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New York Times, Saturday, December 17, 2005

Entertainer nicknamed "The Abdominal Showman"

Author:
Patrick Berry
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Patrick Berry

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 66, Blocks: 28 Missing: {KQZ} Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry. This is puzzle # 81 for Mr. Berry.
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© 2005, The New York Times12/17/05 ( No. 20,493 )
Across
1
More inclined : READIER
8
Longfellow's Hiawatha, e.g. : OJIBWA
14
Uninterrupted space : EXPANSE
15
Anthony Trollope's "___ Finn" : PHINEAS
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Saves every penny : SCRIMPS
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Some lefties : LIBBERS
18
Lotus car model : ELISE
19
Word of greeting and parting : CIAO
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Natural : AFRO
22
Language of Indochina : LAO
23
Build up : MOUNT
25
Red on a fire truck : ADAIR
26
Turkey tip? : LIRA
28
Signal box controls : LEVERS
30
House builder's purchase : LOT
31
Literary flubs : MIXEDMETAPHORS
34
Glow : LUMINESCE
35
As luck would have it : BYMERESTCHANCE
40
Friend of Tigger : ROO
41
Not at a distance : ONSITE
42
Focaccia topping : SALT
44
Isn't going anywhere : IDLES
46
Piano bar : IVORY
48
One of the "Magnificent Seven" : LEE
49
"___, danke" : NEIN
50
Director of "The Ladykillers," 2004 : COEN
51
Wine-tasting consideration : AROMA
53
Entertainer nicknamed "The Abdominal Showman" : GLEASON
55
Covers : INSURES
57
Phased-out Toyotas : TERCELS
58
French word for "kitchen" : CUISINE
59
"Livin' With the Blues" singer : ODETTA
60
Rough place to grow up, with "the" : STREETS
Down
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Scalp : RESELL
2
Cry out : EXCLAIM
3
Nonanalytic : APRIORI
4
It may be a step up : DAIS
5
Gravestone abbr. : INMEM
6
Medium power : ESP
7
Life-saving operations : RESCUEMISSIONS
8
One of the rivers near Three Rivers Stadium : OHIO
9
Headsail : JIB
10
Out of favor (with) : INBAD
11
Bovine hybrid : BEEFALO
12
Brave : WARRIOR
13
Groups : ASSORTS
15
Theory to explain seafloor spreading : PLATETECTONICS
20
Totally making stuff up : INVENTIVE
24
Buzzards : OLDMEN
25
Org. that battled P. T. Barnum : ASPCA
27
Roll bar? : AXLE
29
Oscar Mayer unit : RASHER
32
New money : EUROS
33
They're inclined to brood : HENS
35
Revive : BRINGTO
36
Sang à la Jimmie Rodgers : YODELED
37
"Les Femmes Savantes" playwright : MOLIERE
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4.19 joules : CALORIE
39
Normal habitat : ELEMENT
43
Plays with : TEASES
45
Pass : ENACT
47
First name in Mideast politics : YASIR
50
Cuba libre ingredient : COLA
52
Put-up job : RUSE
54
Content between intermissions : SET
56
Crank : NUT

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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