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New York Times, Thursday, November 18, 2010

Author:
Peter Wentz
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Peter Wentz

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 81, Blocks: 46 Missing: none – this is a QUADRUPLE pangram. Spans: 1 Scrabble average: 2.39 This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Wentz. NYT links: Across Lite
Jim Horne notes:

Here's a construction feat I never thought I'd see — a quadruple pangram. Every letter of the alphabet is used at least 4 times. Purists may note that with the grid stretching to 16 columns, there are more squares available to fit in those extra Scrabbly letters. True, but the central theme answer at 43 Across nicely justifies the extra width.

Update: Raymond C. Young managed this feat in a 15x15 grid in 2013.

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© 2010, The New York TimesNo. 1118 ( 22,290 )
Across
1
Fighter in the "Iliad" : AJAX
5
Excellence : MERIT
10
Similarly round : ASFAT
15
Sumptuousness : LUXE
16
Onetime name at the Taj Mahal : IVANA
17
Apt : QUICK
18
OPEC dignitary, maybe : EMIR
19
It might be run in a hospital : FEVER
20
Annoyance, in British slang : AGGRO
21
Microsoft debut of 2001 : XBOX
22
Common result of high humidity : FRIZZ
23
Located : BASED
24
Infrequent blood type, informally : ONEG
26
Like some doors : AJAR
28
Keeps going : SUSTAINS
33
Modern sum? : IAM
36
Stone work : JFK
39
Blue hues : AQUAS
40
Drank heavily : BINGED
43
What this puzzle is, orthographically : QUADRUPLEPANGRAM
46
Spanish ___ : ARMADA
47
Head of the class, in slang : TEACH
48
Dressing tool : ADZ
49
1990 autobiography subtitled "Baseball, the Wall and Me" : YAZ
50
"Hold on ... what's going on here?!" : WHOAWHOA
53
Basketball's Isiah Thomas, to fans : ZEKE
55
Suitable for teen audiences : TVPG
58
Gets set : JELLS
61
Some child-care center sites, for short : YWCAS
66
Plug : CHEW
68
Prepare for battle : EQUIP
69
Like the Addams Family : KOOKY
70
___ Croft, Angelina Jolie role : LARA
71
Optimistic : SUNNY
72
Hall-of-Famer Michael of the Dallas Cowboys : IRVIN
73
"Semper Fidelis" grp. : USMC
74
Model Cheryl : TIEGS
75
Judges : DEEMS
76
Longest-lived first lady : BESS
Down
1
"A Clockwork Orange" lead role : ALEX
2
Extra-large : JUMBO
3
Hypothetical fundamental particle : AXION
4
Persepolis king : XERXES
5
Put out : MIFF
6
"If I ___ ..." : EVER
7
Sitarist Shankar : RAVI
8
Don Juan's mother : INEZ
9
"Me" follower : TARZAN
10
"Lawrence of Arabia" city : AQABA
11
Sweetening : SUGARING
12
Mediterranean harvest : FIGS
13
It's about 90 yards of a football field : ACRE
14
Eliminated from a boxing match, in a way : TKOD
25
Sentry : GUARD
27
"St. Matthew Passion" composer, for short : JSBACH
29
Loudly voice one's objections : SQUAWK
30
Male sheep, in Britain : TUP
31
Noted Finnish chair designer : AALTO
32
"___ little silhouetto ..." ("Bohemian Rhapsody" lyric) : ISEEA
34
Locale of a much-visited mausoleum : AGRA
35
Flagon contents, perhaps : MEAD
36
Presidential inits. : JQA
37
Alecto, Megaera or Tisiphone : FURY
38
Hindu god of desire : KAMA
41
___ pursuit : INHOT
42
Part of Korea, for short : DMZ
44
Brilliant : DAZZLING
45
Manhandle : PAW
51
Geezer's cry to a young 'un : HEYKID
52
Tech-savvy school grp. : AVCLUB
54
Awards show with a Best Play category, with "the" : ESPYS
56
Stage : PHASE
57
"Bugs" : GERMS
58
Witticism : JEST
59
Distant leader? : EQUI
60
Crescent shape : LUNE
62
Abraded : WORE
63
Coastal feature : COVE
64
Actor Tamiroff : AKIM
65
Thesaurus contents: Abbr. : SYNS
67
W.W. II group : WACS

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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