NY Times, Sun, Dec 14, 2008 DIAGRAMLESS

Author:Thomas Takaro
Editor:Will Shortz
Rows: 17, Columns: 17, Words: , Blocks: 113, Across Lite
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© 2008, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Astronaut's place : CAPSULE
8. Concerning : WITHRESPECTTO
14. Much-sung-about gift in "The Twelve Days of Christmas" : THREEFRENCHHENS
16. Believers : THEISTS
17. Stingers : HORNETS
19. Seize (from) : WREST
20. Consume heartily : EATUP
21. Creepy things? : OOZES
22. Ivory's partner : EBONY
23. Gets it : SEES
24. Dead, as a twig : SAPLESS
26. Like a friend indeed, it's said : INNEED
27. Manicured, as a lawn : MOWN
28. Former European currency : FRANCS
31. Instrument of angels : HARP
35. Auditions : TRYOUTS
38. Autumn color : OCHER
40. Sphere of influence : ORBIT
41. Words before a name on a check : PAYTO
42. Designer Miuccia : PRADA
43. Pip's love in "Great Expectations" : ESTELLA
46. More precipitous : SHEERER
48. Event in a tent : THREERINGCIRCUS
52. Billiards great a k a Rudolf Wanderone : MINNESOTAFATS
53. Mozart rival : SALIERI
1. Guitarist Atkins : CHET
2. Sounds in pounds : ARFS
3. The "p" in r.p.m. : PER
4. Opposite of NNW : SSE
5. Former WB rival : UPN
6. Nobelist Walesa : LECH
7. Come again? : ECHO
8. Asthmatic's sound : WHEEZE
9. Van Gogh subject : IRISES
10. Trials : TESTS
11. Brecht/Weill work, with "The" : THREEPENNYOPERA
12. Sound : TENABLE
13. Like horses' feet : ONETOED
14. Spasm : THROE
15. Knocks the socks off : STUNS
16. Terrible years? : TWOS
18. 1974 C.I.A. spoof : SPYS
24. Pig's sound : SNORT
25. President Sadat : ANWAR
26. Worldwide lending org. : IMF
29. "Yes" : CORRECT
30. Foresters and Outbacks : SUBARUS
31. It springs eternal : HOPE
32. With ___ of thousands : ACAST
33. Blues partner : RHYTHM
34. Czar known as "the Great" : PETERI
36. Periodic highs and lows : TIDES
37. Hollywood A-lister : STAR
39. Scott ___, seven-time Gold Glove winner : ROLEN
44. Projector part : LENS
45. Bailiwick : AREA
46. Result of a wound : SCAR
47. Bygone music player : HIFI
49. Geog. feature : ISL
50. "___ don't!" : NOI
51. It merged with Bell Atlantic to form Verizon : GTE

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