New York Times, Saturday, July 15, 2006

Author: Patrick Berry
Editor: Will Shortz
Patrick Berry
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 56, Blocks: 37 Missing: {FHKXZ} Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry Minimum word length: 5 Average word length: 6.71 This is puzzle # 88 for Mr. Berry. NYT links: Across Lite

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1. Became semirigid : GELLED
7. Most likely to be hired : ABLEST
13. Liquor flavored with caraway seeds : AQUAVIT
15. Combat site of 1853-56 : CRIMEA
16. His tale follows the Friar's in "The Canterbury Tales" : SUMMONER
18. Bow applications : ROSINS
19. Whence the word "futon" : JAPANESE
20. Bothers : EATSAT
21. "A moment is a concentrated ___": Emerson : ETERNITY
22. Carol starter : ADESTE
23. Playwright McNally : TERRENCE
24. Canadian film awards : GENIES
25. Litigation-prompting mineral : ASBESTOS
27. What businesses try to minimize : COSTS
31. ___ Villa (English football club) : ASTON
32. Two-seaters or four-seaters, e.g.? : MAITREDS
34. Leader of the Connecticut Yankees in 1920's-40's music : VALLEE
35. Bird named for its colorful breast and tail : REDSTART
42. Contacts go over them : IRISES
43. Written work that explains one's actions : APOLOGIA
44. Prince ___ (frock coat) : ALBERT
45. Undoing : WATERLOO
46. Life at a grocery store : CEREAL
47. Reading group : LITERATI
48. Keyed up : ONEDGE
49. Holds high : REVERES
50. Big jobs for a maid : MESSES
51. Dry land : DESERT
1. Nozzle connected to a Bunsen burner : GASJET
2. Consider comparable : EQUATE
3. One arranging things in large categories : LUMPER
4. "Blazing Saddles" villain Hedley ___ : LAMARR
5. First name in 1970's women's tennis : EVONNE
6. Eat home cooking : DINEIN
7. Farmers' holdings : ACREAGES
8. Least subtle : BROADEST
9. Heed : LISTENTO
10. Release : EMISSION
11. Country houses? : SENATES
12. Has a bit of : TASTES
14. Precedent setter : TESTCASE
17. California's Point ___ : REYES
26. DNA sequence unit : BASEPAIR
27. Round numbers in England? : CALIBRES
28. Peanuts and castor beans, e.g. : OILSEEDS
29. Cheapest traveling option : STEERAGE
30. Roller coaster structures : TRESTLES
32. 1984 Maximilian Schell biopic : MARLENE
33. John Wayne had a little one : DRAWL
34. MTV owner : VIACOM
36. Like some notes on a music sheet : DOTTED
37. Record keeper : SLEEVE
38. ___ Strait (water separating Australia and New Guinea) : TORRES
39. Shining brightly : AGLARE
40. Water cannon target : RIOTER
41. Chuang-tzu, for one : TAOIST

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