New York Times, Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Author: Mike Buckley
Editor: Will Shortz
Mike Buckley
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Rows: 16, Columns: 15, Words: 69, Blocks: 60 Missing: {FJQV} Spans: 2 Grid is asymmetric There are unchecked squares This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Buckley. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

JimH notes: A set of five squares can be connected along their edges to form 12 unique shapes. You can see each of them here. This gimmick necessarily breaks some of the standard construction rules — symmetry is not possible and, because of the so-called U pentomino in the bottom left, there's an unchecked square. The 12 pentominoes can be interlocked to form rectangles of various sizes.
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Across Down
1. Like areas where cattails thrive : MARSHY
7. Much ado about nothing : STORMINATEACUP
15. Descriptive of this puzzle's grid : LACKINGSYMMETRY
17. Its symbol is AA on the New York Stock Exchange : ALCOA
18. Volt/ampere : OHM
19. Potting material : LOAM
20. Whom Uncle Sam wants : YOU
21. Go commando? : RAID
23. Jack Kerouac's last novel : PIC
24. Long-running NBC staple, for short : SNL
25. Stevedores, say : LOADERS
28. Good name for an investment adviser? : IRA
29. Secret supply : STASH
31. Mount in Exodus : SINAI
33. "Put it there" indicator : CARET
36. Novelist Grey : ZANE
37. Complete set of 12 shapes formed by this puzzle's black squares : PENTOMINOES
41. Game piece : TILE
42. Oaf : BIGOX
43. Runs : AIRS
47. Run-___ : ONS
48. Hatcher of a "desperate" plot? : TERI
49. Call to a calf : MOO
50. 2011 Grammy-winning song by Jay-Z and Kanye West : OTIS
52. To be in France? : ETRE
53. Twirled : SPUN
54. Like this puzzle's 37-Across : NONINTERLOCKING
58. A monomaniac has it : ONETRACKMIND
59. Sports venue : ARENA
60. What a wide receiver or an Oscar broadcast might do : GOLONG
61. Milk source : EWE
62. Gambler's stake : ANTE
1. One sweep of a hand: Abbr. : MIN
2. Breed of cat, goat or rabbit : ANGORA
3. Phylicia of "The Cosby Show" : RASHAD
4. Block : STYMIE
5. Haw's partner : HEM
6. Verb from Popeye : YAM
7. Dispatches : SLAYS
8. Bird claws : TALONS
9. Like arts taught at Hogwarts : OCCULT
10. Studio that made nine Astaire/Rogers films : RKO
11. Soccer great Hamm : MIA
12. What framed Roger Rabbit? : CEL
13. Pie-in-the-sky : UTOPIAN
14. Flat land : PRAIRIE
16. Many a gym locale : YMCA
22. J and No : DRS
25. Future D.A.'s hurdle : LSAT
26. Repeated Laura Petrie line on "The Dick Van Dyke Show" : OHROB
27. Economy-___ : SIZE
30. Neutrogena target : ACNE
32. Mariner's org. : NASA
34. Radio tower, for one : EMITTER
35. Pioneering jazz standard of 1917 : TIGERRAG
37. Former Ford subcompact : PINTO
38. "Hamlet" castle : ELSINORE
39. Electric shaver brand : NORELCO
40. Commercial prefix with Clean : OXI
41. Donald or Daffy Duck : TOON
44. Encroach : IMPINGE
45. "Row, Row, Row Your Boat," e.g. : ROUND
46. "Row, Row, Row Your Boat," e.g. : SONG
51. Bone-muscle connector : SINEW
52. Singer James : ETTA
53. Penniless, in Pennington : SKINT
55. Hawaiian goose : NENE
56. It's between Kan. and Tex. : OKLA
57. "Let's get goin'!" : CMON

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