New York Times, Friday, December 30, 2011

Author: Mike Nothnagel
Editor: Will Shortz
Mike Nothnagel
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQX} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 51 for Mr. Nothnagel. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Across Down
1. Forcefulness : PUNCH
6. Is a true believer in : SWEARSBY
14. Moss source : SPORE
15. Deposit remover? : COALMINER
16. Holder of legends : ATLAS
17. What you might reach for after hearing "Don't go anywhere!" : RADIODIAL
18. Drug distributors? : SHOTS
19. Entertainment at a luau : UKES
20. Look too closely : PRY
21. Preparatory time : EVE
22. Titled lady : PEERESS
25. By area, the third-largest country in the E.U. : SWED
26. Some attorneys' degs. : LLDS
27. Money in Manila : PESOS
31. Someone to hang with : PAL
32. Primitive coat : PELT
33. Show for which Jim Dale won the 1980 Tony for Best Actor in a Musical : BARNUM
34. Kind of compound in chemistry : AZO
35. Time in an airport : LAYOVER
37. Hearing opening? : OTO
38. Landscaping plants : HOSTAS
40. Big to-do? : TASK
41. Shout with cupped hands, maybe : BOO
42. Untagged : NOTIT
43. "That's so sad!" : OHNO
44. Foil part : HAFT
45. Most chic : TONIEST
47. Auto loan fig. : APR
48. Drug sold under the brand name Retrovir : AZT
51. Site of an 1815 escape : ELBA
52. Almost catch : NIPAT
54. Shoots at : FIRESUPON
57. Coeur d'___, Idaho : ALENE
58. Going around in circles? : ITINERANT
59. Restricted parties : STAGS
60. Alaska or Hawaii : TIMEZONE
61. Problems with an argument : HOLES
1. Some health warnings: Abbr. : PSAS
2. Plentifully, in slang : UPTHEWAZOO
3. Enmity : NOLOVELOST
4. In a box : CRATED
5. Russian chemist with a law of thermodynamics named after him : HESS
6. Saturated : SOAKEDTOTHEBONE
7. High boots for fishermen : WADERS
8. One of Beethoven's bagatelles is dedicated to her : ELISE
9. Latin 101 word : AMO
10. ___-X (septic treatment brand) : RID
11. Impertinent one : SNIP
12. Arduous challenge : BEAR
13. Annual: Abbr. : YRLY
15. How Simon Cowell often critiques : CRUELLY
22. Hearing responses : PLEAS
23. Little starter : SPARK
24. Spanish 101 verb : SER
25. 1957 Cy Young Award winner : SPAHN
28. What luxury goods have : SNOBAPPEAL
29. Nowhere close : OUTOFRANGE
30. ___-Hawley Tariff Act of 1930 : SMOOT
32. Academy head : PLATO
33. Cloud the judgment of with alcohol : BESOT
36. "Good Will Hunting" director, 1997 : VANSANT
39. Small bird : TIT
43. Bottom of a crankcase : OILPAN
44. Start of a presidential march : HAILTO
46. Prefix with chemical : NEURO
48. Throw ___ : AFIT
49. Tubular pasta : ZITI
50. Edging : TRIM
52. Humorist who wrote "Progress might have been all right once, but it has gone on too long" : NASH
53. One of the Durbeyfields : TESS
55. Memphis-to-Nashville dir. : ENE
56. Expresses, informally : SEZ

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 5 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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