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New York Times, Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Author:
Alan Arbesfeld
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Alan Arbesfeld

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {FJQZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 91 for Mr. Arbesfeld. NYT links: Across Lite
Jim Horne notes:

An L in five common phrases gets shifted three places to the left.

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© 2010, The New York TimesNo. 1221 ( 22,323 )
Across
1
Do a double-take, e.g. : REACT
6
Made a choice : OPTED
11
Composition of Jack Haley's Oz character : TIN
14
God, to Muslims : ALLAH
15
Gaucho's plain : LLANO
16
"Six Feet Under" network : HBO
17
F.A.A. supervisors? : PLANEBOARDS
19
Belief suffix : ISM
20
Start of a countdown : TEN
21
Jerome who composed "Ol' Man River" : KERN
22
Dolts : ASSES
24
Object to online commentary? : MINDBLOGGING
27
Cosine's reciprocal : SECANT
30
"Waiting for Lefty" playwright : ODETS
31
It's walked on pirate ships : PLANK
32
"... ___ saw Elba" : EREI
34
Awaiting scheduling, initially : TBA
37
Holiday smokes? : CHRISTMASCLAROS
41
Broadcast : AIR
42
Strong desires : YENS
43
Tickle : AMUSE
44
Want badly, with "for" : YEARN
47
Least amiable : ICIEST
48
Cleaned up after a spill? : BLOTTEDWATER
52
Tilter's weapon : LANCE
53
___-Tass news agency : ITAR
54
Martinique, par exemple : ILE
57
Heavenly body : ORB
58
Defamation in the Garden of Eden? : ADAMSLANDER
62
Fertility clinic cells : OVA
63
Potter's potions professor : SNAPE
64
Playing pieces in Rummikub : TILES
65
Nat Geo, for one : MAG
66
Snap course : EASYA
67
Wield, as power : EXERT
Down
1
Totally absorbed : RAPT
2
Vogue competitor : ELLE
3
Shepard in space : ALAN
4
Pink-slip : CAN
5
"Lola" band : THEKINKS
6
Start of grace, maybe : OLORD
7
Fallback strategy : PLANB
8
Subject of a cigarette rating : TAR
9
Shut down : END
10
Prescription measure : DOSAGE
11
"You're right" : THISISTRUE
12
"The Wild Duck" playwright Henrik : IBSEN
13
Chinese restaurant request : NOMSG
18
Out of alignment : BENT
23
Bilko or Friday: Abbr. : SGT
24
Gershwin's "The ___ Love" : MANI
25
Windblown soil : LOESS
26
Keatsian or Pindaric : ODIC
27
Pet advocacy org. : SPCA
28
Grades K-12 : ELHI
29
Allotment of one, usually, for an airline passenger : CARRYONBAG
32
Make improvements to : EMEND
33
Turned chicken : RAN
35
One calling the shots : BOSS
36
"I'd hate to break up ___" : ASET
38
One of four on a Rolls : TYRE
39
Cut jaggedly : LACERATE
40
Mideast potentate: Var. : AMIR
45
Catchall abbr. : ETC
46
Free from anxiety : ATEASE
47
Font option: Abbr. : ITAL
48
Burst into flower : BLOOM
49
Maggot or grub : LARVA
50
Hardly macho : WIMPY
51
Totally lost : ATSEA
54
Pink-slip : IDLE
55
Lecher's look : LEER
56
Once, old-style : ERST
59
Paternity suit evidence : DNA
60
Smallish batteries : AAS
61
Give a thumbs-down : NIX

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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