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# New York Times, Saturday, June 18, 2016

Author:
Todd Gross
Editor:
Will Shortz
Blog:
15-Across : Outsider politician's target
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## This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Missing: {FJQWXZ} Spans: 4 Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry. This is puzzle # 14 for Mr. Gross.
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.

 1B 2A 3R 4B 5A 6C 7K 8O 9N 10E 11L 12A L L U S I O N 13H O N O 14R 15M A I N S T R E 16A 17M M E D I A 18I K E A 19A L L I S L O S T 20D E N G 21L L D S 22C L I 23V A 24N 25E S S A S 26R A N 27S T A Y 28I 29N 30N I N G 31S 32T P E T E 33L E O N E S 34P A R S E C 35E A V E 36E T E 37H 38A 39R 40A S S E S 41L E D 42A M E N 43L Y 44I 45N 46M R A 47M 48E R I C A 49E S T A 50A T T E N T I O N 51G 52E T T E R 53N O O N S 54A D U L T E R Y 55T R U E 56T A N D E M S
© 2016, The New York Times6/18/16 ( No. 24,329 )
Across
1
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
18
Retail giant whose catalog comes in 17 languages : IKEA
19
"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
27
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
43
"You ain't ___!" : LYIN
46
Strong competition? : MRAMERICA
49
What's this, Señor? : ESTA
50
Arm wave or finger snap : ATTENTIONGETTER
53
Hot times? : NOONS
54
"The application of democracy to love," per H. L. Mencken : ADULTERY
55
"Fair point" : TRUE
56
Some rigs : TANDEMS
Down
1
Poet who wrote "Tyger! Tyger! burning bright" : BLAKE
2
Hit 2004 sci-fi film with a 2007 sequel : ALIENVSPREDATOR
3
Fugitives : RUNAGATES
4
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
11
Female Action Comics character : LOISLANE
12
Inside : AMID
14
Network's concern : RATINGS
16
Oscar-nominated actor for "The Aviator" : ALDA
17
Spitballs, e.g. : MISSILES
24
"Big" comics character : NATE
25
Where you may need to read the fine print : EYECHART
29
Liberal political activist Ralph : NEAS
30
Isaac Asimov's "The Bicentennial Man," e.g. : NOVELETTE
31
Atlanta women's college : SPELMAN
32
Food item cooked "to a light golden color" : TATERTOT
38
___ Stewart, singer of the 1979 #1 hit "Knock on Wood" : AMII
39
Add a layer to : RECOAT
40
One of Buddha's 10 disciples : ANANDA
44
Things that lead to Rome? : ITERS
45
___ a one : NARY
47
48
Start of Massachusetts' motto : ENSE
51
One making a report : GUN
52
Ancient times, in bygone days : ELD