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New York Times, Saturday, October 22, 2011

Solvers must ___ in the grids to determine the grids' proper order

Author:
Patrick Berry
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Patrick Berry

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 36 Missing: {QZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 153 for Mr. Berry. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Notepad: "CROSS" WORD CONTEST — All the puzzles this week, from Monday to Saturday, have been created by one person, Patrick Berry. Have your solutions handy, because the Saturday puzzle conceals a meta-challenge involving the solution grids of all six. When you have the answer to the meta-challenge, mail it to: crossword@nytimes.com. Twenty-five correct solvers, chosen at random, whose entries are received by 6:00 p.m. E.T. Sunday, Oct. 23, will receive copies of "Will Shortz Picks His Favorite Puzzles: 101 of the Top Crosswords From The New York Times" (puzzle list.) Only one entry per person, please. The answer and winners' names will appear on Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, at Wordplay.
Jim Horne notes:

I have filled in the circles on all six puzzles. Note the "pips" on each side of the die are correctly located. Wordplay interviewed Will Shortz and Patrick Berry. I named this set my puzzle of the year for 2011.

The first letters of each clue in order spell out, "The corners of this week's grids read in order: Spell a famous Leader and his crossing words."

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U
2
S
3
S
4
R
5
A
6
R
7
A
8
B
9
P
10
A
11
P
12
A
13
N
A
T
E
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A
M
A
N
A
15
A
B
E
D
16
A
R
O
D
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F
A
I
N
T
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I
O
T
A
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P
A
N
E
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L
I
S
T
21
T
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A
N
D
E
M
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T
H
E
F
I
R
S
T
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L
E
T
T
E
R
S
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W
I
F
E
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A
R
M
S
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S
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L
A
N
T
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P
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I
N
E
S
31
D
32
J
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S
34
P
A
L
E
35
S
H
O
E
D
36
B
E
A
K
37
A
W
L
38
S
P
A
N
S
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W
E
L
B
Y
40
G
U
Y
S
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A
A
A
A
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F
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I
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L
L
E
V
E
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R
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Y
C
I
R
C
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L
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E
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A
L
E
U
T
S
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A
I
R
F
A
R
E
S
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R
I
O
T
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S
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P
R
E
E
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B
O
A
T
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S
A
N
E
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P
E
E
L
S
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L
I
V
E
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I
D
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Y
A
R
D
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E
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© 2011, The New York Times10/22/11 ( No. 22,628 )
Across
1
Treaty signer with Ger. in 1939 : USSR
5
Horse of a sort : ARAB
9
Eddie Fisher's "Oh! My ___" : PAPA
13
Campaign/election analyst ___ Silver : NATE
14
Oven brand : AMANA
15
Resting, say : ABED
16
Nickname since 1999 : AROD
17
Exceedingly hard to see : FAINT
18
Really small amount : IOTA
19
Stage-sharing speaker : PANELIST
21
Oxen might be put in it : TANDEM
23
Find contest's meta-answer by reading ___ of these clues : THEFIRSTLETTERS
25
Tenth Commandment word : WIFE
26
Heraldic drawing : ARMS
27
Incline : SLANT
29
Seven ___ (Civil War battle site) : PINES
31
Workers who play? : DJS
34
Enclosing fence : PALE
35
Equipped for a ride, perhaps : SHOED
36
Kite part : BEAK
37
Saddler's aid : AWL
38
Goes across : SPANS
39
Role for Young : WELBY
40
Insults playfully : GUYS
41
Diminutive battery size : AAAA
42
Solvers must ___ in the grids to determine the grids' proper order : FILLEVERYCIRCLE
49
Rat Island natives : ALEUTS
50
Expenses for globetrotters : AIRFARES
51
Anarchy : RIOT
52
Drunken jag : SPREE
54
Islander's need, maybe : BOAT
55
Not mad : SANE
56
Outer parts : PEELS
57
Real-time : LIVE
58
Day on old calendars : IDES
59
Exterior area : YARD
60
Ruptured couple : EXES
Down
1
Suitable's opposite : UNAPT
2
"Princess" in its Hebrew translation : SARAH
3
Evade while being questioned : STONEWALL
4
Label anew : REDEFINE
5
Lay up : AMASS
6
Activist/singer Bonnie : RAITT
7
Former Texas governor Richards : ANN
8
Assaulted, in a way : BATTERED
9
Muralists' needs : PAINTS
10
One that might be humble : ABODE
11
Ustinov of "Topkapi" : PETER
12
Second or sixth in a series : ADAMS
14
Lighted : AFIRE
20
Elevate : LIFT
22
Accepters of deposits : ATMS
24
Driving divisions : LANES
27
Évian, for one : SPA
28
Regulation : LAW
29
Astronomical appearance : PHASE
30
Nonneutral particle : ION
31
"Death of Sardanapalus" painter Eugène : DELACROIX
32
Hit that begins a one-two : JAB
33
It's what's up : SKY
35
Strip since 1961 that's printed in black and white : SPYVSSPY
36
Causing only minor irritation, say : BEARABLE
38
Raw beef fat : SUET
39
Oliver Twist, e.g. : WAIF
40
Seat cushions? : GLUTES
41
Spread : ACRES
42
Iranian tongue : FARSI
43
Narrative set in the Bronze Age : ILIAD
44
Genre film director Sergio : LEONE
45
Worth more to collectors, say : RARER
46
Output : YIELD
47
Run along : LEAVE
48
Democratic senator Kefauver : ESTES
53
Shepherd's pie tidbit : PEA

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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