New York Times, Saturday, October 22, 2011

Author: Patrick Berry
Editor: Will Shortz
Patrick Berry
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 74, Blocks: 36 Missing: {QZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 153 for Mr. Berry. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

Notepad: "CROSS" WORD CONTEST — All the puzzles this week, from Monday to Saturday, have been created by one person, Patrick Berry. Have your solutions handy, because the Saturday puzzle conceals a meta-challenge involving the solution grids of all six. When you have the answer to the meta-challenge, mail it to: crossword@nytimes.com. Twenty-five correct solvers, chosen at random, whose entries are received by 6:00 p.m. E.T. Sunday, Oct. 23, will receive copies of "Will Shortz Picks His Favorite Puzzles: 101 of the Top Crosswords From The New York Times" (puzzle list.) Only one entry per person, please. The answer and winners' names will appear on Friday, Oct. 28, at Wordplay.
JimH notes: I have filled in the circles on all six puzzles. Note the "pips" on each side of the die are correctly located. Wordplay interviewed Will Shortz and Patrick Berry. I named this set my puzzle of the year for 2011.
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1. Treaty signer with Ger. in 1939 : USSR
5. Horse of a sort : ARAB
9. Eddie Fisher's "Oh! My ___" : PAPA
13. Campaign/election analyst ___ Silver : NATE
14. Oven brand : AMANA
15. Resting, say : ABED
16. Nickname since 1999 : AROD
17. Exceedingly hard to see : FAINT
18. Really small amount : IOTA
19. Stage-sharing speaker : PANELIST
21. Oxen might be put in it : TANDEM
23. Find contest's meta-answer by reading ___ of these clues : THEFIRSTLETTERS
25. Tenth Commandment word : WIFE
26. Heraldic drawing : ARMS
27. Incline : SLANT
29. Seven ___ (Civil War battle site) : PINES
31. Workers who play? : DJS
34. Enclosing fence : PALE
35. Equipped for a ride, perhaps : SHOED
36. Kite part : BEAK
37. Saddler's aid : AWL
38. Goes across : SPANS
39. Role for Young : WELBY
40. Insults playfully : GUYS
41. Diminutive battery size : AAAA
42. Solvers must ___ in the grids to determine the grids' proper order : FILLEVERYCIRCLE
49. Rat Island natives : ALEUTS
50. Expenses for globetrotters : AIRFARES
51. Anarchy : RIOT
52. Drunken jag : SPREE
54. Islander's need, maybe : BOAT
55. Not mad : SANE
56. Outer parts : PEELS
57. Real-time : LIVE
58. Day on old calendars : IDES
59. Exterior area : YARD
60. Ruptured couple : EXES
1. Suitable's opposite : UNAPT
2. "Princess" in its Hebrew translation : SARAH
3. Evade while being questioned : STONEWALL
4. Label anew : REDEFINE
5. Lay up : AMASS
6. Activist/singer Bonnie : RAITT
7. Former Texas governor Richards : ANN
8. Assaulted, in a way : BATTERED
9. Muralists' needs : PAINTS
10. One that might be humble : ABODE
11. Ustinov of "Topkapi" : PETER
12. Second or sixth in a series : ADAMS
14. Lighted : AFIRE
20. Elevate : LIFT
22. Accepters of deposits : ATMS
24. Driving divisions : LANES
27. Évian, for one : SPA
28. Regulation : LAW
29. Astronomical appearance : PHASE
30. Nonneutral particle : ION
31. "Death of Sardanapalus" painter Eugène : DELACROIX
32. Hit that begins a one-two : JAB
33. It's what's up : SKY
35. Strip since 1961 that's printed in black and white : SPYVSSPY
36. Causing only minor irritation, say : BEARABLE
38. Raw beef fat : SUET
39. Oliver Twist, e.g. : WAIF
40. Seat cushions? : GLUTES
41. Spread : ACRES
42. Iranian tongue : FARSI
43. Narrative set in the Bronze Age : ILIAD
44. Genre film director Sergio : LEONE
45. Worth more to collectors, say : RARER
46. Output : YIELD
47. Run along : LEAVE
48. Democratic senator Kefauver : ESTES
53. Shepherd's pie tidbit : PEA

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