This web browser is not supported. Use Chrome, Edge, Safari, or Firefox for best results.

New York Times, Thursday, January 2, 2014

Pope who declared "I am a sinner. This is the most accurate definition"

Author:
Todd Gross
Editor:
Will Shortz
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
179/13/20097/23/20185
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
4211513
ScrabbleRebusCirclePangram
1.54130
Todd Gross

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 32 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 9 for Mr. Gross. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Todd Gross notes:
I first tried this puzzle on Peter Gordon in March of 2012. He liked the theme idea, but didn't like that every theme entry would take ... read more
Will Shortz notes:
Sometimes I think every possible Thursday gimmick must have been used by now ... but, no. Great new ideas, like today's, keep showing ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Man oh man, it took me forever to cotton to this very innovative theme. Five theme answers are quasi-literal interpretations of ... read more
1
I
2
B
3
A
4
R
5
S
6
A
7
L
8
L
9
A
10
F
11
L
12
A
13
T
14
R
E
C
A
P
15
D
U
O
16
M
O
O
C
H
17
M
A
C
H
I
18
N
E
S
V
19
A
R
A
C
E
20
A
R
E
21
N
O
L
T
E
22
T
O
N
E
R
23
U
P
24
L
A
T
E
25
C
26
H
I
N
E
S
E
27
O
P
T
I
C
S
28
S
H
A
V
E
R
S
29
D
O
E
T
H
30
M
O
I
R
E
S
31
A
N
D
I
32
W
A
L
L
M
33
E
34
M
35
U
36
S
37
G
38
E
A
R
E
D
39
P
L
A
N
K
40
F
41
R
A
N
C
I
S
42
D
E
F
T
L
Y
43
G
L
U
T
T
O
N
44
D
E
A
F
T
O
45
R
O
S
I
E
46
A
47
C
O
R
N
48
R
O
49
E
50
O
R
S
O
N
51
T
H
E
R
U
52
L
E
S
B
53
F
E
I
N
T
54
E
A
R
55
T
O
S
E
A
56
E
T
A
P
E
57
D
I
R
58
S
A
S
S
Y
© 2014, The New York Times1/2/14 ( No. 23,431 )

Support XWord Info today

Pay now and get access for a year.

1. Select account level
2. Choose how to pay
Across
1
Some support beams : IBARS
6
100% : ALL
9
Key of Chopin's Polonaise No. 6 : AFLAT
14
Hit the highlights : RECAP
15
Husband and wife, e.g. : DUO
16
Sponge : MOOCH
17
Food or drink dispensers : VENDINGMACHINES
19
___ to the top : ARACE
20
First word in the English lyrics of "Frère Jacques" : ARE
21
Nick of "The Deep" : NOLTE
22
Kind of cartridge : TONER
23
Burning the midnight oil : UPLATE
25
Like virtually all gold medalists in Olympic table tennis : CHINESE
27
Science of light : OPTICS
28
Lads : SHAVERS
29
Performs, in the Bible : DOETH
30
Shimmery silks : MOIRES
31
"You ___" (2011 Lady Gaga song) : ANDI
32
Robert Frost poem that includes "Good fences make good neighbors" : MENDINGWALL
33
Three-toed runners : EMUS
37
Designed (for) : GEARED
39
Yoga pose that strengthens the abs : PLANK
40
Pope who declared "I am a sinner. This is the most accurate definition" : FRANCIS
42
With skill and grace : DEFTLY
43
Hog : GLUTTON
44
Ignoring : DEAFTO
45
Maid on "The Jetsons" : ROSIE
46
___ squash : ACORN
48
Sea eggs : ROE
50
Sci-fi novelist ___ Scott Card : ORSON
51
Taking liberties : BENDINGTHERULES
53
Mock attack : FEINT
54
"Star Trek" prosthesis : EAR
55
Oceanward : TOSEA
56
Tour de France stage : ETAPE
57
Board member: Abbr. : DIR
58
Full of spunk : SASSY
Down
1
"___ la Douce" : IRMA
2
Relate to : BEARUPON
3
Successful, as an applicant : ACCEPTED
4
Sound of support : RAH
5
Ingredient in Florentine dishes : SPINACH
6
"Someone Like You" singer : ADELE
7
Hircosity : LUST
8
1968 #1 hit for the Supremes : LOVECHILD
9
Feeling romantic : AMATIVE
10
Going without help : FENDINGFORONESELF
11
Car not in a garage : LOANER
12
Gatekeeper's grant : ACCESS
13
"Voilà!" : THERE
18
Forget-me-___ : NOTS
24
Future court case : PENDINGLITIGATION
26
Mistreatment : HARM
27
___ Mae ("Ghost" role) : ODA
28
Parts of clogs : SOLES
30
Softened up, in a way : MARINATED
32
Where Snickers, Skittles and Starburst are manufactured : WACO
34
Crash pad? : MATTRESS
35
Frees : UNLOOSES
36
It goes around the world : SKY
38
Diplomatic agreement : ENTENTE
39
Inconsequential stuff : PEANUTS
40
Little bloom : FLORET
41
Don's place : RUSSIA
42
Charlie Chan's creator Earl ___ Biggers : DERR
43
"Grand Canyon Suite" composer : GROFE
44
Red Sox Hall-of-Famer Bobby : DOERR
47
Tea type : CHAI
49
Company with a 1998 Nasdaq I.P.O. that hired its first employee in 1996 : EBAY
52
Mauna ___ : LOA

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

Found bugs or have suggestions?

Like this puzzle? Please share this page on social media to help spread the word about XWord Info. Thanks!