GRID IRON

New York Times, Sunday, April 15, 2012

Author: Kevin G. Der
Editor: Will Shortz
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Rows: 17, Columns: 31, Words: 178, Blocks: 109 Missing: none – this is a pangram Grid has up-down mirror symmetry This is puzzle # 26 for Mr. Der. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

Notepad: When this puzzle is finished, 12 special squares, along with the shaded squares, will create an image of 56-Down. The 12 squares corresponding to the "reflection" of the special squares, when read clockwise from top left, will spell an alternative name for 56-Down.
JimH notes: I've highlighted the "reflection" squares. They spell out SHIP OF DREAMS. This titanic puzzle stretches several conventions. It's the first Shortz-era grid with up-down mirror symmetry. It is by far the widest. It's even bigger than Kevin's previous huge rectangle. It's not a size record, though, falling nearly 100 squares short of the seven 25x25 Millennium puzzles from 1999. (Here's one.)

I claim this is the world's first cubist crossword. There's the profile view of the ship and its reflection you have to draw yourself and, just maybe, if you squint at the arrangement of black squares, a top view of a ship sailing west. Do you see it? Also, GRID IRON is a great title for a puzzle that looks like a football field but isn't. The constructor tells the story of how he made this puzzle here on Quora.
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© 2012, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Plushlike : SOFT
5. Anjou relatives : BOSCS
10. "Love Train" singers, with "the" : OJAYS
15. Brit. decorations : DSOS
19. Low men? : BASSI
24. Peace Nobelist Root : ELIHU
26. Without problems : ALLOK
27. Holiday decoration : MENORAH
29. Where 56-Down embarked : SOUTHAMPTON
31. Stress reliever : EASER
32. Actress Téa : LEONI
33. Iconic line shouted in "56-Down" : IMTHEKINGOFTHEWORLD
35. With 37-Across, #1 song from "56-Down" : MYHEART
37. See 35-Across : WILLGOON
39. Martini go-with? : ROSSI
40. Bit of chiding : TSK
41. Shiva's wife : KALI
42. Cat genus : FELIS
43. Italian holiday : FESTA
45. Sinn ___ : FEIN
47. Easter ___ : EGG
50. Forest specimens : FERNS
52. "Be my guest" : FEELFREE
56. Silence indicator : TACET
59. "Cool" amount : MIL
62. In ___ place : ASAFE
64. Rafael, to friends : RAFE
66. Trims, say : EDITS
68. Jefferson or Madison : DEIST
69. Rest on : SITATOP
71. High clouds : CIRRI
73. Mess of a mess : SNAFU
75. Auto-___ : DAFE
76. Footstool : POUFFE
78. Georgia O'Keeffe Museum site : SANTAFE
80. Slowpokes' fines : LATEFEES
82. Filled, as an office : STAFFED
83. Coup d'___ : ETAT
84. Builder of a 2x2 vessel? : NOAH
85. Blue Ribbon maker : PABST
86. Hosp. scan : EEG
87. Winner of a 1970s-'80s war : VHS
90. Singer Jones : NORAH
92. Literally, "my Lord" : ADONAI
94. Amount before overtime : BASEPAY
96. Shake : TREMOR
100. Tried to win : WOOED
102. Major operation? : DRILL
104. To this moment : TILLNOW
106. Fads : RAGES
108. Run together, in a way : ELOPE
109. Tater : SPUD
110. Toddlers' coddlers : MOMMIES
112. Third string : CTEAM
113. Once more: Abbr. : AGN
114. It's not basic : ACID
116. Dict. info : DEF
117. Tabula ___ : RASA
119. Yorkshire river : AIRE
121. Flags : EBBS
123. Clear (of) : RID
124. Triumphant end? : QED
125. "56-Down" co-star : WINSLET
128. "56-Down" co-star : DICAPRIO
