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New York Times, Saturday, December 28, 2013

Phoenix suburb larger than the Midwest city it's named for

Author:
Frederick J. Healy
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Frederick J. Healy

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 30 Missing: {QXZ} This is puzzle # 11 for Mr. Healy. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Will Shortz notes:
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Jeff Chen notes:
What an incredibly tough solve today. It's great to have a variety of difficulty within Saturday puzzles, but this one kicked my butt ... read more
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© 2013, The New York Times12/28/13 ( No. 23,426 )
Across
1
Gut-busting side : JUMBOFRIES
11
Port. title : SRTA
15
Alternative to 1-Across : ONIONRINGS
16
Some GPS suggestions, informally : UIES
17
Shooting star? : GUNSLINGER
18
College figs. : GPAS
19
It means little in the Lowlands : SMA
20
Trimming gizmo : EDGER
21
Like floppy disks, e.g. : PASSE
22
Vino de ___ (Spanish wine designation) : PAGO
23
Red shade : GARNET
24
Santa Ana wind source : MOJAVE
27
It may be up against the wall : STUCCO
29
Bring out : EDUCE
30
1975 hit song about "tramps like us" : BORNTORUN
33
Like Athena : WISE
34
Sharon's predecessor : BARAK
35
Fig. for I, O or U, but not A or E : ATNO
36
It may be said while wearing a toga : LETSPARTY
38
Manual series : STEPS
39
Phoenix suburb larger than the Midwest city it's named for : PEORIA
40
Break through : PIERCE
41
Princess of ballet : ODETTE
43
Like red bell peppers : MILD
44
Orders : FIATS
45
Key ring? : ATOLL
47
Scoutmaster, often : DAD
50
The moment that : ONCE
51
It's not drawn due to gravity : SMILEYFACE
53
Co-star in the U.S. premiere of "Waiting for Godot," 1956 : LAHR
54
Pride and joy : SENTIMENTS
55
Abstainers : DRYS
56
Question from a bully : ANYONEELSE
Down
1
Slight pushes : JOGS
2
One at the U.S. Mint? : UNUM
3
Jonathan's wife in "Dracula" : MINA
4
A.L. East team, on sports tickers : BOS
5
Like many pregnant women : ONLEAVE
6
Where to get a cold comfort? : FRIDGE
7
#1 spoken-word hit of 1964 : RINGO
8
"My Son Is a Splendid Driver" novelist, 1971 : INGE
9
Castle of ___ (Hungarian tourist draw) : EGER
10
Old map abbr. : SSR
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Like some pills and lies : SUGARCOATED
12
Dilly : RIPSNORTER
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Bait : TEASE
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Listing on I.R.S. Form 8949 : ASSET
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Summit success : PACT
22
Front runners : PACESETTERS
23
Engine buildup : GUNK
24
Sound like a baby : MEWL
25
Cartoon pooch : ODIE
26
Hunky-dory : JUSTPEACHY
27
Rather informal? : SORTA
28
Printer part : TRAY
30
Port on the Adriatic : BARI
31
Like Bill Maher, notably : UNPC
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Supporter of shades : NOSE
34
Unembellished : BARE
37
Stock to put stock in : POTS
38
Verbal alternative to a head slap : SILLYME
40
Go for a car-cramming record, say : PILEIN
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Anciently : OFOLD
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Tunisian money : DINAR
43
___ presto : MOLTO
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Devotional period? : AMEN
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Insignificant : TINY
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Twain's "celebrated jumping frog" : DANL
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Talent show lineup : ACTS
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"___ Bones G'wine Rise Again" (spiritual) : DESE
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Important card source: Abbr. : SSA
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Deterrent to lateness or cancellation : FEE

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

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