New York Times, Saturday, August 7, 2010

Author: Joe Krozel
Editor: Will Shortz
Joe Krozel
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 62, Blocks: 18 Missing: {FJQZ} Spans: 8, (4 double stacks) Grid has diagonal symmetry Average word length: 6.68 This is puzzle # 38 for Mr. Krozel. NYT links: Across Lite

JimH notes: This grid, with only 18 blocks, tied the most famous record in crosswords. Wordplay has constructor notes where Joe Krozel outlines some of his strategy. Note the unusual diagonal symmetry. Mr. Krozel broke this record on July 27, 2012.
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Across Down
1. Seeks : ASPIRES
8. Throttle: Var. : GAROTTE
15. Some literati : CULTUREVULTURES
17. Unlikely to be pressed : CREASERESISTANT
18. The Sakmara feeds it : URAL
19. Clipper supporters : MASTS
20. Singer with the 4x platinum album "Watermark" : ENYA
21. Help-wanted indication : SOS
22. Knowing what's what about : HIPTO
23. Big name in Top 40 countdowns : KASEM
24. Contemporaries : AGEMATES
26. GIF or JPEG alternative : BITMAP
27. Longtime "Column One" printer, briefly : LATIMES
28. Port alternative : MADEIRA
29. Proverbial certainty : TAXES
30. Some kitchen waste : PARINGS
31. Bit of biblical "writing on the wall" : TEKEL
32. Eggheaded experts : WONKS
33. Old autodom's Model M or Model T-6 : REO
35. Columnist and graphic novelist Jonathan : AMES
36. They're often screened : CALLS
37. Jazz flutist Herbie : MANN
38. Uncomfortably tight wrapper? : BOA
39. ___ column (concrete-filled steel cylinder) : LALLY
40. Lacking luster : MATTE
41. "This one's incredible!" : ITSALULU
43. More lean and muscular : WIRIER
44. Aid in understanding some old pictures : THEROSETTASTONE
46. Court no-no : HEARSAYEVIDENCE
47. It may offer a variety of oils : ARTSALE
48. Former "20/20" co-anchor John : STOSSEL
1. Charge : ACCUSAL
2. One making a special delivery? : SURROGATEMOTHER
3. Host's invitation : PLEASETAKEASEAT
4. Leaning, in a way: Abbr. : ITAL
5. Bulg. relative : RUS
6. Many ascetics : EREMITES
7. Ranchero dressing? : SERAPES
8. Vivacity : GUSTO
9. Noted ring family : ALIS
10. Football linemen: Abbr. : RTS
11. Shown up at a restaurant? : OUTEATEN
12. Souls' post-death passages : TRANSMIGRATIONS
13. It's better than life : TENYEARSENTENCE
14. Imprint: Sp. : ESTAMPA
16. Occasional bullet stoppers : VESTS
22. Five-time "Hill Street Blues" Emmy nominee : HAMEL
23. "But the ___ not my son" ("Billie Jean" lyric) : KIDIS
25. Is sociable, in a way : MIXES
26. Potential burglary deterrents : BARKS
28. Oozing testosterone : MANLY
30. Dirty : POLLUTE
31. "Bewitched" spinoff : TABITHA
32. Pikeperch : WALLEYE
34. Length of some shorts : ONEREEL
36. Leading to something : CAUSAL
37. Tuesday in Tijuana : MARTES
39. Novelist Mario Vargas ___ : LLOSA
40. Muff : MISDO
42. Musical settings: Abbr. : ARRS
43. Emergency room concern : WAIT
45. Some surfers' needs : TVS

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