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New York Times, Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Author:
Peter Koetters
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Peter Koetters

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 35 Missing: {BJVXZ} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Koetters. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Peter Koetters notes:

This puzzle was a long time in the making, with the first pass attempted in March 2010 and over nine complete redo's before settling on the right layout (and the right vegetables).

The "square roots" vegetable idea was simple enough, but turned out to be really difficult to execute. After failed attempts at 4-letter root squares, I settled on 8-letter wraparound "square roots." The big problem was the strange letter combinations one gets when words are spelled backwards! Just think about (_ _ _ PSP_ _ _) and (_ _ _ RSN _ _) near each other, or anything to fill (_ _ _ _ EOT _ _). Anyway, with the help of DEEP SPACE and FEARS NOT, and the infamous Italian ex-prime minister ANDREOTTI, it came together in the end to mark my New York Times debut.

In short, I predict won't be doing any more wraparounds.

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© 2012, The New York TimesNo. 1017 ( 22,989 )

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Across
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Mlles., across the border : SRTAS
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Big bird : EMU
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Clear up, in a way : DEFOG
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Verb in "The Raven" : QUOTH
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PC connection : LAN
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Word on a lawn sign : ELECT
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Free from bondage : UNSHACKLE
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Send sky-high : ELATE
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Gore and Green : ALS
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Cinema chain : LOEWS
22
Something that's good to break : PAR
23
Handed down, as lore : RETOLD
25
Stops procrastinating : ACTS
27
Frivolous gal of song : SAL
30
Aldous Huxley's school : ETON
31
Collections of like objects : GROUPINGS
33
"Silas Marner" girl : EPPIE
36
Lapsed, as a subscription : RANOUT
37
Trademark of 1899 that's no longer protected : ASPIRIN
40
Stirs up : INCITES
41
Hit the gas : SPEDUP
42
Atlas feature : INSET
43
Expose to UV waves, say : IRRADIATE
45
Connections to the WWW : ISPS
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S.S.S. part: Abbr. : SYS
50
Devotees: Suffix : ITES
51
Exactly right : SPOTON
53
Quizzical utterances : EHS
55
See 1-Down : ROOTS
57
Coach Parseghian : ARA
58
Hoops Hall-of-Famer Thomas : ISIAH
60
Italian P.M. nicknamed Divo Giulio : ANDREOTTI
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Uniform decoration : MEDAL
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Excessive detail, in a text : TMI
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Mad magazine's "___ Gang of Idiots" : USUAL
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Smart-alecky : SASSY
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Yet, in verse : EEN
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Hamilton vs. Burr and others : DUELS
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With 55-Across, what the circled letters, reading clockwise, form : SQUARE
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Brook : RUNLET
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Throw in the direction of : TOSSTO
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Greek capital, to airlines : ATH
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Intend to definitely : SHALL
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Sommer of film : ELKE
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Viruses, worms, etc. : MALWARE
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Intl. peace and human rights grp. : UNESCO
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Distant regions of the universe : DEEPSPACE
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First name in scat : ELLA
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Is intrepid : FEARSNOT
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Thanksgiving mo., in Canada : OCT
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Co. that merged into Verizon : GTE
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Salted fish : COD
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Five Nations tribe : ONEIDA
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Spins, rolls or draws : TURNS
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Malaria symptom : AGUE
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Normandy vessels of '44 : LSTS
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Martini base, maybe : GIN
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Ab ___ (from the beginning) : INITIO
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In a Victorian manner : PRUDISHLY
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Larklike songbird : PIPIT
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Floor model caveat : ASIS
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Nimble for one's age : SPRY
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August meteor shower : PERSEIDS
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Suffix with serpent : INE
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"My treat" : ITSONME
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Fill with gas : AERATE
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Center of many a plaza : STATUE
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Way in : PORTAL
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Slimy pests : SNAILS
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Orch. section : STR
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Pretentious sort : PSEUD
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Lukas of "Witness" : HAAS
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Asgard ruler : ODIN
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Some AOL transmissions : IMS
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Chantey subject : SEA
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The Cowboys of the N.C.A.A. : OSU

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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