132. "King Lear" role : REGAN
136. Pittance : SOU
138. Protection around the world? : OZONE
139. Some buggy drivers : AMISH
141. Record-tying achievement for "56-Down" : ELEVENACADEMYAWARDS
149. Said yea or nay : VOTED
150. Bank support? : LEVEE
151. Spirit : ESSENCE
152. 56-Down, e.g. : LUXURYLINER
153. Pulitzer-winning critic Richard : EDER
154. It's hard to get across : CHASM
155. Palm products : TREOS
156. Flight data: Abbr. : ETDS
157. Some salads : SLAWS
1. Look : SEEM
2. Oil producer : OLAY
3. Implement with a spatulalike blade : FISHKNIFE
4. Where dawn arises : THEEAST
5. Latvian, e.g. : BALT
6. Cry to a matador : OLE
7. Brake : SLOW
8. They carry needles : CONIFERS
9. Omelet holders : SKILLETS
10. Aware of : ONTO
11. Dear person? : JOHN
12. Exist : ARE
13. Jabber : YAK
14. Stuffed ___ : SHIRT
15. Ski-___ : DOOS
16. Muslim mystic : SUFI
17. Slugger Mel : OTT
18. "Zip it!" : SHH
19. Autobahn sights : BMWS
20. Pig in ___ : APOKE
21. Orchestra grp. : STR
22. Roman sun god : SOL
23. Like Beethoven's Second : IND
25. Caspian feeder : URAL
27. "Top Gun" jets : MIGS
28. Funnyman Philips : EMO
29. Ban Ki-moon and others: Abbr. : SGS
30. Insurance giant : AETNA
34. Professor Chomsky : NOAM
36. Widespread : RIFE
38. Invention : LIE
43. Parts of yards : FEET
44. Small-runway aircraft, briefly : STOL
45. Is alarmed : FEARS
46. "It ___" (answer to "Who's there?") : ISI
48. Tennis's Steffi : GRAF
49. Bad slip : GAFFE
50. Stable supply : FEED
51. Nutritional stat : RDA
53. Saverin who co-founded Facebook : EDUARDO
54. Shield bearer, typically : LEFTARM
55. Small flute : FIFE
56. [See blurb] : TITANIC
57. Frozen : ATAHALT
58. Many a Wi-Fi hotspot : CAFE
60. Cause of 56-Down's demise : ICEBERG
61. About a month, for a fruit fly : LIFESPAN
63. Rotted : FESTERED
65. Bad blood : FEUD
67. Devote : SPEND
69. Supercilious one : SNOOT
70. Wild banana : PAPAW
72. Mark up, say : RETAG
74. Conrad ___, early matinee idol : NAGEL
77. Chiwere speaker : OTO
79. Furthermore : AND
81. Prof's helpers : TAS
82. Harden : SET
87. Golfs, e.g., briefly : VWS
88. Emulate a frog : HOP
89. Unpleasant thing to hit : SOURNOTE
91. Rival suitor's expletive : HIM
92. "Shalom ___" (Hebrew greeting) : ALEICHEM
93. Martinique, e.g. : ILE
94. One with a terrible opening : BOMB
95. Oenologist's concern : YEAR
97. How it's done : MODE
98. Slanted column? : OPED
99. Interference detector? : REF
101. Voice of Carl in Pixar's "Up" : EDASNER
103. Acts the middleman : LIAISES
105. Dundee denial : NAE
107. Discovery Channel subj. : SCI
110. Ginnie ___ : MAE
111. Mrs., abroad : SRA
113. "Gimme ___" : ASEC
115. "In my view ..." : IDSAY
118. Zero-emissions vehicle : SLED
120. Athlete's pointer? : EPEE
122. Scottish hillsides : BRAES
124. Cower : QUAIL
125. Didn't go straight : WOVE
126. Polo competitor : IZOD
127. Bottled mineral : TALC
128. Palais Garnier star : DIVA
129. "Kidnapped" inits. : RLS
130. Suffix with luck : IEST
131. "Now you speak" : OVER
133. Hoedown attendee : GAL
134. Together, in music : ADUE
135. Cashier's cry : NEXT
137. Late-night fliers : OWLS
140. Word of indifference : MEH
142. Suffix with alk- : ENE
143. Barracks V.I.P. : NCO
144. Setting for some wrestling : MUD
145. "___ truly" (abbreviated sign-off) : YRS
146. Biological chain : RNA
147. It appears overnight : DEW
148. Grads-to-be: Abbr. : SRS

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