# New York Times, Friday, January 27, 2012

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

Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 71, Blocks: 40 Missing: none – this is a pangram There are unchecked squares This is puzzle # 52 for Mr. Krozel. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

Joe Krozel notes: I thought it would be cute to have an isolated word in a grid, but it had to connect with the surrounding fill somehow, so a pangram seemed a natural fit. By the way, two other words — BIN and DEN — describe enclosures (as well as have their letters in alphabetical order).

The main task was to prepare a word list with B, O and X removed. After that, the fill process proceeded normally. I tried to use up Scrabbly letters quickly; QUIZMASTER tucked the Q and Z into an alcove, while JUST MY LUCK meshed nicely and disposed of J, C and K. With those in place, the rest came easily, so I tried to make the other long entries as lively as possible.

On a personal note, I absolutely loved it when my sixth grade teacher read ANIMAL FARM to the class. I had my wife read it to my kids on road trips just about the time this puzzle ran.

 1E 2M 3M 4A 5S 6I 7K 8I 9D 10U 11M 12P 13S 14S A U D I 15M I C E 16R E A P 17Q U I Z M 18A S T E R 19A N T I 20S I R E 21J U S T M 22Y L U C K 23M A R C E A U 24S H Y 25L 26E 27C 28T U R E H A L L 29S 30A G A R S 31E W 32E 33R 34S 35M A N I C 36B O X 37T A L I A 38E D S E L 39I M E T A 40D E 41E 42P 43S 44E 45A D I V E R 46Q 47E 48D 49I N R A N G E 50T R I 51A N G U L A R 52A 53L 54D 55A 56I A N S 57A N I M A 58L F A R M 59P S A T 60G E N E 61S A T U P 62S E R A 63E D E L 64D R E G S
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 Across Down 1. Actress Stone and others : EMMAS6. "Just playin' with ya" : IKID10. Base characters? : UMPS14. Meccan, e.g. : SAUDI15. Ones sitting on pads : MICE16. Cut off one's ears? : REAP17. One asking questions he already knows the answers to : QUIZMASTER19. Cousin of contra- : ANTI20. Highness : SIRE21. "Figures I'd have this problem!" : JUSTMYLUCK23. French expert in body language? : MARCEAU24. Draw back : SHY25. Education dissemination locations : LECTUREHALLS30. Solidifying agents : AGARS31. Vase lookalikes : EWERS35. Bouncing off the walls : MANIC36. Enclosure ... and an alphabetical listing of letters not appearing elsewhere in this puzzle's answer : BOX37. Sylvester's "Rocky" co-star : TALIA38. A Ford : EDSEL39. "___ Girl" ("Bells Are Ringing" tune) : IMETA40. One swimming with flippers : DEEPSEADIVER46. Logical ending : QED49. Accessible for shooting : INRANGE50. Like pool racks : TRIANGULAR52. Host of PBS's "Scientific American Frontiers" : ALDA56. Baseball All-Star Kinsler and others : IANS57. "1984" shelfmate : ANIMALFARM59. Ordeal for jrs. : PSAT60. Part of some pools : GENE61. Rose partially : SATUP62. Clinic shipments : SERA63. Henry James biographer : EDEL64. Least desirable parts : DREGS 1. A.B.A. members' titles : ESQS2. Wailuku's county : MAUI3. California's ___ Woods : MUIR4. Wood shop shaper : ADZE5. "Scrooge" star, 1951 : SIM6. "Likely story" : IMSURE7. Lawn flamingos and such : KITSCH8. Pop alternative : ICETEA9. With 12-Down, lidocaine delivery option : DERMAL10. Risk board territory : URAL11. Stack at IHOP, say : MENUS12. See 9-Down : PATCH13. Like some punk hairstyles : SPIKY18. Cracked open : AJAR22. Stocking-up time? : YULETIDE23. Lay claim forcibly : MUSCLEIN25. Weak : LAME26. Quaint euphemism : EGAD27. Film holders : CANS28. True companion? : TRIED29. Pundit : SWAMI32. Highness: Abbr. : ELEV33. Mass action : RITE34. Mosel tributary : SAAR41. Begin a conversation with : ENGAGE42. Cut back : PRUNED43. Contact liquid : SALINE44. Nail topper : ENAMEL45. Home to a much-visited tomb : AGRA46. Sticks in a makeup bag : QTIPS47. Sweep the board? : ERASE48. Mosul money : DINAR51. The Charleses' pet : ASTA52. Not close : AFAR53. Like fashionable partygoers? : LATE54. It may knock you out : DRUG55. Concert pieces : AMPS58. 54-Down for a trip : LSD

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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