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New York Times, Saturday, December 7, 2013

Author:
James Mulhern
Editor:
Will Shortz
Sportscaster Nahan with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
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James Mulhern

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 35 Missing: {QWX} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Mulhern. Saturday freshness: 14%
James Mulhern notes:
I started making puzzles ("puzzin'") back in college with my good friend, Ashton Anderson. After some growing pains, we had a ... read more
Will Shortz notes:
Originally this puzzle started as a Friday, but the three test-solvers found it so challenging that I bumped it up to Saturday. My ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Nice work today from James. A ton of great fill, highlighted by BUG ZAPPER and its associated clue. I wonder if SANDAL TAN is going to ... read more
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© 2013, The New York Times12/7/13 ( No. 23,405 )
Across
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Big name in 25-Across treatment : PROACTIV
9
Air piece? : BBGUN
14
Shrugs, maybe : HASNOIDEA
16
Take it as a sign : PULSE
17
"The Help" co-star, 2011 : EMMASTONE
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Decorative moldings : OGEES
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First of a succession of 13 : LEOI
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Coot : OLDGEEZER
22
Johnny-jump-up, e.g. : PANSY
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Nude medium, often : OIL
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See 1-Across : ACNE
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90 degrees from ouest : SUD
28
Really : EVERSO
31
Area map : PLAT
32
___ d'âme (moods: Fr.) : ETATS
33
Alternative to 53-Down : PUMA
34
Secures : OBTAINS
37
She's no puritan : JEZEBEL
40
Farm sounds : BAAS
41
Station, e.g. : AIRER
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Repulsive : ICKY
43
Get out of practice? : DISBAR
45
Sportscaster Nahan with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame : STU
48
Keel extension : SKEG
49
Unrefined type : OAF
50
Key setting : OCEAN
52
Like eggheads : BOOKSMART
56
Stockholder's group? : HERD
57
Universal work : MOVIE
58
Hack, say : BREAKINTO
60
Nonstop : ONEND
61
Evidence of having worn thongs : SANDALTAN
62
Little ones are calves : BERGS
63
Player of many a tough guy : STALLONE
Down
1
Olympian on 2004 and 2012 Wheaties boxes : PHELPS
2
Bach contemporary : RAMEAU
3
Onetime pop star who hosted "Pyramid" : OSMOND
4
First name in erotica : ANAIS
5
Fortune subjects: Abbr. : COS
6
Stalin defier : TITO
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Stargazer's focus? : IDOL
8
Street fair lineup : VENDORS
9
Lodge org. : BPOE
10
Fryer seen at a cookout? : BUGZAPPER
11
Harvard has an all-male one : GLEECLUB
12
Creation for many an account : USERNAME
13
Super Mario Bros. runner : NES
15
Backing : AEGIS
21
___ rating (chess skill-level measure) : ELO
23
So-far-undiscovered one : YETI
26
Name-dropper's abbr.? : ETAL
29
Aid in making one's move? : VAN
30
So-far-undiscovered ones, briefly : ETS
32
Like a type B : EASYGOING
34
Geishas often draw them : OBIS
35
Wimp's lack : BACKBONE
36
Wrest the reins : TAKEOVER
37
Crane arm : JIB
38
Ace's stat : ERA
39
Open love? : ZERO
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To the degree that : ASFARAS
43
What mops may be made into : DOS
44
Feet with rhythm : IAMBS
45
Dealt with : SEENTO
46
Abercrombie design : TARTAN
47
Brought to ruin : UNDONE
51
Kick back : CHILL
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Alternative to 33-Across : KEDS
54
Ripped : RENT
55
Drumroll follower : TADA
57
Group with family units : MOB
59
Actor Penn of "Van Wilder" : KAL

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