New York Times, Friday, January 17, 2014

Author: Kevin G. Der
Editor: Will Shortz
Kevin G. Der
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 66, Blocks: 25 Missing: {QXZ} This is puzzle # 30 for Mr. Der. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

Kevin G. Der notes: I am a perfectionist. My mind fixates on anything suboptimal. When constructing a puzzle, this habit can be helpful as hundreds of ... more
Will Shortz notes: Kevin Der makes a crackerjack themeless. Entries here I like include HOTEL BARS, ANIMAL FAT, AS I RECALL, GYM CLASSES, DIME STORES, ... more
Jeff Chen notes: A nice construction from one of the best in the business, Joon. Er, Jeff. Darn it, I mean Kevin!*. One aspect I like best about ... more
JimH notes: The print edition of the NYT ran a different puzzle on this day. This is the one that was distributed electronically and was also supposed to be in the paper.
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Across Down
1. Vacation destination : SHORE
6. Spots for thirsty travelers : HOTELBARS
15. Scooter : MOPED
16. It's rendered in the kitchen : ANIMALFAT
17. Group studying torts and procedures, typically : ONELS
18. Psychiatric hospitals : SANITARIA
19. Hardly a free spirit? : GENIE
20. "Thinking back ..." : ASIRECALL
21. They often precede showers : GYMCLASSES
23. German port on the Baltic : KIEL
24. Large bill holder : IBIS
25. Historical role in Spielberg's "Munich" : MEIR
26. Mrs. Lincoln's family : TODDS
27. Cry of surprise : EEK
28. Camp accouterments : BOAS
29. Dandy : FOP
30. Stage, as a historical scene : REENACT
32. Like a ballerina : LISSOME
36. Fox tribe neighbor : OTO
37. Operates, as a booth : MANS
38. Be useful : PAY
39. Cars whose only color until 1952 was bottle green : SAABS
42. One of the 12 tribes of Israel : LEVI
43. Just dandy : JAKE
44. Oscar-winning film based partly on the book "The Master of Disguise" : ARGO
45. Bowling splits in which the 5 and 10 pins remain : DIMESTORES
47. Big name in classical education? : BEETHOVEN
49. 1969 role for Dustin Hoffman : RATSO
50. Recovering : ONTHEMEND
51. It's written with a minus sign : ANION
52. Freebie often containing alcohol : TOWELETTE
53. "To conclude ..." : INSUM
54. Extra protection from the elements : STORMDOOR
55. Source of morning stimulation, maybe : LATTE
1. Harder to see through, say : SMOGGIER
2. Queen or her subject? : HONEYBEE
3. Opportunity for a singer or comedian : OPENMIKE
4. The Shroud of Turin and others : RELICS
5. Car that offered Polar Air air-conditioning : EDSEL
6. Disobeys standing orders? : HASASEAT
7. New York's ___ Cultural Center, promoter of Hellenic civilization : ONASSIS
8. Requiring greater magnification : TINIER
9. Some world leaders : EMIRS
10. Pregnant, maybe : LATE
11. Some C.I.A. doings : BLACKOPS
12. Yellow : AFRAID
13. Inveighed (against) : RAILED
14. Changing places : STALLS
22. Bygone station name : AMOCO
26. Put to waste? : TOSS
28. Some Quidditch equipment : BATS
29. End of story? : FINIS
31. "Don't worry about it" : NOBOTHER
32. Herb whose name is derived from the Latin for "to wash" : LAVENDER
33. One employing trompe l'oeil effects : OPARTIST
34. Pets : MAKESOUT
35. "Now, look here!" : EYESONME
37. It serves as a reminder : MEMENTO
39. Footwear similar to klompen : SABOTS
40. Childish retort : ARENOT
41. Terrible time? : AGETWO
42. Reach, in a way : LIVETO
43. ___ Gleason, Tony winner for "Into the Woods" : JOANNA
45. Like wigwams and igloos : DOMED
46. Have some catching up to do : TRAIL
48. Captain's place : HELM

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