New York Times, Friday, March 23, 2012

Author: Steven Riley
Editor: Will Shortz
Steven Riley
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 68, Blocks: 27 Missing: {W} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Riley. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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© 2012, The New York TimesNo. 22,781
Across Down
1. Aunties' sisters : MAMMAS
7. Gold medal : TOPPRIZE
15. Fly : AVIATE
16. Prepare to take off, perhaps : UNLOOSEN
17. Evers of civil rights : MEDGAR
18. Quick seasonal greeting? : XMASCARD
19. Ice cream gobbler's woe : BRAINFREEZE
21. A.L. East team, on scoreboards : BOS
22. Ear-relevant : OTIC
23. Old Norse work : EDDA
24. Orange exterior : PEEL
25. United entities before 1991: Abbr. : SSRS
26. "Get Smart" enemy agency : KAOS
27. 2008 Israeli political biography : GOLDA
28. Beater of a full boat in poker : QUADS
30. Naturally bright : SUNLIT
31. Develops : MATURES
34. C6H6 : BENZENE
35. Stilted-sounding "Consider it done" : ISHALL
36. "The Godfather" enforcer who "sleeps with the fishes" : BRASI
37. "Cheers" alternative, in a letter : YOURS
38. Providers of inside looks? : MRIS
39. "Minnie the Moocher" feature : SCAT
43. Archer of film : ANNE
44. In a day, say : SOON
45. Solving aid : CLUE
46. End of a line in England : ZED
47. Hit MTV series starting in 2009 : JERSEYSHORE
50. Double grace period? : AMENAMEN
52. Start operating, datewise : OPENON
53. Vronsky's love : KARENINA
54. Stoolies, often : NAMERS
55. Like clams during winter : INSEASON
56. 1993 rap hit in which Snoop Doggy Dogg popularized the term "bootylicious" : DREDAY
1. Relatives of merengues : MAMBOS
2. Heads off : AVERTS
3. Where trapeze artists connect : MIDAIR
4. Ancient talisman with mathematical properties : MAGICSQUARE
5. ___ advantage : ATAN
6. One bound to do work : SERF
7. Ball wear : TUXEDOS
8. Popping Prozacs, perhaps : ONMEDS
9. Common statue setting : PLAZA
10. Ask : POSE
11. Legendary raptor : ROC
12. Figure skater Brasseur : ISABELLE
13. Directed attention (on) : ZEROEDIN
14. Runs over : ENDSLATE
20. Goes over : READS
24. Source of false returns : PONZISCHEME
26. Film critic Pauline : KAEL
27. Magazine articles : GUNS
29. E-tailing specifications : URLS
30. They can get choppy : SEAS
31. "Ponyo" writer/director Hayao ___ : MIYAZAKI
32. In unison : ASONEMAN
33. Booms : THUNDERS
34. Pickle : BRINE
36. Pierce with lines : BROSNAN
38. "West Side Story" Oscar winner : MORENO
40. Like the I.B.M. PC, often : CLONED
41. Light show? : AURORA
42. Minute : TEENSY
44. Four enter them, but only two survive : SEMIS
47. Tennis star Novotna : JANA
48. Over there, to bards : YOND
49. Practice with gloves on : SPAR
51. Once known as : NEE

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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