# New York Times, Thursday, December 13, 2012

 Author: Sam Ezersky Editor: Will Shortz
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## This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 74, Blocks: 34 Missing: {QX} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Ezersky. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

JimH notes: This original grid has four "rebus" squares containing IO. Each crosses a short and a long answer. The short answers fit the clues with either I or O. (I arbitrarily chose to use I in the answers below but you can see that either satisfies the clue.) The long answers use both I and O in that order. So, 14 Across can be either WRITE or WROTE, and 3 Down is SING-SONG VOICE.

DING DONG DITCH at 34 Down is a game where you ring someone's doorbell and run away. It's a favorite each year at the ACPT.
 1S 2O 3S 4A 5D 6E 7G 8A 9L 10S 11L 12I 13M 14W R IO T E 15S O M E 16P I L E 17A N N A L 18P IO N G 19T A B L E 20T E G R I 21N 22N O S E C R E T 23V I V O 24T I N E A R S 25C 26L O S E C 27U 28T 29T A J 30A V I 31R A N U 32P 33M A 34D 35A 36M 37F O C 38I 39L A R A 40M 41M IO T E 42E V E N 43S 44S I G E 45P 46N R A 47E K 48G 49N O N L 50E G A L 51A 52R 53T R O O 54M 55L U N D 56S H U T A W A 57Y 58O R B I 59T 60Z 61K IO N G L I V E 62S 63A L T H O 64O N E A 65D I N O 66L O C A L 67F E D S 68E S S O 69S C H W A
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 Across Down 1. Lament after a loss, maybe : SOSAD6. Like un + quatre vis-à-vis deux + trois : EGAL10. Reduce : SLIM14. Put to paper : WRITE15. Partly : SOME16. Accumulation : PILE17. Historical record : ANNAL18. Feature of many a rec room : PINGPONGTABLE20. Discontinued brand of antidandruff shampoo : TEGRIN22. Something generally known : NOSECRET23. Andrea Bocelli's "___ per lei" : VIVO24. Hearing problems? : TINEARS25. Like a buzz, say : CLOSECUT29. ___ Mahal : TAJ30. Bird: Prefix : AVI31. Quickly accumulated : RANUP33. ___ Chair : MADAM37. What an ellipse's major axis passes through : FOCI39. Bygone N.F.L.'er : LARAM41. Teensy bit : MITE42. Smooths : EVENS44. College frat with the greatest number of chapter houses (200+) : SIGEP46. Org. with lots of big shots? : NRA47. Heart reading, briefly : EKG49. Not law-related : NONLEGAL51. Studio : ARTROOM55. Ilsa in "Casablanca" : LUND56. Quarantine : SHUTAWAY58. Big name in travel : ORBITZ61. 1986 film sequel Razzie-nominated for Worst Visual Effects : KINGKONGLIVES63. Howe'er : ALTHO64. Prime window seat : ONEA65. T. Rex, e.g. : DINO66. One who knows the neighborhood : LOCAL67. Regulatory group : FEDS68. Canadian roadside sign : ESSO69. Agenda's beginning or end : SCHWA 1. Kind of team : SWAT2. Department where Camembert cheese is made : ORNE3. Insincere-sounding speaking style : SINGSONGVOICE4. Classic consoles : ATARIS5. Stand's partner : DELIVER6. Special sight? : ESP7. Proceed, say : GOIN8. Cry preceding "Are too!" : AMNOT9. Walks : LEGSIT10. 1996 live-action/animated comedy : SPACEJAM11. Only astrological sign with an inanimate symbol : LIBRA12. "No One's ___" (Eminem rap) : ILLER13. Sports events : MEETS19. Late breakfast time, maybe : TENAM21. For dieters : NOCAL25. Establishment that may display a chalkboard : CAFE26. Ukrainian city, once : LVOV27. Some: Sp. : UNAS28. 2006 Winter Olympics city : TURIN32. When doubled, a Pacific capital : PAGO34. Kids' doorbell-ringing prank : DINGDONGDITCH35. Razor brand : ATRA36. Grace period? : MEAL38. It's hard to get a reaction out of it : INERTGAS40. ___ Park, Calif. : MENLO43. Toaster's output? : SKOAL45. Dollars and cents, e.g. : PLURALS48. Attempt to get a mass audience : GOWIDE50. All together : ENBLOC51. Want from : ASKOF52. Major European river : RHINE53. Sounding good, say : TUNED54. One of the Staple Singers : MAVIS57. Aches (for) : YENS59. Antifreeze? : THAW60. Novelist who was a childhood friend of Cézanne : ZOLA62. ___ Canals : SOO

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later.

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