XW Info

This puzzle appeared on Monday, December 31, 2012 in syndication. The original New York Times publication date is shown below.
Monday, November 26, 2012
by Ed Sessa
Mon 11/26/2012
DRABIRASTRAPP
OONADOMEWAXER
FINSLAICONICE
FLATTENSOUTSKY
EARSNAIL
AMSDIPDEMEANS
TUMSCHEREERIE
BLOWSHOTANDCOLD
ATTICNATOHOLE
TIEGAMEENDMAR
SLABSSAM
STSAVOTRESANTE
PAPAWORANDEAL
ALOHAKEYSAMIS
RETAGSWEEMOLE
© 2012, The New York Times
1.Dull-colored : DRAB
5.Financial reserves for later years, in brief : IRAS
9.Von ___ family ("The Sound of Music" group) : TRAPP
14.Wife of Charlie Chaplin : OONA
15.Top of the Capitol : DOME
16.Floor machine : WAXER
17.Fish propellers : FINS
18.Of a church flock : LAIC
19.Chilling, as Champagne : ONICE
20.Pancakes : FLATTENSOUT
23.Firmament : SKY
24.What a barber must cut around : EAR
25.Escargot : SNAIL
27.Wee-hours periods, for short : AMS
30.Salsa or guacamole : DIP
32.Denigrates : DEMEANS
36.Rolaids competitor : TUMS
38.Chaz's mother : CHER
40.Spooky : EERIE
41.Waffles : BLOWSHOTANDCOLD
44.Rarely visited room : ATTIC
45.Western alliance since 1949 : NATO
46.One of 18 on a golf course : HOLE
47.Reason for a 10th inning, say : TIEGAME
49.Finish : END
51.Feb. follower : MAR
52.Large amounts of bacon : SLABS
54.Walton of Walmart : SAM
56.Ave. intersectors : STS
59.French toast : AVOTRESANTE
64.Bananalike fruit : PAPAW
66.Algerian port : ORAN
67.Give everyone a hand : DEAL
68.Wahine's greeting : ALOHA
69.F sharp major and others : KEYS
70.Bordeaux buddies : AMIS
71.Change the price on : RETAG
72.Popeye's ___' Pea : SWEE
73.Distinctive Marilyn Monroe facial feature : MOLE
1.Remove, as a hat : DOFF
2.Stir up : ROIL
3.She was the "I" in "The King and I" : ANNA
4.Moisten, as a turkey : BASTE
5.Leisure class : IDLERICH
6.Horse color : ROAN
7.Not quite right : AMISS
8.Inferior : SECONDRATE
9.Cheated on, romantically : TWOTIMED
10.Sought office : RAN
11.Line of rotation : AXIS
12.Amount for Peter Piper : PECK
13.Rabbits, to eagles, e.g. : PREY
21.Wee bit : TAD
22.Dubai's federation: Abbr. : UAE
26.Bloodsucker : LEECH
27.Up, in baseball : ATBAT
28.Prefix with task : MULTI
29.Struck down, biblically : SMOTE
31.Obsolescent directories : PHONEBOOKS
33.Virginia Woolf's "___ of One's Own" : AROOM
34.Nabisco's ___ wafers : NILLA
35.Passover supper : SEDER
37.Big swallows : SWIGS
39.Greek vowel : ETA
42.Scamp : SCALAWAG
43.Gobbledygook : NONSENSE
48.Dallas cager, for short : MAV
50."Law & Order" figs. : DAS
53.Scatter, as seeds : STREW
55."___, I'm Adam" : MADAM
56.Trade punches in training : SPAR
57.Scheherazade offering : TALE
58.Good name for a Dalmatian : SPOT
60.Funny Martha of old TV : RAYE
61.Pixar's "Finding ___" : NEMO
62.Homophone for 57-Down : TAIL
63."If all ___ fails ..." : ELSE
65."I see it now!" : AHA

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