New York Times, Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Author: Alan Arbesfeld
Editor: Will Shortz
Alan Arbesfeld
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {FJQZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 91 for Mr. Arbesfeld. NYT links: Across Lite

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JimH notes: An L in five common phrases gets shifted three places to the left.
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© 2010, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Do a double-take, e.g. : REACT
6. Made a choice : OPTED
11. Composition of Jack Haley's Oz character : TIN
14. God, to Muslims : ALLAH
15. Gaucho's plain : LLANO
16. "Six Feet Under" network : HBO
17. F.A.A. supervisors? : PLANEBOARDS
19. Belief suffix : ISM
20. Start of a countdown : TEN
21. Jerome who composed "Ol' Man River" : KERN
22. Dolts : ASSES
24. Object to online commentary? : MINDBLOGGING
27. Cosine's reciprocal : SECANT
30. "Waiting for Lefty" playwright : ODETS
31. It's walked on pirate ships : PLANK
32. "... ___ saw Elba" : EREI
34. Awaiting scheduling, initially : TBA
37. Holiday smokes? : CHRISTMASCLAROS
41. Broadcast : AIR
42. Strong desires : YENS
43. Tickle : AMUSE
44. Want badly, with "for" : YEARN
47. Least amiable : ICIEST
48. Cleaned up after a spill? : BLOTTEDWATER
52. Tilter's weapon : LANCE
53. ___-Tass news agency : ITAR
54. Martinique, par exemple : ILE
57. Heavenly body : ORB
58. Defamation in the Garden of Eden? : ADAMSLANDER
62. Fertility clinic cells : OVA
63. Potter's potions professor : SNAPE
64. Playing pieces in Rummikub : TILES
65. Nat Geo, for one : MAG
66. Snap course : EASYA
67. Wield, as power : EXERT
1. Totally absorbed : RAPT
2. Vogue competitor : ELLE
3. Shepard in space : ALAN
4. Pink-slip : CAN
5. "Lola" band : THEKINKS
6. Start of grace, maybe : OLORD
7. Fallback strategy : PLANB
8. Subject of a cigarette rating : TAR
9. Shut down : END
10. Prescription measure : DOSAGE
11. "You're right" : THISISTRUE
12. "The Wild Duck" playwright Henrik : IBSEN
13. Chinese restaurant request : NOMSG
18. Out of alignment : BENT
23. Bilko or Friday: Abbr. : SGT
24. Gershwin's "The ___ Love" : MANI
25. Windblown soil : LOESS
26. Keatsian or Pindaric : ODIC
27. Pet advocacy org. : SPCA
28. Grades K-12 : ELHI
29. Allotment of one, usually, for an airline passenger : CARRYONBAG
32. Make improvements to : EMEND
33. Turned chicken : RAN
35. One calling the shots : BOSS
36. "I'd hate to break up ___" : ASET
38. One of four on a Rolls : TYRE
39. Cut jaggedly : LACERATE
40. Mideast potentate: Var. : AMIR
45. Catchall abbr. : ETC
46. Free from anxiety : ATEASE
47. Font option: Abbr. : ITAL
48. Burst into flower : BLOOM
49. Maggot or grub : LARVA
50. Hardly macho : WIMPY
51. Totally lost : ATSEA
54. Pink-slip : IDLE
55. Lecher's look : LEER
56. Once, old-style : ERST
59. Paternity suit evidence : DNA
60. Smallish batteries : AAS
61. Give a thumbs-down : NIX

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