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New York Times, Friday, January 22, 2016

"An ___ held by the tail is not yet caught" (old proverb)

Author:
Paula Gamache
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Paula Gamache

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 64, Blocks: 33 Missing: {JMQXZ} Spans: 4 This is puzzle # 102 for Ms. Gamache. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2016, The New York Times1/22/16 ( No. 24,181 )

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Across
1
Viking girl in "How to Train Your Dragon" : ASTRID
7
Intimates : GETSAT
13
Comics tyke : SWEEPEA
15
Starling of book and film : CLARICE
16
Epic number : CASTOFTHOUSANDS
18
So-called "fifth qtrs." : OTS
19
Postwar German nickname : DERALTE
20
Kenan's sitcom partner : KEL
21
Next : THEN
23
Irrelevant info : NOISE
24
Trinidad o Tobago : ISLA
25
Shot putters' needs? : SERA
26
Squash : SITON
27
Unleashes (on) : SICS
28
Its main characters go to hell : DANTESINFERNO
31
___ Green, 2006 Bond girl : EVA
32
Chris who sang "The Road to Hell," 1989 : REA
33
Tools with swiveling blades : POTATOPEELERS
40
Directed : SENT
41
Fantasy sports option : TRADE
42
Like some additions and editions : LATE
44
With 36-Down, bit of clothes mending : KNEE
45
Like drafts : ONTAP
46
Emphatic type: Abbr. : ITAL
47
Lance on a bench : ITO
48
Snowflake or crystal shape : FRACTAL
50
Outer limit : END
51
Functioning again : BACKINTHESADDLE
54
Like Charlie Brown's kite, ultimately : INATREE
55
Large game bass : STRIPER
56
Great-aunt in "David Copperfield" : BETSEY
57
Saws : ADAGES
Down
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Dandy wear : ASCOTS
2
Enveloped : SWATHED
3
Byzantine art bit : TESSERA
4
Pensioned: Abbr. : RET
5
Light music source? : IPOD
6
Appealing figure? : DEFENSEATTORNEY
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Rice elbows, e.g. : GLUTENFREEPASTA
8
Facility : EASE
9
Lilt bit : TRA
10
Registers : SINKSIN
11
Big name in car parts : ACDELCO
12
Automotive models S and X : TESLAS
14
For three, to Frédéric : ATROIS
15
Chuck who advised Nixon : COLSON
17
French-speaking land where John James Audubon was born : HAITI
22
Fashion designer Lepore : NANETTE
24
Bar-Ilan University student, e.g. : ISRAELI
29
Power inits. beginning in 1933 : TVA
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"An ___ held by the tail is not yet caught" (old proverb) : EEL
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It's named for its five carbon atoms : PENTANE
34
Old sandlot game : ONEOCAT
35
Baroque : ORNATE
36
See 44-Across : PATCH
37
Internet hookups? : EDATES
38
Fairly clean, so to speak : RATEDPG
39
Comic book writer with a National Medal of Arts : STANLEE
40
Winter wear resembling overalls : SKIBIB
43
Graybeards : ELDERS
48
Boot : FIRE
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Add superfluous stuff to : LARD
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Some chess pieces: Abbr. : KTS
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Period of veinticuatro horas : DIA

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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