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New York Times, Thursday, December 29, 2011

Author:
David Steinberg
Editor:
Will Shortz
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David Steinberg

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 42 Missing: {FJKQ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Steinberg. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jim Horne notes:

A Scrabble set has only one Z. It also has two blank tiles which could be Z or any other letter but PIZZAZZ has four Z's so it's impossible.

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© 2011, The New York TimesNo. 1229 ( 22,696 )
Across
1
Wagner heroine : EVA
4
Eagerly expectant : ATIP
8
Street ___ : CRED
12
Opportunity maker? : NASA
14
Hello and farewell : ALOHA
15
With 37-Down, complete : HEAD
16
Facile : GLIB
17
Start of a brainteaser whose answer appears in order, from top to bottom, in this puzzle's circled squares : NAMETHEONE
19
City in the San Gabriel Valley : ELMONTE
21
Complete : ATOZ
22
John XI's successor : LEOVII
23
War of 1812 battle site : ERIE
24
Schedule abbr. : TBA
27
Part two of the brainteaser : SEVENLETTERWORD
30
One of the Chaplins : OONA
31
Home state of the 1964 and 2008 Rep. presidential candidates : ARIZ
32
Part three of the brainteaser : INENGLISHTHAT
38
Debate (with) : SPAR
39
10th- to 12th-century Chinese dynasty : LIAO
40
Part four of the brainteaser : CANNOTBEPUTDOWN
48
Muckraker Tarbell : IDA
49
Harsh : DOUR
50
1944 Sartre play : NOEXIT
51
Lays the groundwork for? : SODS
52
Inventory : ITEMIZE
53
End of the brainteaser : INSCRABBLE
57
Harem rooms : ODAS
58
Nifty : NEAT
59
Trifled (with) : TOYED
60
Spanish muralist : SERT
61
Russia/Ukraine's Sea of ___ : AZOV
62
They can be batted and rolled : EYES
63
'60s radical grp. : SDS
Down
1
Communist Friedrich : ENGELS
2
Rudy with a megaphone : VALLEE
3
"The End of Eternity" author : ASIMOV
4
Zoological wings : ALAE
5
Certain cat : TOM
6
Start of many a bumper sticker : IHEART
7
Peppermint ___ : PATTIE
8
At the home of : CHEZ
9
Old bus maker : REO
10
Suffix with Euclid : EAN
11
W.W. II gen. : DDE
13
Greater than : ABOVE
14
10,000, for 4, in base 10, e.g. : ANTILOG
18
Person who's groundbreaking? : HOER
20
Curtain fabric : NINON
23
Online merchant : ETAILER
24
When tripled, a 1970 war movie : TORA
25
One who may say "I say" a lot : BRIT
26
Woodworker's tool : ADZ
28
Blowup: Abbr. : ENL
29
Cry from a crib : WAH
32
Popular tablet : IPAD
33
Zola best seller : NANA
34
Coastal flier : ERN
35
Half a strawful, say : SIP
36
Like a house that's of interest to ghost hunters : HAUNTED
37
See 15-Across : TOTOE
38
Subj. of three of the six Nobel Prizes : SCI
41
Aerosol target : ODOR
42
As yet : TODATE
43
Restaurant gofer : BUSBOY
44
"How to" explanations : DEMOS
45
Rust and quartz : OXIDES
46
Person with a conical hat, maybe : WIZARD
47
Bikini explosions : NTESTS
51
Onetime show for John Candy : SCTV
52
Composition of Polynésie : ILES
53
___ sense : INA
54
Part of a French face : NEZ
55
___ Tomé : SAO
56
"g2g" follower : BYE

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle.

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