New York Times, Monday, January 31, 2011

Author: Andrea Carla Michaels
Editor: Will Shortz
Andrea Carla Michaels
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {QVXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 25 for Ms. Michaels. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Andrea Carla Michaels notes: The genesis of this was to try and have family/food names AUNTJEMIMA/UNCLEBEN but I couldn't come with more. But then I started thinking about food icons across the board...vegetables, cereal, condiments...Though it's ultimately "just a list" I thought the fact that they were all animated, colorful characters from our childhood would make up for lack of a ton of word play.

Sometimes I like to evoke nostalgia or stories for the solver to share. I'm a former standup comic who is part of the storytelling scene here in SF...so I love when solvers share stories that the puzzle has triggered. That's part of the whole constructing/solving experience. I like the idea of the conversation continuing after the solve...or even inspiring others to come up with a follow up puzzle.

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1. David's weapon against Goliath : SLING
6. Nose (out) : EDGE
10. I.R.S. experts, you hope : CPAS
14. Hawaiian veranda : LANAI
15. Proximate : NEAR
16. Came to earth : ALIT
17. Pancake syrup icon : AUNTJEMIMA
19. Dalai ___ : LAMA
20. E.R. V.I.P.'s : MDS
21. Fail to mention : OMIT
22. San Francisco footballer, for short : NINER
23. Baking icon : BETTYCROCKER
26. French composer Claude : DEBUSSY
29. "Stretch" car, in brief : LIMO
30. Abbr. at the end of a list : ETAL
31. Color tones : HUES
32. ___ alai : JAI
35. Frozen vegetable icon : JOLLYGREENGIANT
40. Furthermore ... : AND
41. "Color me impressed!" : OOOH
42. Responds to a dog command : SITS
43. A.A. and A.A.A. : ORGS
44. Amelia ___, title heroine in children's books : BEDELIA
47. Spaghetti-in-a-can icon : CHEFBOYARDEE
51. Labor leader Jimmy who mysteriously disappeared : HOFFA
52. Hairdo for Snooki of "Jersey Shore" : POUF
53. Carrier to Oslo : SAS
56. French "her" : ELLE
57. Breakfast cereal icon : CAPNCRUNCH
60. Have on, as clothes : WEAR
61. Unit of cloth or lightning : BOLT
62. Japanese cartoon style : ANIME
63. Concordes, briefly : SSTS
64. ___-Ball (game with scores up to 100) : SKEE
65. "Eek!" : YIPES
1. Grand ___ (baseball or bridge feat) : SLAM
2. Heap praise on : LAUD
3. Bed-and-breakfasts : INNS
4. "King" Cole's first name : NAT
5. Action figures with dog tags : GIJOES
6. Bad blood : ENMITY
7. Jupiter or Zeus : DEITY
8. Pinup's leg : GAM
9. ___ of Good Feelings : ERA
10. Tricolor cat : CALICO
11. Pirates may make someone walk it : PLANK
12. Old-time evangelist ___ Semple McPherson : AIMEE
13. Ringo on drums : STARR
18. Ones dispatched by 911 calls : EMTS
22. Chinese menu assurance : NOMSG
23. Bronze animal in New York's financial district : BULL
24. Colonel Mustard's game : CLUE
25. Nothing: Fr. : RIEN
26. "It's ___ vu all over again" (Yogiism) : DEJA
27. School on the Thames : ETON
28. Having no need for a comb : BALD
31. "Beavis and Butt-head" laugh : HEH
32. Prison : JAIL
33. Voting no : ANTI
34. "___ long story" : ITSA
36. ___ Linda, Calif. (Nixon's birthplace) : YORBA
37. Kind of dancer at a discotheque : GOGO
38. Pink, as cheeks : ROSY
39. "Ah, yes" : ISEE
43. Things potential homebuyers put in : OFFERS
44. "Jane Eyre" writer : BRONTE
45. No Child Left Behind dept. : EDUC
46. Bear part of, as costs : DEFRAY
47. Scolds, with "out" : CHEWS
48. Targets of golf greens : HOLES
49. D sharp equivalent : EFLAT
50. Beatles' record company : APPLE
53. Use tiny scissors : SNIP
54. Wile E. Coyote's go-to company : ACME
55. "___ Gotta Have it" (Spike Lee film) : SHES
57. "Survivor" network : CBS
58. Thumbs-up response : AOK
59. Prefix with lateral : UNI

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