New York Times, Friday, July 6, 2012

Author: Peter Wentz
Editor: Will Shortz
Peter Wentz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 66, Blocks: 36 Missing: {QXZ} This is puzzle # 9 for Mr. Wentz. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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1. Popular gifts that make a distinctive sound when shaken : JIGSAWS
8. Go after little things : NITPICK
15. Common source of talk : AMRADIO
16. "Just be calm ..." : BREATHE
17. Ones left holding their bags? : MAILMEN
18. "Your guess is as good as mine" : CANTSAY
19. Kemper of "The Office" : ELLIE
20. Like many a barren landscape : OCHRE
21. Start to kneel? : SILENTK
24. Leatherneck : JARHEAD
26. Forge fixture : OVEN
27. Dodge with a V-10 engine : VIPER
29. It's written from right to left : URDU
30. Snuggery : NEST
31. Hit hard : SMITE
32. Tiniest objection : PEEP
33. Colloquial patriarch : POPPA
34. Wastes : OFFS
38. Wee hour : ONEAM
39. "Don't take my criticism seriously" : IKID
43. Redistribution of wealth? : LOAN
44. "Vissi d'arte" singer : TOSCA
45. Blue ___ : NILE
46. Writer who coined the word "nerd" : DRSEUSS
48. Tap, as for luck : KNOCKON
50. Red giant : CSTAR
51. Specialty of Edmond Hoyle : WHIST
52. Cuts to pieces : HACKSUP
55. Quickly approach : SPEEDTO
57. "Mountain Music" band : ALABAMA
58. Corral : FENCEIN
59. Annually : PERYEAR
60. Horror movie sights : CASKETS
1. Irish whiskey brand : JAMESON
2. Title of hits for Neil Diamond, Celine Dion and the Electric Light Orchestra : IMALIVE
3. Distinctive Cadillac features : GRILLES
4. Outstanding : SALIENT
5. Jingle producers : ADMEN
6. Golfer Michelle : WIE
7. Little guy : SON
8. Airer of "Dr. Kildare" and "Mr. Novak" : NBC
9. Bit of finan. planning : IRA
10. Tannhäuser, for one : TENOR
11. Mend : PATCHUP
12. Sign at a store with a hard-to-find item : ITSHERE
13. Going through the motions? : CHARADE
14. Nervous : KEYEDUP
22. They're often skipped on recordings : TVSPOTS
23. T-shaped robes : KIMONOS
24. Futuristic means of locomotion : JETPACK
25. Local, in a news story : AREAMAN
28. Vocal skill, informally : PIPES
34. London gent : OLDCHAP
35. Available : FORSALE
36. Stereotypical purchase of a guy in midlife crisis : FASTCAR
37. Just make the cut : SNEAKBY
39. Under control : INCHECK
40. "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" singer, 1976 : KIKIDEE
41. What happened "at the Movies" in a 1965 Pauline Kael title : ILOSTIT
42. Dr. ___ : DENTONS
47. ___ Majoris : URSAE
49. Voice actor Gary : OWENS
53. Actress Thurman : UMA
54. Shooter's target : PAR
55. Platoon V.I.P. : SFC
56. Shooter's item : PEA

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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