New York Times, Thursday, March 22, 2012

Author: Alan Arbesfeld
Editor: Will Shortz
Alan Arbesfeld
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 70, Blocks: 35 Missing: {FJQXY} This is puzzle # 98 for Mr. Arbesfeld. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Across Down
1. The Rhinemaidens in the "Ring" cycle, e.g. : SPRITES
8. Cracks up : GOESMAD
15. Hot stuff : EROTICA
16. Went for on a gut feeling : RANWITH
17. Wing part : AILERON
18. Their images are out of this world : ATLASES
19. Entrees for one of Dion's backup singers? : BELMONTSTEAKS
21. Ballpark figs. : ESTS
22. "Who's there?" reply : ITISI
23. Weapon in some raids : UZI
26. W.W. II arena : ETO
27. Late-night TBS show : CONAN
29. Old royal : TSAR
30. Discounts at garages? : PARKINGBREAKS
34. Laulau side dish : POI
35. Singer : RAT
36. Severely reduced wagers? : CHOPPEDSTAKES
43. Circus sounds : OOHS
44. "... ___ wed" : ITHEE
45. Like a line whose slope is zero: Abbr. : HOR
48. Sweetheart : GEM
49. Forum garb : TOGAE
51. ___ Valley : NAPA
52. What mechanics may do as part of a tuneup? : SERVICEBRAKES
56. Irish lass : COLLEEN
58. Ones requesting seconds? : DUELERS
59. Primed : ONALERT
60. Not so fast : GRADUAL
61. Showed reverence for, in a way : BOWEDTO
62. Orbital figure : ELLIPSE
1. One making camp? : SEABEE
2. White-collar worker : PRIEST
3. Antique desk feature : ROLLTOP
4. Celebrity couples, usually : ITEMS
5. Rookie: Var. : TIRO
6. Big campaign topic: Abbr. : ECON
7. "Great" part for Duvall : SANTINI
8. Danger for wearers of high-heel shoes : GRATING
9. O. Henry Award winner for "In the Region of Ice" (1967) and "The Dead" (1973) : OATES
10. China's Zhou ___ : ENLAI
11. Valentine letters? : SWAK
12. Wearer of a crown since 1952 : MISSUSA
13. Absorbed the cost of : ATE
14. Some A.L. batters : DHS
20. "South Park" boy : STAN
24. Ringo's drumming son : ZAK
25. Grp. with a complex code : IRS
27. Shorten : CROP
28. 1930s migrant : OKIE
29. Casse-___ (French brainteaser) : TETE
31. Many downloads : APPS
32. "Bramble ___" (book of Robert Bridges poems) : BRAE
33. Casino collector : RAKE
36. Certain tooth : COG
37. Flat-headed tool : HOE
38. Current principle : OHMSLAW
39. Start chowing down : DIGINTO
40. Opposite of legato: Abbr. : STAC
41. U2 member : THEEDGE
42. Disturb : SHAKEUP
46. Met expectations? : OPERAS
47. Brawl in the backwoods : RASSLE
49. In a tough spot : TREED
50. Plain : OVERT
51. Silents star Nita : NALDI
53. Palindromic magazine title : ELLE
54. Small knot : BURL
55. Very, informally : REAL
56. Ear piece? : COB
57. Celebrity widowed in 1980 : ONO

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