New York Times, Friday, February 25, 2011

Author: Henry Hook
Editor: Will Shortz
Henry Hook
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 66, Blocks: 38 Missing: {QXYZ} This is puzzle # 56 for Mr. Hook. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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JimH notes: In 2002, The New Yorker magazine ran this profile of today's constructor.
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© 2011, The New York TimesNo. 22,389
Across Down
1. Spice mix used in Indian cuisine : MASALA
7. "Far out!" : RADICAL
14. Pasqueflower, e.g. : ANEMONE
16. Shade of green : AVOCADO
17. Conditions : STRINGS
18. Proved to be quite a poser? : MODELED
19. 16th-century assembly : THEDIETOFWORMS
21. Winner of a famous 1938 rematch : LOUIS
22. Colonial captives : SLAVEANTS
27. Becomes cracked : CHAPS
32. Brooklyn neighborhood : CANARSIE
33. Construct : RIGUP
34. Kansas City university : AVILA
35. Plot line : ARC
37. 1988 animated action film set in 2019 Tokyo : AKIRA
38. "The Newlywed Game" contestants : MATES
39. Attractive : MAGNETIC
41. 36-Down's locale : PLATE
42. Site of Napoleon I's coronation : NOTREDAME
43. "Raging Bull" co-star : PESCI
44. Detractors' comment concerning 19-Across? : ITSFORTHEBIRDS
53. Convert to pounds? : REALISE
54. One who's withdrawn : EVACUEE
55. Enormous statues : COLOSSI
56. Say "Hallelujah!" : REJOICE
57. Short-___ : SHEETED
58. Choice in bottled water : DANNON
1. Canvas holder : MAST
2. Lit. collection : ANTH
3. Drought-stricken : SERE
4. In : AMID
5. 1970s pinup name : LONI
6. "___ Ashes" : ANGELAS
7. High priest in "Aida" : RAMFIS
8. Swears : AVOWS
9. Dummy : DODO
10. Champagne bucket : ICER
11. 0 on the Beaufort scale : CALM
12. Vitamin C providers, maybe : ADES
13. City near Ben-Gurion Airport : LOD
15. Member of the U.N. since 1991 and the E.U. since 2004 : ESTONIA
20. As far from the heart as possible : OUTERMOST
22. Roguish sort : SCAMP
23. Montreal suburb : LAVAL
24. Novelist Brookner : ANITA
25. Jeeves, for one : VALET
26. Indulge in character assassination? : ERASE
27. Washington Irving character : CRANE
28. Followed a trail, maybe : HIKED
29. Gut reaction? : AGITA
30. Adar festival : PURIM
31. Opportunity for privacy : SPACE
36. Bench, for example : CATCHER
40. Mourned : GRIEVED
42. Calypso, e.g. : NEREID
43. Entourage : POSSE
44. Architect ___ Ming Pei : IEOH
45. Account : TALE
46. Liqueur flavor : SLOE
47. Weapon for 21-Across : FIST
48. North American peninsula : BAJA
49. Screen figure : ICON
50. Bankruptcy : RUIN
51. Retro style : DECO
52. Discovered : SEEN
53. Alternatives to Pepsis : RCS

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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