New York Times, Friday, August 22, 2008

Author: Kevin G. Der
Editor: Will Shortz
Kevin G. Der
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
323/12/20071/24/20152
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
92123114
ScrabbleRebusCirclePangram
1.67734

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 60, Blocks: 18 Missing: {JQWXZ} Spans: 6, (2 triple stacks) Average word length: 6.90 This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Der. NYT links: Across Lite

JimH notes: Until recently, this astounding puzzle held the NYT record for fewest blocks. Joe Krozel tied this record on August 7, 2010 and then beat it on July 27, 2012.
1
R
2
U
3
S
4
S
5
I
6
A
7
N
8
L
9
A
10
N
11
G
12
U
13
A
14
G
15
E
16
I
N
T
E
R
L
E
A
G
U
E
P
L
A
Y
17
A
S
A
N
A
L
T
E
R
N
A
T
I
V
E
18
T
H
R
O
N
E
S
19
E
N
R
I
C
O
S
20
A
U
E
R
21
R
A
22
G
E
S
23
M
A
T
H
24
S
T
R
A
25
G
G
L
E
D
26
S
E
N
T
A
27
S
L
E
E
T
28
V
E
S
T
E
D
29
R
30
I
31
C
32
U
N
S
A
33
F
E
R
34
E
S
E
35
E
M
O
36
T
E
S
37
T
I
N
T
38
O
39
P
A
L
O
S
40
M
A
R
E
S
N
41
E
42
S
43
T
44
I
G
O
R
45
C
E
N
T
R
46
E
N
T
O
47
P
I
S
T
48
O
L
A
49
R
A
50
D
I
O
E
R
51
I
N
S
U
R
A
N
52
C
E
B
R
O
K
E
R
53
N
E
A
R
E
S
T
R
E
L
A
T
I
V
E
54
G
R
E
E
N
H
O
U
S
E
G
A
S
E
S
© 2008, The New York Times
Across Down
1. It has 33 letters : RUSSIANLANGUAGE
16. All-Star Game, e.g. : INTERLEAGUEPLAY
17. Optionally : ASANALTERNATIVE
18. High seats : THRONES
19. "Lucia di Lammermoor" lord and namesakes : ENRICOS
20. Oscar nominee for "My Man Godfrey" : AUER
21. Storms : RAGES
23. Field with bases : MATH
24. Wandered from the direct course : STRAGGLED
26. Actress Berger : SENTA
27. Skid's cause, maybe : SLEET
28. Protected by law : VESTED
29. Four-year sch. of higher learning in Providence : RIC
32. Condomless vis-à-vis protected : UNSAFER
34. Tacoma-to-Walla Walla dir. : ESE
35. Shows one's feelings : EMOTES
37. Rio ___, multinational coal-mining giant : TINTO
39. ___ Verdes Estates, Calif. : PALOS
40. Chaotic place : MARESNEST
44. Classic 1974 role for Marty Feldman : IGOR
45. Middle: Prefix : CENTR
46. Inner opening? : ENTO
47. Gun, to Guillermo : PISTOLA
49. Ham, e.g. : RADIOER
51. Pro at protection : INSURANCEBROKER
53. Health form field : NEARESTRELATIVE
54. "An Inconvenient Truth" topic : GREENHOUSEGASES
1. Neck ties? : RIATAS
2. Open : UNSHUT
3. Burlesque-goer, typically : STARER
4. Mantilla wearers : SENORAS
5. Setting of the 2007 animated film "Persepolis" : IRAN
6. They might make you tear up : ALLERGENS
7. Store figure : NETSALES
8. New Guinea port : LAE
9. "You're absolutely right" : AGREED
10. Ex-senator Sam of Georgia and others : NUNNS
11. Duds : GEAR
12. When computers are working : UPTIMES
13. Spanish city and province on the Mediterranean : ALICANTE
14. Baroque dances : GAVOTTES
15. Freebie on some airplane flights : EYESHADE
22. Lie in the sun : GETATAN
25. Sticks : GLUES
26. Some Rockefeller Center murals : SERTS
28. Time-honored : VENERABLE
29. Plumber's job, maybe : REPIPING
30. Idea person : IMAGINER
31. Ancient city to which Paul wrote an Epistle : COLOSSAE
33. Angels are sometimes seen over them : FIRTREES
36. "Love is reciprocal ___": Marcel Proust : TORTURE
38. At all : ONEIOTA
40. Treating badly : MEANTO
41. Japanese mushrooms : ENOKIS
42. Pack in a ship's hold : STEEVE
43. Baseball's Joe and others : TORRES
45. Battle : CLASH
48. ___ Ishii, character in "Kill Bill" : OREN
50. Men might dress in this : DRAG
52. High-quality vineyard : CRU

Found bugs or have suggestions?

Previous puzzle | Next puzzle