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New York Times, Saturday, August 7, 2010

Author:
Joe Krozel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Joe Krozel

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 62, Blocks: 18 Missing: {FJQZ} Spans: 8, (4 double stacks) Grid has diagonal symmetry. Average word length: 6.68 This is puzzle # 38 for Mr. Krozel. NYT links: Across Lite
Jim Horne notes:

This grid, with only 18 blocks, tied the most famous record in crosswords. Wordplay has constructor notes where Joe Krozel outlines some of his strategy. Note the unusual diagonal symmetry. Mr. Krozel broke this record on July 27, 2012.

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© 2010, The New York TimesNo. 0807 ( 22,187 )

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Students & seniors
Across
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Seeks : ASPIRES
8
Throttle: Var. : GAROTTE
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Some literati : CULTUREVULTURES
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Unlikely to be pressed : CREASERESISTANT
18
The Sakmara feeds it : URAL
19
Clipper supporters : MASTS
20
Singer with the 4x platinum album "Watermark" : ENYA
21
Help-wanted indication : SOS
22
Knowing what's what about : HIPTO
23
Big name in Top 40 countdowns : KASEM
24
Contemporaries : AGEMATES
26
GIF or JPEG alternative : BITMAP
27
Longtime "Column One" printer, briefly : LATIMES
28
Port alternative : MADEIRA
29
Proverbial certainty : TAXES
30
Some kitchen waste : PARINGS
31
Bit of biblical "writing on the wall" : TEKEL
32
Eggheaded experts : WONKS
33
Old autodom's Model M or Model T-6 : REO
35
Columnist and graphic novelist Jonathan : AMES
36
They're often screened : CALLS
37
Jazz flutist Herbie : MANN
38
Uncomfortably tight wrapper? : BOA
39
___ column (concrete-filled steel cylinder) : LALLY
40
Lacking luster : MATTE
41
"This one's incredible!" : ITSALULU
43
More lean and muscular : WIRIER
44
Aid in understanding some old pictures : THEROSETTASTONE
46
Court no-no : HEARSAYEVIDENCE
47
It may offer a variety of oils : ARTSALE
48
Former "20/20" co-anchor John : STOSSEL
Down
1
Charge : ACCUSAL
2
One making a special delivery? : SURROGATEMOTHER
3
Host's invitation : PLEASETAKEASEAT
4
Leaning, in a way: Abbr. : ITAL
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Bulg. relative : RUS
6
Many ascetics : EREMITES
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Ranchero dressing? : SERAPES
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Vivacity : GUSTO
9
Noted ring family : ALIS
10
Football linemen: Abbr. : RTS
11
Shown up at a restaurant? : OUTEATEN
12
Souls' post-death passages : TRANSMIGRATIONS
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It's better than life : TENYEARSENTENCE
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Imprint: Sp. : ESTAMPA
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Occasional bullet stoppers : VESTS
22
Five-time "Hill Street Blues" Emmy nominee : HAMEL
23
"But the ___ not my son" ("Billie Jean" lyric) : KIDIS
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Is sociable, in a way : MIXES
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Potential burglary deterrents : BARKS
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Oozing testosterone : MANLY
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Dirty : POLLUTE
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"Bewitched" spinoff : TABITHA
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Pikeperch : WALLEYE
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Length of some shorts : ONEREEL
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Leading to something : CAUSAL
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Tuesday in Tijuana : MARTES
39
Novelist Mario Vargas ___ : LLOSA
40
Muff : MISDO
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Musical settings: Abbr. : ARRS
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Emergency room concern : WAIT
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Some surfers' needs : TVS

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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