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Fred Piscop
Fred Piscop

NY Times, Sun, Dec 23, 2012 DIAGRAMLESS

24-Across : Magician of the comics

Author:
Fred Piscop
Editor:
Will Shortz
Rows: 17, Columns: 17, Words: 84, Blocks: 80
Notepad: This diagramless is 17 squares wide by 17 squares deep and has regular crossword symmetry. 1-Across begins in the third square of the first row.
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© 2012, The New York Times
Across
1
Opposite of post- : PRE
4
Horror director Craven : WES
7
"Jurassic Park" menace : TREX
8
Trident-shaped letters : PSIS
12
Shepard in space : ALAN
14
Bank offering, redundantly : IRAACCOUNT
16
Stitch's movie pal : LILO
17
Prefix with adjusted : MAL
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Greasy spoon, say : EATERY
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Mucho : LOTSA
21
Champ before and after Spinks : ALI
22
Ending with hippo- : DROME
23
Obtained : GOTTEN
24
Magician of the comics : MANDRAKE
26
Jungfrau, for one : ALP
27
"Give it ___!" : AGO
28
"___ tu" (Verdi aria) : ERI
29
Dish in a shell : TACOSALAD
32
Connections : INS
34
Sir, in colonial India : SAHIB
35
Hebrides isle : SKYE
36
Many a Monopoly square: Abbr. : AVE
38
Package marking, redundantly : UPCCODE
40
Draft dodger's bane: Abbr. : SSS
41
Competitor of Dollar : AVIS
42
Covered in slime : GOOKY
43
Naval pronoun : SHE
45
Disc-shaped sweet : MINTPATTY
47
Wipe out : END
49
Roll-on brand : BAN
50
Monopoly quartet: Abbr. : RRS
51
Denture wearer's supply : FIXATIVE
56
Practice pieces : ETUDES
58
Helped someone to a seat? : VOTED
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Itinerary word : VIA
60
LeAnn of country music : RIMES
61
A Williams sister : SERENA
62
___ deferens : VAS
63
Big Apple stage award : OBIE
64
Convenience store convenience, redundantly : ATMMACHINE
66
Group of spies : NEST
67
Web site for a duck? : TOES
68
Chopped clods, maybe : HOED
69
Abbr. in an apt. ad : RMS
70
"The X-Files" subjects, for short : ETS
Down
1
Pecan confection : PRALINE
2
Stephen of "The Crying Game" : REA
3
Migraine relief brand : EXCEDRIN
4
Whacks hard : WALLOPS
5
Former New York governor Spitzer : ELIOT
6
Cold war conferences, redundantly : SALTTALKS
7
Refrain syllables : TRALA
8
"The Chosen" author Chaim : POTOK
9
Defiant retort : SUEME
10
Regarding : INRE
11
Place for a feeding trough : STY
13
Floral arrangements : NOSEGAYS
14
Mosque chief : IMAM
15
"___ Mia" (1965 hit) : CARA
20
Battery terminal : ANODE
23
Geography class items : GLOBES
25
Least sweet, as wine : DRIEST
26
Battery ___ : ACID
29
In poor taste : TACKY
30
Sailor's salutation : AHOY
31
Thumbs-up : ASSENT
33
Sweeteners : SUGARS
34
Many a wearer of plaid : SCOT
36
Howard Hughes's field : AVIATION
37
Auto figure, redundantly : VINNUMBER
39
Some crockery : POTS
41
"Jurassic Park" preservation medium : AMBER
44
Malady relieved by 3-Down : HEADACHE
46
Car radio features : PRESETS
48
Splits (up), informally : DIVVIES
51
Gift-getter's question : FORME
52
Gossip tidbits : ITEMS
53
TV's warrior princess : XENA
54
Tasty dish : VIAND
55
Tone down : EASE
57
Religious view of Franklin and Jefferson : DEISM
58
Bill killer : VETO
61
Parked it, so to speak : SAT
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Flying off the shelves : HOT
Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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