Emily Cox
Emily Cox
Henry Rathvon
Henry Rathvon

NY Times, Sun, Dec 16, 2007 CRYPTIC CROSSWORD

Author:Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon
Editor:Will Shortz
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: , Blocks: 63, Across Lite

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© 2007, The New York Times
Across Down
1. "Go downhill and stop," I pontificate (11) : DETERIORATE
7. "Affirmative," I announced (3) : AYE
9. Creamy cheese part eaten by feline (9) : CAMEMBERT
10. Mob fight captured by recording (5) : CROWD
11. "Popular evergreen," you declared (3) : YEW
12. "Cracked a tart clue," I remark with clarity (10) : ARTICULATE
14. Cassette distorted action in a court (4,4) : TESTCASE
16. Problem for a musician in splitting rent (3,3) : TINEAR
18. A person keeping Christmas tree lit (2,4) : ONFIRE
20. Medical specialist catching true fish (8) : STURGEON
23. For someone unable to read, I will repeat (10) : ILLITERATE
25. "One in a flock," you uttered (3) : EWE
27. Old Greek recalled Old Testament mountain (5) : PLATO
28. Construction expert ran over to Mobile (9) : RENOVATOR
29. "Watch," I said (3) : EYE
30. "Last of the military police," I say again, "in New York" (6,5) : EMPIRESTATE
1. Try PIN code, scrambling a spy's work (10) : DECRYPTION
2. Back in the day, recalled Tool Issue (4,3) : TIMEWAS
3. Some spirits and couple of banshees dance (5) : RUMBA
4. Open question: Tax too much? (8) : OVERTASK
5. Assault by nail (6) : ATTACK
6. Rearranged six Creole wood cuttings (9) : EXCELSIOR
7. Disciple brewed top ales (7) : APOSTLE
8. Take Mary Baker for a whirl? (4) : EDDY
13. Producer of citrus or green tea mixes (6,4) : ORANGETREE
15. Steroid developed nice torso (9) : CORTISONE
17. Squad's first coach is thinner? (8) : STRAINER
19. After failing, goalie sadly leaves (7) : FOLIAGE
21. Pick out sun god and Agamemnon's daughter (7) : ELECTRA
22. Too much carried backward (2,4) : DETROP
24. Except for the first, digs brownies (5) : ELVES
26. Recess amid cheap seats (4) : APSE

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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