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New York Times, Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Unable to see the "E" on the Snellen chart, say

Author:
Tim Croce
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 29 for Mr. Croce. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Tim Croce notes:
Once the inspiration came for this theme (no, I wasn't at the zoo when the idea hit), I knew that this was the kind of theme that was ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
A really nice change of pace today, a hugely ambitious grid that delivered a quality solving experience for me. A collection of ... read more
1
B
2
A
3
S
4
S
5
A
6
L
7
E
8
E
9
M
10
B
11
E
12
R
13
S
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E
D
I
T
I
O
N
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N
O
I
R
O
N
16
L
O
C
A
L
P
U
17
B
18
C
O
G
I
T
O
19
T
S
K
20
F
A
21
T
A
S
A
C
O
W
22
A
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B
24
L
25
E
26
L
A
M
E
S
27
L
28
E
S
L
E
Y
29
D
I
P
30
A
31
B
32
U
33
E
L
A
I
N
E
34
A
L
S
35
W
U
S
36
S
37
D
I
D
N
T
38
M
S
S
39
O
H
S
A
Y
40
S
H
O
D
41
D
O
A
42
P
L
A
Y
I
N
43
U
G
A
44
E
T
C
45
S
A
L
A
D
E
46
S
47
O
C
I
O
48
Y
V
E
S
49
S
50
L
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Y
A
S
A
F
O
52
X
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A
54
P
55
E
56
T
O
O
B
A
D
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T
R
58
A
59
S
60
H
B
I
N
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O
L
D
A
G
E
62
A
R
T
D
E
C
O
63
P
L
A
T
E
S
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Y
E
S
L
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T
S
© 2014, The New York Times5/28/14 ( No. 23,577 )
Across
1
British brew with a red triangle logo : BASSALE
8
Ones dying in a fire? : EMBERS
14
Book version : EDITION
15
Permanent-press : NOIRON
16
Neighborhood spot to order 1-Across, say : LOCALPUB
18
"Ergo" preceder : COGITO
19
"You should know better!" : TSK
20
Scale-busting : FATASACOW
22
Up to the task : ABLE
26
Shoots in the foot, maybe : LAMES
27
Gore who sang "It's My Party," 1963 : LESLEY
29
Reason for a road warning : DIP
30
Aladdin's monkey pal : ABU
33
"Seinfeld" gal pal : ELAINE
34
Singers Green and Jardine : ALS
35
Wimpy sort : WUSS
37
Denier's contraction : DIDNT
38
Some advanced degs. : MSS
39
Pregame song opener : OHSAY
40
Like dressage horses : SHOD
41
___ good deed : DOA
42
George Carlin's "___ With Your Head" : PLAYIN
43
The Bulldogs' sch. : UGA
44
Yadda, yadda, yadda : ETC
45
___ niçoise : SALADE
46
Prefix with economic : SOCIO
48
Actor Montand : YVES
49
Quite cunning : SLYASAFOX
53
Gibbon, e.g. : APE
56
"Better luck next time" : TOOBAD
57
Place to eighty-six things : TRASHBIN
61
The golden years : OLDAGE
62
Rockefeller Center style : ARTDECO
63
Armadillo defenses : PLATES
64
"Sure, why not?!" : YESLETS
Down
1
Boxer's trophy : BELT
2
Commotions : ADOS
3
Really ill : SICKASADOG
4
Stop on the tracks: Abbr. : STA
5
Be 3-Down : AIL
6
Cut (off) : LOP
7
Sufficient, informally : ENUF
8
Bivouacs : ENCAMPS
9
Archie Comics character : MOOSE
10
Humongous : BIGASAWHALE
11
Holder of a cabinet position : ERIC
12
___-Rooter : ROTO
13
Monet's "___ Scene at Argenteuil" : SNOW
17
Like a chrome-dome : BALDASACOOT
21
Half of all flips : TAILS
23
Unable to see the "E" on the Snellen chart, say : BLINDASABAT
24
Post-Carnival time : LENT
25
Batter's asset : EYE
27
Watch readouts, briefly : LEDS
28
Yale or Root : ELIHU
31
Working away : BUSYASABEE
32
Foreign relief org. created by J.F.K. : USAID
36
January 1 song title word : SYNE
38
Decorator's theme : MOTIF
39
Kingly name in Norway : OLAV
41
The 1980s and '90s, e.g. : DECADES
42
"Gangnam Style" rapper : PSY
47
___ orange : OSAGE
49
"Freeze!" : STOP
50
Veg out : LOLL
51
Luke Skywalker's mentor : YODA
52
Help in finding fractures : XRAY
54
Ancient Brit : PICT
55
Grandson of Adam : ENOS
58
"Come as you ___" : ARE
59
Block boundaries: Abbr. : STS
60
"Good" cholesterol, briefly : HDL

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

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