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New York Times, Friday, March 2, 2012

How this puzzle's black squares are arranged

Author:
Scott Atkinson
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Scott Atkinson

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 27 Missing: {JQVXZ} Spans: 8, (4 double stacks) This is puzzle # 6 for Mr. Atkinson. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jim Horne notes:

As noted at 63 Across, the black squares are arranged NONCONTIGUOUSLY. See also this grid by Patrick Merrell.

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© 2012, The New York Times3/2/12 ( No. 22,760 )

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Across
1
The miss in "Miss Saigon" : KIM
4
Burger go-withs : SHAKES
10
Big race sponsor : STP
13
Dishes fit for astronomers? : RADIOTELESCOPES
16
Panglossian person : ETERNALOPTIMIST
17
Asia-to-Africa link : SINAI
18
Carmen ___ ("The Producers" role) : GHIA
19
Interior decorator's suggestion : ART
20
Southeast Asian holiday : TET
21
Grp. concerned with bowls : NCAA
23
Rout : THRASH
26
Mean cur, typically : BITER
28
Ice cream mix-in : OREO
30
Place to go in Soho : LOO
31
See 32-Across : SAFE
32
On the 31-Across side : ALEE
34
___ question : YESNO
36
South Asian chant word : KRISHNA
38
Had a lot to digest : FEASTED
40
Restless : ITCHY
41
Ear-related : OTIC
43
Longtime Russian acronym : TASS
44
___ Dogg Pound (rap duo) : THA
45
Chihuahua scratch? : PESO
47
Adjust one's sights : REAIM
49
Lays atop : SETSON
51
Asset : PLUS
53
King, in Cape Verde : REI
55
Handy-andy's letters : DIY
56
Box-office take : GATE
58
SALT I and II, e.g. : PACTS
60
Beloved "Immortal Beloved" piece : MOONLIGHTSONATA
63
How this puzzle's black squares are arranged : NONCONTIGUOUSLY
64
They may have you in stitches, in brief : ORS
65
Gunsmith with Smith : WESSON
66
One may say "I'm with stupid" : TEE
Down
1
"Take cover!" : KATIEBARTHEDOOR
2
Security requests : IDENTIFICATIONS
3
Star in Cetus : MIRA
4
What an express often whizzes by: Abbr. : STA
5
Hägar's wife : HELGA
6
Polynesian farewell song : ALOHAOE
7
"Beau Geste" headgear : KEPI
8
Responsibility for a groundskeeper : ESTATE
9
Grade sch. subject : SCI
10
Round-trip flight? : SPIRALSTAIRCASE
11
Tackles a tough task : TESTSONESMETTLE
12
W. Coast clock setting : PST
13
Do some recharging : REST
14
Center for cat-tails? : ONINE
15
Highly decorated Bradley : OMAR
22
Prefix with many fruit names : CRAN
24
Georgetown athlete : HOYA
25
Things worked under in a garage : HOODS
27
"Sax All Night" New Ager : TESH
29
Mtge. broker's come-on : REFI
31
"SCTV" lineup : SKITS
33
Hmong homeland : LAOS
35
It is in Spain : ESTA
37
It has a sticking point : HYPO
39
Sandy shade : ECRU
42
Pre-stunt provocation : TOPTHIS
46
Thing worked on in a garage : ENGINE
48
Second-largest city in Finland : ESPOO
50
Matched up, after "in" : SYNC
52
Can : LETGO
54
Exeter exclamation : ISAY
57
Cut takers: Abbr. : AGTS
59
Some kind of ___ : ANUT
60
6 letters : MNO
61
Fan setting : LOW
62
Apollo's chariot "passenger" : SUN

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle.

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