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New York Times, Saturday, December 1, 2012

"I finally got around to reading the dictionary. Turns out the ___ did it": Steven Wright

Author:
Joon Pahk
Editor:
Will Shortz
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joon pahk

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 28 Missing: {JKQVX} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 19 for Mr. pahk.
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© 2012, The New York Times12/1/12 ( No. 23,034 )

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Across
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What many a character in "The Iceman Cometh" expresses : PIPEDREAM
10
Part of a Spanish forest : ARBOL
15
1997 voice role for Meg Ryan : ANASTASIA
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It's in front of a benched player : PIANO
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It may be replaced by a dash : CURSEWORD
18
Corny fare? : PONES
19
Second-largest moon in the solar system : TITAN
20
Month before Tishri : ELUL
22
Astronomer's calculation: Abbr. : GST
23
Lab directive? : STAY
24
Desert gullies : WADIS
26
Letter after Oscar : PAPA
27
The dark side : YIN
28
Happens to : BEFALLS
30
Italian almond cookies : AMARETTI
35
Put more layers on : RECOAT
36
Tremendously : SOMETHINGFIERCE
38
Where blackbirds may be baked? : INAPIE
39
Poses a bomb threat? : GOESDEEP
40
Emulated Tiresias : FORESAW
42
Realize : NET
43
Texter's "bye now" : TTYL
44
All ___ (store sign) : SIZES
46
"Every saint has a ___": Oscar Wilde : PAST
50
Magic, on scoreboards : ORL
51
Subject of King Deioces : MEDE
52
Eponymous container : DEWAR
53
National Voting Rights Museum locale : SELMA
55
Virginia v. Sebelius subject, in headlines : OBAMACARE
58
Accord : AMITY
59
Prominently demonstrated : WRITLARGE
60
Binary, in a way : YESNO
61
1999 Best Director winner : SAMMENDES
Down
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Accords : PACTS
2
Certain harpooner : INUIT
3
First section : PARTA
4
Locke work : ESSAY
5
Decahedron-shaped die, to a gamer : DTEN
6
Still green, or still red : RAW
7
That, in Toledo : ESO
8
Ran : AIRED
9
Fill-in-the-blank story : MADLIB
10
Washer, e.g.: Abbr. : APPL
11
2014 World Cup locale, for short : RIO
12
India's so-called "Garden City" : BANGALORE
13
It's beside the point : ONESPLACE
14
Got older and slower : LOSTASTEP
21
Paywall charges : USERFEES
24
Effortlessly : WITHEASE
25
Like con men? : ANTI
26
Betrayed anxiety, say : PACED
27
Beasts of the East : YETIS
29
"1234" singer, 2007 : FEIST
30
Seemingly expressing : ASIFTOSAY
31
Egg-laying mammal : MONOTREME
32
Belladonna lily : AMARYLLIS
33
What like charges do : REPEL
34
Dutch financial giant : ING
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No longer to be found : GONE
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___ walk (old house feature) : WIDOWS
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"I finally got around to reading the dictionary. Turns out the ___ did it": Steven Wright : ZEBRA
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Tough nut to crack : PECAN
47
Court determination : AWARD
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Certain noncom : SARGE
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They may be clear-cut : TREES
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Bread spread : MAYO
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Lowland : DALE
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High point: Abbr. : MTN
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Direct : AIM
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"Hill Street Blues" production co. : MTM

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 5 debuted here and reused later, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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