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New York Times, Saturday, May 28, 2016

34-Across : What 28 states are

Author:
Frederick J. Healy
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Frederick J. Healy

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 66, Blocks: 36 Missing: {FJKVW} Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry. This is puzzle # 13 for Mr. Healy. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
Six strong answers form the center of today's grid. GALAXY QUEST was surprisingly entertaining (as was Tim Allen), and NATO MEMBERS / ... read more
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© 2016, The New York Times5/28/16 ( No. 24,308 )
Across
1
Case closer : ZIPPER
7
French frozen desserts : GLACES
13
Entangle : SNARLUP
15
Fruit : RESULT
16
Like taxes and fines : ASSESSED
18
Doing time : INSTIR
19
Sound effect in the comic "B.C." : ZOT
20
Decorative skewer for serving hors d'oeuvres : ATTELET
22
VW Golf hatchback : GTI
23
11-Down sort : SNOB
25
Manfred succeeded him as baseball commissioner in 2015 : SELIG
26
Spot at an airport : BLIP
27
"Get ___!" : AGRIP
29
South of Brazil? : SUL
30
Shut down : CEASE
31
1999 parody featuring the starship Protector : GALAXYQUEST
34
What 28 states are : NATOMEMBERS
35
36
Some 40th-birthday gag gifts : CANES
37
N.F.L. coach Rivera : RON
38
Spruced up : NATTY
42
Capital of Washington? : ONES
43
"___ thou no poison mix'd ...?": "Romeo and Juliet" : HADST
45
___ Bottling Company (Cleveland fixture for over 85 years) : NEHI
46
"___ expected ..." : ASI
47
Beverage made with petals : ROSETEA
49
When Mex. celebrates Independence Day : SEP
50
Distraught : TORNUP
52
Spills inadvertently : LETSSLIP
54
Title brat of kid-lit : ELOISE
55
Go back over : RETRACE
56
Opposite of took off : DONNED
57
"Gotcha" : SOISEE
Down
1
Miss Hungary of 1936, familiarly : ZSAZSA
2
One way to break out : INSONG
3
The marrying kind? : PASTOR
4
Marital lead-in : PRE
5
Second wife of Einstein : ELSA
6
Shows signs of aging : RUSTS
7
"Morning Mood" composer : GRIEG
8
Time of self-sacrifice : LENT
9
Lummox : ASS
10
Feature of many decorative vases : CUTGLASS
11
High-and-mighty : ELITIST
12
IBM logo feature : STRIPE
14
He said "You kind of live and die by the serve" : PETESAMPRAS
17
Provider of more bells and whistles : DELUXEMODEL
21
1960s sitcom matriarch : LILYMUNSTER
24
Lummoxes : BIGAPES
26
Bit of fraternity party detritus : BEERCAN
28
Things to blaze : PATHS
30
Keep informed : CUEIN
32
Head overseas? : LOO
33
Play starters, for short : QBS
34
Pitching aid : NINEIRON
35
[Spoiler alert!] He dies in "The Force Awakens" : HANSOLO
36
Like many cheeses and tablets : COATED
39
Sights at a Supercharger : TESLAS
40
What gets broken at a mixer : THEICE
41
"Hot dog!" : YIPPEE
43
Wasn't sure, say : HOPED
44
Heads overseas? : TETES
47
Smoke screen : RUSE
48
Repeated words in a multiple-count verdict reading : ASTO
51
"Little Birds" author : NIN
53
Title meaning "majesty" : SRI

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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