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New York Times, Monday, December 19, 2011

Author: Richard Chisholm
Editor: Will Shortz
Richard Chisholm
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {QXZ} This is puzzle # 31 for Mr. Chisholm. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Across Down
1. Prego alternative : RAGU
5. Officials who cry "Steee-rike!" : UMPS
9. Prize won by Roosevelt, Wilson, Carter and Obama : NOBEL
14. Hertz rival : AVIS
15. Emperor said to have fiddled while Rome burned : NERO
16. Speechify : ORATE
17. Jazz jargon : JIVE
18. Young girls in Glasgow : WEELASSIES
20. Commercial suffix with Gator : ADE
21. ___ and crafts : ARTS
22. Cuts calories : DIETS
23. Religion of the Koran : ISLAM
25. Ambience : AURA
26. First words of the Constitution : WETHEPEOPLE
29. Air safety org. : FAA
32. Letter-shaped construction pieces : IBARS
33. Stenographers' needs : NOTEPADS
35. Speck of dust : MOTE
36. Stair parts : STEPS
38. Have ___ with : ANIN
39. Homer Simpson's favorite meat item : PORKCHOP
41. Tree-lined way, in France : ALLEE
42. Cloud's locale : SKY
43. Polite assent in Paris : OUIMONSIEUR
46. The "I" in I.B.M.: Abbr. : INTL
47. Quaint denial : TISNT
48. "Amazing" magician : RANDI
50. Not straight : BENT
51. ___ Aviv : TEL
54. Piece of Nintendo game equipment : WIICONSOLE
56. 18-wheeler : SEMI
57. Madison Avenue exec : ADMAN
58. Pinball game ender : TILT
59. Overly demure : PRIM
60. Pond swimmers : GEESE
61. Stratagem : PLOY
62. Concerning : ASTO
1. Indian prince : RAJA
2. Fervent : AVID
3. Encouragement after "Go on" : GIVEITATRY
4. Function : USE
5. Open, as a present : UNWRAP
6. What to do "in St. Louis," in an old song : MEETME
7. Roosevelt, Wilson, Carter or Obama: Abbr. : PRES
8. Note after fa : SOL
9. "Fuhgeddaboudit!" : NOSIREE
10. By land ___ : ORSEA
11. Worms, in fishing : BAIT
12. Summers in France : ETES
13. ___ Brown and His Band of Renown : LES
19. Grown-ups : ADULTS
21. Pub offerings : ALES
24. Ogre in love with Princess Fiona : SHREK
25. Each : APOP
26. Wusses : WIMPS
27. Kindle download : EBOOK
28. End of lunchtime, often : ONEPM
29. Items filling a star's mailbox : FANLETTERS
30. Formal goodbye : ADIEU
31. Ed of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" : ASNER
34. Politico Sarah : PALIN
36. Confined : SHUTIN
37. Drudgery : TOIL
40. Overlook, as something that's illegal : CONDONE
41. Aide: Abbr. : ASST
44. Verdi opera based on a Shakespeare play : OTELLO
45. The number XC : NINETY
46. Ancient Andeans : INCAS
48. Hitchhike, e.g. : RIDE
49. "Je t'___" (French words of affection) : AIME
50. Heat to 212° : BOIL
52. Radiate : EMIT
53. "Stretch" car : LIMO
54. Joker : WAG
55. Racecar fuel additive : STP
56. Where folks get into hot water : SPA

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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