New York Times, Tuesday, December 23, 2008

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

Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 86, Blocks: 45 Missing: {BCFGHJKQUWXYZ} This is puzzle # 17 for Mr. Krozel. NYT links: Across Lite

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Joe Krozel notes: A lot of people really marvel at this puzzle, but my feelings are somewhat mixed. At the time it ran, I did not know that a fellow constructor Jerry Rosman had attempted the same thing, so I felt his aspirations might have been dashed, and I felt a little sad.

Construction of this puzzle took a logical path: first, build a word list having only entries that can be reversed, then try to autofill a small closed-off region — moving around black squares with each attempt — until it would fill. Next, move onto an adjacent region of the puzzle doing the same thing. Only half the puzzle needed to be filled this way since the remainder was automatically the reversal. The main problem was making sure that entries and their reversals — say ETRE and ERTE — didn't appear in the same half of the puzzle. Lots of trial and error.

JimH notes: There's something very unusual about this puzzle. Stare at the answers until you see it. Wordplay has an interview with the author.
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© 2008, The New York Times
Across Down
1. A Turner : TED
4. Plopped (down) : SAT
7. Critic, at times : RATER
12. Seine sight : ILE
13. Oklahoma city : ENID
15. "Boom" preceder, in song : TARARA
16. Unit of cell phone usage: Abbr. : MIN
17. Actress Conn : DIDI
18. Snare again : RETRAP
19. The Wizard of Menlo Park : EDISON
21. Start of a Latin 101 conjugation : AMO
23. Liquid meas. : PTS
24. Staff again : REMAN
25. Show utter disrespect for : SPITON
28. Went smoothly : SAILED
30. Three trios : NONET
34. City of 100,000+ or the lake it's on : ERIE
37. Patriotic org. : DAR
38. Thin layer : LAMINA
39. Parisian possessive : TES
40. Thanksgiving time: Abbr. : NOV
41. Rocket scientist Wernher ___ Braun : VON
42. Firm up : SET
43. One with absolutely no manners : ANIMAL
45. "Awesome!" : RAD
46. Limerick land : EIRE
47. Part of some joints : TENON
48. Screenwriter Ephron and others : DELIAS
50. Policy of many hotel shuttles : NOTIPS
52. Title giver : NAMER
56. Engine additive : STP
59. Medical suffix : OMA
60. Main course only : NOSIDE
61. Moses vis-à-vis the Red Sea : PARTER
64. "Look what ___!" : IDID
66. Game with matchsticks : NIM
67. Biblical landing site : ARARAT
68. Eat by candlelight, say : DINE
69. Whitney after whom Whitneyville, Conn., is named : ELI
70. Pave over : RETAR
71. Univ. aides : TAS
72. Badge flasher: Abbr. : DET
1. Stove feature : TIMER
2. Skip over : ELIDE
3. Shade of blue : DENIM
4. Arizona locale famous for its red rocks : SEDONA
5. Have ___ with (know well) : ANIN
6. Prescription abbr. : TID
7. "Norma ___" : RAE
8. Technique : ART
9. Rain check? : TARP
10. Part of Q.E.D. : ERAT
11. Criticizes : RAPS
14. It's a wrap : DIAPER
15. Easy pace : TROT
20. MS. enclosure : SASE
22. Season opener? : MID
25. Balkan native : SLAV
26. ___ even keel : ONAN
27. Monique ou Dominique : NOM
29. Object of many screams : IDOL
31. Not final, at law : NISI
32. Cabinet dept. : ENER
33. Gallery on the Thames : TATE
34. Coup d'___ : ETAT
35. Descartes who thought "I think ..." : RENE
36. Hasn't left : ISIN
38. City in California or New Jersey : LODI
40. iPod type : NANO
41. Actor Kilmer and others : VALS
44. "___ Dieu!" : MON
45. Made good on, as a loan : REPAID
46. Those, in Madrid : ESAS
48. Unfavorable : DIM
49. Battery poles : ANODES
51. Libel, e.g. : TORT
53. Dug : MINED
54. Ancient Roman magistrate : EDILE
55. "Please ___" (invoice request) : REMIT
56. Fight, but not all-out : SPAR
57. Weight allowance : TARE
58. Backside, slangily : PRAT
60. Jazz singer Simone : NINA
62. La preceder : TRA
63. Ring setting : EAR
65. Dah's counterpart : DIT

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