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New York Times, Saturday, December 13, 2014

Author:
James Mulhern and Ashton Anderson
Editor:
Will Shortz
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James Mulhern
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1.62000
Ashton Anderson

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 31 Missing: {VXZ} This is puzzle # 11 for Mr. Mulhern. This is puzzle # 9 for Mr. Anderson. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Constructor notes:
Ashton: This was the first themeless James and I collaborated on, around two years ago now. Our ideas about what makes a themeless ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
A lot of nice entries today packed into a 72 word grid. I especially liked what was going on in the NW quadrant, given the LIQUOR UP / ... read more
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© 2014, The New York TimesNo. 1213 ( 23,776 )

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Across
1
Cheeky couple? : BUTTOCKS
9
Opposite : ACROSS
15
Many a pickup game : ONEONONE
16
Zero chance : NOHOPE
17
Become ripped : LIQUORUP
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Needing to sit for a minute, maybe : TOOHOT
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Lakers commentator Lantz and others : STUS
20
Met someone? : ARTIST
22
Minute, briefly : LIL
23
Caesar's predecessor? : HAIL
24
Deliverer of thousands of monologues : LENO
25
City known for its traffic violations : CALI
26
See 36-Across : ORLESS
29
Larrup : TAN
30
Fat Tire and Full Sail : ALES
31
Ballerina Rubinstein who commissioned Ravel's "Boléro" : IDA
32
Business end?: Abbr. : LTD
34
Target target? : WALMART
36
With 26-Across, somewhat : MORE
37
Exotic juice ingredient : ALOE
38
Big marble : SHOOTER
41
Thataway : YON
42
With 54-Across, spa town on the Lahn River : BAD
45
Bachelor's least favorite radio station? : WIFE
46
Glace, essentially : EAU
48
Action figure released in 1997 : GIJANE
50
Basse-Californie, e.g. : ETAT
51
Fashion designer Knowles, mother of Beyoncé : TINA
53
Climbing figs. : ALTS
54
See 42-Across : EMS
55
Hurrier's words : IMLATE
57
Progressives, e.g. : BLOC
58
___ person : PEOPLE
60
Kangaroo Point is a suburb of it : BRISBANE
62
Illumination indication : EUREKA
63
Online aid for job-hunters : LINKEDIN
64
H.S. challenge with 1-to-5 scoring : APTEST
65
Beach book, typically : EASYREAD
Down
1
Where Prokofiev's "Cinderella" premiered : BOLSHOI
2
1-Down wear : UNITARD
3
1958 #1 hit whose only lyric is its title word : TEQUILA
4
Ruffle : TOUSLE
5
Mackerel variety on Hawaiian menus : ONO
6
Langston Hughes's "___ Unashamed" : CORA
7
Small projecting ridge : KNURL
8
Menorah's branches, e.g. : SEPTET
9
Celery topped with peanut butter and raisins : ANTSONALOG
10
Codger : COOT
11
Mass-over-volume symbol : RHO
12
"Mm-mmm!" : OOHLALA
13
Surprise giveaway? : SPOILER
14
What keeps order at a concert? : SETLIST
21
Somewhat : INAWAY
25
Derived (from) : CAME
27
A.T.M. feature : SLOT
28
Kebabs sold curbside, say : STREETMEAT
33
Throw a monkey wrench into : DERAIL
35
Anderson of sitcomdom : LONI
36
Big name in bubbly : MOET
38
Comics boy with the given name Scooner : SWEEPEA
39
Modern request for contact : HITMEUP
40
Somewhat : OFASORT
42
Chopin dedicated one to Schumann : BALLADE
43
Title girl in literature's "Prairie Trilogy" : ANTONIA
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Derive (from) : DESCEND
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Powerless : UNABLE
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Yap : JABBER
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Some lobbies : ATRIA
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Classes : ILKS
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Beethoven's first? : EINS
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11-Down's shape : PEE
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Hit high in the air : SKY

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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