New York Times, Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Author: Peter A. Collins
Editor: Will Shortz
Football
Peter A. Collins
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 63 for Mr. Collins. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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JimH notes: The circles trace a football shape with laces tied up in the middle.
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© 2012, The New York TimesNo. 22,968
Across Down
1. Some are square : MEALS
6. G.I. rank : PFC
9. Mardi ___ : GRAS
13. It might keep you up at night : APNEA
14. Feel bad : AIL
15. Vile : SLIMY
16. "And that's ___!" : FINAL
17. Morgantown's locale: Abbr. : WVA
18. Some mirages : OASES
19. John Lennon, e.g. : ICON
20. Dandy : ONER
21. Glandular prefix : ADENO
22. Sun Devil Stadium's sch. : ASU
23. With 44-Across, common broadcasting phrase related to this puzzle's outer circled letters : THEKICKISUP
25. To a huge extent : NOEND
27. Curiosity's launcher : NASA
28. Los Angeles district : ENCINO
30. Deleted : XED
31. Bangkok native : THAI
35. With 37-Across, events described by 23-/44-Across : FIELD
36. Abbr. after a phone no. : EXT
37. See 35-Across : GOALS
38. Rain delay sight : TARP
39. Peace, to Pliny : PAX
40. Middle manager? : CORSET
41. Jr. in an office : ASST
43. One of two on a short date? : SLASH
44. See 23-Across : ANDITISGOOD
48. Custodian's tool : MOP
51. Flick not shown on network TV : PORNO
52. Lunkhead : DOLT
53. Greenhouse square : PANE
54. Silver, in the Sierra Madres : PLATA
55. "Lord, is ___?": Matthew 26:22 : ITI
56. Adhering to Strunk and White's advice "Omit needless words" : TERSE
57. Mojito garnishes : LIMES
58. X-ray unit : RAD
59. "Family Matters" role : URKEL
60. Alumni grouping : YEAR
61. "Very funny" cable channel : TBS
62. Short blasts : GUSTS
1. Omertà organization : MAFIA
2. Works inspired by Calliope, e.g. : EPICS
3. One saying 23-/44-Across : ANNOUNCER
4. Request to a butcher : LEAN
5. Mineo of film : SAL
6. In hock : PAWNED
7. Shortish race, for short : FIVEK
8. Pete Fountain played it : CLARINET
9. Lions' foes : GLADIATORS
10. Knolls : RISES
11. "Would you like to see ___?" : AMENU
12. Online honcho : SYSOP
15. Rips off, in a way : SOAKS
20. "Here we go again!" : OHNO
23. Work, as a bar : TEND
24. Probably not Mr. Right : CAD
26. Manet or Monet : OILPAINTER
28. Pond denizen : EFT
29. Vardalos of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" : NIA
30. Pigskin stitching : XXX
32. They appear at one-yard intervals : HASHMARKS
33. The "A" in IPA : ALE
34. Verb after "das" : IST
36. Grovels : EATSDIRT
37. Prod : GOAD
39. Tire spec abbr. : PSI
40. Circulation blocker : CLOT
42. Greek walkways : STOAS
43. Pool side : SOLIDS
44. Put on : APPLY
45. "I swear!" : NOLIE
46. Miller product : DRAMA
47. Scored in the 80s : GOTAB
49. Beginning : ONSET
50. Bares fruit? : PEELS
53. Country mentioned in Sinatra's "Come Fly With Me" : PERU
56. Yank : TUG

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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