New York Times, Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Author: Peter A. Collins
Editor: Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 69, Blocks: 38 Missing: {BFJQW} Spans: 3 Grid has mirror symmetry This is puzzle # 76 for Mr. Collins. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Across Down
1. Word of exasperation : SHEESH
7. Katmandu tongue : NEPALI
13. Wrinkly-skinned dog : SHARPEI
14. One of the red Monopoly spaces : INDIANA
16. Triumphing : TURNINGTHETRICK
18. Open-house org. : PTA
19. ___ polloi : HOI
20. Lunes or martes : DIA
21. Ring decision, briefly : TKO
23. Matt who scored the only Jets touchdown in Super Bowl history : SNELL
25. 2B, SS or CF : POS
26. ___ Stic (retractable Bic pen) : CLIC
27. Comic Fields who was an Ed Sullivan regular : TOTIE
28. "Amores" poet : OVID
30. Designed to minimize wind resistance : AERO
31. Prepare, as some peanuts : ROAST
32. Campbell of "Party of Five" : NEVE
33. Traditional pre-Christmas activity : TRIMMINGTHETREE
36. Cartoon shriek : EEK
37. Roll-call call : AYE
38. Bub : MAC
41. The First State: Abbr. : DEL
43. Cry at the World Cup : OLE
44. Fleet member retired in '03 : SST
47. Place on a pedestal : IDOLIZE
49. Last book of the Old Testament : MALACHI
51. Element in chips : SILICON
52. Became too old for foster care, say : AGEDOUT
53. Testifying accurately : TELLINGTHETRUTH
55. Rare sight on casual Friday : SUIT
56. Hawke of Hollywood : ETHAN
57. Buffalo's county : ERIE
58. Marks of good bowlers : XES
59. Surgical bypass : SHUNT
60. AOL alternative : MSN
1. One operating a loom : SHUTTLER
2. End of Kurosawa's "Rashomon"? : HARAKIRI
3. Directional ending : ERN
4. Prefix with center : EPI
5. Nixon, e.g., for two yrs. : SEN
6. 1952 Gary Cooper classic : HIGHNOON
7. Believer that life is meaningless : NIHILIST
8. Suffix with acetyl : ENE
9. S.F. summer setting : PDT
10. It's about 1% argon : AIR
11. Had a break between flights : LAIDOVER
12. Clear and direct, as reporting : INCISIVE
13. Common Nascar letters : STP
15. Letters on a perp's record : AKA
17. Morgue ID : TOETAG
22. Christmas carol starter : OCOME
23. They vary according to batters' heights : STRIKEZONES
24. Poison gas, e.g. : LETHALAGENT
25. Florence's ___ Vecchio : PONTE
26. Bopper : CAT
29. "___-lish!" ("Yum!") : DEE
34. Longtime Florentine ruling family : MEDICI
35. There might be one on the corner of a sail : EYELET
38. Atomizer outputs : MISTS
39. They're said at the end of a soirée : ADIEUX
40. Dog that might be named Shep : COLLIE
42. Derby victory margin, maybe : LENGTH
43. Many an urban Cornhusker : OMAHAN
44. Searches high and low : SCOURS
45. Quarantine, say : SHUTIN
46. Dime-on-the-dollar donation : TITHE
48. Happy tunes : LILTS
50. To the point, in law : ADREM
54. Day after hump day: Abbr. : THU

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