New York Times, Thursday, September 27, 2012

Author: Joel Fagliano
Editor: Will Shortz
Joel Fagliano
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 33 Missing: {KQX} Spans: 2 Featured in Will Shortz's favorite puzzlemakers This is puzzle # 13 for Mr. Fagliano. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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JimH notes: Peter Abide used this same clever theme 11 years ago, even including FROFFTONICE. His other theme entries were OFFSIDEKICKON and one I especially liked, "A Star is Born" co-star KRISTONERSOFF. Elizabeth C. Gorski had a related notion in a 2006 puzzle called Light Thinking.
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Across Down
1. Part of a metaphorical ladder : JOB
4. Any of the Gal√°pagos : ISLA
8. Color classification quality : CHROMA
14. Italian article : UNA
15. "Angels From the Realms of Glory," e.g. : NOEL
16. Like psychopaths, say : AMORAL
17. Cellphone feature, for short : GPS
18. Sports team management group : FROFFTONICE
20. "You missed ___" : ASPOT
22. Suffix with diet : ARY
23. "... boy ___ girl?" : ORA
24. Language for a 37-Down : ERSE
25. Some navels : OUTIES
28. California's ___ Padres National Forest : LOS
29. Digress : GOONOFFATANGENT
32. Word appearing more than 20 times on Iran's flag : ALLAH
33. Like some music : CHORAL
34. ___ meteor shower : LEONID
36. Muscle cramps, e.g. : SPASMS
40. Covered : COATED
44. Capital on the Gulf of Guinea : ACCRA
45. What a mayor wins, usually : ONYEARELECTIOFF
49. Engage in some pillow talk : COO
50. Orion ___ : NEBULA
51. French word with a circumflex : ETRE
52. Play (with) : TOY
53. What portable Apple products run : IOS
54. It can be found in runes : NORSE
56. Toggle ... or a hint to 18-, 29- and 45-Across? : ONOFFSWITCH
60. Kitten call : MEW
62. Classic 1740 romance subtitled "Virtue Rewarded" : PAMELA
63. Contests : VIES
64. Kind of dye : AZO
65. To some extent : INAWAY
66. Architect Saarinen : EERO
67. Shiny, say : NEW
1. ___-eared : JUG
2. Out, in a way : ONPAROLE
3. Certain jazz club improvisation : BASSSOLO
4. Dope : INFO
5. To some extent : SORTOF
6. 48-Down follower : LEO
7. Movement founded by Yasser Arafat : ALFATAH
8. Age calculation at a vet clinic : CATYEARS
9. Medical grp. : HMO
10. ___ Swanson, "Parks and Recreation" boss : RON
11. 13-Down athlete : ORIOLE
12. Diacritical mark : MACRON
13. See 11-Down : ALEAST
19. Popular corn chip, informally : FRITO
21. Expiation : PENANCE
24. Even in Paris? : EGAL
26. Mixed martial arts org. : UFC
27. Lose one's patience with, maybe : SNAPAT
30. Many a Browns fan : OHIOAN
31. Epitome of slowness : GLACIER
35. "This may be controversial, but ..." : DAREISAY
37. Arthur Conan Doyle, e.g. : SCOTSMAN
38. "Batman" villain in a cryogenic suit : MRFREEZE
39. Cry at home, maybe : SAFE
41. "America's favorite active pro athlete," per a 2012 ESPN poll : TEBOW
42. Slippery : ELUSIVE
43. Singer Lana ___ Rey : DEL
45. Exotic aquarium specimens : OCTOPI
46. Speechwriter who coined the phrase "Read my lips: no new taxes" : NOONAN
47. Classical musician whose career has had its ups and downs? : YOYOMA
48. 6-Down preceder : CANCER
55. Very : OHSO
57. Small number : FEW
58. Fourth-largest state in population: Abbr. : FLA
59. N.H.L. impossibility : TIE
61. "That's crazy!" : WOW

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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