New York Times, Friday, December 2, 2005

Author: Patrick Merrell
Editor: Will Shortz
Patrick Merrell
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 72, Blocks: 25 Missing: {JKQZ} Spans: 8, (4 double stacks) Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry This is puzzle # 52 for Mr. Merrell. NYT links: Across Lite

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JimH notes: In this unusual grid, no two black square touch each other, even at the corners.
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© 2005, The New York Times
Across Down
1. No. for Na or Ni : ATWT
5. Give ___ of the hat : ATIP
9. Symbols of masculinity : MANES
14. Shows no one comes to see : DRESSREHEARSALS
17. Takes the wrong way : MISAPPROPRIATES
18. Opening : INTRO
19. Relatively common letters : SPAM
20. Popular writers : BICS
21. It's unresolved : TIE
22. "Ah" : ISEE
24. Center in a state's center : EPCOT
26. "No kidding" : TRULY
28. Thompson of "Family" : SADA
30. Org. to which eight U.S. presidents have belonged : NRA
32. Footed receptacles : URNS
33. Conductor seen at night : NEON
35. Change one's focus : REAIM
37. Beans : NOODLES
39. Product with three heads : NORELCO
41. "___ come to that" : ITMAY
42. Boom : SPAR
44. Takes a course : OPTS
45. Limb's end : TOE
46. Anatomical passage : ITER
48. Confectioner's raw material : CACAO
50. Caballero's locale : LLANO
52. King ___ II known as "The Stout" : OLAF
54. It might expose rings : SAW
56. Went after : SUED
57. Something folded before a meal : PITA
59. Mucho : LOTSA
61. Kinsey report topic : HETEROSEXUALITY
64. John Le Carré characters : INTELLIGENCEMEN
65. Takes an alternate course : VEERS
66. Adopted son of Claudius : NERO
67. Anhydrous : SERE
1. Not hide : ADMIT
2. Boom producer : TRINITROTOLUENE
3. Brunch order : WESTERNOMELETTE
4. Anticommunist leader : TSAR
5. Early Surrealist : ARP
6. Clipped : TERSE
7. Wishful words : IHOPESO
8. Salt's partner : PEPA
9. Dr.'s order : MRI
10. How easy things might be : ASABC
11. Source of pop-ups? : NATIONALPASTIME
12. Source of pop-ups? : ELECTRICTOASTER
13. Bacon sizzle : SSSS
15. Pamper : SPOIL
16. Carrying : ARMED
23. End of a Scottish title sung at many parties : SYNE
25. Catherine of history : PARR
27. Big employer of inspectors: Abbr. : USDA
29. A Freud : ANNA
31. Old radio title character : AMOS
32. Soldier's group : UNIT
34. Start of North Carolina's motto : ESSE
36. Color-conscious grp. : EEOC
38. "___ Eyes" by the Eagles : LYIN
40. Relative of a bottlenose : ORCA
43. One being brought along : PROTEGE
47. Famous player of a milkman with many daughters : TOPOL
49. Big name in insurance : AFLAC
51. Run like ___ : ADEER
53. Not so hard : LAXER
55. Detroit's county : WAYNE
56. Knife : SHIV
58. Hasn't left : ISIN
60. They ring out in rings : OLES
62. Literary inits. : RLS
63. Game with a Wild Draw Four card : UNO

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