New York Times, Thursday, October 21, 2010

Author: Dan Naddor
Editor: Will Shortz
Dan Naddor
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 74, Blocks: 37 Missing: {QXY} Grid is asymmetric Featured Will Shortz favorite This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Naddor. NYT links: Across Lite

JimH notes: The 2x2 block near the center of this necessarily asymmetric 15x15 grid must be interpreted as BLOCK in eight theme answers.
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© 2010, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Rock blaster : AMP
4. Shredded sides : SLAWS
9. Blackballs : SHUNS
14. "Fantasy Island" prop : LEI
15. 1944 murder mystery directed by Otto Preminger : LAURA
16. Jazz pianist with 16 Grammys : COREA
17. Hagen of Broadway : UTA
18. Footnote abbr. : OPCIT
19. Flexible conjunction : ANDOR
20. "Wow!" : MAN
21. Butcher's roast cut : BOTTOMROUND
23. Spill : SLOP
25. More fervent : FIERIER
26. Border line? : HEM
28. Not a copy: Abbr. : ORIG
29. Trendy : HOT
32. O's overseas : OMICRONS
35. Pax ___ (uneasy peace) : ROMANA
38. Temporary lapse of memory : MENTALBLOCK
39. Neighborhood get-togethers : BLOCKPARTIES
40. Metal casting housing automotive cylinders : ENGINEBLOCK
41. It displays the connections between system components : BLOCKDIAGRAM
42. Incessantly : NOEND
43. Like many squares in a French crossword : BLANC
45. Pout : MOUE
47. Newbie rollerblader's sore spots : ELBOWS
52. Filling holders : PIECRUSTS
57. N.B.A. Hall-of-Famer Hayes : ELVIN
58. Certain 1920s faddist : POLESITTER
60. Anise-flavored liqueur : OUZO
61. Scheme : PLAN
62. Bronx cheers : JEERS
63. 1963 role for Liz : CLEO
64. E-mail folder : SENT
65. Stop on the Métro? : ARRET
66. Cigarette that once advertised the "health benefits" of its Micronite filter : KENT
1. Fraternity benefactors, for short : ALUMS
2. Rock music genre : METAL
3. Cabinetmaker's hardware : PIANOHINGE
4. Neatnik's opposite : SLOB
5. In the ___ the gods (left to fate) : LAPOF
6. What a hammer may hit : AUCTIONBLOCK
7. Author's bane : WRITERSBLOCK
8. Zen enlightenment : SATORI
9. Close call : SCARE
10. Pay tribute to : HONOR
11. Language of Islamabad : URDU
12. Old Dodge : NEON
13. Reddish-brown gem : SARD
22. What screaming may exacerbate : MIGRAINE
24. Jelly thickener : PECTIN
27. Start of some addresses : MRANDMRS
29. It'll grow on you : HAIR
30. Fit for duty : ONEA
31. Land under Down Under: Abbr. : TASM
32. Harbinger : OMEN
33. ___ mosso (less rapid, in music) : MENO
34. Hoagy Carmichael's "___ Buttermilk Sky" : OLE
36. Soothsayer : ORACLE
37. Subj. of a 39-Down reminder : MTG
39. See 37-Down : PDA
43. Smash hit : BLOCKBUSTER
44. Bit of comic strip text : BLOCKLETTER
46. Kind of board : OUIJA
48. The 2x2 black square near the middle of this puzzle's grid, e.g., which is part of eight answers : BLOCK
49. Fertilized item : OVULE
50. Shrivel from age : WIZEN
51. Condescending one : SNOOT
52. Third afterthought in a missive: Abbr. : PPPS
53. Princess loved by Hercules : IOLE
54. Dash : ELAN
55. Small price to pay : CENT
56. Bone-dry : SERE
59. Queue after Q : RST

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