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New York Times, Monday, August 15, 2011

Nothing ... or a hint to what's hidden in 20-, 35- and 52-Across

Author:
Stan Newman
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Stanley Newman

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 36 Missing: {HJQVXY} This is puzzle # 17 for Mr. Newman.
Jim Horne notes:

In this zero-based puzzle, OOO is in the top right, and ZIP is opposite. The most frequent letter in the grid is O. There are 24 of them.

1
S
2
C
3
O
4
O
5
P
6
C
7
R
8
A
9
B
10
A
11
L
12
S
13
O
14
C
O
N
G
A
15
R
O
P
E
16
C
I
A
O
17
R
O
A
R
S
18
A
L
E
C
19
A
M
M
O
20
A
P
P
E
T
21
I
Z
E
R
O
22
R
D
E
R
23
P
E
A
24
O
N
E
25
T
O
O
26
R
A
27
P
28
E
R
R
29
O
R
S
30
B
U
L
B
31
I
I
I
32
S
A
U
33
C
E
R
34
A
C
M
E
35
B
36
I
L
L
M
A
Z
E
37
R
38
O
S
K
I
39
C
O
M
O
40
L
O
S
E
R
S
41
S
T
P
42
A
43
W
L
S
44
F
A
N
45
N
46
E
47
D
48
I
S
O
49
O
A
S
50
L
E
T
51
A
L
I
52
W
U
53
R
L
I
T
54
Z
E
R
O
55
R
G
A
N
56
Z
A
N
E
57
T
I
E
D
58
R
E
S
I
N
59
I
N
D
O
60
O
M
N
I
61
I
N
A
N
E
62
P
A
S
S
63
N
E
O
N
64
O
T
T
E
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© 2011, The New York Times8/15/11 ( No. 22,560 )
Across
1
Ice cream utensil : SCOOP
6
Sea creature that moves sideways : CRAB
10
"But wait! There's more ..." : ALSO
14
Cuban "line" dance : CONGA
15
Lasso : ROPE
16
Italian "bye" : CIAO
17
Crowd sounds : ROARS
18
Baldwin of "30 Rock" : ALEC
19
Bullets : AMMO
20
Buffalo wings or bruschetta, e.g. : APPETIZERORDER
23
Kid's "shooter" projectile : PEA
24
Formula ___ racing : ONE
25
Overly : TOO
26
Kanye West's genre : RAP
28
"E" on a baseball scoreboard : ERRORS
30
Sylvania product : BULB
31
Rightmost number on a grandfather clock : III
32
Dish under a teacup : SAUCER
34
High point : ACME
35
Pittsburgh Pirates hero of the 1960 World Series : BILLMAZEROSKI
39
Perry with the 1956 #1 hit "Hot Diggity" : COMO
40
Winners' opposites : LOSERS
41
Auto additive brand : STP
42
Hole-punching tools : AWLS
44
Swung and missed : FANNED
48
Equal: Prefix : ISO
49
W. Hemisphere alliance : OAS
50
Allow : LET
51
"___ Baba and the 40 Thieves" : ALI
52
Music source on many an old fairground : WURLITZERORGAN
56
Western writer Grey : ZANE
57
Heading into overtime : TIED
58
Source of amber : RESIN
59
___-European languages : INDO
60
Prefix with potent or present : OMNI
61
Ridiculous : INANE
62
"No bid" : PASS
63
Noble gas : NEON
64
Weasel family member : OTTER
Down
1
Predicament : SCRAPE
2
"The Last of the Mohicans" author : COOPER
3
Commensurate (with) : ONAPAR
4
Shrek, for one : OGRE
5
Rustic : PASTORAL
6
Hula hoops in the 1950s, e.g. : CRAZE
7
Part to play : ROLE
8
Camera openings : APERTURES
9
"Take a chill pill!" : BECOOL
10
Military sch. : ACAD
11
Verse often beginning "There once was a ..." : LIMERICK
12
"Spider-Man" series director : SAMRAIMI
13
Tic-tac-toe victory : OOO
21
All together : INSUM
22
Burgle : ROB
27
Baked dessert : PIE
29
Norway's capital : OSLO
30
Jeff who founded Amazon.com : BEZOS
33
Gives teams a short break : CALLSTIME
34
Professional org. : ASSN
35
Neighbor of South Africa : BOTSWANA
36
Seizes, as a car : IMPOUNDS
37
Direct elsewhere : REFER
38
Handel's "Messiah," e.g. : ORATORIO
39
CBS forensic series : CSI
42
Time Warner spinoff of '09 : AOL
43
Serve attentively : WAITON
45
Pesters : NAGSAT
46
Jerry's ex on "Seinfeld" : ELAINE
47
Supper : DINNER
50
Ushered : LEDIN
53
Old-fashioned Speed Wagons : REOS
54
Greek philosopher known for paradoxes : ZENO
55
Landlord's due : RENT
56
Nothing ... or a hint to what's hidden in 20-, 35- and 52-Across : ZIP

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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