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New York Times, Friday, April 8, 2011

Author:
Joe Krozel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Joe Krozel

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 62, Blocks: 56 Missing: {JQXZ} Spans: 4, (2 double stacks) This is puzzle # 43 for Mr. Krozel. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Joe Krozel notes:

I originally constructed this puzzle for a book which Peter Gordon was planning which would include 100 crosswords, one each for the years of the 20th century. But alas, I didn't know the year 1961 had already been taken, so I tossed the puzzle to Will.

Puzzle construction encountered the same hurdles I mentioned in my notes for the LIES puzzle: stacks of long words, etc. Many solvers can't make out the numbers depicted with blocks: the 1's blend with the frame and the 6 and 9 look a bit distorted. Even so, the puzzle is still a decent solve.

Jim Horne notes:

In this cold-war themed puzzle, the black squares spell out 1961, the year the Berlin Wall was constructed.

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© 2011, The New York TimesNo. 0408 ( 22,431 )

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Across
1
Beaks : NEBS
5
"You shouldn't have!" : TSK
8
Gain ___ on : ALAP
9
With 44-Down, conflict between 7-Down and the 34-Down : COLD
13
It may take a few hops : ALE
14
Louisiana ___: Abbr. : TERR
15
One of its official languages is Eng. : THEUN
17
Thriller author Follett : KEN
18
Place for an iris : UVEA
19
Cry before someone snaps : SMILE
20
Poet's time of day : EEN
21
Raging : RABID
23
Solution amts. : CCS
24
St. Bernard in New Orleans, e.g.: Abbr. : AVE
25
In a person's immediate vicinity : ATONESFEET
28
It's made every day : BED
29
Least attended : LONELIEST
30
Original "What's My Line?" host John : DALY
31
1856 antislavery novel : DRED
32
Contents of some charges : TNT
33
It's just wrong : VICE
34
Ones sharing a branch of a tree : SIBS
35
Umpires' wear : FACEMASKS
37
Seven-time Rose Bowl winner, in brief : OSU
38
Pitcher's catcher? : WATERGLASS
39
Winery fixture : VAT
40
It's all burned up : ASH
41
All burned up : RILED
42
Column addition? : IST
43
Writer of 31-Across : STOWE
46
Banned fruit spray : ALAR
47
Onetime D.D.E. command : ETO
48
Atlas, e.g. : HEMAN
49
"Consider ..." : NOTE
50
What a king may be worth : TEN
51
Unlikely prom king : NERD
52
Shipping units: Abbr. : CWTS
53
Promgoers, typically: Abbr. : SRS
54
Those south of the border : ESOS
Down
1
Earthquake, e.g. : NATURALDISASTER
2
They may be hard-pressed to work : ELEVATORBUTTONS
3
No extras : BAREBONES
4
Twisted in a bad way : SPRAINED
5
Have lower priority than : TAKEABACKSEATTO
6
Jumper, for one : SLEEVELESSDRESS
7
1961 leader : KENNEDY
9
Price abbr. : CTS
10
Unit of resistance : OHM
11
English Midlands city that is home to the largest outdoor covered market in Europe : LEICESTER
12
Sweet to the ears : DULCET
16
Egg holder : NEST
22
One of the 13 orig. colonies : DEL
26
Not go out : SITATHOME
27
The Berlin Wall started as one in 1961 : FENCE
30
Bars : DISALLOWS
33
Bravery : VALIANCE
34
Adversaries of 7-Down : SOVIETS
35
Snap a snap on, say : FASTEN
36
Store person: Abbr. : MGR
38
Basketful of clothes : WASH
44
See 9-Across : WAR
45
This, for example, with "the" : END

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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