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New York Times, Saturday, December 5, 2009

Author:
Brad Wilber
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Brad Wilber

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 31 Missing: {FJQZ} This is puzzle # 16 for Mr. Wilber. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 2009, The New York TimesNo. 1205 ( 21,942 )
Across
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Modern campaign element : ROBOCALL
9
Fracas : TUSSLE
15
One who used to get Bronx cheers? : EXYANKEE
16
To be or not to be, e.g. : OPTION
17
Ice varieties : SHERBETS
18
Band hand : ROADIE
19
Cigarette holder : TIN
20
Money holder : CLIP
21
Mooring site : INLET
22
Japanese noodles : UDON
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Not much : ATAD
26
Port annexed by Britain in 1839 : ADEN
28
Plover named for its call : PEWIT
30
2000 Supreme Court case hinging on the 14th Amendment : BUSHVGORE
33
Tabloid publisher's check : LIBELLAW
35
The Who's "Love, Reign ___ Me" : OER
36
Maserati headquarters city : MODENA
39
Alternative to Uno Chicago Grill : SBARRO
41
Arthur Godfrey played it : UKE
42
Corporate retreat closer, perhaps : GROUPHUG
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Not open : SECRETIVE
48
Trilogies, often : SAGAS
52
"Notes on a Scandal" director Richard : EYRE
53
Old capital of 36-Across : LIRA
55
Undulate : ROLL
56
They work to maintain their faculties : DEANS
59
Frequent 5-Down topic : NYSE
61
Los : Spanish :: ___ : Italian : GLI
62
The Carpenters, e.g. : POPDUO
63
Opposite of encouraged : DETERRED
65
One way to stand : AKIMBO
66
6 or 7, but not 60 or 70 : EARLYAGE
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Second chance in education? : RETEST
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Producer of a piercing look : XRAYEYES
Down
1
Recharge : RESTUP
2
Leather type : OXHIDE
3
"Later!" : BYENOW
4
Sweeping instrument : OAR
5
"Squawk on the Street" airer : CNBC
6
Cubs' leader : AKELA
7
1970 hit documentary : LETITBE
8
"Vaya Con Dios" hitmaker, 1953 : LESPAUL
9
Bagels, e.g. : TORI
10
Part of many British place names : UPON
11
War film setting : STALAG
12
It may be used to avoid paparazzi : SIDEDOOR
13
Laggard : LOITERER
14
Navigation abbr. : ENE
23
Where Aida sings "O patria mia" : NILE
25
Upgrade from dial-up : DSL
27
First-century coup victim : NERO
29
Soupçon : TINGE
31
Jumble : HASH
32
Model featured in "Little Miss Sunshine" : VWBUS
34
TV character who says "I didn't think it was physically possible, but this both sucks and blows" : BART
36
Cogitate : MUSE
37
"You got it" : OKEYDOKE
38
Condemnable? : DECREPIT
40
Environment for multiplication, of sorts : AGAR
43
Covering for some wrestlers : OIL
44
It drops to 0 after sundown : UVINDEX
45
Annually : PERYEAR
47
Common text file name : README
49
Start developing achromotrichia : GOGRAY
50
Hold : ALLEGE
51
Begins to fail : SLIDES
54
Ad ___ (National Space Society's magazine) : ASTRA
57
Worn-down pencils, say : NUBS
58
Film about a furnace : SOOT
60
Difficult to grasp : EELY
62
Acceptable shooting? : PAR
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Kind of vodka : RYE

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 5 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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