New York Times, Thursday, December 25, 2003

Author: John Underwood
Editor: Will Shortz
John Underwood
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
145/23/20022/10/20090
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
0162311
ScrabbleRebusCirclePangram
1.58001

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FGJQ} Featured Will Shortz favorite This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Underwood. NYT links: Across Lite

1
I
2
V
3
O
4
R
5
S
6
C
7
I
8
S
9
T
10
A
11
R
12
C
13
H
14
V
I
N
E
15
A
U
K
16
O
H
S
U
R
E
17
A
X
I
S
18
C
P
O
19
D
A
S
H
E
R
20
N
E
C
T
21
A
R
I
N
22
E
23
T
I
R
E
D
24
S
N
E
A
K
E
D
25
B
26
E
S
S
27
R
I
D
28
B
L
I
T
29
Z
30
E
31
N
32
W
33
O
34
M
E
N
35
S
36
M
E
L
T
37
E
T
O
38
I
D
E
A
39
S
A
N
T
A
40
E
R
O
S
41
S
O
S
42
A
U
T
O
S
43
D
R
O
N
E
44
P
R
A
45
N
C
E
R
46
D
O
N
47
O
C
T
A
48
M
A
N
I
49
A
50
C
51
S
52
B
53
A
54
N
T
U
55
P
56
R
I
N
C
E
T
O
N
57
O
T
I
O
S
58
E
59
A
M
C
60
E
R
M
A
61
D
O
N
N
E
R
62
S
E
E
63
L
I
E
R
64
S
P
E
E
D
Y
65
P
O
R
66
S
A
T
E
© 2003, The New York Times
Across Down
1. "Gosford Park" character ___ Novello : IVOR
5. Zool. or astron. : SCI
8. Stiffness : STARCH
14. Street crossing Hollywood : VINE
15. Razor-billed ___ : AUK
16. "Yeah, right!" : OHSURE
17. x, for one : AXIS
18. Coast Guard rank: Abbr. : CPO
19. One on the go : DASHER
20. Juicy fruit : NECTARINE
23. Hackneyed : TIRED
24. Took surreptitiously : SNEAKED
25. 1953 Jean Simmons title role : BESS
27. Disencumber : RID
28. Lightning bolts, in Germany : BLITZEN
32. Sirens, e.g. : WOMEN
35. Fish eaten whole : SMELT
37. W.W. II map: Abbr. : ETO
38. It comes to mind : IDEA
39. Owner of eight other answers in this puzzle : SANTA
40. Daring 1960's Ralph Ginzburg magazine : EROS
41. ···---··· : SOS
42. Lincoln and Ford : AUTOS
43. Be a poor public speaker : DRONE
44. Cavorter : PRANCER
46. Slip into : DON
47. Prefix with meter : OCTA
48. Wild ones : MANIACS
52. Zulu, for one : BANTU
55. The Tigers : PRINCETON
57. Good-for-nothing : OTIOSE
59. Cable inits. : AMC
60. "Forever, ___" (1996 humor book) : ERMA
61. California's ___ Pass : DONNER
62. Take in : SEE
63. One who waits in ambush : LIER
64. Split-second : SPEEDY
65. ___ favor : POR
66. Stuff : SATE
1. Several czars : IVANS
2. Female fox : VIXEN
3. Opposite of neat : ONICE
4. Stopping-off place : RESTAREA
5. Like some ground : SACRED
6. Matchmaker : CUPID
7. Religious image: Var. : IKON
8. Turf : SOD
9. "Aha!" : THATSIT
10. Basketball datum : ASSIST
11. German valley : RUHR
12. Chief Big Bear, for one : CREE
13. Reindeer group : HERD
21. Parallel : AKIN
22. Dodgers' field, once : EBBETS
26. "___ Cinders" (old comic) : ELLA
29. Nil : ZERO
30. School attended by Ian Fleming : ETON
31. Rudolph's beacon : NOSE
32. Bit of a shock? : WISP
33. Musk or must : ODOR
34. City near Phoenix : MESA
35. Subordinate bureaucrat : SATRAP
36. 6 on a phone : MNO
39. Mincemeat ingredient : SUET
40. Two-time U.S. Open winner : ERNIEELS
42. Criminal defendant, with "the" : ACCUSED
43. Therefore: Fr. : DONC
45. Nil : NOTONE
46. Ballerina : DANCER
48. Photocopy precursor : MIMEO
49. Courtyards : ATRIA
50. Cleaning brand : COMET
51. Net : SNARE
52. What gymgoers show off, slangily : BODS
53. On : ATOP
54. Reindeer team, counting Rudolph : NINE
56. Sound gravelly : RASP
58. Suffix with mock : ERY

Found bugs or have suggestions?

Previous puzzle | Next puzzle