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WINTER FIGURE

New York Times, Sunday, December 30, 2007

Author:
Elizabeth C. Gorski
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Elizabeth C. Gorski
snowman

This puzzle:

Rows: 23, Columns: 23 Words: 162, Blocks: 91 Missing: {QX} Spans: 1 Grid has mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 157 for Ms. Gorski. NYT links: Across Lite
Jim Horne notes:

The 16 circled letters, starting in square #34 and proceeding roughly counterclockwise, ending at #38, spell the opening lyric of a popular song. If you use your imagination, you can see a snowman in the pattern.

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H
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L
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G
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C
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B
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K
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Z
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R
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B
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H
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V
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W
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L
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L
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O
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L
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P
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F
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A
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S
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C
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M
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H
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R
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C
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O
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P
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T
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© 2007, The New York TimesNo. 1230 ( 21,236 )
Across
1
Land of 300+ islands : FIJI
5
Not straight : ARCED
10
Words: Abbr. : VOCAB
15
Eclipse feature : HALO
19
Borodin's "Prince ___" : IGOR
20
N.F.L. team for which Barry Sanders played : LIONS
21
"Dancing With the Stars" winner ___ Ohno : APOLO
22
Shortly : ANON
23
Wright wings : ELLS
24
Playwright Fugard : ATHOL
25
Not familiar with : NEWTO
26
Nuptial exchange : IDOS
27
Shed some light on? : SOLARIZE
29
Deli offering : PASTRAMI
31
Artificial heat? : TOYGUN
32
Pull : INFLUENCE
40
Like some folders : TABBED
41
Cadaverous : ASHEN
42
Class in factories : PROLETARIAT
44
Oil by the barrel : CRUDE
45
Photographer Adams : ANSEL
47
Avalons, e.g. : TOYOTAS
48
Have ___ (be innocent, maybe) : ANOUT
50
Date with a Dr. : APPT
52
No fancy threads : RAGS
54
Piece of soap : CAKE
56
Poker great Ungar and others : STUS
59
Breaches : GAPS
60
Gets a move on : SCOOTS
63
Rain forests and grasslands, e.g. : BIOMES
65
R.N.'s locale : HOSP
66
Ice cream maker Joseph : EDY
67
Clarinetist's purchase : REED
68
Scatter : STREW
70
Smidgen : IOTA
72
Cultural funding org. : NEA
73
"___ big deal!" : ITSNO
75
13 : BAKERSDOZEN
78
Dec. holiday plans? : RANDR
80
Pump room? : SHOESTORE
82
Five-min. periods, maybe : OTS
83
A wee hour : ONEOCLOCK
85
Without slack : TAUTLY
86
"Jurassic Park" actress : DERN
88
Advantages : PROS
90
Lord's worker : VASSAL
91
Part of R.S.V.P. : SIL
92
Cen. parts : YRS
94
Yule ___ : LOG
95
No longer working: Abbr. : RET
96
