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New York Times, Friday, December 19, 2014

Author:
Brad Wilber and Doug Peterson
Editor:
Will Shortz
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532/19/20059/8/202026
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012201434
ScrabbleRebusCirclePangram
1.60001
Brad Wilber
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
462/20/20066/6/202025
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3273212152
ScrabbleRebusCirclePangram
1.63300
Doug Peterson

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 30 Missing: {HQZ} This is puzzle # 40 for Mr. Wilber. This is puzzle # 36 for Mr. Peterson. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Constructor notes:
Brad:: I had the stack in the SW and was struggling with the "J" in JOE CAMEL. Neither any 15s nor any 7s with J in that position ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Always a treat to see the Wilberson byline. Today's puzzle gives us an impressive 16 entries of 8+ letters. Loved seeing OLIVER TWIST. ... read more
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© 2014, The New York TimesNo. 1219 ( 23,782 )
Across
1
There's the rub! : SPA
4
Novel subtitled "The Parish Boy's Progress" : OLIVERTWIST
15
Lot : TON
16
Underground waves? : PIRATERADIO
17
Animal on the Michigan state flag : ELK
18
Is beyond compare : STANDSALONE
19
Plea opener : NOLO
21
Heading from Okla. City to Tulsa : ENE
22
Gown maker's supply : TULLES
23
Tests that accommodate claustrophobes : OPENMRIS
25
"Ella giammai m'___" (Verdi aria) : AMO
26
Pretend to be : POSEAS
27
Casts a wide net? : TRAWLS
30
Rarin' to go : ANTSY
31
Lot, maybe : ACRE
33
Tiresias in "Oedipus Rex," e.g. : SEER
35
Heading: Abbr. : DIR
36
Major media event of '95 : OJTRIAL
39
"Star Wars" boy, informally : ANI
40
Vacuum maintainer : SEAL
42
"Scimitar-horned" creature : ORYX
43
Find a spot for, say : ADDIN
45
Flowering shrub whose name comes from the Greek for "coil" : SPIREA
47
Chorus of approval : BRAVOS
48
Big name in chips : NEC
49
Play house? : TOYSTORE
51
Coin with a picture of un rey : PESETA
54
About 28% of the U.N.: Abbr. : AFR
55
Indigestion cause : ACID
56
Fictional school bully with henchmen named Crabbe and Goyle : DRACOMALFOY
59
Volume 1 starter, maybe : ATO
60
Practice swizzles and twizzles, say : FIGURESKATE
61
Dr. Watson portrayer on CBS's "Elementary" : LIU
62
Track star of 1977 : SEATTLESLEW
63
Craft that must overcome wave drag, in brief : SST
Down
1
Quaint office supply : STENOPADS
2
Ones involved in horseplay? : POLOPONIES
3
Stiletto attachment, perhaps : ANKLESTRAP
4
Ending with psy- : OPS
5
Some bottled water purchases : LITERS
6
Almost any character in Jon Stewart's "Rosewater" : IRANI
7
Turbine blades : VANES
8
Gate approx. : ETD
9
Where you might see someone walk the dog : RESTAREA
10
___ center : TRAUMA
11
Indulges oneself, in a way : WALLOWS
12
Fan fixation : IDOL
13
0, for 180 degrees : SINE
14
Tips of wingtips : TOES
20
Common notes : ONES
24
Subway option : MAYO
27
Cereal that reverted to spherical shapes in 2007 : TRIX
28
Frontman's assignment : LEADVOCALS
29
Certain drop in motivation : SENIORITIS
31
Gillette brand : ATRA
32
"Extra! Extra!," e.g. : CRY
34
No longer sudsy, say : RINSEDOUT
37
Pack animal? : JOECAMEL
38
Never-seen neighbor on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" : LARS
41
Black-and-white engraving : LINECUT
44
Table filler : DATA
46
Shoot back : RETORT
47
Mechanically : BYROTE
49
Part of SALT : TALKS
50
Some haggis ingredients : OFFAL
51
Many email attachments : PDFS
52
County name in three states : ERIE
53
Novel format : SAGA
57
Enzyme suffix : ASE
58
Tree whose name sounds like a letter of the alphabet : YEW

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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