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New York Times, Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Author:
Peter A. Collins
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Peter A. Collins
Football

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 63 for Mr. Collins. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jim Horne notes:

The circles trace a football shape with laces tied up in the middle.

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© 2012, The New York TimesNo. 0926 ( 22,968 )
Across
1
Some are square : MEALS
6
G.I. rank : PFC
9
Mardi ___ : GRAS
13
It might keep you up at night : APNEA
14
Feel bad : AIL
15
Vile : SLIMY
16
"And that's ___!" : FINAL
17
Morgantown's locale: Abbr. : WVA
18
Some mirages : OASES
19
John Lennon, e.g. : ICON
20
Dandy : ONER
21
Glandular prefix : ADENO
22
Sun Devil Stadium's sch. : ASU
23
With 44-Across, common broadcasting phrase related to this puzzle's outer circled letters : THEKICKISUP
25
To a huge extent : NOEND
27
Curiosity's launcher : NASA
28
Los Angeles district : ENCINO
30
Deleted : XED
31
Bangkok native : THAI
35
With 37-Across, events described by 23-/44-Across : FIELD
36
Abbr. after a phone no. : EXT
37
See 35-Across : GOALS
38
Rain delay sight : TARP
39
Peace, to Pliny : PAX
40
Middle manager? : CORSET
41
Jr. in an office : ASST
43
One of two on a short date? : SLASH
44
See 23-Across : ANDITISGOOD
48
Custodian's tool : MOP
51
Flick not shown on network TV : PORNO
52
Lunkhead : DOLT
53
Greenhouse square : PANE
54
Silver, in the Sierra Madres : PLATA
55
"Lord, is ___?": Matthew 26:22 : ITI
56
Adhering to Strunk and White's advice "Omit needless words" : TERSE
57
Mojito garnishes : LIMES
58
X-ray unit : RAD
59
"Family Matters" role : URKEL
60
Alumni grouping : YEAR
61
"Very funny" cable channel : TBS
62
Short blasts : GUSTS
Down
1
Omertà organization : MAFIA
2
Works inspired by Calliope, e.g. : EPICS
3
One saying 23-/44-Across : ANNOUNCER
4
Request to a butcher : LEAN
5
Mineo of film : SAL
6
In hock : PAWNED
7
Shortish race, for short : FIVEK
8
Pete Fountain played it : CLARINET
9
Lions' foes : GLADIATORS
10
Knolls : RISES
11
"Would you like to see ___?" : AMENU
12
Online honcho : SYSOP
15
Rips off, in a way : SOAKS
20
"Here we go again!" : OHNO
23
Work, as a bar : TEND
24
Probably not Mr. Right : CAD
26
Manet or Monet : OILPAINTER
28
Pond denizen : EFT
29
Vardalos of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" : NIA
30
Pigskin stitching : XXX
32
They appear at one-yard intervals : HASHMARKS
33
The "A" in IPA : ALE
34
Verb after "das" : IST
36
Grovels : EATSDIRT
37
Prod : GOAD
39
Tire spec abbr. : PSI
40
Circulation blocker : CLOT
42
Greek walkways : STOAS
43
Pool side : SOLIDS
44
Put on : APPLY
45
"I swear!" : NOLIE
46
Miller product : DRAMA
47
Scored in the 80s : GOTAB
49
Beginning : ONSET
50
Bares fruit? : PEELS
53
Country mentioned in Sinatra's "Come Fly With Me" : PERU
56
Yank : TUG

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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