XW Info

This puzzle appeared on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 in syndication. The original New York Times publication date is shown below.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
by Adam G. Perl
Wed 11/28/2012
BAGELURSAOTIS
IRAQINOELAHME
XPLUSYISSIXTEEN
ALEATEEGAS
TRITESTENDORSE
SOMEYEATSNAYS
OUITOSSETD
XMINUSYISFOUR
POTETATAOL
DARTMETALSTDS
IDEAMENSAUTEED
OMSRARERNA
XISTENANDYISSIX
IREDEGOSTIETO
NEDSRESTESSEX
© 2012, The New York Times
JimH notes: x + y = 16 and x - y = 4, so substituting...
x = 4 + y
y + (4 + y) = 16
y + y = 16 - 4
2y = 12, so y = 6
x + 6 = 16, so x = 10
1.Goose egg : BAGEL
6."Major" beast : URSA
10.Porter's regretful Miss : OTIS
14.From Basra, say : IRAQI
15.Time to stuff stockings : NOEL
16.[sigh] : AHME
17.Start of an algebra problem : XPLUSYISSIXTEEN
20.Toby filler : ALE
21.To ___ (perfectly) : ATEE
22.Heating option : GAS
23.Least fresh : TRITEST
27.Throw one's support behind : ENDORSE
29."___ nerve!" : SOME
30.Poet with a "fanatic's heart" : YEATS
32.Passage preventers, often : NAYS
33.Qu├ębec assent : OUI
34.Jettison : TOSS
35.Outgoing flight stat : ETD
36.The rest of the algebra problem : XMINUSYISFOUR
41.Kitty : POT
42."L'___ c'est moi" : ETAT
43.Alternative to Yahoo! : AOL
45.It has feathers and flies : DART
47.Black Sabbath's genre : METAL
49.Benchmarks: Abbr. : STDS
50.Think tank types : IDEAMEN
52.Like stir-fry : SAUTEED
54.Meditation sounds : OMS
55.One-in-a-million : RARE
57.Messenger ___ : RNA
58.Answer to the algebra problem : XISTENANDYISSIX
64.Steaming : IRED
65.Causes of some celebrity clashes : EGOS
66.Link with : TIETO
67.Fictional Flanders and Devine : NEDS
68.Kind of day for a competitive cyclist : REST
69.Historic English county : ESSEX
1.Beiderbecke of jazz : BIX
2.Dadaist Jean : ARP
3.Guy's mate : GAL
4.Regard as identical : EQUATE
5.Fine cotton thread : LISLE
6.Prefix with -form : UNI
7.Parks in front of a bus? : ROSA
8.Sonnet part : SESTET
9.Xenophobes' fear : ALIENS
10.Muesli morsel : OAT
11.Mrs. Robinson's movie : THEGRADUATE
12."Fine with me" : IMEASY
13.Classic quintet : SENSES
18.Response to "Who, me?" : YESYOU
19.Marked, in a way : XED
23.Menu general : TSO
24.Gumbo thickener : ROUX
25."Wow!" : IMIMPRESSED
26.Actress Harper of "No Country for Old Men" : TESS
28.Savvy about : ONTO
31.Until now : ASYET
34.Cause of a boom and bust? : TNT
35.Young newt : EFT
37.Smidge : IOTA
38."Take ___ a sign" : ITAS
39.Subject of a cap, in sports : SALARY
40.Didn't go by foot : RODE
44."Dropped" drug : LSD
45.Compound in Agent Orange : DIOXIN
46.Venerate : ADMIRE
47.More Scroogelike : MEANER
48.Tee off : ENRAGE
49.Equilibrium : STASIS
51.Battlefield fare: Abbr. : MRE
53.Pull together : UNITE
56.Slaughter in baseball : ENOS
59.Some highlight reel features, for short : TDS
60.Summer hrs. : DST
61.Parisian's possessive : SES
62.Ore suffix : ITE
63.Affectionate sign-off : XOX

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