New York Times, Saturday, February 9, 2013

Author: Peter Wentz
Editor: Will Shortz
Peter Wentz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 66, Blocks: 32 Missing: {QV} This is puzzle # 12 for Mr. Wentz. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Across Down
1. Setting for part of "A Tale of Two Cities" : BASTILLE
9. "Awww!" : TOOBAD
15. Aces, with "the" : CATSMEOW
16. What a mass of footballers do after a tackle : UNPILE
17. One getting poked in the eye? : SHOELACE
18. Smell like : REEKOF
19. Punches, informally : CLOCKS
20. Psychologist Alfred : BINET
21. Jaunty : RAKISH
23. Not taking a loss well, say : SORE
24. High, in a way : ONPOT
25. Its positions are labeled North, South, East and West : MAHJONGG
29. Number of Planeten : ACHT
30. Ones who are counter-productive? : BARTENDERS
32. Funny Margaret : CHO
33. Completely covers : CARPETS
34. Nag (at) : EAT
35. Microwaveable food brand : HOTPOCKETS
37. Centimeter-gram-second unit : DYNE
38. Dead duck, maybe : ROADKILL
39. Union V.I.P. : MEADE
40. One might be performed en avant : JETE
41. Grow more and more irksome : FESTER
42. Country music's Carter : DEANA
44. Architectural base : PLINTH
46. Film hero chasing a motorcycle gang : MADMAX
47. Put on the line : AIRDRIED
50. "Let's do it!" : IMGAME
51. Chatted up : CAMEONTO
52. ___ Puffs : REESES
53. Target of thrown bricks, in early comics : KRAZYKAT
1. N.C.A.A. football ranking system : BCS
2. "Now I see!" : AAH
3. Picture on file : STOCKPHOTO
4. "The Hippopotamus" writer : TSELIOT
5. "Wait, this isn't making sense" : IMLOST
6. Separate through percolation : LEACH
7. Sure thing : LOCK
8. Milk sources : EWES
9. Concorde features : TURBOJETS
10. Rare driving choices : ONEIRONS
11. Like some flexible mortgages : OPENEND
12. Exercise ___ : BIKE
13. Loads : ALOT
14. "___ Poetry Jam" : DEF
21. Raid target : ROACH
22. Position in a relay : ANCHOR
23. Historical community : SHTETL
25. Rap's Biz ___ : MARKIE
26. Last name in women's skin care : ARPEL
27. "Pretty obvious, huh?" : GEEYATHINK
28. Certain coffee order : GRANDE
30. I.R.S. settlement : BACKTAXES
31. Take turns? : STEER
33. Part of a cover : CODENAME
36. Some silk threads : PAJAMAS
37. Trounce : DESTROY
39. Cuban-born Baseball Hall-of-Famer José : MENDEZ
41. Terra ___ : FIRMA
42. "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep" figure : DAME
43. Threshold : EDGE
44. Load : PACK
45. One who's incredible : LIAR
46. Peace abroad : MIR
48. Listing that can change based on the weather, for short : ETA
49. Flyspeck : DOT

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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