New York Times, Monday, December 28, 2009

Author: Patrick Merrell
Editor: Will Shortz
Patrick Merrell
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 37 Missing: {FJQ} Scrabble average: 1.90 This is puzzle # 69 for Mr. Merrell. NYT links: Across Lite

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Across Down
1. Actor Washington who once played Malcolm X : DENZEL
7. Org. for women on the links : LPGA
11. Karl Marx's "___ Kapital" : DAS
14. Mountain climber's tool : ICEAXE
15. Got ___ deal (was rooked) : ARAW
16. Mind reader's "gift" : ESP
17. One word that precedes "pit," one that follows it : COCKANDBULL
19. Had a bite : ATE
20. Antlered animal : ELK
21. Grieves : MOURNS
22. Cereal advertised with a "silly rabbit" : TRIX
23. "Slipped" backbone part : DISK
25. "Don't tell ___ can't ...!" : MEI
26. Sounds during medical checkups : AHS
27. One word that precedes "key," one that follows it : ROOMANDBOARD
33. By eyesight : VISIBLY
36. Long-nosed fish : GAR
37. Scottish refusal : NAE
38. Infant bodysuit : ONESIE
39. Countryish : RUSTIC
41. "Let's call ___ day" : ITA
42. W.W. II female : WAC
44. Pregame morale builder : PEPTALK
45. One word that precedes "play," one that follows it : DOWNANDDIRTY
48. Suffix with pont- : OON
49. Cartoonist Chast : ROZ
50. With 13-Down, "super power" glasses : XRAY
54. Ostrich or owl : BIRD
56. Buckaroo ___ (movie character) : BANZAI
59. Plains tribe : OTO
60. Insect with a queen : ANT
61. One word that precedes "hard," one that follows it : ROCKANDROLL
63. "___ bin ein Berliner" : ICH
64. Prepare cookies or chicken, e.g. : BAKE
65. Egyptian temple site : KARNAK
66. "Love ___ neighbor ..." : THY
67. ___-bitsy : ITSY
68. Evaluate : ASSESS
1. Chopped into small cubes : DICED
2. Food-poisoning bacteria : ECOLI
3. Prominent giraffe parts : NECKS
4. Ringo's drummer son : ZAK
5. Test : EXAM
6. NBC host Jay : LENO
7. Famed tar pits whose name is Spanish for "the tar" : LABREA
8. Clipping, as shrubs : PRUNING
9. Guys' mates : GALS
10. Hole-making tool : AWL
11. Start of a Christmas letter : DEARSANTA
12. ___ Spumante (wine) : ASTI
13. See 50-Across : SPEX
18. Ventriloquist's prop : DUMMY
22. However, informally : THO
24. Singer Kristofferson : KRIS
26. Sudden : ABRUPT
28. ___ Kenobi of "Star Wars" : OBIWAN
29. Fat substitute brand : OLEAN
30. Risk taker : DARER
31. Train track part : RAIL
32. What a swabbie swabs : DECK
33. Invalidate, as a check : VOID
34. Fascinated by : INTO
35. Fit for sailing : SEAWORTHY
40. Hellish river : STYX
43. Music store fixtures : CDRACKS
44. Order from Domino's : PIZZA
46. Silent assent : NOD
47. Braying animal : DONKEY
51. TV sports broadcasting pioneer Arledge : ROONE
52. Book of maps : ATLAS
53. "Sunny" egg parts : YOLKS
54. Worms in a can, e.g. : BAIT
55. 1/36 of a yard : INCH
56. Gravy vessel : BOAT
57. Paul who wrote "My Way" : ANKA
58. Actress Lupino and others : IDAS
61. Slugger's stat : RBI
62. B&O and Reading: Abbr. : RRS

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