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New York Times, Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Author:
Adam G. Perl
Editor:
Will Shortz
Actress Harper of "No Country for Old Men"
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {CJKVWZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 19 for Mr. Perl.
Jim Horne 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

UPDATE: This solution from reader Dave Reynolds is more elegant:

If you add the left and right sides of both equations you get:
2x = 20 --> x = 10
10 + y = 16 --> y = 6

10 + 6 = 16
10 - 6 = 4
QED.

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© 2012, The New York Times11/28/12 ( No. 23,031 )
Across
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
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[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
Québec 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
Down
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
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Savvy about : ONTO
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Until now : ASYET
34
Cause of a boom and bust? : TNT
35
Young newt : EFT
37
Smidge : IOTA
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"Take ___ a sign" : ITAS
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Subject of a cap, in sports : SALARY
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Didn't go by foot : RODE
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"Dropped" drug : LSD
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Compound in Agent Orange : DIOXIN
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Venerate : ADMIRE
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More Scroogelike : MEANER
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Tee off : ENRAGE
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Equilibrium : STASIS
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Battlefield fare: Abbr. : MRE
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Pull together : UNITE
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Slaughter in baseball : ENOS
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Some highlight reel features, for short : TDS
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Summer hrs. : DST
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Parisian's possessive : SES
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Ore suffix : ITE
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Affectionate sign-off : XOX

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