Customarily : OFTEN
32. Physical sound : AHH
35. United hub : OHARE
36. ___ Haskins, 1960s-'70s N.B.A. player : CLEM
37. "___, sing America": Langston Hughes : ITOO
38. Spicy sauce : MOLE
39. PX, e.g. : STORE
40. Line to Penn Sta. : LIRR
41. Marilyn's mark : MOLE
42. Kind of board : COOP
43. It may get food away from a canine : FLOSS
44. Had eggs, e.g. : ATE
45. Mercury and Gemini astronaut, informally : GORDO
46. Forename meaning "born again" : RENEE
47. Old-fashioned "Sweet!" : NEATO
49. Group of pin-heads?: Abbr. : PBA
51. How the passengers went in 21-Across : TWOBYTWO
54. Brute : ANIMAL
59. Paris's Rue de ___ : RIVOLI
60. Frank : DOG
62. National frozen dessert chain : TCBY
63. Penguin from Antarctica : ADELIE
64. Follow relentlessly : DOG
65. Viking foe? : LION
66. Excellence : MERIT
67. Withdrawn : SHY
68. Louis VIII nickname, with "the" : LION
1. Hundred Days campaign planning site : ELBA
2. It makes an impression : SEAL
3. Navy commando : SEAL
4. ___ City Hall, Nobel ceremony locale : OSLO
5. Sales off. folders : ACCTS
6. Sound made while being fleeced? : BAA
7. Envelope abbr. : ATTN
8. James of "Star Trek" : DOOHAN
9. Allen and ___, old comedy duo : ROSSI
10. It fills a chest : INHALATION
11. Loupe user, say : EYER
12. Dagger : DIRK
15. "Puh-leeze!" : SPAREME
20. Title role for a 1997 Oscar nominee : ULEE
22. Sweet frozen treat : OTTERPOP
24. "Billy Bathgate" novelist, 1989 : DOCTOROW
26. "New York, New York" has one : COMMA
27. "What ___!" ("So funny!") : AHOOT
28. Toppled : FALLENOVER
29. Available : FREE
31. Reason for 21-Across : FLOOD
33. Basketball shooting game : HORSE
34. Gymnast's equipment : HORSE
37. "Winnie ___ Pu" : ILLE
39. Certain terrier : SCOTTIE
43. Memorable 1996 hurricane : FRAN
45. Works stocked by a bookstore with a rainbow flag : GAYLIT
48. Locale in a Carlo Levi best seller : EBOLI
50. Loose : BAGGY
51. Vehicle that makes pit stops? : TRAM
52. Like some loads : WIDE
53. 2:1, e.g. : ODDS
55. "___ be all right" : ITLL
56. Early 12th-century year : MCII
57. "Peek-___!" : ABOO
58. "For Better or for Worse" cartoonist Johnston : LYNN
61. "That's gotta hurt!" : OOH

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