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New York Times, Thursday, October 21, 2010

The 2x2 black square near the middle of this puzzle's grid, e.g., which is part of eight answers

Author:
Dan Naddor
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Dan Naddor

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 37 Missing: {QXY} Grid is asymmetric. Featured in Will Shortz's favorite puzzles This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Naddor. NYT links: Across Lite
Jim Horne notes:

The 2x2 block near the center of this necessarily asymmetric 15x15 grid must be interpreted as BLOCK in eight theme answers.

1
A
2
M
3
P
4
S
5
L
6
A
7
W
8
S
9
S
10
H
11
U
12
N
13
S
14
L
E
I
15
L
A
U
R
A
16
C
O
R
E
A
17
U
T
A
18
O
P
C
I
T
19
A
N
D
O
R
20
M
A
N
21
B
O
T
T
O
22
M
R
O
U
N
D
23
S
L
O
24
P
25
F
I
E
R
I
E
R
26
H
E
27
M
28
O
R
I
G
29
H
30
O
31
T
32
O
33
M
I
C
R
34
O
N
S
35
R
36
O
37
M
A
N
A
38
M
E
N
T
A
L
39
P
A
R
T
I
E
S
40
E
N
G
I
N
E
41
D
I
A
G
R
A
M
42
N
O
E
N
D
43
B
44
L
A
N
C
45
M
46
O
U
E
47
E
L
48
B
49
O
50
W
51
S
52
P
53
I
54
E
55
C
R
U
S
T
56
S
57
E
L
V
I
N
58
P
O
L
E
S
I
T
T
E
59
R
60
O
U
Z
O
61
P
L
A
N
62
J
E
E
R
S
63
C
L
E
O
64
S
E
N
T
65
A
R
R
E
T
66
K
E
N
T
© 2010, The New York Times10/21/10 ( No. 22,262 )
Across
1
Rock blaster : AMP
4
Shredded sides : SLAWS
9
Blackballs : SHUNS
14
"Fantasy Island" prop : LEI
15
1944 murder mystery directed by Otto Preminger : LAURA
16
Jazz pianist with 16 Grammys : COREA
17
Hagen of Broadway : UTA
18
Footnote abbr. : OPCIT
19
Flexible conjunction : ANDOR
20
"Wow!" : MAN
21
Butcher's roast cut : BOTTOMROUND
23
Spill : SLOP
25
More fervent : FIERIER
26
Border line? : HEM
28
Not a copy: Abbr. : ORIG
29
Trendy : HOT
32
O's overseas : OMICRONS
35
Pax ___ (uneasy peace) : ROMANA
38
Temporary lapse of memory : MENTALBLOCK
39
Neighborhood get-togethers : BLOCKPARTIES
40
Metal casting housing automotive cylinders : ENGINEBLOCK
41
It displays the connections between system components : BLOCKDIAGRAM
42
Incessantly : NOEND
43
Like many squares in a French crossword : BLANC
45
Pout : MOUE
47
Newbie rollerblader's sore spots : ELBOWS
52
Filling holders : PIECRUSTS
57
N.B.A. Hall-of-Famer Hayes : ELVIN
58
Certain 1920s faddist : POLESITTER
60
Anise-flavored liqueur : OUZO
61
Scheme : PLAN
62
Bronx cheers : JEERS
63
1963 role for Liz : CLEO
64
E-mail folder : SENT
65
Stop on the Métro? : ARRET
66
Cigarette that once advertised the "health benefits" of its Micronite filter : KENT
Down
1
Fraternity benefactors, for short : ALUMS
2
Rock music genre : METAL
3
Cabinetmaker's hardware : PIANOHINGE
4
Neatnik's opposite : SLOB
5
In the ___ the gods (left to fate) : LAPOF
6
What a hammer may hit : AUCTIONBLOCK
7
Author's bane : WRITERSBLOCK
8
Zen enlightenment : SATORI
9
Close call : SCARE
10
Pay tribute to : HONOR
11
Language of Islamabad : URDU
12
Old Dodge : NEON
13
Reddish-brown gem : SARD
22
What screaming may exacerbate : MIGRAINE
24
Jelly thickener : PECTIN
27
Start of some addresses : MRANDMRS
29
It'll grow on you : HAIR
30
Fit for duty : ONEA
31
Land under Down Under: Abbr. : TASM
32
Harbinger : OMEN
33
___ mosso (less rapid, in music) : MENO
34
Hoagy Carmichael's "___ Buttermilk Sky" : OLE
36
Soothsayer : ORACLE
37
Subj. of a 39-Down reminder : MTG
39
See 37-Down : PDA
43
Smash hit : BLOCKBUSTER
44
Bit of comic strip text : BLOCKLETTER
46
Kind of board : OUIJA
48
The 2x2 black square near the middle of this puzzle's grid, e.g., which is part of eight answers : BLOCK
49
Fertilized item : OVULE
50
Shrivel from age : WIZEN
51
Condescending one : SNOOT
52
Third afterthought in a missive: Abbr. : PPPS
53
Princess loved by Hercules : IOLE
54
Dash : ELAN
55
Small price to pay : CENT
56
Bone-dry : SERE
59
Queue after Q : RST

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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