New York Times, Thursday, December 29, 2011

Author: David Steinberg
Editor: Will Shortz
David Steinberg
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 42 Missing: {FJKQ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Steinberg. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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JimH notes: A Scrabble set has only one Z. It also has two blank tiles which could be Z or any other letter but PIZZAZZ has four Z's so it's impossible.
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1. Wagner heroine : EVA
4. Eagerly expectant : ATIP
8. Street ___ : CRED
12. Opportunity maker? : NASA
14. Hello and farewell : ALOHA
15. With 37-Down, complete : HEAD
16. Facile : GLIB
17. Start of a brainteaser whose answer appears in order, from top to bottom, in this puzzle's circled squares : NAMETHEONE
19. City in the San Gabriel Valley : ELMONTE
21. Complete : ATOZ
22. John XI's successor : LEOVII
23. War of 1812 battle site : ERIE
24. Schedule abbr. : TBA
27. Part two of the brainteaser : SEVENLETTERWORD
30. One of the Chaplins : OONA
31. Home state of the 1964 and 2008 Rep. presidential candidates : ARIZ
32. Part three of the brainteaser : INENGLISHTHAT
38. Debate (with) : SPAR
39. 10th- to 12th-century Chinese dynasty : LIAO
40. Part four of the brainteaser : CANNOTBEPUTDOWN
48. Muckraker Tarbell : IDA
49. Harsh : DOUR
50. 1944 Sartre play : NOEXIT
51. Lays the groundwork for? : SODS
52. Inventory : ITEMIZE
53. End of the brainteaser : INSCRABBLE
57. Harem rooms : ODAS
58. Nifty : NEAT
59. Trifled (with) : TOYED
60. Spanish muralist : SERT
61. Russia/Ukraine's Sea of ___ : AZOV
62. They can be batted and rolled : EYES
63. '60s radical grp. : SDS
1. Communist Friedrich : ENGELS
2. Rudy with a megaphone : VALLEE
3. "The End of Eternity" author : ASIMOV
4. Zoological wings : ALAE
5. Certain cat : TOM
6. Start of many a bumper sticker : IHEART
7. Peppermint ___ : PATTIE
8. At the home of : CHEZ
9. Old bus maker : REO
10. Suffix with Euclid : EAN
11. W.W. II gen. : DDE
13. Greater than : ABOVE
14. 10,000, for 4, in base 10, e.g. : ANTILOG
18. Person who's groundbreaking? : HOER
20. Curtain fabric : NINON
23. Online merchant : ETAILER
24. When tripled, a 1970 war movie : TORA
25. One who may say "I say" a lot : BRIT
26. Woodworker's tool : ADZ
28. Blowup: Abbr. : ENL
29. Cry from a crib : WAH
32. Popular tablet : IPAD
33. Zola best seller : NANA
34. Coastal flier : ERN
35. Half a strawful, say : SIP
36. Like a house that's of interest to ghost hunters : HAUNTED
37. See 15-Across : TOTOE
38. Subj. of three of the six Nobel Prizes : SCI
41. Aerosol target : ODOR
42. As yet : TODATE
43. Restaurant gofer : BUSBOY
44. "How to" explanations : DEMOS
45. Rust and quartz : OXIDES
46. Person with a conical hat, maybe : WIZARD
47. Bikini explosions : NTESTS
51. Onetime show for John Candy : SCTV
52. Composition of Polynésie : ILES
53. ___ sense : INA
54. Part of a French face : NEZ
55. ___ Tomé : SAO
56. "g2g" follower : BYE

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle.

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