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New York Times, Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Author:
Jacob Stulberg
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Jacob Stulberg

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQXZ} Spans: 1 This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Stulberg. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jacob Stulberg notes:
Today's theme occurred to me after I finished David Steinberg's 1/2/13 FROOT LOOPS puzzle and started brainstorming other "circular ... read more
Will Shortz notes:

I've been saving this puzzle since May, to run on or near Christmas. I especially like that 41A crosses two letters of the center ring — very elegant.

Jeff Chen notes:
Debut! Neat to see another constructor enter the ranks of "published in the NYT". To me, it's much more an honor than the Fields ... read more
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© 2013, The New York TimesNo. 1225 ( 23,423 )

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Across
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Punched-out parts of paper ballots : CHADS
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It's difficult to see through : MURK
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Writes as a postscript, say : ADDS
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Monsieur ___ (Jacques Tati role) : HULOT
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It's east of Europe : ASIA
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Quite an achievement : FEAT
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Cara of "Fame" : IRENE
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Senseless : NUMB
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Prefix with present : OMNI
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Stronger and harder : STEELIER
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Hullabaloo : UPROAR
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Common desk shape : ELL
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Tea type : PEKOE
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Barn ___ : OWL
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Locale for an ibex : ALP
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Error : MISSTEP
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"___ is not a lasting teacher of duty": Cicero : FEAR
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Senseless : DUMB
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___ vie : EAUDE
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One set of gifts in "The 12 Days of Christmas" ... as suggested by the shaded squares? : FIVEGOLDENRINGS
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Hint : TRACE
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Ukraine and others, once: Abbr. : SSRS
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Nuts and fruit, in part, for squirrels : DIET
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Rebellious region of the Caucasus : OSSETIA
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Method: Abbr. : SYS
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Sellout sign : SRO
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Via ___ (main street of ancient Rome) : SACRA
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The Big Apple, for short : NYC
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Second-highest peak in the Cascades : SHASTA
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Sport not played officially in the Olympics since 1908 : LACROSSE
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"Me neither" : NORI
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Devastation : RUIN
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Fuming : IRATE
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"Yikes!" : OHNO
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Not new : USED
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Christmas tree decoration : ANGEL
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Godsend : BOON
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Memory Stick manufacturer : SONY
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Anatomical sacs : CYSTS
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X X X : CHIS
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Offended : HURT
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Sheltered, at sea : ALEE
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Gift recipient : DONEE
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___ Artois (beer) : STELLA
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Shock of hair : MANE
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Seize : USURP
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Backboard attachment : RIM
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Japanese dance-drama : KABUKI
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Raised above? : AFORESAID
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Infomercial part : DEMO
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___ Perino, George W. Bush's last press secretary : DANA
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Kool-Aid instruction : STIR
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"___ Anything" (1994 Nick Nolte/Albert Brooks film) : ILLDO
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Baffling problem : POSER
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Poker targets? : EMBERS
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Leaving for : OFFTO
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Small dams : WEIRS
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Aa and pahoehoe : LAVAS
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Distant radiation source : PULSAR
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North African capital : TUNIS
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Lawn tool : EDGER
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Sauce made with pine nuts : PESTO
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Downturn : RECESSION
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E.R. figures : MDS
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Suggest : GETAT
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"This I Promise You" group, 2000 : NSYNC
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Hubristic flier of myth : ICARUS
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Ancient Mideast language : SYRIAC
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Bizarre : ALIEN
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Not subtle, as humor : CORNY
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Hardly the hoi polloi type : SNOB
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Syllables from Santa : HOHO
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Florence's river : ARNO
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Humorist Rooney : ANDY
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Downturns : SAGS
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Typesetting direction : STET
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Sushi fish : EELS
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Tour grp. : USO

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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