New York Times, Saturday, February 11, 2012

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

Rows: 14, Columns: 15, Words: 54, Blocks: 33 Missing: {BFJKQXZ} Spans: 2 Grid has mirror symmetry This is puzzle # 53 for Mr. Krozel. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

Joe Krozel notes:

The first submitted version of this puzzle had fifteen rows: the sides of the heart tapered down further so that just a single entry connected the top and bottom halves of the puzzle. That entry also contained an unchecked letter passing between two blocks; I thought it appropriate for that letter to be an 'X' — the symbol for a kiss — but Will rejected the idea of an unchecked letter, so it was back to the drawing board.

The final design clearly has three vertical entries which connect the top and bottom. This was no trivial undertaking. I think I entered over 20,000 words to my word list before coming up with the particular choices for 12-D and 13-D. Ironically, it wasn't until I put GALLIUM into the working part of my word list that the whole fill coalesced.

Getting TENDERHEARTEDLY into the fill was somewhat fortuitous since it initially appeared that nothing thematic was going to work in that spot. I had a list of about 30 valentine-related 15-letter entries to screen.

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© 2012, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Fashion show disaster : RIP
4. Dated : SAW
7. Make a major decision? : GOPRO
9. Head honcho in baseball : SELIG
11. Element in many semiconductors : GALLIUM
13. Like galley slaves, typically : CHAINED
15. Late 1980s Cadillac : ALLANTE
16. Literally, "the Stairway" : LASCALA
17. ___ Day : SAINTVALENTINES
19. Makes a person less tense : SETSONEATEASE
20. Exceeds, as demand : OUTSTRIPS
21. Closet item, for short : VAC
24. Collection of Blaise Pascal writings : PENSEES
25. Middle of this century : MML
28. Spanish queen and namesakes : ENAS
30. Father-and-son Connecticut congressmen Thomas and Chris : DODDS
31. Big ring : PEAL
32. Buckle attachment : STRAP
34. 9-5 connector : TIL
35. Choice word? : EENIE
36. With love : TENDERHEARTEDLY
39. Long Island university : ADELPHI
40. Like the relatives notified in emergencies, usually : NEAREST
41. Entices : LURESIN
42. Grass for some baskets : ESPARTO
43. Economical : SPARING
44. It might be tipped at a rodeo : STETSON
1. Fingers on a diamond : ROLLIE
2. "That's my intention" : IPLANTO
3. Quickly reproduces : PRINTSUP
4. Ship's boarding ladder : SEASTEPS
5. Keys and Markova : ALICIAS
6. CeCe of gospel : WINANS
7. Lavish events : GALAS
8. Like John Kerry in 2004 : OUTVOTED
9. Opposites of mansions : SHANTIES
10. Food topping in France : GELEE
11. Blast : GAS
12. Has no significance : MEANSNOTHING
13. They let traffic through after a crash : CLEAREDLANES
14. German article : DAS
18. Doesn't continue, as an argument : LETSDIE
21. Maintainers of a sacred flame in ancient Rome : VESTALS
22. Made a commitment to play : ANTEDUP
23. Boxing Hall-of-Famer Primo : CARNERA
25. Sewers, often : MENDERS
26. Sends : MAILSTO
27. ___ Hewitt, 2002 Wimbledon winner : LLEYTON
29. Nascar driver Elliott : SADLER
31. Eye : PEERAT
33. One side of a longstanding ad battle : PEPSI
35. Military encampment : ETAPE
37. Nose: Prefix : RHIN
38. Sign for a musician not to play : REST

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