This web browser is not supported. Use Chrome, Edge, Safari, or Firefox for best results.

New York Times, Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Seasonal song ... or a phonetic hint to 18-, 23-, 37-, 52- and 59-Across

Author:
Ron and Nancy Byron
Editor:
Will Shortz
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
66/16/20082/16/20166
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
0231000
CircleScrabble
11.60
Ron Byron
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
66/16/20082/16/20166
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
0231000
CircleScrabble
11.60
Nancy Byron

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQVXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Byron. This is puzzle # 5 for Ms. Byron.
1
S
2
T
3
E
4
M
5
S
6
A
7
C
8
S
9
E
10
N
11
C
12
L
13
S
14
T
A
M
A
15
O
S
H
A
16
K
O
R
E
A
17
R
I
C
O
18
T
H
E
B
19
I
G
S
E
E
P
20
A
C
E
R
21
B
22
R
I
N
S
E
S
23
T
H
E
I
O
24
N
25
K
I
N
G
26
S
27
O
28
L
29
A
I
D
30
Y
E
N
31
E
A
32
T
33
D
I
R
T
34
S
C
R
I
35
M
36
H
O
D
A
D
37
C
38
A
39
S
H
O
F
T
H
40
E
41
T
I
T
A
N
S
42
A
S
Y
E
T
43
O
N
E
N
O
44
T
I
N
S
T
45
A
46
R
47
U
R
I
48
D
49
S
50
O
51
S
A
O
52
P
U
53
P
F
I
C
54
T
I
O
N
55
N
56
I
57
C
E
N
E
58
E
E
N
I
E
59
W
60
A
Y
N
E
S
W
O
61
R
62
D
63
N
E
R
I
64
A
R
M
E
D
65
A
N
T
E
66
O
R
E
L
67
H
E
S
S
E
68
Y
S
E
R
69
N
O
E
L
© 2011, The New York Times12/21/11 ( No. 22,688 )
Across
1
Hold back : STEM
5
Egg pouches : SACS
9
Bus. cards in commercial mailings, e.g. : ENCLS
14
Janowitz who wrote "Slaves of New York" : TAMA
15
Dept. of Labor agency : OSHA
16
"M*A*S*H" setting : KOREA
17
"Little Caesar" gangster : RICO
18
Movie about La Brea Tar Pits' formation? : THEBIGSEEP
20
Sharp-tongued : ACERB
22
Does a post-meal chore : RINSES
23
Movie about a Nobel-winning chemist? : THEIONKING
26
Our sun : SOL
29
Word after Farm or Live : AID
30
Craving : YEN
31
Humble oneself : EATDIRT
34
Curtain material : SCRIM
36
Surfer wannabe : HODAD
37
Movie about Wall Streeters' excesses? : CASHOFTHETITANS
42
So far : ASYET
43
Bridge bid, briefly : ONENO
44
Wild West badge : TINSTAR
47
William Tell's canton : URI
48
Brit. military honor : DSO
51
___ Tomé : SAO
52
Movie about the early life of Lassie? : PUPFICTION
55
___ Creed of A.D. 325 : NICENE
58
Nonsense word said while pointing a finger : EENIE
59
Movie about the memoirs of the Duke? : WAYNESWORD
63
Saint Philip ___ : NERI
64
Packing heat : ARMED
65
The "a" in a.m. : ANTE
66
Baseball analyst Hershiser : OREL
67
"Siddhartha" author : HESSE
68
River through Belgium : YSER
69
Seasonal song ... or a phonetic hint to 18-, 23-, 37-, 52- and 59-Across : NOEL
Down
1
Geologic layers : STRATA
2
Meditative exercises : TAICHI
3
Acted the host : EMCEED
4
New Zealand native : MAORI
5
Boozehound : SOT
6
Bat wood : ASH
7
"S.N.L." alum Oteri : CHERI
8
Texas/Louisiana border river : SABINE
9
Ticker tests, for short : EKGS
10
Snoop (around) : NOSE
11
Bygone Toyota sedan : CRESSIDA
12
Jeans brand : LEE
13
Syrup base : SAP
19
"Young Frankenstein" woman : INGA
21
Certain protest : BOYCOTT
24
Soft ball brand : NERF
25
Put in stitches : KNIT
27
"The Plague" setting : ORAN
28
Bygone Fords : LTDS
32
Precarious place, metaphorically : THINICE
33
___ death (overwork) : DOTO
34
Dams and does : SHES
35
Unit now known as a siemens : MHO
37
Musical with Mungojerrie and Jennyanydots : CATS
38
Home to billions : ASIA
39
Prim and proper, e.g. : SYNONYMS
40
Plenty, informally : ENUF
41
Garr who played 19-Down : TERI
45
Knuckle draggers : APES
46
Takeoff site : RUNWAY
48
Do-re-mi : DINERO
49
Evening affair : SOIREE
50
"The Iceman Cometh" playwright : ONEILL
53
Lowly laborers : PEONS
54
Mortise's mate : TENON
56
Supermodel Sastre : INES
57
Hand over : CEDE
59
Cartoon baby's cry : WAH
60
"Chances ___," 1957 #1 hit : ARE
61
Address abbr. : RTE
62
___ Spiegel : DER

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle.

Found bugs or have suggestions?

Like this puzzle? Please share this page on social media to help spread the word about XWord Info. Thanks!