New York Times, Friday, August 24, 2012

Author: Mark Diehl
Editor: Will Shortz
Mark Diehl
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 60, Blocks: 44 Missing: {BJQWZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 59 for Mr. Diehl. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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JimH notes: Not only is the grid shaped like a big 8, EIGHT-TRACK TAPES, OCTAGONAL, and SPIDER SOLITAIRE all invoke eightness.
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Across Down
1. Category on Craigslist : GARAGESALES
12. Unspoken agreement : TACITAPPROVAL
14. They're rarely played nowadays : EIGHTTRACKTAPES
16. How rainfall may be measured : PERYEAR
17. Imbecilic : ASININE
18. Boston landmark, with "the" : PRU
19. Needle point?: Abbr. : ENE
20. Some Toyotas : SOLARAS
25. Subject of the book "Red Moon Rising" : SPUTNIK
29. Early "cure" for tuberculosis : DESERTCLIMATE
31. Like Jerusalem's Dome of the Rock : OCTAGONAL
32. Puts barricades around : PARTITIONSOFF
36. "Eureka" and "Excelsior" : MOTTOES
37. Heaps : PASSELS
39. Key abbreviation : ALT
40. CD-___ : ROM
41. Sulfide-containing group : PYRITES
46. "Honest to God!" : ITSTRUE
50. Microsoft Windows game : SPIDERSOLITAIRE
52. Openly attack en masse : STORMTHEGATES
53. Home of Sun Bowl Stadium : ELPASOTEXAS
1. Discussion stopper : GAGRULE
2. Acting up, in a way : ACHY
3. Diet ___ : RITE
4. Girl/boy intro : ATTA
5. "Oh, God!" co-star : GARR
6. It's got its standards: Abbr. : EPA
7. Org. providing assistance to Afghans and Persians : SPCA
8. Scroll holders : ARKS
9. French novelist Pierre : LOTI
10. ___ Longoria, 2008 A.L. Rookie of the Year : EVAN
11. Perspicacious : SAPIENT
12. Part of a car's steering system : TIEROD
13. Gentle giant of Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" : LENNIE
14. Omar in Hollywood : EPPS
15. Curry : SEEK
21. Somewhat, after "of" : ASORT
22. Page one is traditionally one : RECTO
23. ___ Abrams, character on "Glee" : ARTIE
24. Fantasy sports figures : STATS
25. One-master : SLOOP
26. Outer ear : PINNA
27. Campus near the J.F.K. Library : UMASS
28. Giant bronze man in Greek myth : TALOS
30. Big budget item for "Avatar," briefly : CGI
32. Sea fan colonists : POLYPS
33. Reduce through retirement : ATTRITE
34. Carries back and forth : FERRIES
35. Prepares for baking, in a way : FLOURS
36. Google ___ : MAPS
38. Storybook pirate : SMEE
42. Target of a Fox hunt? : IDOL
43. One singing "Fight, fight, fight for Maryland!" : TERP
44. "Aunt" with a 1979 best seller : ERMA
45. Onetime landers at LAX : SSTS
46. "Before ___ you go ..." : ILET
47. Old comics dog : TIGE
48. Classic Memphis-based record label : STAX
49. "I'm history" : TATA
51. "Got ya!" : OHO

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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