New York Times, Friday, January 27, 2012

Author: Joe Krozel
Editor: Will Shortz
Joe Krozel
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 71, Blocks: 40 Missing: none – this is a pangram There are unchecked squares This is puzzle # 52 for Mr. Krozel. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

Joe Krozel notes: I thought it would be cute to have an isolated word in a grid, but it had to connect with the surrounding fill somehow, so a pangram seemed a natural fit. By the way, two other words — BIN and DEN — describe enclosures (as well as have their letters in alphabetical order).

The main task was to prepare a word list with B, O and X removed. After that, the fill process proceeded normally. I tried to use up Scrabbly letters quickly; QUIZMASTER tucked the Q and Z into an alcove, while JUST MY LUCK meshed nicely and disposed of J, C and K. With those in place, the rest came easily, so I tried to make the other long entries as lively as possible.

On a personal note, I absolutely loved it when my sixth grade teacher read ANIMAL FARM to the class. I had my wife read it to my kids on road trips just about the time this puzzle ran.

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© 2012, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Actress Stone and others : EMMAS
6. "Just playin' with ya" : IKID
10. Base characters? : UMPS
14. Meccan, e.g. : SAUDI
15. Ones sitting on pads : MICE
16. Cut off one's ears? : REAP
17. One asking questions he already knows the answers to : QUIZMASTER
19. Cousin of contra- : ANTI
20. Highness : SIRE
21. "Figures I'd have this problem!" : JUSTMYLUCK
23. French expert in body language? : MARCEAU
24. Draw back : SHY
25. Education dissemination locations : LECTUREHALLS
30. Solidifying agents : AGARS
31. Vase lookalikes : EWERS
35. Bouncing off the walls : MANIC
36. Enclosure ... and an alphabetical listing of letters not appearing elsewhere in this puzzle's answer : BOX
37. Sylvester's "Rocky" co-star : TALIA
38. A Ford : EDSEL
39. "___ Girl" ("Bells Are Ringing" tune) : IMETA
40. One swimming with flippers : DEEPSEADIVER
46. Logical ending : QED
49. Accessible for shooting : INRANGE
50. Like pool racks : TRIANGULAR
52. Host of PBS's "Scientific American Frontiers" : ALDA
56. Baseball All-Star Kinsler and others : IANS
57. "1984" shelfmate : ANIMALFARM
59. Ordeal for jrs. : PSAT
60. Part of some pools : GENE
61. Rose partially : SATUP
62. Clinic shipments : SERA
63. Henry James biographer : EDEL
64. Least desirable parts : DREGS
1. A.B.A. members' titles : ESQS
2. Wailuku's county : MAUI
3. California's ___ Woods : MUIR
4. Wood shop shaper : ADZE
5. "Scrooge" star, 1951 : SIM
6. "Likely story" : IMSURE
7. Lawn flamingos and such : KITSCH
8. Pop alternative : ICETEA
9. With 12-Down, lidocaine delivery option : DERMAL
10. Risk board territory : URAL
11. Stack at IHOP, say : MENUS
12. See 9-Down : PATCH
13. Like some punk hairstyles : SPIKY
18. Cracked open : AJAR
22. Stocking-up time? : YULETIDE
23. Lay claim forcibly : MUSCLEIN
25. Weak : LAME
26. Quaint euphemism : EGAD
27. Film holders : CANS
28. True companion? : TRIED
29. Pundit : SWAMI
32. Highness: Abbr. : ELEV
33. Mass action : RITE
34. Mosel tributary : SAAR
41. Begin a conversation with : ENGAGE
42. Cut back : PRUNED
43. Contact liquid : SALINE
44. Nail topper : ENAMEL
45. Home to a much-visited tomb : AGRA
46. Sticks in a makeup bag : QTIPS
47. Sweep the board? : ERASE
48. Mosul money : DINAR
51. The Charleses' pet : ASTA
52. Not close : AFAR
53. Like fashionable partygoers? : LATE
54. It may knock you out : DRUG
55. Concert pieces : AMPS
58. 54-Down for a trip : LSD

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