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New York Times, Saturday, June 29, 2013

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

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 50, Blocks: 48 Missing: {FJQXZ} Grid has super symmetry Minimum word length: 4 Average word length: 7.08 This is puzzle # 65 for Mr. Krozel. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Joe Krozel notes: My approach to this 50-word puzzle departed radically from my approach to the 52-word puzzle (see 6/1/2012 notes); The seeds here were three ING fragments which are contained in HEARING DOGS, SHARING A BED and HANGING AROUND. The notion was this: I would have over 2000 choices for each ????ING???? and ????ING?????? — and that sort of flexibility would probably offer multiple fills for one or more quadrant. So, I loaded my word list with items of those patterns using OneLook and a dictionary of phrasal verbs. It felt like I added thousands to my word list, and it certainly paid off in the end.
JimH notes: This puzzle breaks the NYT record for the lowest word count. The previous record set in 2005 by Frank Longo used only 38 blocks.
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© 2013, The New York TimesNo. 23,244
Across Down
1. Bloke : CHAP
5. Proper partner? : PRIM
9. Expressed out loud : VOICED
11. Big name in folk music : SEEGER
13. Cubs cap display : LETTERC
15. Patroness of Québec : STEANNE
16. Defeat in a jump-rope competition, say : OUTSKIP
17. It's said to be the world's fastest field sport : HURLING
18. More in need of a bath, say : GRIMIER
19. Craigslist and others : ADSITES
20. Make sense : STANDTOREASON
22. Rocker with the 1973 #1 hit "Frankenstein" : EDGARWINTER
23. Spotted horse : PAINT
24. Helpers for the deaf : HEARINGDOGS
30. Loitering : HANGINGAROUND
32. Arrangement of atoms in a crystal structure : LATTICE
33. Accounting department employees : BILLERS
35. Muscle that rotates a part outward : EVERTOR
36. Definitely not a good looker? : EVILEYE
37. "Standing room only" : NOSEATS
38. Wash : DETERGE
39. Some jazz combos : OCTETS
40. Join up for another collaboration : RETEAM
41. Middling : SOSO
42. Georgia and neighbors, once: Abbr. : SSRS
1. French hearts : COEURS
2. Member of an ancient people known for warfare with chariots : HITTITE
3. Pretends to be sore : ACTSMAD
4. Christmas no-no : PEEKING
5. Views through a periscope, say : PEERSAT
6. "It is through Art, and through Art only, that we can ___ our perfection": Oscar Wilde : REALISE
7. Furnace part : IGNITOR
8. Speed Stick brand : MENNEN
9. Certain YouTube posting : VLOG
10. Little orange snacks : DRIEDAPRICOTS
11. Sign over a car : STUDENTDRIVER
12. Rules and ___ : REGS
14. Some E.M.T. personnel : CPRTRAINERS
15. Living like husband and wife : SHARINGABED
21. Unpaid : OWING
24. Really would rather not : HATESTO
25. Menu heading : ENTREES
26. Hurriedly, in scores : AGITATO
27. Sedimentary rocks resembling cemented fish roe : OOLITES
28. Throats : GULLETS
29. Elvis Presley, notably : SNEERER
30. Post-hurricane scenes, e.g. : HAVOCS
31. Fuel line additive : DRYGAS
32. One side of a famous NBC feud : LENO
34. Look : SEEM

Answer summary: 14 unique to this puzzle, 5 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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