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New York Times, Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Author:
Paula Gamache
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Paula Gamache

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 37 Missing: {FJQXZ} This is puzzle # 92 for Ms. Gamache. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Will Shortz notes:
Some people seem to judge puzzles by the "worst" answers in the grid. For me these would be SAT I (which isn't used anymore), KNT, ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Impressive to have so much theme density (phrases containing NBA across words), with each themer crossing another. Fancy work from ... read more
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© 2013, The New York TimesNo. 1217 ( 23,415 )

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Across
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"___ Poetica" : ARS
4
Alerts to cruisers, for short : APBS
8
Footlong sandwich maker : SUBWAY
14
Fraternity T : TAU
15
In fashion : CHIC
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"Seinfeld" ex-girlfriend : ELAINE
17
*Sheriff's insignia, in old westerns : TINBADGE
19
How to make money "the old-fashioned way" : EARNIT
20
Like trees during the spring : INBUD
21
Privy to : INON
23
Shot from an air gun : BBS
24
Burns black : CHARS
25
L.B.J. or J.F.K., but not D.D.E. : DEM
26
Speak on the stump : ORATE
28
Old coll. entrance hurdle : SATI
29
*Actor named in a "Six Degrees" game : KEVINBACON
31
Hemingway novel title location : THESEA
33
Oaxaca uncle : TIO
34
Piece next to a bishop: Abbr. : KNT
35
Word with sister and story : SOB
36
Some appliances, for short : GES
38
Alley-___ (hoops play) : OOP
41
"Nope, not interested" : NAH
43
Ironfisted ruler : DESPOT
46
*Tangy breakfast item : ONIONBAGEL
49
Stock exchange debuts, briefly : IPOS
51
Author James : HENRY
52
Sounds from Santa : HOS
53
Surgically implanted tube : STENT
54
Org. found in the answer to each asterisked clue : NBA
55
Swiss river : AARE
56
Italian granny : NONNA
57
Supercute marsupials : KOALAS
59
*Packers' hometown : GREENBAY
61
"Good enough for me" : ITLLDO
62
"... happily ___ after" : EVER
63
Carbon-dating estimation : AGE
64
Have faith in : RELYON
65
Shoulder muscle, for short : DELT
66
The "R" of Roy G. Biv : RED
Down
1
Where webs may accumulate : ATTICS
2
Galoshes go-with : RAINHAT
3
*Tanning method : SUNBATH
4
Prep schools: Abbr. : ACADS
5
M.A. follow-up, maybe : PHD
6
Grandiose proposal : BIGIDEA
7
Part of many a Shakespearean act : SCENEV
8
Observed : SEEN
9
Suffix meaning "little one" : ULA
10
Singer Streisand : BARBRA
11
*Recover, as lost love : WINBACK
12
Jennifer of "Friends" : ANISTON
13
"Not ___" ("Be patient") : YET
18
Puts underground : BURIES
22
Neglect to mention : OMIT
26
Wind instruments : OBOES
27
"The Lord of the Rings" creature : ENT
29
Serving on a skewer : KEBAB
30
Bruce who played Dr. Watson : NIGEL
32
Bub : SONNY
37
Show disdain for, in a way : SPITON
38
"___-la-la!" : OOH
39
Lacking in variety : ONENOTE
40
*Tommy's game in the Who's rock opera "Tommy" : PINBALL
42
Response to a wisecrack : HAHA
43
Merit : DESERVE
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*Feature of many a charity gala : OPENBAR
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Ship's carrying capacity : TONNAGE
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How some temperatures - and tests - are taken : ORALLY
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Stuffed : GORGED
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Didn't go : STAYED
53
"Hägar the Horrible" dog : SNERT
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"He's like ___ to me" : ASON
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___ Royale (cocktail) : KIR
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Hubbub : ADO
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Sinuous fish : EEL

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

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