New York Times, Friday, December 7, 2012

Author: Peter Wentz
Editor: Will Shortz
Peter Wentz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 70, Blocks: 28 Missing: {QZ} Scrabble average: 1.86 This is puzzle # 11 for Mr. Wentz. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Across Down
1. Wendy's creator : JMBARRIE
9. Crackers : PSYCHO
15. 2004 #1 hit for Fantasia : IBELIEVE
16. Animal whose name comes from Nahuatl : OCELOT
17. Metal worker : BALLPEEN
18. Baffle : THWART
19. Get at : IMPLY
20. Colore ufficiale of the Italian football team : BLU
21. Big Chinese import? : YAO
22. Virginia Tech team : HOKIES
24. Senate majority leader before Reid : FRIST
26. Erect : ONEND
27. Something lame, in modern slang : WEAKSAUCE
31. Head of Québec : TETE
32. What's generally spotted early on? : CHICKENPOX
33. Sound trademark of 20th Century Fox : DOH
34. Put one over on : PRANKED
35. Stylish sort : FOP
36. Requiring no effort to take : ONAPLATTER
38. Routine part : JOKE
39. Sees red, say : GETSUPSET
40. Eager as heck : RARIN
41. Mideast political dynasty name : ASSAD
42. Doggone : DANGED
43. "You got the spot" : AHH
46. Short : SHY
47. "S.N.L." comic Bill : HADER
48. "1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New)" rapper : COOLIO
50. Sierra Nevada competitor : SAMADAMS
53. Request to be excused : MAYIGO
54. "Dancing Machine" dance : THEROBOT
55. Gamut : EXTENT
56. Forwards : PASSESON
1. Schooner part : JIB
2. Many a Wall St. holding : MBA
3. "I can't help it if you're a jerk" : BELIKETHAT
4. "Hands off!" : ALLMINE
5. Muscular-looking, in slang : RIPPED
6. Some Hollywood archives : REELS
7. Phil of poker fame : IVEY
8. "Horatio, thou art ___ as just a man ...": Hamlet : EEN
9. Broth left after boiling greens, in the South : POTLIKKER
10. Went downhill fast : SCHUSSED
11. Tree that symbolizes immortality : YEW
12. Potter's supply : CLAY
13. Bar mitzvah highlight : HORA
14. Springfield Elementary employee : OTTO
20. Tournament part : BRACKET
22. "Yippee!" : HOTDOG
23. Date on New Year's Day : ONEONE
24. Faked : FEINTED
25. Khakilike : TAN
27. "How about this ...?" : WHATSAY
28. Freely contestable : UPFORGRABS
29. One might mark a shopping cart's contents : COOKIE
30. Pay out : EXPEND
32. Gamble : CRAPSHOOT
34. Ion indicator : PLUSSIGN
37. Nonproduct ad, for short : PSA
38. Miss in court? : JANEDOE
40. Some highway patrol equipment : RADARS
42. Skirts : DAMES
43. Ne plus ultra : ACME
44. Put one over on : HOAX
45. First or last name in the Baseball Hall of Fame : HOYT
47. "Funny!" : HAHA
49. Sprawl, say : LIE
50. Longtime sponsor of racing's #43 car : STP
51. Field call : MOO
52. Union, e.g.: Abbr. : STN

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 6 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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