XW Info

This puzzle appeared on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 in syndication. The original New York Times publication date is shown below.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
by Allan E. Parrish
Tue 11/20/2012
CAPRIBLOCBOWE
BRIANAEROAPEX
GELIDRAMPKEPT
BALLOONPAYMENT
AOLNCOS
DISTRACTARARAT
OSUFLOATPLANE
BANALORBHELIX
BANDOFGOLDPST
SKIDOOSEARCHES
ERNSWOO
PARADEMAGAZINE
CURLUNIXDECAF
OPIEESMEINEPT
QUAYSEEDESTES
© 2012, The New York Times
1.___ pants : CAPRI
6.Voting alliance : BLOC
10.Boxer Riddick : BOWE
14.Director De Palma : BRIAN
15.Flying: Prefix : AERO
16.Nadir's opposite : APEX
17.Quite cold : GELID
18.Skateboard park feature : RAMP
19.Left in : KEPT
20.Provision for ending many a mortgage : BALLOONPAYMENT
23.2011 Huffington Post purchaser : AOL
24.Sergeants major, e.g.: Abbr. : NCOS
25.Amuse : DISTRACT
30.Where Noah made landfall : ARARAT
34.Big Ten football powerhouse, for short : OSU
35.Aircraft with pontoons : FLOATPLANE
37.Quite unoriginal : BANAL
40.Eye, poetically : ORB
41.Thread of a screw, e.g. : HELIX
42.1970 Freda Payne hit : BANDOFGOLD
45.L.A. winter hours : PST
46.Snowmobile brand : SKIDOO
47.Google queries : SEARCHES
50.Flying fish-eaters : ERNS
52.Go after : WOO
53.Weekend publication since 1941 : PARADEMAGAZINE
60.Pig's tail feature : CURL
61.MS-DOS alternative : UNIX
62.Late-night coffee, maybe : DECAF
63.Helen Crump Taylor's TV stepson : OPIE
64.Salinger heroine : ESME
65.All thumbs : INEPT
66.Pier : QUAY
67.Favorable tournament position : SEED
68.___ Kefauver, 1956 vice-presidential candidate : ESTES
1.Former N.Y.C. club : CBGB
2.___ 51 (ufologist's interest) : AREA
3.Hard-to-take person : PILL
4.Vituperate : RAILAT
5.___ plumbing : INDOOR
6.Home for an owl, maybe : BARN
7.Bound : LEAP
8.Financial adviser Suze : ORMAN
9.Mimic : COPYCAT
10.Common fund-raiser : BAKESALE
11.Unreserved : OPEN
12.Boohooed : WEPT
13.Business card abbr. : EXT
21.Count ___, character in the Lemony Snicket books : OLAF
22.Transform (into) : MORPH
25.TV/radio host Lou : DOBBS
26.Chris with the 1991 hit "Wicked Game" : ISAAK
27.Islam's largest denomination : SUNNI
28.Jam up : CLOG
29.Pamplona runners : TOROS
31.Sampson of the 1980s-'90s N.B.A. : RALPH
32.Biscotti flavoring, sometimes : ANISE
33.Pastors' readings : TEXTS
36.Qualified : ABLE
38.Cannonball of jazz fame : ADDERLEY
39.Irish lullaby syllables : LOORA
43.Melted-cheese dishes : FONDUES
44.Deputy ___ (Terrytoons character) : DAWG
48.One who sets the stage? : ROADIE
49.Deceives : COZENS
51.Rationality : SENSE
53.___ platter : PUPU
54.La Scala presentation : ARIA
55.Marcel Marceau, for one : MIME
56.Got rid of : AXED
57.Rapper who co-starred in "Ricochet" : ICET
58.Scruff : NAPE
59.Small salamanders : EFTS
60.___ au vin : COQ

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