New York Times, Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Author: Julian Lim
Editor: Will Shortz
Julian Lim
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 37 Missing: {FJKQVZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 6 for Mr. Lim. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Across Down
1. Serenade, as the moon : HOWLAT
7. 4.0 is a good one : GPA
10. Exam for a future dr. : MCAT
14. Colored part of the iris : AREOLA
15. Contents of some wells : OIL
16. Final measures? : CODA
17. Enter via osmosis : SEEPIN
18. Dems' foe : GOP
19. Baby buggy, to Brits : PRAM
20. *Wish desperately : HOPEAGAINSTHOPE
23. Guarantee : ASSURE
24. 1983 Barbra Streisand musical drama : YENTL
25. Evening for Yves : SOIR
28. *Be worry-free : SLEEPEASY
30. Sample passage : EXCERPT
33. "Riddle-me-___" : REE
34. "You got me there" : NOIDEA
35. Org. with the Sprint Cup Series : NASCAR
40. Letters for a prince or princess : HRH
42. Facebook competitor : MYSPACE
43. *Muhammad Ali ring tactic : ROPEADOPE
48. Caustic cleansers : LYES
49. .454 kg. : ONELB
50. Holy, in Latin phrases : SANCTI
53. *John Constable or Camille Pissarro : LANDSCAPEARTIST
58. "Clair de ___" : LUNE
59. Cell messenger : RNA
60. Like an acrobat's limbs : SUPPLE
61. Indians who gave their name to a state : UTES
62. Whichever : ANY
63. Had dinner at a restaurant : ATEOUT
64. Left at sea : PORT
65. Ovine call : BAA
66. Wear on a sunny day : SHADES
1. Dinner from previous dinners : HASH
2. Modern ice cream flavor : OREO
3. Partner of "read 'em" : WEEP
4. *Like some bunnies and puppies : LOPEARED
5. Not the real name : ALIAS
6. Zesty flavors : TANGS
7. "You can do it!" : GOGIRL
8. Davy Crockett, e.g. : PIONEER
9. Terrain of northern Italy : ALPS
10. Writer John who won a Pulitzer for "Annals of the Former World" : MCPHEE
11. Popular Mexican beer : CORONA
12. Conforms as needed : ADAPTS
13. Without excitement : TAMELY
21. Down Under land: Abbr. : AUST
22. "Go, go, go" sorts : TYPEAS
25. D.C. legislator : SEN
26. Kitchen gadget brand : OXO
27. Here, to Hugo : ICI
29. Start of a playground rhyme : EENY
31. Fixes up, as an old house : REHABS
32. Fellow cowboy : PARD
36. Kind of soup ... or a hint to the answers to the five starred clues : SPLITPEA
37. Many an island in the Bahamas : CAY
38. Good card in blackjack : ACE
39. ___ ipsa loquitur : RES
41. Christian word of exultation : HOSANNA
42. Word on a biblical wall : MENE
43. Furl : ROLLUP
44. Acting without thinking : ONAUTO
45. Writer : PENNER
46. First in line to the throne : ELDEST
47. Tropical fruit : PAPAYA
51. Homes, to José : CASAS
52. "The ___ is out there" (catchphrase on "The X-Files") : TRUTH
54. Shore dinner staple : CRAB
55. Destination for many a music download : IPOD
56. Turn on a pivot : SLUE
57. Holidays in Hanoi : TETS

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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