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New York Times, Friday, May 24, 2013

Author:
Joe Krozel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Joe Krozel

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 29 Missing: {JQW} Spans: 12 Grid has super symmetry. This is puzzle # 64 for Mr. Krozel. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jim Horne notes:

The twelve 15-letter answers (six Across and six Down) and the 44 three-letter ones both tie the record set by David Levinson Wilk back in 2009. In fact, the shapes of the two grids are identical.

Interestingly, there are two other NYT grids with the same 29 blocks, 72 words, 68 open squares, and an average word length of 5.44, and they're both by Paula Gamache. Her beautiful grids in 2010 and 2011 only have eight 15s but they're also evenly split four Across and four Down.

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© 2013, The New York TimesNo. 0524 ( 23,208 )

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Across
1
Comparable in extent : ASBIG
6
Old White House inits. : HST
9
Convertible setting : TOPUP
14
Holdings : STORE
15
"Look at that!" : OOH
16
Laughing ___ : HYENA
17
Is curious about : HASANINTERESTIN
20
N.Y.C. line : IRT
21
Some bulls : ELK
22
Stranded message? : SOS
23
Place to hang something : ROD
24
Off-putting? : PROCRASTINATING
28
Museum funding org. : NEA
29
Scale markings: Abbr. : OZS
30
Pajama-clad exec : HEF
31
It may help you get from E to F : GASOLINESTATION
37
Word with place or prayer : MAT
38
Stretch (out) : EKE
39
Besmirch : TAR
40
Long time : ERA
41
Bad quality for dangerous work : CARELESSABANDON
45
Put away : ATE
46
Google finding : HIT
47
Cool : DEF
48
Barely lost : RANACLOSESECOND
54
H.S. subj. : ENG
55
Rocky mount : TOR
56
___ o menos (basically, in Spanish) : MAS
57
Pooh pal : ROO
58
Drug study data : TOLERANCELEVELS
62
'90s soccer great Lalas : ALEXI
63
Prince Valiant's son : ARN
64
Onetime big name in daytime talk : ROSIE
65
Georges who wrote "Life: A User's Manual" : PEREC
66
See 67-Across : TOT
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With 66-Across, little source of carbs : TATER
Down
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"___ of fools sailing on" (Wang Chung lyric) : ASHIP
2
1998's ___ Report : STARR
3
Notorious 1960s figure : BOSTONSTRANGLER
4
Pension supplement, for short : IRA
5
Company of which Thomas Edison was once a director : GENERALELECTRIC
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Greets with a beep : HONKSONESHORNAT
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One perhaps having one too many : SOT
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Doctoral candidate's starting point : THESISSTATEMENT
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Large portion of Africa : THESAHARADESERT
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Cries of despair : OYS
11
Source of hardwood? : PETRIFIEDFOREST
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18-Down, for one : UNION
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Consumer products firm since 1837, informally : PANDG
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Dockworker's grp. : ILA
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Infomercial pioneer Popeil : RON
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Fig. at the top of an organizational chart : CEO
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Lao-___ : TZE
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Asian holiday : TET
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Big maker of S.U.V.'s : GMC
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Moody's rating : AAA
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Presidential nickname : IKE
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It may be clicked on a computer : TAB
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Cargo on the Spanish Main : ORO
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Grandmother, to Brits : NAN
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Fraternity letter : ETA
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Start of a cheer : SIS
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Japanese computer giant : NEC
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Draw on again : RETAP
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Tropical lizard : ANOLE
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Mauna ___ : LOA
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Mineo of movies : SAL
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"I'm serious!" : NOLIE
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Nurse, at times : DOSER
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Computer file suffix : EXE
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___-Magnon : CRO
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Intl. broadcaster : VOA

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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