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New York Times, Saturday, September 7, 2013

Author: Julian Lim
Editor: Will Shortz
Julian Lim
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 26 Missing: {QVZ} This is puzzle # 12 for Mr. Lim. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Julian Lim notes: It might be of interest that I started constructing this puzzle almost immediately after actually visiting the 1-Across. I suspect ... more
Julian Lim notes: It might be of interest that I started constructing this puzzle almost immediately after actually visiting the 1-Across. I suspect it might be the one and only puzzleworthy entry with a JKH consonant string, which of course made its use irresistible.
Will Shortz notes: The Times's test-solvers found this puzzle tough. And anyone who doesn't know the BURJ KHALIFA (1-Across), as one of the testers didn't, is in for an especially rough time.
Jeff Chen notes: Julian ups the ante in this puzzle, not just using triple-stacked 11's, but adding an 8-letter word (19A, 44A) into those massive ... more
Jeff Chen notes: Julian ups the ante in this puzzle, not just using triple-stacked 11's, but adding an 8-letter word (19A, 44A) into those massive white spaces. Look at the amazing result in the top: not only are there three fantastic 11's, but even the crossing entries are interesting. It's difficult to get anything of note out of three and four-letter words, but UNIX, JUDO, and Riddick BOWE provide spice.

The lower stack also contains three great 11's, plus CRONYISM is the cherry on top. Some solvers will point out that YAGO is a heavy price to pay, but certainly all the crossings are fair and inferable. Overall, beautiful work from Julian.

Will brings up an interesting point re: either knowing or not knowing the BURJ KHALIFA. It serves as a perfect example of an entry that's fair even if it's unfamiliar, especially given that a Saturday puzzle is intended to be by far the hardest of the week. The world's tallest building, towering out of the Dubai desert, is something educated people ought to know; certainly a piece of knowledge a late-week solver ought to have in his/her repertoire. Useful to throw in at cocktail parties too. Jill and I were there in Feb and found it stunning, especially as we looked at the pictures of what was there 30 years ago (hundreds of square miles of sand).

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Across Down
1. World's tallest building : BURJKHALIFA
12. Instagram post : PIC
15. One way to cruise along : ONAUTOPILOT
16. 7 a.m. staple, briefly : GMA
17. They come out of many mouths : WISDOMTEETH
18. Protection from pirates: Abbr. : TMS
19. Sets forth thoroughly : EXPOSITS
20. Trite : OLDHAT
22. Guitar maker Fender : LEO
23. She's beautiful, per a popular song : AMERICA
24. So-called "weekend pill" : CIALIS
28. Like some liquor stores : STATERUN
29. Like 30-Down : ASIAN
30. Room at the top, maybe : SUITE
31. Spa treatment, for short : TLC
32. Unsurprising outcome : NORM
33. Radios, e.g. : SENDS
34. "Sweet!" : YEAH
35. Starz alternative : TMC
36. Belfast is on its shore : MAINE
37. Mind : SEETO
38. Site of the Sibelius Monument : HELSINKI
40. Castle's place, initially : CORNER
41. Took up some of : ATEINTO
42. Big time : EON
43. Trepanning targets : CRANIA
44. Some partial appointments : CRONYISM
49. Blood : KIN
50. Big time : MAJORLEAGUE
52. It may be cracked or packed : ICE
53. "C'est la vie" : ANDSOITGOES
54. Co. purchased by Wizards of the Coast : TSR
55. Hail Marys, e.g. : LASTRESORTS
1. Champion between Holyfield reigns : BOWE
2. It has "batch" and "patch" commands : UNIX
3. Not be smooth-talking? : RASP
4. Activity with holding and throwing : JUDO
5. Singer of the 1987 #1 country hit "Do Ya" : KTOSLIN
6. Buds : HOMIES
7. "I shall not find myself so ___ die": Antony : APTTO
8. Fictional accounts : LIES
9. Text attachment? : ILE
10. Bygone yellow-roofed kiosks : FOTOMATS
11. Forward, back or center : ATHLETE
12. Like every Bond film since 1989 : PGTHIRTEEN
13. Virginal : IMMACULATE
14. Moor : CASTANCHOR
21. Karate trainee in 2010's "The Karate Kid" : DRE
23. Agatha Christie's "There Is ___ ..." : ATIDE
24. Is unable to cut the mustard : CANTHACKIT
25. Form of strength training : ISOMETRICS
26. It'll help you breathe easier : AIRCLEANER
27. Fast flight : LAM
28. One in a religious majority : SUNNI
30. Brand on a face : SEIKO
33. Largest river of southern California : SANTAANA
34. Norah Jones's "Tell ___ Mama" : YER
36. Not amounting to much : MINIMAL
37. "Holy" group in 17th-century literature : SONNETS
39. Something to beg pardon for : SIN
40. Ill-paid laborer : COOLIE
42. Something to beg pardon for : ERROR
44. Not be gratuitous : COST
45. ___ Sant'Gria (wine choice) : YAGO
46. Servant in the "Discworld" novels : IGOR
47. Kind of pudding : SUET
48. Whole bunch : MESS
51. Both Barack and Michelle Obama have them: Abbr. : JDS

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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