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Mel Taub
Mel Taub

NY Times, Sun, Dec 31, 2017 PUNS AND ANAGRAMS

Author:
Mel Taub
Editor:
Will Shortz
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 72, Blocks: 33, Across Lite
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© 2017, The New York Times
Across
1. Abandons wastelands : DESERTS
8. ACDE ... WXYZ B : BLAST
13. If you do this to Matt, you'll incur Matt's ire : MISTREAT
14. Concerning junkyard dogs : RECURS
16. Turn sergeant off : ESTRANGE
17. Weak cinema : ANEMIC
18. Shake our sea : AROUSE
19. In cinema, star canine : ASTA
21. Ms. Rice : AVA
22. President after Barack O., informally : DONT
23. 1 p.m.'s kids acting up : IMPS
24. Cast-iron core : STIR
25. What covers Robin's midriff : OBI
26. A woman's name, at any rate : TANYA
28. Bit of S.C. hip-hop : SCRAP
29. Diminish, for a few : WEAROFF
31. U.A.R. list of ceremonies : RITUALS
33. Said one Continental letter to the next, "I'm N and ___" : EURO
34. Returning ill-gotten gains : TOOL
35. Whose voice will not rest : STENTOR
38. Angola's computers : ANALOGS
42. What a sled dog at the front does : LEADS
43. Big name to men in painting : MONET
45. Tap : PAT
46. Arthur's crafts : ARTS
47. Damages a planet : MARS
48. He's able to speak Hungarian : BELA
49. Semi-crisis : CRI
50. __russ__ __s's nei__hborhood: Abbr. : BELG
51. Like the verb "are" in "all are up" : PLURAL
53. Sanka's state : KANSAS
55. Push away from a tea line : ALIENATE
57. Things an Indian star is playing : SITARS
58. Not a term of importance : NOMATTER
59. Odd N.Y. fool : NODDY
60. Where Sean was in Wales : SWANSEA
Down
1. So bride will do this on her wedding night : DISROBE
2. A site on Russia's western border : ESTONIA
3. Trust in swagger : STRUT
4. Pitch__ __s' st__t__ : ERAS
5. French ne'er-do-well : RENE
6. Twang, oddly : TAG
7. Hot, like my seat : STEAMY
8. Miscreants in ladies' undergarment and tees : BRATS
9. Girl who sounds skinnier : LENA
10. Grim finish : ACE
11. Source of Indonesia's traumas : SUMATRA
12. A third of a jury in a court case : TRIVIAL
13. A mowed grassy area : MEADOW
15. Slopes accommodating cars: Sp. : SCARPS
20. Fight colors of Michigan State athletes : SPARTANS
23. Tell Pacino "no tux required" : INFORMAL
24. "Bonehead" : SCULL
26. People whose racetrack tips tease you so : TOUTS
27. How's that for a hairdo? : AFRO
28. Toast for a fur : STOAT
30. Rips nerds : RENDS
32. 1:1 girl : IONE
35. At Saks, Elsie bought them : SLACKS
36. Land for a trainer : TERRAIN
37. A note: It can corrode : EATINTO
39. Telephone button "8" : OPERATE
40. Festive beverage for Pygmalion's love : GALATEA
41. What a salter will prevent food from becoming : STALER
44. Instruments you might play rags on : ORGANS
47. Like the cafeteria after a G.I.s' meal : MESSY
48. Be nuts or slightly bats : BUNTS
50. Grayback : BARD
51. Tribe on one map of the Southwest : PIMA
52. Gravitate toward low-fat : LEAN
54. Di__ __ppointe__ : SAD
56. Like the hoot of an owl : LOW
Answer summary: 0 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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