New York Times, Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Author: Stu Ockman
Editor: Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 72, Blocks: 34 Missing: {QX} Spans: 4 This is puzzle # 7 for Mr. Ockman. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

Stu Ockman notes: When I first submitted this grid to Will in March 2013 (see right), Paula let me know that most of the theme examples 'feel ... more
Jeff Chen notes: It's rare for me to not figure out a puzzle's theme. Sure, I miss certain elements maybe once a month, but it's pretty rare that I ... more
JimH notes: I think there are a couple of reasons for the theme confusion. First, assuming Jeff's analysis is correct, the theme is entirely contained ... more
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Across Down
1. Homey : DAWG
5. Talks like a tosspot : SLURS
10. Corp. money execs : CFOS
14. Subject of a court bargain : PLEA
15. Spicy Eastern cuisine : HUNAN
16. "Nuts" director Martin : RITT
17. Hyperbole for an arduous task : ITLLTAKEFOREVER
20. "Two-L" beast : LLAMA
21. Writer ___ Rogers St. Johns : ADELA
22. Oxymoron for cautious travel : MAKEHASTESLOWLY
27. Classic time to duel : ATNOON
28. Earn, as profit : REAP
29. Maritime alert : SOS
30. Rive Gauche's river : SEINE
31. Nada : ZILCH
32. Squash units : SETS
33. Pesky arachnids : MITES
34. Parks in 1955 news : ROSA
38. Wired : HYPER
39. Jiggly treat : JELLO
40. Ending for a 10-Down : ISM
43. Flavoring for a French cordial : ANIS
44. "Body Heat" director Lawrence : KASDAN
45. Litotes for beauty : NOTUNATTRACTIVE
48. Intentionally mislead : LIETO
49. Like MGM's lion : AROAR
50. Simile for denseness : ASTHICKASABRICK
56. Leakes of reality TV : NENE
57. Play the siren : TEMPT
58. Hairy son of Isaac : ESAU
59. Sweetie : DEAR
60. Cheese choice : SWISS
61. Exclamation that's a homophone of 53-Down : AHME
1. Printer resolution fig. : DPI
2. Pilot's abbr. : ALT
3. Tightly interlocked : WELLKNIT
4. Many Spanish Armada ships : GALLEONS
5. Tribal healer : SHAMAN
6. "Last Days" actor Haas : LUKAS
7. Article in Le Monde : UNE
8. Prince William's mil. branch : RAF
9. ___-Caps (movie theater candy) : SNO
10. Literally, "I believe" : CREDO
11. Reporter's questions, collectively : FIVEWS
12. Opera with "Ave Maria" : OTELLO
13. Many pound dogs : STRAYS
18. Lake near Reno : TAHOE
19. Alice's sitcom husband : RALPH
22. Part of W.M.D. : MASS
23. Precisely, after "to" : ATEE
24. Least fresh : TRITEST
25. Angler with pots : EELER
26. Some bunts, for short : SACS
31. "Hush!" : ZIPIT
33. Avian mimic : MYNA
34. Place to stop and text, perhaps : RESTAREA
35. Ancestor of Scottish Gaelic and Manx : OLDIRISH
36. Many a Balkan native : SLAV
37. Top-notch : AONE
38. Red River delta capital : HANOI
39. Ebenezer's ghostly ex-partner : JACOB
40. Far from shore : INLAND
41. "Got it" : SOISEE
42. Eur. erupter : MTETNA
44. Gold standards : KARATS
46. King Arthur's father ___ Pendragon : UTHER
47. Talks like Don Corleone : RASPS
51. Number after a decimal: Abbr. : CTS
52. London's ___ Gardens : KEW
53. French friend : AMI
54. Ending with nanny or spy : CAM
55. Scrabble 10-pointer, spelled out : KUE

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