New York Times, Friday, May 24, 2013

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

Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 72, Blocks: 29 Missing: {JQW} Spans: 12 Grid has super symmetry This is puzzle # 64 for Mr. Krozel. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

JimH notes: The twelve 15-letter answers (six Across and six Down) and the 44 three-letter ones both tie the record set by David Levinson Wilk back in 2009. In fact, the shapes of the two grids are identical.

Interestingly, there are two other NYT grids with the same 29 blocks, 72 words, 68 open squares, and an average word length of 5.44, and they're both by Paula Gamache. Her beautiful grids in 2010 and 2011 only have eight 15s but they're also evenly split four Across and four Down.

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© 2013, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Comparable in extent : ASBIG
6. Old White House inits. : HST
9. Convertible setting : TOPUP
14. Holdings : STORE
15. "Look at that!" : OOH
16. Laughing ___ : HYENA
17. Is curious about : HASANINTERESTIN
20. N.Y.C. line : IRT
21. Some bulls : ELK
22. Stranded message? : SOS
23. Place to hang something : ROD
24. Off-putting? : PROCRASTINATING
28. Museum funding org. : NEA
29. Scale markings: Abbr. : OZS
30. Pajama-clad exec : HEF
31. It may help you get from E to F : GASOLINESTATION
37. Word with place or prayer : MAT
38. Stretch (out) : EKE
39. Besmirch : TAR
40. Long time : ERA
41. Bad quality for dangerous work : CARELESSABANDON
45. Put away : ATE
46. Google finding : HIT
47. Cool : DEF
48. Barely lost : RANACLOSESECOND
54. H.S. subj. : ENG
55. Rocky mount : TOR
56. ___ o menos (basically, in Spanish) : MAS
57. Pooh pal : ROO
58. Drug study data : TOLERANCELEVELS
62. '90s soccer great Lalas : ALEXI
63. Prince Valiant's son : ARN
64. Onetime big name in daytime talk : ROSIE
65. Georges who wrote "Life: A User's Manual" : PEREC
66. See 67-Across : TOT
67. With 66-Across, little source of carbs : TATER
1. "___ of fools sailing on" (Wang Chung lyric) : ASHIP
2. 1998's ___ Report : STARR
3. Notorious 1960s figure : BOSTONSTRANGLER
4. Pension supplement, for short : IRA
5. Company of which Thomas Edison was once a director : GENERALELECTRIC
6. Greets with a beep : HONKSONESHORNAT
7. One perhaps having one too many : SOT
8. Doctoral candidate's starting point : THESISSTATEMENT
9. Large portion of Africa : THESAHARADESERT
10. Cries of despair : OYS
11. Source of hardwood? : PETRIFIEDFOREST
12. 18-Down, for one : UNION
13. Consumer products firm since 1837, informally : PANDG
18. Dockworker's grp. : ILA
19. Infomercial pioneer Popeil : RON
25. Fig. at the top of an organizational chart : CEO
26. Lao-___ : TZE
27. Asian holiday : TET
31. Big maker of S.U.V.'s : GMC
32. Moody's rating : AAA
33. Presidential nickname : IKE
34. It may be clicked on a computer : TAB
35. Cargo on the Spanish Main : ORO
36. Grandmother, to Brits : NAN
42. Fraternity letter : ETA
43. Start of a cheer : SIS
44. Japanese computer giant : NEC
48. Draw on again : RETAP
49. Tropical lizard : ANOLE
50. Mauna ___ : LOA
51. Mineo of movies : SAL
52. "I'm serious!" : NOLIE
53. Nurse, at times : DOSER
59. Computer file suffix : EXE
60. ___-Magnon : CRO
61. Intl. broadcaster : VOA

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