New York Times, Saturday, September 21, 2013

Author: Tim Croce
Editor: Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 58, Blocks: 32 Missing: {JQXYZ} Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry Average word length: 6.66 This is puzzle # 25 for Mr. Croce. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

Tim Croce notes: So how did I do it? Well, I started with some graph paper, several mechanical pencils, a LOT of erasers, and a caffeine IV... ... more
Will Shortz notes: With just 58 words, this grid design is an eye-opener. My favorite entries in it are 6A, 38A, 14D, 20D, 23D, 29D, and 34D. I didn't ... more
Jeff Chen notes: In addition to the usual criteria for judging a themeless crossword (lively entries, lack of crosswordese/partials/abbrs., fun ... more
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Across Down
1. They aren't straight : LIARS
6. "Aarrghh!" : BLASTIT
13. Shove off : UNDOCK
15. Lures : COMEONS
16. "Oo la la!" jeans, informally : SASSONS
18. Preceder of John Sebastian at Woodstock : SANTANA
19. Scott Joplin's "The Entertainer" and others : TWOSTEPS
21. Chain : FETTER
22. Heralds : FORETELLS
24. Produces lush sounds? : SLURS
25. Heavily populated areas, informally : URBS
26. They adhere to brains : PIAMATERS
28. Temple inits. : LDS
29. Lieutenant colonel's charge : BATTALION
30. Students with outstanding character? : LETTERMEN
31. See 48-Across : CONCERTOS
32. Its arms are not solid : SEA
35. Difficult journey : TOUGHROAD
36. Gifted trio? : MAGI
37. Follow the party line? : CONGA
38. Round trip for one? : SOLOHOMER
40. Direction givers, often : LOCALS
42. Superexcited : FEVERISH
43. Delicate needlepoint lace : ALENCON
45. Is so inclined : CARESTO
46. Do some work between parties : MEDIATE
47. Brings in for more tests, say : RESEES
48. Fast parts of 31-Across : PRESTOS
49. Meteorological probe : SONDE
1. Like wolves vis-à-vis foxes : LUSTFUL
2. Not at length : INAWORD
3. Takes up onto the surface : ADSORBS
4. Susan's family on "Seinfeld" : ROSSES
5. The Father of the Historical Novel : SCOTT
6. Group of football games played at the beginning of Jan. : BCS
7. Dog it : LOAF
8. Pardons : AMNESTIES
9. Choose in the end : SETTLEON
10. Flawlessly : TOATURN
11. Areas next to bull's-eyes : INNERS
12. Strongmen of old : TSARS
14. Remedy for a bad leg : KNEEPATCH
17. Fastballs that drop sharply near the plate : SPLITTERS
20. Durable cover : SLATEROOF
23. Wise sort : SMARTALEC
27. 2002 Best Original Screenplay Oscar winner for "Talk to Her" : ALMODOVAR
29. Spotted hybrid house pet : BENGALCAT
30. 1980s Olympic star with the autobiography "Breaking the Surface" : LOUGANIS
31. Grant : CONCEDE
32. Geisha's instrument : SAMISEN
33. Expelled : EGESTED
34. Pressure gauge connection : AIRHOSE
35. Mechanic, say : TOOLER
36. Beyond that : MORESO
37. Shop keeper? : CLAMP
39. "___ Lucy" (old sitcom) : HERES
41. Florida's De ___ National Monument : SOTO
44. Wii ancestor, briefly : NES

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