New York Times, Friday, August 8, 2014

Author: Bruce Haight
Editor: Will Shortz
Bruce Haight
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 70, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQVXZ} Spans: 2 Grid is asymmetric This is puzzle # 6 for Mr. Haight. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Bruce Haight notes: First off, if you didn't see the 'grid art' in this puzzle, the picture below will give you a hint. It also gives you a good idea ... more
Will Shortz notes: In the first version of this puzzle, which I sent to test-solvers, the clues for 17A and 58A did not reference the three swimming ... more
Jeff Chen notes: What a cool visual! Bruce has a real knack for using black squares to create art I haven't seen before. I was really impressed by one ... more
JimH notes: Martin Ashwood-Smith took issue with calling this grid asymmetric. He sees it as a new kind of symmetry that superimposes diagonal ... more
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1. "___ Style," first video with a billion YouTube views : GANGNAM
8. Goes for enthusiastically : LEAPSAT
15. Home to "alabaster cities" : AMERICA
16. Like Saudi Arabia : OILRICH
17. "Hmmmmm ..." [as hinted at by the three groups of black squares in the middle of the grid] : SOMETHINGSFISHY
19. It may contain mercury : ORE
20. One of its flavors is Mud Pie : EDYS
21. Starwort, e.g. : ASTER
22. Sounds from some mall temps : HOS
23. Those south of the border? : ESOS
25. ___ soup : MISO
26. Medical suffix : OSIS
28. Bests : ONEUPS
30. "___ am your father" (classic "Star Wars" line) : NOI
31. Things that ties never have : LOSERS
33. Last part : TAILEND
35. Mythical predator : ROC
36. Vietnam's ___ Dinh Diem : NGO
37. Excellent, in slang : ALLTHAT
41. Quintet comprising "Ode to the West Wind" : SONNETS
45. See 51-Across : LEE
46. "It was you," operatically : ERITU
48. Dictator's beginning : INRE
49. ___ angle : ATAN
51. With 45-Across, Thor's co-creator : STAN
52. Many a base player : CAD
53. Like 19-Across : MINED
55. No sophisticate : RUBE
57. Ovid's others : ALIA
58. Best Picture of 1954 [see 17-Across] : ONTHEWATERFRONT
61. Hardly the assertive type : DOORMAT
62. Gander : LOOKSEE
63. As part of a series : ENSUITE
64. A wild card is unlikely to beat one : TOPSEED
1. Hybrid on the road? : GASOHOL
2. Lovingly, on a music score : AMOROSO
3. Greek goddess of vengeance : NEMESIS
4. 170 is its max score : GRE
5. Minute beef : NIT
6. Really long? : ACHE
7. First : MAIDEN
8. Closes a session : LOGSOUT
9. Rostock bar stock : EIS
10. "Bravo" preceder : ALFA
11. Optical separator : PRISM
12. Like some famous frescoes : SISTINE
13. Secretary of state before Dulles : ACHESON
14. Neighbor of the Adam's apple : THYROID
18. Where Sotheby's is BID : NYSE
24. "NCIS" actor Joe : SPANO
27. Spanish muralist : SERT
28. They're clutched during some speeches : OSCARS
29. Sharp or flat : SIGN
32. Mies van der ___ : ROHE
34. Anderson of "Nurses" : LONI
37. Dessert preference : ALAMODE
38. Told, as a secret : LETINON
39. Rough housing : LEANTOS
40. Test the strength of, in a way : TITRATE
41. Where snowbirds flock : SUNBELT
42. Corral : ENCLOSE
43. Cadet, e.g. : TRAINEE
44. Under : SEDATED
47. Like a guitar string : TAUT
50. Indian chief, once : NEHRU
54. Prefix with john : DEMI
56. Suffix with switch : EROO
57. Refuges : ARKS
59. Southeast Asian temple : WAT
60. Metrosexual sort : FOP

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle.

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