New York Times, Monday, September 10, 2012

Author: Andrea Carla Michaels
Editor: Will Shortz
Andrea Carla Michaels
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 42 Missing: {JXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 34 for Ms. Michaels. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

Andrea Carla Michaels notes: I liked coming up with different phrases around EVIL. QUEENOFMEAN and SIDVICIOUS led me to wanting them all to be people, but it was not to be.

Fretted that SOMETHINGWICKED 15 was but a partial of the full Bradbury title of SOMETHINGWICKED this way comes, but finally went with it, because the book is often referred to as SOMETHINGWICKED and it perfectly summed up the theme. Now don't be cruel...

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© 2012, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Outrageous comedy : FARCE
6. Big galoots : APES
10. "Play It Again, ___" : SAM
13. Plan B : ALTERNATIVE
16. "I'll take that as ___" : ANO
17. Leona Helmsley epithet : QUEENOFMEAN
18. Tree with needles : FIR
19. Bro's sibling : SIS
20. Uno y dos : TRES
21. Quayle : Bush :: Biden : ___ : OBAMA
23. Entr'___ (musical interlude) : ACTE
25. Urban's opposite : RURAL
26. Words under a monkey with his hands over his ears : HEARNOEVIL
32. Go the extra ___ : MILE
33. Samuel on the Supreme Court : ALITO
34. Again from the top : ANEW
36. Start of a Ray Bradbury title ... or a hint to the ends of 17-, 26-, 49- and 62-Across : SOMETHINGWICKED
43. New York State's ___ Canal : ERIE
44. Supermodel Campbell : NAOMI
45. Frequent "S.N.L." host Baldwin : ALEC
49. One of the Sex Pistols : SIDVICIOUS
52. A funny thing happened on the way to this, in an old musical : FORUM
54. Utopia : EDEN
55. Little guy in the garden : GNOME
56. Rank below a marquis : EARL
58. Football passers, for short : QBS
61. All ___ up (agitated) : HET
62. 1956 #1 Elvis hit : DONTBECRUEL
66. "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee" boxer : ALI
67. Falling apart : INDISREPAIR
68. Big Apple inits. : NYC
69. Price : COST
70. Fails to mention : OMITS
1. Queries on the Internet, for short : FAQS
2. His: Fr. : ALUI
3. Blvds. and rds. : RTES
4. Not-so-impressive grade : CEE
5. Suffix with north or south : ERN
6. "Stop staring ___!" : ATME
7. Slapstick props : PIES
8. One of the Gabors : EVA
9. Mister in Mexico : SENOR
10. African hunt : SAFARI
11. Zebra or zebu : ANIMAL
12. Esprit de corps : MORALE
14. "What's ___ like?" : NOTTO
15. "It's ___ country!" : AFREE
22. Mooch, as a cigarette : BUM
23. Johnson who said "Ver-r-r-ry interesting!" : ARTE
24. Bill worth 100 smackers : CNOTE
26. Possesses : HAS
27. "Don't Bring Me Down" rock group, for short : ELO
28. Order between "ready" and "fire" : AIM
29. Equipped with sails, as a windmill : VANED
30. Gerund suffix : ING
31. ___ Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's birth name) : LEW
35. Look that may accompany a groan : WINCE
37. Mins. and mins. : HRS
38. Jr.'s junior : III
39. Brother of Abel : CAIN
40. "Kitchy-kitchy-___!" : KOO
41. Aussie bird : EMU
42. Run down, in slang : DIS
45. Kabul native : AFGHAN
46. Feeling friendless : LONELY
47. XXX-rated : EROTIC
48. Summa ___ laude : CUM
50. Words after nouns : VERBS
51. Do-nothing : IDLER
53. Combat doc : MEDIC
56. Terminates : ENDS
57. Going ___ tooth and nail : ATIT
58. Paris's ___ d'Orsay : QUAI
59. "___ ever so humble ..." : BEIT
60. Some cameras, for short : SLRS
63. Singer Yoko : ONO
64. Corp. bigwig : CEO
65. 33 1/3, 45 or 78, briefly : RPM

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