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New York Times, Friday, December 23, 2011

Author: Patrick Berry
Editor: Will Shortz
Patrick Berry
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 62, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQYZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 156 for Mr. Berry. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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1. Couldn't stop obsessing about : GOTHUNGUPON
12. Bolted : MADEARUNFORIT
14. Nehru jackets have them : MANDARINCOLLARS
16. Decides to try : INDICTS
17. Branch of mathematics : LOGIC
18. Man of steel? : STATUE
19. Add numbers to, say : PAGINATE
22. Flower named for its resemblance to a turban : TULIP
23. Typesetting no-no : WIDOW
24. Paul in politics : RON
25. Bread box? : SAFE
26. Renaissance painter Botticelli : SANDRO
27. Member of a caste system : ANT
28. Stealing from the collection plate, e.g. : SACRILEGE
31. Org. whose roots go back to the Civil War : IRS
34. Violent upheaval : THROES
35. Maintain : AVER
39. "Evita" narrator : CHE
40. Change for the better : AMEND
41. "I'm very impressed!" : BRAVO
42. Insects : HEXAPODS
44. Trees sought by leaf peepers : MAPLES
45. Twig used in wickerwork : OSIER
46. Murderer in P.D.Q. Bach's spoof opera "A Little Nightmare Music" : SALIERI
47. Game you can't lose twice : RUSSIANROULETTE
51. Nationwide Series events : STOCKCARRACES
52. Initiated, as an undertaking : SPEARHEADED
1. Visitor at the beginning of "The Hobbit" : GANDALF
2. Material for the Guinness Book : ODDITIES
3. Part of a service : TEACUP
4. "The Luck of Roaring Camp" writer : HARTE
5. "Trinity" novelist : URIS
6. Poor Clares member : NUN
7. Seller of supplements : GNC
8. Overhead light, perhaps : UFO
9. It grows older and then croaks : POLLIWOG
10. Woollike acrylic fiber : ORLON
11. River flowing between two Great Lakes : NIAGARA
12. Birthplace of Virgil : MANTUA
13. Largest moon in the solar system with a retrograde orbit : TRITON
14. Morning weather phenomena : MISTS
15. Trail : SCENT
19. Steering system components : PINIONS
20. Slaphappy, say : ADDLED
21. Sticks : GORES
23. Battled : WARRED
26. Nobody : SCHMO
29. How Pyrrhic victories are won : ATAPRICE
30. Secret Service agent's accouterment : EARPIECE
31. Blood shed on Mount Olympus : ICHOR
32. Popular test animal in medical research : RHESUS
33. They put half the world down : SEXISTS
36. Did Jeeves's job : VALETED
37. Turns out : EVERTS
38. Albert's love in "Bye Bye Birdie" : ROSIE
41. Irving Berlin's "Always," e.g. : BALLAD
43. Creator of many talking animals : AESOP
44. Actress Tierney : MAURA
46. Cross : SORE
48. Rap sheet abbr. : AKA
49. Manufacturer of bar code scanners : NCR
50. Stadium shout : RAH

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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