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New York Times, Sunday, December 9, 2007

Author: Patrick Blindauer
Editor: Will Shortz
Patrick Blindauer
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 75 Missing: {JKQZ} This is puzzle # 12 for Mr. Blindauer. NYT links: Across Lite

Notepad: Bonus puzzle: When this crossword has been completed, try to find the word ELF hidden in the grid 20 times, word search-style -- horizontally, vertically and diagonally in any direction.
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© 2007, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Feed for cattle and horses : ALFALFA
8. River or city of Maine : SACO
12. E-5 in the U.S.A.F. : SSGT
16. Fourth steps : FAS
19. Bashes : SOIREES
20. Control ___ (four-wheel-drive system) : TRAC
21. Vessel lost at Pearl Harbor : UTAH
22. Piz Bernina or Eiger : ALP
23. Yuletide celebration : TWELFTHNIGHT
25. Unwavering : RESOLUTE
27. Decadent : EFFETE
28. Clearing : OPENAREA
30. Hindu queen : RANEE
31. Not fair at all : RAINY
32. Bingo call : BTEN
33. Rock group with the 12-time platinum album "Hysteria" : DEFLEPPARD
35. Some martyrs: Abbr. : STES
36. Gorge : FEAST
37. Swiss ___ : MISS
38. Music center? : ESS
39. Weena's fictional race : ELOI
40. Marc Antony's love : AMOR
42. Rolodex abbr. : TEL
44. Like Narcissus? : SELFREFLECTIVE
50. Popular Hispanic newspaper name : ELSOL
53. Reposeful : ATEASE
54. Longtime soap actress Jones : RENEE
55. "Prince ___" ("Aladdin" song) : ALI
56. Play analyzer : REF
58. Year England captured Normandy at the Battle of Tinchebray : MCVI
59. Kind of sweater : PULLON
61. Fully functional : ABLE
62. Actor Kilmer : VAL
63. Last time? : SHELFLIFE
66. 1964 Beatles #1 hit : IFEELFINE
68. Museum hanging : OIL
69. Employee's move, for short : RELO
70. Words from a promising individual? : ISHALL
73. Ye follower : OLDE
74. Samoa-to-Hawaii dir. : NNE
75. Spitchcock : EEL
76. Starters : ATEAM
77. "Bald" baby : EAGLET
79. Hail : GREET
81. Classic outdoor winter toys : FLEXIBLEFLYERS
84. Uganda's ___ Amin : IDI
85. "Climb ___ Mountain" : EVRY
86. One who's gone but not forgotten : AWOL
87. Mag magnate : HEF
89. ___-plié (ballet move) : DEMI
91. Personnel person : HIRER
93. "___ homo" (declaration in John 19:5) : ECCE
97. Bond's man? : IANFLEMING
100. Ltr. carriers : ENVS
101. Quasar co-discoverer Sandage : ALLAN
102. Pope of 452 who met with Attila : STLEO
103. Red-eye cause : INSOMNIA
105. Burning : ARDENT
106. Adam Sandler's "Spanglish" co-star : TEALEONI
108. Precious cargo of legend : GOLDENFLEECE
110. Mythical beast : ORC
111. Seussian villagers : WHOS
112. 1988 Cy Young winner Hershiser : OREL
113. Laundry worker : PRESSER
114. Verb follower? : OSE
115. Kind : SORT
116. Ophthalmologist's concern : STYE
117. Rolls : ROSTERS
1. Sources of fall color : ASTERS
2. Light, in a way : LOWFAT
3. Repetitive exclamation from Shakespeare : FIEFIE
4. Sen. Specter and others : ARLENS
5. "Waiting for ___" (Odets play) : LEFTY
6. Bash : FETE
7. Certain flake : ASH
8. Mushroom stems : STIPES
9. Silver-colored : ARGENT
10. Songwriter Sammy : CAHN
11. Santa's reindeer, traditionally : OCTAD
12. Never-failing : SUREFIRE
13. Rickey Henderson record-breaking stat : STEALS
14. Beetle juice? : GAS
15. Edward O. ___, card-counting author of "Beat the Dealer" : THORP
16. Zoological studies : FAUNAS
17. Edits : ALTERS
18. Words per minute, e.g. : SPEED
24. Manx trait : NOTAIL
26. Pin spots : LAPELS
29. Eliminate : REMOVE
32. "___ good cheer" : BEOF
34. Actress Getty : ESTELLE
36. Bolt : FLEE
39. Stumbling sounds : ERS
40. 13, for Al : ATNO
41. Air : MIEN
43. Senior Saarinen : ELIEL
44. Biblical strongman : SAMSON
45. Dropping acid, say : ETCHING
46. Evening person? : LEVELER
47. Go kaput : FAIL
48. First name in court fiction : ERLE
49. Hanna-Barbera collectible : CEL
51. Redenbacher of popcorn fame : ORVILLE
52. Hero's hero : LEANDER
55. Genesis shepherd : ABEL
57. Forces in the water : FLEETS
59. Grouch : PILL
60. Craft often shown landing on three legs : UFO
61. Old sports org. : AFL
64. Let out : FREED
65. Current with the wind : LEETIDE
66. Metric foot : IAMB
67. Geezer : FOGY
70. Anatomical duct : ITER
71. Voluptuous : SEXY
72. Osaka O.K. : HAI
76. Ailey and Toffler : ALVINS
77. ___ effort : EFOR
78. ___ clear : ALL
80. Towering figure in French engineering : EIFFEL
81. Carrie Chapman Catt, for one : FEMINIST
82. Little wrigglers : LARVAE
83. Baa maids? : EWES
87. He-Man Woman-___ Club ("Little Rascals" group) : HATERS
88. Link, as fingers of the hands : ENLACE
90. Key of Dvorák's "New World" Symphony : EMINOR
91. "Crimes of the Heart" playwright Beth : HENLEY
92. Out of gear : INIDLE
93. Firstborn : ELDEST
94. John of "Rat Race" : CLEESE
95. Constellation between Lynx and Hydra : CANCER
96. Starts to make a scene? : ENTERS
97. "Life ___ short ..." : ISTOO
98. Brand under AMC Theatres : LOEWS
99. "We Got the Beat" group : GOGOS
101. "The Night Cafe" was painted there : ARLES
104. Comic Sahl : MORT
105. Frizzy coif : AFRO
107. "Well, what have we here?!" : OHO
109. Big inits. in news : NPR

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