New York Times, Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Author: Peter Koetters
Editor: Will Shortz
Peter Koetters
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 35 Missing: {BJVXZ} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Koetters. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Peter Koetters notes: This puzzle was a long time in the making, with the first pass attempted in March 2010 and over nine complete redo's before settling on the right layout (and the right vegetables).

The "square roots" vegetable idea was simple enough, but turned out to be really difficult to execute. After failed attempts at 4-letter root squares, I settled on 8-letter wraparound "square roots." The big problem was the strange letter combinations one gets when words are spelled backwards! Just think about (_ _ _ PSP_ _ _) and (_ _ _ RSN _ _) near each other, or anything to fill (_ _ _ _ EOT _ _). Anyway, with the help of DEEP SPACE and FEARS NOT, and the infamous Italian ex-prime minister ANDREOTTI, it came together in the end to mark my New York Times debut.

In short, I predict won't be doing any more wraparounds.

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© 2012, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Mlles., across the border : SRTAS
6. Big bird : EMU
9. Clear up, in a way : DEFOG
14. Verb in "The Raven" : QUOTH
15. PC connection : LAN
16. Word on a lawn sign : ELECT
17. Free from bondage : UNSHACKLE
19. Send sky-high : ELATE
20. Gore and Green : ALS
21. Cinema chain : LOEWS
22. Something that's good to break : PAR
23. Handed down, as lore : RETOLD
25. Stops procrastinating : ACTS
27. Frivolous gal of song : SAL
30. Aldous Huxley's school : ETON
31. Collections of like objects : GROUPINGS
33. "Silas Marner" girl : EPPIE
36. Lapsed, as a subscription : RANOUT
37. Trademark of 1899 that's no longer protected : ASPIRIN
40. Stirs up : INCITES
41. Hit the gas : SPEDUP
42. Atlas feature : INSET
43. Expose to UV waves, say : IRRADIATE
45. Connections to the WWW : ISPS
49. S.S.S. part: Abbr. : SYS
50. Devotees: Suffix : ITES
51. Exactly right : SPOTON
53. Quizzical utterances : EHS
55. See 1-Down : ROOTS
57. Coach Parseghian : ARA
58. Hoops Hall-of-Famer Thomas : ISIAH
60. Italian P.M. nicknamed Divo Giulio : ANDREOTTI
62. Uniform decoration : MEDAL
63. Excessive detail, in a text : TMI
64. Mad magazine's "___ Gang of Idiots" : USUAL
65. Smart-alecky : SASSY
66. Yet, in verse : EEN
67. Hamilton vs. Burr and others : DUELS
1. With 55-Across, what the circled letters, reading clockwise, form : SQUARE
2. Brook : RUNLET
3. Throw in the direction of : TOSSTO
4. Greek capital, to airlines : ATH
5. Intend to definitely : SHALL
6. Sommer of film : ELKE
7. Viruses, worms, etc. : MALWARE
8. Intl. peace and human rights grp. : UNESCO
9. Distant regions of the universe : DEEPSPACE
10. First name in scat : ELLA
11. Is intrepid : FEARSNOT
12. Thanksgiving mo., in Canada : OCT
13. Co. that merged into Verizon : GTE
18. Salted fish : COD
24. Five Nations tribe : ONEIDA
26. Spins, rolls or draws : TURNS
28. Malaria symptom : AGUE
29. Normandy vessels of '44 : LSTS
31. Martini base, maybe : GIN
32. Ab ___ (from the beginning) : INITIO
34. In a Victorian manner : PRUDISHLY
35. Larklike songbird : PIPIT
37. Floor model caveat : ASIS
38. Nimble for one's age : SPRY
39. August meteor shower : PERSEIDS
40. Suffix with serpent : INE
42. "My treat" : ITSONME
44. Fill with gas : AERATE
46. Center of many a plaza : STATUE
47. Way in : PORTAL
48. Slimy pests : SNAILS
51. Orch. section : STR
52. Pretentious sort : PSEUD
54. Lukas of "Witness" : HAAS
56. Asgard ruler : ODIN
58. Some AOL transmissions : IMS
59. Chantey subject : SEA
61. The Cowboys of the N.C.A.A. : OSU

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