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New York Times, Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Author: Ron and Nancy Byron
Editor: Will Shortz
Ron Byron
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Nancy Byron
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1.60010

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQVXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Byron. This is puzzle # 5 for Ms. Byron. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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© 2011, The New York TimesNo. 22,688
Across Down
1. Hold back : STEM
5. Egg pouches : SACS
9. Bus. cards in commercial mailings, e.g. : ENCLS
14. Janowitz who wrote "Slaves of New York" : TAMA
15. Dept. of Labor agency : OSHA
16. "M*A*S*H" setting : KOREA
17. "Little Caesar" gangster : RICO
18. Movie about La Brea Tar Pits' formation? : THEBIGSEEP
20. Sharp-tongued : ACERB
22. Does a post-meal chore : RINSES
23. Movie about a Nobel-winning chemist? : THEIONKING
26. Our sun : SOL
29. Word after Farm or Live : AID
30. Craving : YEN
31. Humble oneself : EATDIRT
34. Curtain material : SCRIM
36. Surfer wannabe : HODAD
37. Movie about Wall Streeters' excesses? : CASHOFTHETITANS
42. So far : ASYET
43. Bridge bid, briefly : ONENO
44. Wild West badge : TINSTAR
47. William Tell's canton : URI
48. Brit. military honor : DSO
51. ___ Tomé : SAO
52. Movie about the early life of Lassie? : PUPFICTION
55. ___ Creed of A.D. 325 : NICENE
58. Nonsense word said while pointing a finger : EENIE
59. Movie about the memoirs of the Duke? : WAYNESWORD
63. Saint Philip ___ : NERI
64. Packing heat : ARMED
65. The "a" in a.m. : ANTE
66. Baseball analyst Hershiser : OREL
67. "Siddhartha" author : HESSE
68. River through Belgium : YSER
69. Seasonal song ... or a phonetic hint to 18-, 23-, 37-, 52- and 59-Across : NOEL
1. Geologic layers : STRATA
2. Meditative exercises : TAICHI
3. Acted the host : EMCEED
4. New Zealand native : MAORI
5. Boozehound : SOT
6. Bat wood : ASH
7. "S.N.L." alum Oteri : CHERI
8. Texas/Louisiana border river : SABINE
9. Ticker tests, for short : EKGS
10. Snoop (around) : NOSE
11. Bygone Toyota sedan : CRESSIDA
12. Jeans brand : LEE
13. Syrup base : SAP
19. "Young Frankenstein" woman : INGA
21. Certain protest : BOYCOTT
24. Soft ball brand : NERF
25. Put in stitches : KNIT
27. "The Plague" setting : ORAN
28. Bygone Fords : LTDS
32. Precarious place, metaphorically : THINICE
33. ___ death (overwork) : DOTO
34. Dams and does : SHES
35. Unit now known as a siemens : MHO
37. Musical with Mungojerrie and Jennyanydots : CATS
38. Home to billions : ASIA
39. Prim and proper, e.g. : SYNONYMS
40. Plenty, informally : ENUF
41. Garr who played 19-Down : TERI
45. Knuckle draggers : APES
46. Takeoff site : RUNWAY
48. Do-re-mi : DINERO
49. Evening affair : SOIREE
50. "The Iceman Cometh" playwright : ONEILL
53. Lowly laborers : PEONS
54. Mortise's mate : TENON
56. Supermodel Sastre : INES
57. Hand over : CEDE
59. Cartoon baby's cry : WAH
60. "Chances ___," 1957 #1 hit : ARE
61. Address abbr. : RTE
62. ___ Spiegel : DER

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