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New York Times, Friday, December 23, 2016

Author:
Robyn Weintraub
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Robyn Weintraub

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 31 Missing: {JQUWX} This is puzzle # 10 for Ms. Weintraub. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Robyn Weintraub notes:
This is my third puzzle in 2016, and my third Friday overall. Although I will happily return to themed puzzles when an interesting ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Robin, you had me at TRACTOR BEAM. Not everyone will know what this, but those of us that do will screech HOW CAN YOU NOT KNOW WHAT A ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

To Ms. Weintraub's point, in 2016, there were only 9 Friday and 6 Saturday daily crosswords by women.

1
T
2
R
3
A
4
C
5
T
6
O
7
R
8
B
9
E
10
A
11
M
12
D
13
S
14
L
15
C
A
S
H
A
D
V
A
N
C
E
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E
T
A
17
E
M
P
I
R
E
S
T
A
T
E
18
F
A
D
19
L
I
E
T
O
20
C
B
A
T
21
T
E
R
Y
22
L
E
N
A
23
A
24
R
A
L
25
E
N
G
26
C
R
A
V
E
27
B
A
S
A
28
L
29
S
30
K
31
I
32
L
O
D
G
E
33
R
E
S
I
Z
E
34
I
N
M
A
T
E
S
35
G
E
T
E
V
E
N
36
T
O
P
T
E
N
37
H
I
P
S
T
E
R
S
38
A
C
R
E
S
39
T
A
L
L
Y
40
K
E
N
41
O
R
L
Y
42
H
43
O
44
R
45
A
46
N
O
S
T
47
R
48
I
L
S
49
T
Y
L
E
R
50
I
V
S
51
I
N
T
H
52
E
53
M
I
D
D
L
E
54
G
E
M
55
G
R
E
E
N
S
C
R
E
E
N
56
H
R
E
57
S
E
C
R
E
T
S
A
N
T
A
© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 1223 ( 24,517 )
Across
1
One may hold a ship in place : TRACTORBEAM
12
Network initials : DSL
15
Visa option : CASHADVANCE
16
It resembles an "n" when lowercase : ETA
17
Northeast nickname, with "the" : EMPIRESTATE
18
Man buns, e.g. : FAD
19
Remain stationary while facing the wind, in nautical lingo : LIETO
20
Toy car driver? : CBATTERY
22
Actress Headey of "Game of Thrones" : LENA
23
___ Sea, now four lakes : ARAL
25
A.C.T. subj. : ENG
26
Jones for : CRAVE
27
___ metabolism : BASAL
29
Warm spot in the snow : SKILODGE
33
Crop, e.g. : RESIZE
34
Life partners? : INMATES
35
Square things : GETEVEN
36
Many a listicle : TOPTEN
37
Stereotypical man bun sporters : HIPSTERS
38
Plot elements? : ACRES
39
Keep score, say : TALLY
40
Understanding : KEN
41
Eponymous Paris suburb : ORLY
42
Circle of friends at a party, perhaps : HORA
46
Breathers? : NOSTRILS
49
Harrison's vice president : TYLER
50
Hospital lines, briefly : IVS
51
Like moderates, politically : INTHEMIDDLE
54
Beaut : GEM
55
Common film background : GREENSCREEN
56
Francis II dissolved it in 1806: Abbr. : HRE
57
Game for the gifted? : SECRETSANTA
Down
1
Immune system component : TCELL
2
Strong fiber : RAMIE
3
Tree that can survive forest fires : ASPEN
4
Tony winner Rivera : CHITA
5
Elephant's-ear : TARO
6
Sappho dedicated one to Aphrodite : ODE
7
National park sights : RVS
8
Robin's refuge : BATCAVE
9
Permit : ENABLE
10
Official records : ACTA
11
Swim ___ : MEET
12
Like a watchful driver : DEFENSIVE
13
Copernicus, for one : STARGAZER
14
Disney toon often pictured eating spaghetti : LADY
21
Social group? : TEASET
23
Shakespearean forest : ARDEN
24
Impoverished state : RAGS
26
Shelters for sheep : COTES
27
___ DeVos, noted school choice advocate : BETSY
28
Contact, say : LENS
29
Rama's wife, in Hinduism : SITA
30
Upset : KNOCKOVER
31
"Let's see what you've got" : IMPRESSME
32
Hidden : LATENT
33
Thread part : REPLY
35
Bass organ : GILL
37
More caustic : HARSHER
39
Pre-Columbian civilization : TOLTEC
42
Hercules slew it : HYDRA
43
Bygone : OLDEN
44
Filled again, as a flat : RELET
45
Circus Maximus, e.g. : ARENA
46
Virtually : NIGH
47
Fixes badly? : RIGS
48
Subject preceder : INRE
49
Little jerks : TICS
52
Suffix indicating a double bond : ENE
53
Boulder setting: Abbr. : MST

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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