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New York Times, Saturday, June 29, 2013

Author:
Joe Krozel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Joe Krozel

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 50, Blocks: 48 Missing: {FJQXZ} Grid has super symmetry. Minimum word length: 4 Average word length: 7.08 This is puzzle # 65 for Mr. Krozel. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Joe Krozel notes:

My approach to this 50-word puzzle departed radically from my approach to the 52-word puzzle (see 6/1/2012 notes); The seeds here were three ING fragments which are contained in HEARING DOGS, SHARING A BED and HANGING AROUND. The notion was this: I would have over 2000 choices for each ????ING???? and ????ING?????? — and that sort of flexibility would probably offer multiple fills for one or more quadrant.

So, I loaded my word list with items of those patterns using OneLook and a dictionary of phrasal verbs. It felt like I added thousands to my word list, and it certainly paid off in the end.

Jim Horne notes:

This puzzle breaks the NYT record for the lowest word count. The previous record set in 2005 by Frank Longo used only 38 blocks.

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© 2013, The New York TimesNo. 0629 ( 23,244 )

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Students & seniors
Across
1
Bloke : CHAP
5
Proper partner? : PRIM
9
Expressed out loud : VOICED
11
Big name in folk music : SEEGER
13
Cubs cap display : LETTERC
15
Patroness of Québec : STEANNE
16
Defeat in a jump-rope competition, say : OUTSKIP
17
It's said to be the world's fastest field sport : HURLING
18
More in need of a bath, say : GRIMIER
19
Craigslist and others : ADSITES
20
Make sense : STANDTOREASON
22
Rocker with the 1973 #1 hit "Frankenstein" : EDGARWINTER
23
Spotted horse : PAINT
24
Helpers for the deaf : HEARINGDOGS
30
Loitering : HANGINGAROUND
32
Arrangement of atoms in a crystal structure : LATTICE
33
Accounting department employees : BILLERS
35
Muscle that rotates a part outward : EVERTOR
36
Definitely not a good looker? : EVILEYE
37
"Standing room only" : NOSEATS
38
Wash : DETERGE
39
Some jazz combos : OCTETS
40
Join up for another collaboration : RETEAM
41
Middling : SOSO
42
Georgia and neighbors, once: Abbr. : SSRS
Down
1
French hearts : COEURS
2
Member of an ancient people known for warfare with chariots : HITTITE
3
Pretends to be sore : ACTSMAD
4
Christmas no-no : PEEKING
5
Views through a periscope, say : PEERSAT
6
"It is through Art, and through Art only, that we can ___ our perfection": Oscar Wilde : REALISE
7
Furnace part : IGNITOR
8
Speed Stick brand : MENNEN
9
Certain YouTube posting : VLOG
10
Little orange snacks : DRIEDAPRICOTS
11
Sign over a car : STUDENTDRIVER
12
Rules and ___ : REGS
14
Some E.M.T. personnel : CPRTRAINERS
15
Living like husband and wife : SHARINGABED
21
Unpaid : OWING
24
Really would rather not : HATESTO
25
Menu heading : ENTREES
26
Hurriedly, in scores : AGITATO
27
Sedimentary rocks resembling cemented fish roe : OOLITES
28
Throats : GULLETS
29
Elvis Presley, notably : SNEERER
30
Post-hurricane scenes, e.g. : HAVOCS
31
Fuel line additive : DRYGAS
32
One side of a famous NBC feud : LENO
34
Look : SEEM

Answer summary: 14 unique to this puzzle, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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