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New York Times, Friday, December 25, 2015

Author:
Mary Lou Guizzo and Jeff Chen
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Mary Lou Guizzo
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1.639292
Jeff Chen

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 66, Blocks: 39 Missing: {JQZ} There are unchecked squares This is puzzle # 8 for Ms. Guizzo. This is puzzle # 46 for Mr. Chen. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Constructor notes:
MARY LOU: When Jeff and I started kicking around ideas for a Christmas puzzle, we were shooting for a Friday, Dec. 25 date — themeless ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
ML's great idea, making candy cane shapes out of black squares. And then when she paired CANDY CANE with ST NICHOLAS (who's tied to ... read more
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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 1225 ( 24,153 )
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Hurdle for a doc : BOARDS
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Deadeye's asset : AIM
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Short cut : SNIP
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Performer of the "Green Hornet" theme in 1960s TV : ALHIRT
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Label for 14-Across : RCA
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Hole maker : MOTH
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Scylla, e.g. : SEAMONSTER
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"Not to mention ..." : ALSO
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Red moles : KGBSPIES
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Stable color : ROAN
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Midwest transportation inits. : CTA
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Quick hit : TOKE
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___ law : OHMS
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Impetuous : HALFCOCKED
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Chinese dynasty following the Han : WEI
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Old-fashioned attire at 33-Across : OPERACAPE
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Where Puccini's "Madama Butterfly" premiered : LASCALA
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Inveigles : ENTRAPS
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Like much court testimony : REHEARSED
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Holy ___ : SEE
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"There's nothing more to say" : ENDOFSTORY
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Abbr. on a car sticker : MSRP
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Rain, rain, rain : POUR
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Open ___ : MIC
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Lutheranism in 1521, e.g. : SECT
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Campaign planner : ADAGENCY
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Like the Hyundai logo : OVAL
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Latin American soap : TELENOVELA
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Prime-time time, informally : NITE
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Ayaan Hirsi ___, author of "Infidel" : ALI
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Opposite of the point? : ERASER
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Traditional Yule gift : SLED
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Zing : DIS
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Relayed : SENTON
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Sit back and enjoy : BASK
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First name in fashion : OLEG
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Literary character on whom Captain Hook is based : AHAB
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Goes around : RIMS
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Lozenge : DROP
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"A right jolly old elf" : STNICHOLAS
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Gallery sign : ARTSALE
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Winter coat : ICE
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Who said history repeats itself "the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce" : MARX
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It can fit in a very tight parking space : SMARTCAR
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Deceptive court move : NOLOOKPASS
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"Hang on to that one!" : ITSAKEEPER
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Called up : PHONED
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Cloistered : SETAPART
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Wise one : OWL
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Middle of a three-part illustrated maxim : HEARNOEVIL
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Teach myths, say : MISEDUCATE
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What a student with a full scholarship has : FREERIDE
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Four things represented visually in this puzzle's grid : CANDYCANES
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37-Down follower on a calendar : OCT
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Laughed gleefully : CHORTLED
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Gen. Pershing's grp. in W.W. I : AEF
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30-Down preceder on a calendar : SEP
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Dwellers on the Gulf of Aden : SOMALIS
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Some office printers : EPSONS
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Somewhat : ATAD
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Reason to cover your eyes in the theater? : GORE
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Actress ___ Rachel Wood : EVAN
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One out on a limb? : NEST
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Classic role for Liz Taylor : CLEO
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Soft ball? : YARN
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High priest of Shiloh : ELI

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

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