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New York Times, Saturday, September 21, 2013

1980s Olympic star with the autobiography "Breaking the Surface"

Author:
Tim Croce
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Tim Croce

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 58, Blocks: 32 Missing: {JQXYZ} Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry. Average word length: 6.66 This is puzzle # 25 for Mr. Croce. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Tim Croce notes:
So how did I do it? Well, I started with some graph paper, several mechanical pencils, a LOT of erasers, and a caffeine IV... ...just ... read more
Will Shortz notes:
With just 58 words, this grid design is an eye-opener. My favorite entries in it are 6A, 38A, 14D, 20D, 23D, 29D, and 34D. I didn't ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
In addition to the usual criteria for judging a themeless crossword (lively entries, lack of crosswordese/partials/abbrs., fun ... read more
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© 2013, The New York Times9/21/13 ( No. 23,328 )
Across
1
They aren't straight : LIARS
6
"Aarrghh!" : BLASTIT
13
Shove off : UNDOCK
15
Lures : COMEONS
16
"Oo la la!" jeans, informally : SASSONS
18
Preceder of John Sebastian at Woodstock : SANTANA
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Scott Joplin's "The Entertainer" and others : TWOSTEPS
21
Chain : FETTER
22
Heralds : FORETELLS
24
Produces lush sounds? : SLURS
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Heavily populated areas, informally : URBS
26
They adhere to brains : PIAMATERS
28
Temple inits. : LDS
29
Lieutenant colonel's charge : BATTALION
30
Students with outstanding character? : LETTERMEN
31
See 48-Across : CONCERTOS
32
Its arms are not solid : SEA
35
Difficult journey : TOUGHROAD
36
Gifted trio? : MAGI
37
Follow the party line? : CONGA
38
Round trip for one? : SOLOHOMER
40
Direction givers, often : LOCALS
42
Superexcited : FEVERISH
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Delicate needlepoint lace : ALENCON
45
Is so inclined : CARESTO
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Do some work between parties : MEDIATE
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Brings in for more tests, say : RESEES
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Fast parts of 31-Across : PRESTOS
49
Meteorological probe : SONDE
Down
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Like wolves vis-à-vis foxes : LUSTFUL
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Not at length : INAWORD
3
Takes up onto the surface : ADSORBS
4
Susan's family on "Seinfeld" : ROSSES
5
The Father of the Historical Novel : SCOTT
6
Group of football games played at the beginning of Jan. : BCS
7
Dog it : LOAF
8
Pardons : AMNESTIES
9
Choose in the end : SETTLEON
10
Flawlessly : TOATURN
11
Areas next to bull's-eyes : INNERS
12
Strongmen of old : TSARS
14
Remedy for a bad leg : KNEEPATCH
17
Fastballs that drop sharply near the plate : SPLITTERS
20
Durable cover : SLATEROOF
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Wise sort : SMARTALEC
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2002 Best Original Screenplay Oscar winner for "Talk to Her" : ALMODOVAR
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Spotted hybrid house pet : BENGALCAT
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1980s Olympic star with the autobiography "Breaking the Surface" : LOUGANIS
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Grant : CONCEDE
32
Geisha's instrument : SAMISEN
33
Expelled : EGESTED
34
Pressure gauge connection : AIRHOSE
35
Mechanic, say : TOOLER
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Beyond that : MORESO
37
Shop keeper? : CLAMP
39
"___ Lucy" (old sitcom) : HERES
41
Florida's De ___ National Monument : SOTO
44
Wii ancestor, briefly : NES

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 7 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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