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GRID IRON

New York Times, Sunday, April 15, 2012

Author:
Kevin G. Der
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Kevin G. Der
Titanic

This puzzle:

Rows: 17, Columns: 31 Words: 178, Blocks: 109 Missing: none. Grid has up-down mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 26 for Mr. Der. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Notepad: When this puzzle is finished, 12 special squares, along with the shaded squares, will create an image of 56-Down. The 12 squares corresponding to the "reflection" of the special squares, when read clockwise from top left, will spell an alternative name for 56-Down.
Jim Horne notes:

I've highlighted the "reflection" squares. They spell out SHIP OF DREAMS. This titanic puzzle stretches several conventions. It's the first Shortz-era grid with up-down mirror symmetry. It is by far the widest. It's even bigger than Kevin's previous huge rectangle. It's not a size record, though, falling nearly 100 squares short of the seven 25x25 Millennium puzzles from 1999. (Here's one.)

I claim this is the world's first cubist crossword. There's the profile view of the ship and its reflection you have to draw yourself and, just maybe, if you squint at the arrangement of black squares, a top view of a ship sailing west. Do you see it? Also, GRID IRON is a great title for a puzzle that looks like a football field but isn't. The constructor tells the story of how he made this puzzle here on Quora.

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© 2012, The New York TimesNo. 0415 ( 22,804 )
Across
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Plushlike : SOFT
5
Anjou relatives : BOSCS
10
"Love Train" singers, with "the" : OJAYS
15
Brit. decorations : DSOS
19
Low men? : BASSI
24
Peace Nobelist Root : ELIHU
26
Without problems : ALLOK
27
Holiday decoration : MENORAH
29
Where 56-Down embarked : SOUTHAMPTON
31
Stress reliever : EASER
32
Actress Téa : LEONI
33
Iconic line shouted in "56-Down" : IMTHEKINGOFTHEWORLD
35
With 37-Across, #1 song from "56-Down" : MYHEART
37
See 35-Across : WILLGOON
39
Martini go-with? : ROSSI
40
Bit of chiding : TSK
41
Shiva's wife : KALI
42
Cat genus : FELIS
43
Italian holiday : FESTA
45
Sinn ___ : FEIN
47
Easter ___ : EGG
50
Forest specimens : FERNS
52
"Be my guest" : FEELFREE
56
Silence indicator : TACET
59
"Cool" amount : MIL
62
In ___ place : ASAFE
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Rafael, to friends : RAFE
66
Trims, say : EDITS
68
Jefferson or Madison : DEIST
69
Rest on : SITATOP
71
High clouds : CIRRI
73
Mess of a mess : SNAFU
75
Auto-___ : DAFE
76
Footstool : POUFFE
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Georgia O'Keeffe Museum site : SANTAFE
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Slowpokes' fines : LATEFEES
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Filled, as an office : STAFFED
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Coup d'___ : ETAT
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Builder of a 2x2 vessel? : NOAH
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Blue Ribbon maker : PABST
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Hosp. scan : EEG
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Winner of a 1970s-'80s war : VHS
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Singer Jones : NORAH
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Literally, "my Lord" : ADONAI
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Amount before overtime : BASEPAY
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Shake : TREMOR
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Tried to win : WOOED
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Major operation? : DRILL
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To this moment : TILLNOW
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Fads : RAGES
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Run together, in a way : ELOPE
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Tater : SPUD
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Toddlers' coddlers : MOMMIES
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Third string : CTEAM
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Once more: Abbr. : AGN
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It's not basic : ACID
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Dict. info : DEF
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Tabula ___ : RASA
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Yorkshire river : AIRE
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Flags : EBBS
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Clear (of) : RID
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Triumphant end? : QED
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"56-Down" co-star : WINSLET
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"56-Down" co-star : DICAPRIO
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"King Lear" role : REGAN
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Pittance : SOU
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Protection around the world? : OZONE
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Some buggy drivers : AMISH
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Record-tying achievement for "56-Down" : ELEVENACADEMYAWARDS
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Said yea or nay : VOTED
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Bank support? : LEVEE
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Spirit : ESSENCE
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56-Down, e.g. : LUXURYLINER
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Pulitzer-winning critic Richard : EDER
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It's hard to get across : CHASM
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Palm products : TREOS
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Flight data: Abbr. : ETDS
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Some salads : SLAWS
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Look : SEEM
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Oil producer : OLAY
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Implement with a spatulalike blade : FISHKNIFE
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Where dawn arises : THEEAST
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Latvian, e.g. : BALT
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Cry to a matador : OLE
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Brake : SLOW
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They carry needles : CONIFERS
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Omelet holders : SKILLETS
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Aware of : ONTO
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Dear person? : JOHN