Bourg's department : AIN
97
Before, in verse : ERE
98
Ginger treats : SNAPS
100
Cole Porter's "You Don't Know ___" : PAREE
102
Hitches : RIDES
104
Fraternity letters : PSIS
107
Provider of an old silk hat, e.g. (as depicted at the top of this puzzle) : HABERDASHER
110
Rugged wheels, briefly : ATVS
114
Lyric, part 5 : ANDTWOEYESMADEOUTOFCOAL
119
Rustic setting : LEA
120
Ear-relevant : AURAL
121
State one's views : OPINE
122
J.F.K. alternative : LGA
123
"The Oath" author Frank : PERETTI
125
Horizontal molding pieces : FASCIAS
131
Wolves : MASHERS
133
Mountain ridge : ARETE
134
Lyric, part 3, after "With a" : CORNCOBPIPE
137
Contents of some scrolls : TORAH
138
Kind of track : TENURE
140
Wound (up) : TIGHTENED
141
Herbal tea : TISANE
142
Loses ground? : ERODES
143
Crawl (with) : TEEM
144
Lord's worker : SERF
145
New Year's Eve parties, e.g. : EVENTS
146
Wood measure : STERE
147
___ Accords : OSLO
148
News agency started in 1925 : TASS
149
"Endymion" poet : KEATS
Down
1
Holiday party : FIESTA
2
Homes that may have tunnel entrances : IGLOOS
3
Lyric, part 2, after "Was a" : JOLLYHAPPYSOUL
4
Cheater hunters, maybe : IRSAGENTS
5
French chef Ducasse : ALAIN
6
Luxuriousness : RITZ
7
One who can't have everything? : COHEIR
8
Rocker Brian : ENO
9
Certain computer connection, briefly : DSL
10
Sliding door place : VAN
11
"Set ___ the doors, O soul!": Whitman : OPE
12
Forage plant : COWPEA
13
Sask. neighbor : ALTA
14
Leg up : BOOST
15
Snarl unsnarler : HAIRBRUSH
16
Lyric, part 4 : ANDABUTTONNOSE
17
Arose : LOOMED
18
Kind of kick : ONSIDE
28
Giant successes? : RUNS
30
Shell food? : TACO
33
"I beg to differ!" : NOTSO
34
"Kiss my grits" lady : FLO
35
Writer Willy who popularized spaceflight : LEY
36
___-Aztecan language : UTO
37
"Have some!" : EAT
38
Second Amendment advocacy grp. : NRA
39
"The ___ Kid" : CISCO
42
Part of many a test : PLACEBO
43
"Here!" : TAKEONE
46
Highlands tongue : ERSE
49
Cardinal's home : NEST
50
Favorers of the young : AGEISTS
51
Dish with stir-fried rice noodles : PADTHAI
53
"Passion" director : GODARD
55
French treaty city of 1802 : AMIENS
57
Accord of 1985? : USEDCAR
58
What icicles do : SPARKLE
61
Literary inits. : TSE
62
Bully : STRONGARM
63
It may be fit for a king : BEDSPREAD
64
1945 battle site, for short : IWO
67
Long Island Rail Road station : ROSLYN
69
Alphabet trio : RST
71
Esoteric : ARCANE
74
End up with : NET
76
Fall (over) : KEEL
77
"The ___ Cat" (Tom and Jerry short) : ZOOT
79
Pacino and others : ALS
81
Banks on a runway : TYRA
84
Horace contemporary : OVID
87
Bobstays, e.g. : ROPES
89
Kyle ___, "The Terminator" hero : REESE
93
Globular : SPHERIC
96
When the show must go on : AIRTIME
98
Grounded flier : SST
99
"Don't ___ word!" : SAYA
101
Dietary abbr. : RDA
102
Start another tour : REUP
103
Animal pouch : SAC
104
Feel one's way around? : PALPATE
105
High-hats : SNEERERS
106
Timid words : IDARENOT
108
Places for tolls : BELFRIES
109
1986 Gene Hackman film : HOOSIERS
111
Not narrow : TOLERANT
112
Tramps : VAGRANTS
113
1/2 and 1/3 parts : SLASHES
115
Sprinkler : WATERER
116
Heavily sedated : OUT
117
___ trial basis : ONA
118
Holidayish : FESTIVE
124
"Revolutionary" piece by Chopin : ETUDE
126
Harpist, of sorts : ANGEL
127
Nobody : SCHMO
128
Visitor's sleeping spot, maybe : COT
129
"So ___ be on my way / In the early mornin' rain" (Gordon Lightfoot lyric) : IBEST
130
Sleep problem : APNEA
132
Old Testament prophet : HOSEA
135
Dr. Octavius, Spider-Man foe : OTTO
136
Some E-mail attachments : PDFS
139
Legal conclusion? : ESE
141
Shatner's "___War" : TEK

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 6 debuted here and reused later, 6 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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