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New York Times, Thursday, December 12, 2013

Author:
David Steinberg
Editor:
Will Shortz
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David Steinberg

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 35 Missing: {FQXZ} This is puzzle # 19 for Mr. Steinberg. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Notepad: After this puzzle was created, the constructor did something to 11 squares - as suggested by a two-word reading of 63-Across before alteration.
David Steinberg notes:
This puzzle was a real challenge to construct, and I imagine it will be just as challenging to solve! I originally came up with the ... read more
Will Shortz notes:
If I were selecting a Puzzle of the Week, this would probably be it. Both the theme idea and execution are beautiful. And most of the ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
This puzzle is a thing of beauty. It took me a long time to realize what was going on — ERASERS is parsed as ERASE Rs — and when I ... read more
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© 2013, The New York TimesNo. 1212 ( 23,410 )
Across
1
Letter attachment? : CEDILLA
8
Boomer born in 1961 : ESIASON
15
Operate like a fan : OPENOUT
16
Borg contemporary : NASTASE
17
Stroll : AMBLE
18
Kind of ray : GAMMA
19
Rapa ___ (Easter Island) : NUI
20
A long time past : AGESAGO
22
Sanctioned : OKD
23
W alternative : ELLE
25
Missouri's ___ River : OSAGE
26
Sounds from kids : MAAS
27
Town in England or Nevada : ELY
28
Friday's preceder? : TGI
29
Rolling Stone co-founder Wenner : JANN
30
Energy-filled chargers : STEEDS
33
Tearjerkers? : ONIONS
35
Flashlight light : BEAM
37
Maurice Chevalier musical : GIGI
38
Want selfishly : COVERT
40
"Explanation" that may follow "because" : ISAYSO
44
Kind of tie : BOLO
45
Make breathless : AWE
47
Saxophonist Al : COHN
48
Impact result : DENT
49
Tricot and others : KNITS
51
Seek damages : SUE
52
Butt : END
53
Dish garnished with a lime wedge : PADTHAI
55
Jeremy of the N.B.A. : LIN
56
Swellhead's trait : EGOTISM
58
Awabi, at a sushi bar : ABALONE
60
Bath locale : MAINE
61
They're unbeatable : NEMESES
62
___ analysis : SYSTEMS
63
Moderates : EASES
Down
1
Scoop holders : CONES
2
Military attachment : EPAULET
3
"Samson and Delilah" director : DEMILLE
4
Schubert's Symphony No. 8 ___ Minor ("Unfinished Symphony") : INB
5
1970 hit about a girl with "a dark brown voice" : LOLA
6
Later, to Luis : LUEGO
7
Banned event, informally : ATEST
8
Attractive : ENGAGING
9
Wise : SAGE
10
Golfer Aoki : ISAO
11
Kale source? : ATM
12
Subjects of Margaret Mead study : SAMOANS
13
Certain bullet train rider : OSAKAN
14
Relatives of Teddys? : NEDS
21
Pudding starch : SAGO
24
Fastener with a ring-shaped head : EYEBOLT
26
Whack jobs : MANIACS
29
Nudges : JOGS
31
Band parodied by Weird Al Yankovic's "Dare to Be Stupid" : DEVO
32
Enclosure to an ed. : SAE
34
Britain's last King Richard : III
36
Munchies from Mars : MANDMS
38
Ski resort rentals : CONDOS
39
Chucklehead : TWIT
41
Coin flipper's declaration : YOULOSE
42
Excel : SHINE
43
Concord : ONENESS
44
Joint application, maybe : BENGAY
46
Gas with or without an "m" : ETHANE
48
Judges : DEEMS
49
Casey of radio countdowns : KASEM
50
"Quién ___?" : SABE
53
Itch (for) : PINE
54
"___ Rock" : IAMA
57
Half of an exchange : TIT
59
Article in French papers : LES

Answer summary: 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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