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Exist : ARE
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Jabber : YAK
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Stuffed ___ : SHIRT
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Ski-___ : DOOS
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Muslim mystic : SUFI
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Slugger Mel : OTT
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"Zip it!" : SHH
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Autobahn sights : BMWS
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Pig in ___ : APOKE
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Orchestra grp. : STR
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Roman sun god : SOL
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Like Beethoven's Second : IND
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Caspian feeder : URAL
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"Top Gun" jets : MIGS
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Funnyman Philips : EMO
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Ban Ki-moon and others: Abbr. : SGS
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Insurance giant : AETNA
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Professor Chomsky : NOAM
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Widespread : RIFE
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Invention : LIE
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Parts of yards : FEET
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Small-runway aircraft, briefly : STOL
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Is alarmed : FEARS
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"It ___" (answer to "Who's there?") : ISI
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Tennis's Steffi : GRAF
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Bad slip : GAFFE
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Stable supply : FEED
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Nutritional stat : RDA
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Saverin who co-founded Facebook : EDUARDO
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Shield bearer, typically : LEFTARM
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Small flute : FIFE
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[See blurb] : TITANIC
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Frozen : ATAHALT
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Many a Wi-Fi hotspot : CAFE
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Cause of 56-Down's demise : ICEBERG
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About a month, for a fruit fly : LIFESPAN
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Rotted : FESTERED
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Bad blood : FEUD
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Devote : SPEND
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Supercilious one : SNOOT
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Wild banana : PAPAW
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Mark up, say : RETAG
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Conrad ___, early matinee idol : NAGEL
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Chiwere speaker : OTO
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Furthermore : AND
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Prof's helpers : TAS
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Harden : SET
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Golfs, e.g., briefly : VWS
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Emulate a frog : HOP
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Unpleasant thing to hit : SOURNOTE
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Rival suitor's expletive : HIM
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"Shalom ___" (Hebrew greeting) : ALEICHEM
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Martinique, e.g. : ILE
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One with a terrible opening : BOMB
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Oenologist's concern : YEAR
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How it's done : MODE
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Slanted column? : OPED
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Interference detector? : REF
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Voice of Carl in Pixar's "Up" : EDASNER
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Acts the middleman : LIAISES
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Dundee denial : NAE
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Discovery Channel subj. : SCI
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Ginnie ___ : MAE
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Mrs., abroad : SRA
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"Gimme ___" : ASEC
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"In my view ..." : IDSAY
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Zero-emissions vehicle : SLED
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Athlete's pointer? : EPEE
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Scottish hillsides : BRAES
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Cower : QUAIL
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Didn't go straight : WOVE
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Polo competitor : IZOD
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Bottled mineral : TALC
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Palais Garnier star : DIVA
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"Kidnapped" inits. : RLS
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Suffix with luck : IEST
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"Now you speak" : OVER
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Hoedown attendee : GAL
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Together, in music : ADUE
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Cashier's cry : NEXT
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Late-night fliers : OWLS
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Word of indifference : MEH
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Suffix with alk- : ENE
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Barracks V.I.P. : NCO
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Setting for some wrestling : MUD
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"___ truly" (abbreviated sign-off) : YRS
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Biological chain : RNA
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It appears overnight : DEW
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Grads-to-be: Abbr. : SRS

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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