New York Times, Thursday, May 17, 2012

Author: Joe Krozel
Editor: Will Shortz
Joe Krozel
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 59, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JQYZ} Minimum word length: 4 There are unchecked squares This is puzzle # 56 for Mr. Krozel. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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JimH notes: If you've been doing puzzles for a while, you might have guessed Mr. Krozel was the author from the grid shape alone. There are no 3-letter answers. Clues are numbered differently and rather more elegantly in the print version of this puzzle.
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© 2012, The New York TimesNo. 22,836
Across Down
1. Cheap wheels, perhaps : USEDCAR
8. Afghan power : TALIBAN
15. Wigged out : GONEAPE
16. Going-away request : WRITEME
17. Jazz trumpeter Sandoval and others : ARTUROS
18. Peter and Annette of film : OTOOLES
19. 1960s teaching focus : NEWMATH
20. Response to a polite refusal / (next line) It's spelled out in a Tammy Wynette hit : IINSIST
21. "Steady ___ goes" : ASSHE
24. Looks for oneself, in a way : EGOSURFS
29. ___ motel : NOTELL
31. What a walk in the ballpark will get you / (next line) It's spelled out in an Aretha Franklin hit : ONEBASE
32. First satellite to transmit a phone call through space, 1962 : TELSTAR
36. Cold showers : SLEETS
40. Help board a plane, say : ASSISTON
42. Young partner / (next line) It's spelled out in a Travis Tritt hit : ERNST
43. Connecticut city on the Quinnipiac River : MERIDEN
47. Hard work : TRAVAIL
51. Pull off : EXECUTE
52. It's not for big shots : MINICAM
53. Electrical device that may blow : SPEAKER
54. Paul Anka hit with a rhyming title : ESOBESO
55. Salsa quality : HOTNESS
56. Beginning : GENESIS
1. Like part of Lake Victoria : UGANDAN
2. Not losing well : SORE
3. Interweave : ENTWIST
4. Te ___ : DEUM
5. Niña or Pinta : CARAVEL
6. "There's ___ of gold ..." : APOT
7. Do some farrier's work on : RESHOE
8. Club not seen much nowadays : TWOIRON
9. Class for budding painters : ARTI
10. Den member : LIONCUB
11. Midori and Lance : ITOS
12. Creed : BELIEFS
13. ___ Straw Poll : AMES
14. Get a home in order : NEST
22. A bit, informally : SORTA
23. Gown go-with : HEELS
25. Enter the draft, maybe : GOPRO
26. Matches : SEES
27. Hot Wheels product : RACER
28. Small paving stones : SETTS
30. Military transports: Abbr. : LSTS
33. It runs by the White House : ESTREET
34. Mr. Ellington, in a 1977 song : SIRDUKE
35. Sorry bunch? : ATONERS
37. Asian land where French is widely spoken : LEBANON
38. Makes a 43-Down of : ENLACES
39. Fire starter? : STELMOS
41. Nog flavorer : NUTMEG
43. Netting : MESH
44. Big show : EXPO
45. Confident cry : ICAN
46. Nantes seasons : ETES
48. "All ___!" (court cry) : RISE
49. General feeling : VIBE
50. Former capital of Romania : IASI

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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