New York Times, Friday, June 1, 2012

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

Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 52, Blocks: 46 Missing: {JQWXZ} Average word length: 6.88 This is puzzle # 57 for Mr. Krozel. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

Joe Krozel notes: I once read Frank Longo's notes — somewhere — describing how he seeded his 52-word masterpiece (1/21/2005) with the entry DINETTE SETS ... because S, E and T offer much flexibility as ending letters. So, when STRESS TESTS became a mainstream concept at the height of the Great Recession, the stage was set for me to attempt a similar feat.

By the way, the entry ESTES randomly appeared at 1-Across, so I clued it as "Harvey of crossword constructing fame" knowing full well that Will would get a chuckle and change it. (But also knowing that if KROZEL ever randomly appeared in one of Harvey's puzzle's, he'd return the favor! ... ;-) )

JimH notes: This puzzle tied the NYT record for the lowest word count. Mr. Krozel then broke that record in 2013.
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© 2012, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Children's author Eleanor : ESTES
6. Environment of many old PCs : MSDOS
11. Opposite of ample : MEAGER
13. Grapefruit taste-alike : POMELO
14. Heated house for newborn chicks : BROODER
16. Round number? : CALIBER
17. Restless, in scores : AGITATO
18. Go beyond seconds, say : OVEREAT
19. Confirmation declaration : YESITIS
20. Some people in costume : MASKERS
21. "This doesn't exactly require a Ph.D." : ITSELEMENTARY
23. What big banks underwent in 2009 : STRESSTESTS
24. ___ B (initial step) : ATO
25. They may be studied along with languages : LITERATURES
33. What past performance may portend : FUTURERESULTS
35. Wild West symbol of authority : TINSTAR
36. Practice at a track : RUNLAPS
38. Went for something else : RECHOSE
39. SeaWorld attraction : MANATEE
40. Put people in their places? : USHERED
41. Activity in "Ghostbusters" : SLIMING
42. Firewood measures : STERES
43. Attempt to recall the passed? : SEANCE
44. Stunned, in a way : TASED
45. German composer with a palindromic name : REGER
1. Enclose in a recess : EMBAY
2. Eisenstein who directed "The Battleship Potemkin" : SERGEI
3. Some Asian believers : TAOISTS
4. Hardly the self-effacing sort : EGOTIST
5. Not so frantic : SEDATER
6. Really bothers : MOLESTS
7. Give a smug look : SMIRKAT
8. Big name in diamonds : DEBEERS
9. Last name in Chicago lore : OLEARY
10. It's unsettling to be out of them : SORTS
12. Patch up, in a way, as a space shuttle : RETILE
13. Quaint, dignified dance for couples : PAVANE
15. Valentine verse starter : ROSESARERED
16. Reach an agreement : COMETOTERMS
22. Many a red dwarf : MSTAR
25. Things people "do" in the early afternoon : LUNCHES
26. Mailbox checker's excited cry : ITSHERE
27. Taught a lesson, maybe : TUTORED
28. Goes back on one's word? : ERASES
29. Same old orders : USUALS
30. Less congealed : RUNNIER
31. Singer Morse with the 1952 hit "The Blacksmith Blues" : ELLAMAE
32. Giving expression to : STATING
33. Piñata-hitting occasion : FIESTA
34. Superlawyer Gerry who wrote "How to Argue and Win Every Time" : SPENCE
35. "___ no one" : TRUST
37. "Old Time Rock & Roll" rocker : SEGER

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