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New York Times, Friday, June 28, 2019

Mental eccentricity ... as suggested visually by some of this grid's black squares

Author:
Bruce Haight and David Steinberg
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 31 Missing: {QZ} Spans: 2 Grid is asymmetric. This is puzzle # 49 for Mr. Haight. This is puzzle # 94 for Mr. Steinberg.
Constructor notes:
BRUCE: I submitted a BATS puzzle to Will back in about 2015. He liked the grid art, but I couldn't come up with two solid 15 letter ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
We add to Bruce's tally of grid art — specifically his grid art involving rare, diagonal symmetry. Scan through his full listing; see ... read more
Jim Horne notes:
Is this grid asymmetric? We've had this exact controversy before in a previous Bruce Haight puzzle. The squares that make the bats ... read more
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© 2019, The New York Times6/28/19 ( No. 25,434 )
Across
1
The "one" in "the old one-two," maybe : LEFTJAB
8
Chivalrous offer : ALLOWME
15
"You bet!" : ISUREDO
16
Eyes, slangily : PEEPERS
17
Become independent ... as suggested visually by some of this grid's black squares : SPREADONESWINGS
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It's a wrap : SARAN
20
Cereal with a Berry Berry variety : KIX
21
Being, to Sartre : ETRE
22
Taking action : ONIT
23
Gulf currency : DINAR
25
Joint : PEN
26
Comical Howard : MOE
27
Tourist center handout : AREAMAP
29
Fun and games, informally : REC
30
Lord of Rivendell in "The Lord of the Rings" : ELROND
32
Summer cooler : SNOCONE
34
Salon offering : PERM
36
Any of 13 popes : LEO
37
Suits, briefs, etc. : MENSWEAR
41
Home of Theseus : ATTICA
45
Q&A on Reddit : AMA
46
Body parts that become other body parts if you change the second letter to an A : WRISTS
48
___ Juan : SAN
49
Way off, say : RAMP
51
Summer cooler : ICEE
52
Wheels of fortune? : LIMO
53
Slammin' Sammy : SNEAD
55
Series of ages : EON
56
Like much data : MINED
57
Mental eccentricity ... as suggested visually by some of this grid's black squares : BATSINTHEBELFRY
60
Briskly, to equestrians : ATATROT
61
Something a short driver might need? : CARLOAN
62
Meet at the river, perhaps : REGATTA
63
Unfavorable : ADVERSE
Down
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Like a ballet dancer : LISSOME
2
Language akin to portugués : ESPANOL
3
Hide seeker : FURRIER
4
Doctor : TREAT
5
___ jacket : JEAN
6
Opposite of drop : ADD
7
Line setter : BOOKIE
8
Things you can get credit for : APEXAMS
9
French article : LES
10
Wallace who wrote "Ben-Hur" : LEW
11
Relative of Aunt Bee : OPIE
12
Started making money as an athlete : WENTPRO
13
Suspect in Clue : MRGREEN
14
Soul : ESSENCE
18
Actress Dobrev of "The Vampire Diaries" : NINA
23
Physician on TV's "Celebrity Rehab" : DRDREW
24
Didn't end as scheduled : RANLATE
27
Over : ANEW
28
___ Corner, section of Westminster Abbey : POETS
31
Black ___ : OPS
33
Place for a retired soldier? : COT
35
Ohio town that was the first permanent settlement in the state (1788) : MARIETTA
37
Chocolaty nougat-and-caramel product : MARSBAR
38
Give off : EMANATE
39
Face-saving aid at a reunion : NAMETAG
40
Canon competitor : RICOH
42
Will have to face : ISINFOR
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Features of smartphones : CAMERAS
44
Blandly agreeable : ANODYNE
47
___ Falls Convention (early women's rights gathering) : SENECA
50
Some bow ties : PASTA
52
French city near the Belgian border : LILLE
54
Skinny : DIRT
56
First name in game shows : MERV
58
With 59-Down, so-so : NOT
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See 58-Down : BAD

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

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