New York Times, Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Author: Bruce Haight
Editor: Will Shortz
Bruce Haight
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {QV} This is puzzle # 8 for Mr. Haight. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Bruce Haight notes: My first version of this puzzle had a self-centered string of I's going down the middle of the puzzle from top to bottom. It ... more
Jeff Chen notes: Fun idea, JACK and the BEANSTALK theme today, with the GIANT at the top. I like the visual, imagining JACK at the bottom, about to ... more
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© 2014, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Espresso and cappuccino : COFFEES
8. 2014 World Series winners : GIANTS
14. Become rusted : OXIDIZE
15. Largest country in Africa since the breakup of Sudan in 2011 : ALGERIA
17. Illuminated from behind : REARLIT
18. Bright, as a fire : BLAZING
19. Tonsil doc : ENT
20. One helping an addict : ENABLER
22. Spell-off : BEE
23. Snicker : TEEHEE
24. ___ flash : NEWS
25. Like Santa's helpers : ELFIN
28. Coarse, as humor : EARTHY
31. New York Stock Exchange symbol : BULL
32. Pale : WAN
33. Mad ___ : HATTER
37. Buddy : BRO
38. Wayward offspring, informally : BADSEED
40. Day-___ : GLO
41. Kebab stick : SKEWER
43. General on Chinese menus : TSO
44. "Sands of Iwo ___" : JIMA
45. Fanatic : MANIAC
47. Attempt, as a field goal : GOFOR
48. Org. in the "Dirty Harry" movies : SFPD
51. Fend off, as mosquitoes : SLAPAT
53. "We Three Kings of Orient ___" : ARE
54. Vexes : RANKLES
56. Snatch : NAB
59. Take back, as a false charge : RETRACT
61. Milan opera house : LASCALA
63. Rapper with the 1991 hit "Rico Suave" : GERARDO
64. Greek personification of the outer sea : OCEANUS
65. Commandeer : HIJACK
66. Clichéd gift on Mother's Day : PERFUME
1. Center : CORE
2. Plural animal name that does not end in "-s" : OXEN
3. Italian carmaker : FIAT
4. Fireside chat prez : FDR
5. Brennan of "Private Benjamin" : EILEEN
6. Online publication : EZINE
7. Advance, as a clock : SETAHEAD
8. Ibsen's "Hedda ___" : GABLER
9. "Winnie ___ Pu" : ILLE
10. Lab culture medium : AGAR
11. Pince-___ (glasses that clip to the nose) : NEZ
12. Cree, Creek or Crow : TRIBE
13. Muscle : SINEW
16. The 13 of PG-13 and 17 of NC-17 : AGES
21. Storied locale for the circled letters in 8- and 65-Across : BEANSTALK
23. Dusk-dawn connector : TIL
24. WaPo competitor : NYT
25. Declines : EBBS
26. Lie in wait : LURK
27. Ice mass : FLOE
29. "The Cosby Show" son : THEO
30. Duped : HAD
32. Give a heads-up : WARN
34. Weekly "Whew!" : TGIF
35. Ticklish red Muppet : ELMO
36. Engine sound at Indy : ROAR
38. Actress Arthur : BEA
39. Bake in a sauce : ESCALLOP
42. One justification for the Iraq war, for short : WMD
44. Make a quick note of : JOT
46. Violates the rules : ISNTOK
47. Real hoot : GASSER
48. Puppeteer Tony : SARG
49. Former F.B.I. chief Louis : FREEH
50. ___ dish : PETRI
52. "Ciao" : PEACE
54. ___ avis : RARA
55. Flexible, electrically : ACDC
56. When repeated, Mork's sign-off : NANU
57. One in the class of '12 or '13, now : ALUM
58. Diamond bag : BASE
60. British rule in old India : RAJ
62. Half-___ (low-octane drink order) : CAF

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