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New York Times, Wednesday, May 11, 2011

 Author: Jonah Kagan Editor: Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQVZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Kagan. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Notepad: When this puzzle is done, the 11 circled letters can be connected by a curved line to spell a two-word phrase appropriate to this puzzle's theme.
JimH notes: It's unusual to have a science or math theme in an NYT puzzle, particularly one of this depth and complexity. The FIBONACCI SERIES F(n) starts 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144,… Each number is the sum of the two preceding ones. The ratio of successive numbers in the series approaches the GOLDEN RATIO (an irrational number approx 1.618) as n approaches infinity. Like pi or e, it is a constant that pops up surprisingly often.

Artists have traditionally considered this relationship to be the most aesthetically pleasing. It is said to be observed in nature in, for example, the growth of nautilus chambers, and the patterns of artichoke leaves or sunflower seeds.
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© 2011, The New York TimesNo. 0511 ( 22,464 )
 Across Down 1. Pipe part : STEM5. Babycakes : DEAR9. Paper orders : REAMS14. Leonardo of ___ (mathematician who wrote about the 33-Across) : PISA15. Out of kilter : AWRY16. Have dinner at home : EATIN17. Food with a heart : ARTICHOKE19. Blue-collar worker : PROLE20. Popular online lectures about "ideas worth spreading" : TEDTALKS21. Alvy's love interest in a Woody Allen film : ANNIE22. Father-and-daughter boxers : ALIS23. Pres., e.g. : LDR25. ___ Lingus : AER26. Midsize Kia : OPTIMA29. Cephalopod known for its shell : NAUTILUS31. "Now I see!" : AHA32. "Both work for me" : EITHER33. Mathematical sequence related to a pattern found in a 17-, 29-, 42- or 58-Across, informally : FIBONACCISERIES40. Sneeze producer : POLLEN41. Cam button : REC42. Cochlea locale : INNEREAR45. Honolulu's ___ Palace : IOLANI48. "___ man walks into a bar ..." : SOA49. No. after a no. : EXT50. Razor brand : ATRA51. Sayings of Jesus : LOGIA53. No longer able to shoot : DISARMED57. Some waffles : EGGOS58. Van Gogh subject : SUNFLOWER59. Link with : TIETO60. Sauce that's made "Old World Style" : RAGU61. Singer Bareilles with the 2007 top 10 hit "Love Song" : SARA62. 26-Across, e.g. : SEDAN63. Yemeni port : ADEN64. Ship-to-ship communication : AHOY 1. Short row : SPAT2. Ring around a rim : TIRE3. Cornerstone abbr. : ESTD4. Tiki bar staple : MAITAI5. "The Black ___" (2006 film) : DAHLIA6. They thought C-3PO was a god in "Return of the Jedi" : EWOKS7. Scroll storers : ARKS8. Pumpernickel grain : RYE9. Badinage : REPARTEE10. Merit : EARN11. Like much Schoenberg music : ATONAL12. Surroundings : MILIEU13. Mocking looks : SNEERS18. Pacify : CALM23. Homo sapiens, e.g. : LATIN24. Stupidity syllables : DUHS26. Speaker of stupid syllables : OAF27. Greek letter associated with the 33-Across : PHI28. Web browser subwindow : TAB29. More pleasant : NICER30. Like oddly conjugated verbs: Abbr. : IRR32. Razzle-dazzle : ECLAT34. Unbarred, to a bard : OPE35. "Because I felt like it" : NOREASON36. "A Clockwork Orange" narrator : ALEX37. Glass behind a radio microphone : IRA38. Night of poetry : EEN39. Chem. or biol. : SCI42. They may start as sandbars : ISLETS43. Knuckle-head move? : NOOGIE44. Pestered : NAGGED45. "You'll enjoy this" : ITSFUN46. Said aloud : ORAL47. Old-time crooner Julius : LAROSA50. N.B.A. player/manager Danny : AINGE52. Itsy-bitsy bit : IOTA53. Pair : DUAD54. Sound of an air kiss : MWAH55. Architect Saarinen : EERO56. Heavy cart : DRAY58. Miguel's Mrs. : SRA

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later.

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