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New York Times, Saturday, December 31, 2011

Author: Joe Krozel
Editor: Will Shortz
Joe Krozel
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Rows: 16, Columns: 15 Words: 71, Blocks: 34 Missing: {FJQZ} Spans: 4, (1 quad stack) This is puzzle # 50 for Mr. Krozel. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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JimH notes: Mr. Krozel made two versions of this puzzle. The companion triple-stack grid contains 3/4 of the same quad-stack plus black squares in all the same places. You can see the two grids together here.
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© 2011, The New York TimesNo. 22,698
Across Down
1. Sign of engine trouble : SMOKE
6. What a 61-Across will be called for only a little while longer : MISS
10. One on a Liszt list : OPUS
14. Like some suits : CIVIL
15. "This shindig rocks!" : ITSABLAST
17. Computer screenful : ICONS
18. Part of Melanesia : NEWGUINEA
19. Subject for a folder : ORIGAMI
21. Always or sometimes, say : ADVERB
22. Approvals : NODS
23. "The thoughtful soul to solitude retires" poet : OMAR
26. Gets set : GELS
27. "___ dunno ..." : OHI
29. Sandy tract by the sea, to a Brit : DENE
31. They're often placed on parcels : REALESTATETAXES
39. Lawyer's setup? : PRIVATEPRACTICE
40. Righted wrongs : MADERESTITUTION
41. Picks a fight : STARTSSOMETHING
42. Rustle : STIR
43. Wiretapping grp. : NSA
44. Accessory that may have a state name on it : SASH
47. Old Testament "man of the field" : ESAU
49. Lift, of a sort : TBAR
53. Like many garages : ONECAR
55. Excuse-interrupting comment : SPAREME
57. Occasion to put on sheets : TOGAPARTY
60. Primer option : LATEX
61. Shower head? : BRIDETOBE
62. Right wrongs : ATONE
63. Psychiatrist's appt. : SESS
64. Turnovers, e.g. : STAT
65. Posts : SENDS
1. Offshoot : SCION
2. Start that conveys very little? : MICRO
3. Like prickly pears : OVOID
4. Novelist whose character Adah speaks in palindromes : KINGSOLVER
5. Four-footed orphan of literature : ELSA
6. Half note, in Britain : MINIM
7. -nik kin : ITE
8. Yemen-to-Zimbabwe dir. : SSW
9. Continuing drama : SAGA
10. Food item often cut into rings : OLIVE
11. Setting for instruments : PANEL
12. ___ manual : USERS
13. Skewer : STAB
16. Belt tightenings : BUDGETCUTS
20. Like the best chicken or turkey, say : MOISTEST
24. Electrical accessories : ADAPTORS
25. Crop further : RETRIM
28. Feature of many a box of chocolates : HEARTSHAPE
30. Unclutter : NEATENUP
31. CD rate? : RPMS
32. "Hoc ___ in votis" : ERAT
33. Slave singing several solos : AIDA
34. Red Sox anthem : TESSIE
35. "If things were to continue thus ..." : ATTHATRATE
36. Number of one of the Olympics canceled due to W.W. II : XIII
37. Study of some bubbles?: Abbr. : ECON
38. Hong Kong's Hang ___ index : SENG
44. Large bore : SNORE
45. Umbrella : AEGIS
46. Oodles : SCADS
48. Heretofore : ASYET
50. Back with bread : BETON
51. Improve : AMEND
52. Curly-furred cats : REXES
53. Parlors with TV screens: Abbr. : OTBS
54. Experiment runners? : RATS
56. "Oh, cruel world ..." : ALAS
58. Bushwa : ROT
59. Sched. letters : TBA

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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