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New York Times, Saturday, June 18, 2016

"The application of democracy to love," per H. L. Mencken

Author:
Todd Gross
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Todd Gross

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 60, Blocks: 45 Missing: {FJQWXZ} Spans: 4 Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry. This is puzzle # 14 for Mr. Gross. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Todd Gross notes:
This puzzle is all about the grid pattern. Somewhere I got the idea of a grid where all the blocks are square-shaped, then it took ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Wow, what a cool pattern of black squares! For years, I had been dreaming of some way of incorporating fractals into a crossword ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

This blocky puzzle is reminiscent of what sometimes happens in diagramless grids, like this one by Frank Longo from 1999.

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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 0618 ( 24,329 )
Across
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Tavern assistant : BARBACK
8
Person typically taking Torts and Contracts : ONEL
12
Literary reference : ALLUSION
13
Roast, e.g. : HONOR
15
Outsider politician's target : MAINSTREAMMEDIA
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Retail giant whose catalog comes in 17 languages : IKEA
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"We're doomed!" : ALLISLOST
20
Wendi ___, ex-wife of Rupert Murdoch : DENG
21
Parts of some law profs.' résumés : LLDS
22
Year in the reign of Antoninus Pius : CLI
23
Hudgens and Huxtable : VANESSAS
26
Skedaddled : RAN
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Not skedaddle : STAY
28
It may have a stretch in it : INNING
31
One end of Fla.'s Sunshine Skyway Bridge : STPETE
33
Currency of West Africa : LEONES
34
About 3 1/4 light-years : PARSEC
35
Ice dam locale : EAVE
36
Juillet's time : ETE
37
Picks on : HARASSES
41
Kind of bulb, for short : LED
42
"Can I get an ___?" : AMEN
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"You ain't ___!" : LYIN
46
Strong competition? : MRAMERICA
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What's this, Señor? : ESTA
50
Arm wave or finger snap : ATTENTIONGETTER
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Hot times? : NOONS
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"The application of democracy to love," per H. L. Mencken : ADULTERY
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"Fair point" : TRUE
56
Some rigs : TANDEMS
Down
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Poet who wrote "Tyger! Tyger! burning bright" : BLAKE
2
Hit 2004 sci-fi film with a 2007 sequel : ALIENVSPREDATOR
3
Fugitives : RUNAGATES
4
Some undergrad degs. : BSS
5
Part of the conjugation for "avoir" : AIT
6
Aquarium decorations : CORALS
7
Sounds of doom, maybe : KNELLS
8
___ law : OHMS
9
Word sung four times before "Born is the King of Israel" : NOEL
10
The thyroid is part of it : ENDOCRINESYSTEM
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Female Action Comics character : LOISLANE
12
Inside : AMID
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Network's concern : RATINGS
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Oscar-nominated actor for "The Aviator" : ALDA
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Spitballs, e.g. : MISSILES
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"Big" comics character : NATE
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Where you may need to read the fine print : EYECHART
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Liberal political activist Ralph : NEAS
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Isaac Asimov's "The Bicentennial Man," e.g. : NOVELETTE
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Atlanta women's college : SPELMAN
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Food item cooked "to a light golden color" : TATERTOT
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___ Stewart, singer of the 1979 #1 hit "Knock on Wood" : AMII
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Add a layer to : RECOAT
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One of Buddha's 10 disciples : ANANDA
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Things that lead to Rome? : ITERS
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___ a one : NARY
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Kind of bar : MENU
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Start of Massachusetts' motto : ENSE
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One making a report : GUN
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Ancient times, in bygone days : ELD

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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