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New York Times, Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Certain holiday mail ... or what 20-, 25- and 43-Across have in common

Author:
Ellen Leuschner and Victor Fleming
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Victor Fleming

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 3 for Ms. Leuschner. This is puzzle # 35 for Mr. Fleming.
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© 2012, The New York Times12/25/12 ( No. 23,058 )
Across
1
Kinnear of "Little Miss Sunshine" : GREG
5
Turned red, say : IRED
9
Turned white : PALED
14
Streetside shout : TAXI
15
Verne captain : NEMO
16
"___ the other reindeer" (common mishearing of a Yuletide lyric) : OLIVE
17
Cookie baker : OVEN
18
Eye carefully : SCAN
19
Turn into mush : PUREE
20
1966 Johnny Rivers hit : SECRETAGENTMAN
23
___ Bator : ULAN
24
Anthropologist Fossey : DIAN
25
Create skid marks, perhaps : SLAMONTHEBRAKES
32
___ crab : HERMIT
33
Malt-drying 17-Across : OAST
34
World workers' assn. : ILO
35
Judith of "The Devil's Advocate," 1977 : IVEY
36
Early gig for Chase and Belushi, for short : SNL
37
Prison, informally : STIR
38
Prison, informally : PEN
39
Mentally together : SANE
41
"Stop right there!" : FREEZE
43
One with lots of experience : SEASONEDVETERAN
46
El Prado works : ARTE
47
Lofty verses : ODES
48
Certain holiday mail ... or what 20-, 25- and 43-Across have in common : LETTERSTOSANTA
54
"Me, too!" : SODOI
55
Visionary sort : SEER
56
Untrusting : WARY
57
Dispute, as a point : ARGUE
58
Diva's delivery : ARIA
59
Falco of "Nurse Jackie" : EDIE
60
Is introduced to : MEETS
61
Shades at the beach : TANS
62
Beavers build them : DAMS
Down
1
Old muscle cars : GTOS
2
Four-star piece, say : RAVE
3
Corp. higher-up : EXEC
4
Game with sets and runs : GINRUMMY
5
Like some coffee and potatoes : INSTANT
6
Take back, as testimony : RECANT
7
'Zine on the Net : EMAG
8
Agreement that's now sure to go forward : DONEDEAL
9
Kellogg's snack since 1964 : POPTART
10
Bryn Mawr grad, e.g. : ALUMNA
11
Old currency abbreviated "L." : LIRA
12
Squared up : EVEN
13
Actor Billy ___ Williams : DEE
21
Race in an H. G. Wells novel : ELOI
22
Ballpoint tips : NIBS
25
Armada units : SHIPS
26
Corps of Engineers project : LEVEE
27
Where competitions take place : ARENA
28
Made sharper : HONED
29
Parkgoer on a windy day, maybe : KITER
30
Doolittle played by Audrey Hepburn : ELIZA
31
Philosopher Kierkegaard : SOREN
36
Shows disdain for : SNEERSAT
37
Changed one's mind again and again : SEESAWED
39
Combat pilots' missions : SORTIES
40
Stud fee? : ANTE
41
Felt toppers : FEDORAS
42
GPS suggestions: Abbr. : RTES
44
Did not play : SATOUT
45
Elect : VOTEIN
48
The stuff of legends : LORE
49
Living on the ___ : EDGE
50
Inoculation fluids : SERA
51
Nothin' : NADA
52
Decorate, as a Christmas tree : TRIM
53
Roll-call calls : AYES
54
Texas patriot Houston : SAM

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle.

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