New York Times, Thursday, May 7, 2009

Author: Elizabeth C. Gorski
Editor: Will Shortz
Elizabeth C. Gorski
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 34 Missing: {BQX} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 166 for Ms. Gorski. NYT links: Across Lite

JimH notes: You could fill this grid by putting a circle in each corner. The four rebus squares must be interpreted differently Across or Down. As shown here, the top entry is for the Across answer and bottom is for the Down. Notice that this makes a nicely symmetric set.
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© 2009, The New York Times
Across Down
1. B-ball player : HOOPSTER
6. Like the Grand Canyon or Fourth of July fireworks : AWEINSPIRING
15. "Casablanca" co-star : LORRE
16. Phobic sort : NEUROPATH
17. Prayer leaders : IMAMS
18. Rush job? : TALKRADIO
19. Broadway Joe : NAMATH
21. "American Pie" actress Tara : REID
22. "Burma Looks Ahead" author : UNU
23. Head of steam? : ESS
24. Give ___ (care) : ADARN
26. Picasso's muse Dora ___ : MAAR
27. De ___ (by right) : JURE
29. Jocund : GAY
31. Cigar distributor, perhaps : PROUDPAPA
36. Fictional hero on a quest to Mount Doom : FRODO
40. Gets past a last difficulty ... or a hint to this puzzle's theme : ROUNDSTHECORNER
42. Creepy : EERIE
43. Unisex : HISORHERS
44. "Show pity, ___ die": "The Taming of the Shrew" : ORI
46. Heading in a Keats volume : ODES
47. "Notch" on Orion's belt : STAR
50. Diaper, in Devon : NAPPY
53. Mandela's org. : ANC
56. Agcy. with agents : IRS
57. Stuff the piggy bank : SAVE
58. Take, as an exam : SITFOR
61. Means of some W.W. I raids : ZEPPELINS
64. Complete, quickly : THORO
65. Ousters : EVICTIONS
66. Crunching sound : CRUMP
67. Welcome January 1, say : RINGINTHENEW
68. 1950s fad item : HULAHOOP
1. New York City tour provider : CIRCLELINE
2. Bodies of organisms : SOMAS
3. Suspended air travel? : TRAMS
4. Humorist Bombeck : ERMA
5. Kick back : REST
6. Hill denizen : ANT
7. ___ smile (grin) : WEARA
8. Calculus pioneer : EULER
9. Teeing off : IRKING
10. Sud's opposite : NORD
11. Where you may get steamed : SPA
12. "The Taming of the Shrew" setting : PADUA
13. 1986 Turner autobiography : ITINA
14. Showtime, at NASA : ZEROHOUR
20. Strings pulled in heaven? : HARPS
25. The end : DEATH
26. Some aromatic resins : MYRRHS
27. Sonny : JUNIOR
28. Milk dispenser : UDDER
30. Prior to, poetically : AFORE
31. Paid intro? : PRE
32. Beluga delicacy : ROE
33. Joint possession word : OUR
34. ___ Beta Kappa : PHI
35. Classical storyteller : AESOP
37. Series opener : ONE
38. Part of many Dutch surnames : DER
39. Hosp. areas : ORS
41. Buffalo Bill ___ Wild West Show : CODYS
45. Bad way to be caught : INALIE
47. Teeny dress measurement : SIZEZERO
48. ___ Fountain : TREVI
49. Clinton's first defense secretary : ASPIN
51. Par ___ : AVION
52. Pasta variety : PENNE
53. Run ___ of : AFOUL
54. Bellini opera : NORMA
55. Mysterious art visible from the sky : CROPCIRCLE
57. Green of "The Italian Job," 2003 : SETH
59. Scratcher's target : ITCH
60. Dolly Parton's "Travelin' ___" : THRU
62. %: Abbr. : PCT
63. Milwaukee-to-Houston dir. : SSW

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