New York Times, Saturday, December 6, 2008

Author: Ashish Vengsarkar & Narayan Venkatasubramanyan
Editor: Will Shortz
Ashish Vengsarkar
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153/5/20065/26/20114
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7101312
ScrabbleRebusCirclePangram
1.61011
Narayan Venkatasubramanyan
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212/6/20088/30/20092
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1000001
ScrabbleRebusCirclePangram
1.50000

This puzzle:

Rows: 16, Columns: 15, Words: 79, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQXZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 7 for Mr. Vengsarkar. This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Venkatasubramanyan. NYT links: Across Lite

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JimH notes: As explained by 29 Down, the letters OR are missing from the ten starred theme clues.
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© 2008, The New York Times
Across Down
1. *Panama : VIEW
5. Lack direction : ROAM
9. *Popular rest area : ASPEN
14. Aid in an emergency : ESCAPEKEY
16. Skin smoother : SHAVE
17. *Bat portrayer : SACHABARONCOHEN
19. Place for polish : TOE
20. Belafonte song opener : DAYO
21. Flour source : OAT
22. Stuff for the disposal : ORTS
23. Relief provider : ASPIRIN
27. Gifted person? : DONEE
29. ___ Friday's : TGI
30. Choice that avoids choosing : NONE
31. Red or white nuts? : WINOS
32. Can : REAR
33. Something that takes its toll?: Abbr. : TPKE
34. Town on the IJsselmeer : EDAM
35. Perfume by burning : CENSE
36. In custody : HELD
37. Russian car make : LADA
38. Became an issue : AROSE
39. Writer of the five-volume biography "Henry James" : EDEL
40. Some college srs. take it : LSAT
41. "Desperate Housewives" co-star of Eva and Felicity : TERI
42. Call alternative : RAISE
43. Chair designer Aarnio : EERO
44. Job for un docteur : CAS
45. Beach flock : TERNS
46. New old man? : STEPDAD
48. "May I speak?!" : AHEM
49. Noted head-turner : OWL
50. Its liners have stars on them : ELAL
51. Cross character : TAU
54. *Sty for youngsters : THREELITTLEPIGS
59. Salad or sandwich request : NOOIL
60. Common 1040 attachment : SCHEDULEA
61. *Deal : TRIAL
62. Anti-resistance units? : MHOS
63. *Cal ___ : REEF
1. Flotation device : VEST
2. Golfer Aoki : ISAO
3. Roman cry : ECCE
4. Baby's cry : WAH
5. Sales lure : REBATE
6. Sanctions : OKAYS
7. Like sports cars, briefly : AERO
8. Muscle: Prefix : MYO
9. Grp. concerned with royalty : ASCAP
10. *Male booster : SHOTINTHEARM
11. "Poppycock!" : PAH
12. Very early exile : EVE
13. Relief pitcher Robb : NEN
15. They hold services in the service : PADRES
18. "Don't even think about it!" : NOSIREE
22. *Words that come from clams : ONOMATOPOEIA
23. Career Golden Slam winner : AGASSI
24. Successfully lured : ROPEDIN
25. Dry, in a way : INKLESS
26. *Aid in tailing : NEEDLE
27. Played awhile onstage : DIDASET
28. How one might streak : ONADARE
29. Choir section ... and what are missing from the starred clues : TENORS
31. *Famous son : WELLES
32. Proof, say : REREAD
35. Jeer : CATCALL
42. Was apparently lit : REELED
45. Pre-Socratic philosopher : THALES
47. Stay : DWELL
48. Granting that, briefly : ALTHO
50. Create a lasting impression? : ETCH
51. Counter piece : TILE
52. Posthumous Pulitzer winner of 1958 : AGEE
53. Falcons' home: Abbr. : USAF
54. Rubble maker : TNT
55. Where the land meets the sky: Abbr. : HOR
56. Father of une princesse : ROI
57. Surreal ending? : ISM
58. Big name in water filters : PUR

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