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New York Times, Saturday, December 29, 2012

Author:
Joe Krozel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Joe Krozel

This puzzle:

Rows: 16, Columns: 15 Words: 66, Blocks: 41 Missing: {JKQXZ} Spans: 6, (1 quintuple stack) Grid is asymmetric. This is puzzle # 61 for Mr. Krozel. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jim Horne notes:

This grid is notable for several reasons. Most remarkably, it's the first to stack five 15-letter answer words. That's an amazing accomplishment few believed possible. The grid is asymmetric. Notice the additional 15 in the top half but none in the bottom half. (I've long held that strict adherence to symmetry limits interesting grid and theme possibilities. Would a quintuple-stack be possible if symmetry were required? Do you care?) And finally, this is the first puzzle dropping HORSE MANURE into the grid.

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© 2012, The New York TimesNo. 1229 ( 23,062 )
Across
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Urban contemporary : TRITT
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"Git!" : SCRAM
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Sports org. of 1967-76 : ABA
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Olive-colored bird : VIREO
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World powerhouse in table tennis : CHINA
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Word of logic : NOR
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Bygone theory of astronomy : PTOLEMAICSYSTEM
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Blanket : GENERAL
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Round parts : BEERS
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Hideous one : REPULSER
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Get-___ (starts) : GOS
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Obituary word : NEE
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Bugs : VWS
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"Ugly Betty" actress : VANESSAWILLIAMS
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Governor, e.g. : ELECTEDOFFICIAL
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"Idylls of the King," stylistically : NARRATIVEPOETRY
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1959 doo-wop classic : ATEENAGERINLOVE
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Alpine native : LIECHTENSTEINER
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"Grazie ___!" (Italian for "Thank God!") : ADIO
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Basketball Hall-of-Famer Dan : ISSEL
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Thrust item : EPEE
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Uses for a base : RESTSON
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Balderdash : HORSEMANURE
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E.E.C. part: Abbr. : EUR
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It may be bitter : ALE
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"I did it!" : SUCCESS
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Grp. in gray : CSA
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Gridiron distance: Abbr. : YDS
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Sporting boots, say : SHOD
Down
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Tube rating : TVPG
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It may be performed by people in robes : RITE
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Unyielding : IRON
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Part of 1-Down : TELE
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"___ is human ..." : TOERR
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It has thousands of roots : SCALP
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Half of a classic religious symbol : CHI
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___-A-Che (rapper) : RIC
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Response: Abbr. : ANS
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Wishy-washy reply : MAYBE
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Deal preceder : ANTE
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Participant in an 1899 conflict : BOER
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___ deal : ARMS
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Risqué West : MAE
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Ones to whom an organization's messages are sent : SERVICELIST
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Frayed, perhaps : UNWOVEN
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Funny Carol and family : LEIFERS
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"Woe is me!" types : SELFPITIERS
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Land visited by Paul in the New Testament : GALATIA
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Clarinet need : ONEREED
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Concealments : SECRECIES
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"I'll be right with you" : WAITONESEC
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Elided phrase in a Gershwin song : SMARVELOUS
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Easily corrupted : VENAL
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One-seat carriages : STANHOPES
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Assailed : SETAT
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Verona's river : ADIGE
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They have their pride : LIONESSES
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More crafty : SLYER
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Certain bird herd : EMUS
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Per : EACH
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Wished otherwise : RUED
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Supporter of the Heller decision, 2008: Abbr. : NRA
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Allergy source : HAY
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Played out : OLD
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Abbr. after a telephone no. : RES
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One with two or three stripes: Abbr. : NCO

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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