New York Times, Thursday, October 15, 2009

Author: Victor Fleming
Editor: Will Shortz
Victor Fleming
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 74, Blocks: 33 Missing: {FJQVZ} This is puzzle # 21 for Mr. Fleming. NYT links: Across Lite

Victor Fleming notes: Hawaii's 50th birthday as a state was Fri., Aug. 21, 2009. Six months before that, I submitted this puzzle and thought it had been accepted for that day. That day, however, featured a Patrick Berry themeless. When my puzzle ran eight weeks later, the bloggers had a field day. Rex Parker had not "disliked a puzzle this much in a loooong time, ... A bunch of random !@#@ about HAWAII. How Does This Qualify As A Valid Theme???," he asked. "Ugh."

The Crossword Fiend wrote, "I wonder if Vic hoped for this puzzle to run around August 21, the 50th anniversary of Hawaii's statehood. There doesn't seem to be any particular rhyme or reason for running this theme now, but two months ago? Perfect." And a commenter at the Wordplay Blog remarked that "I thought this puzzle might have been timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Hawaii's statehood, but the actual date was Aug. 21. I wonder if this was originally intended to run on or near that date."

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© 2009, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Crunched numbers : DATA
5. The Jets' retired #12 : NAMATH
11. No. cruncher : CPA
14. Spew : EMIT
15. "Aladdin" setting : ARABIA
16. Post-shot syllable? : HIC
17. Entertainer born 12/1/45 in 25-Across : BETTEMIDLER
19. Book after Galatians: Abbr. : EPH
20. Union site : ALTAR
21. Earliest pope to receive the title "the Great" : LEOI
22. ___-à-porter : PRET
23. "High ___," 1941 film : SIERRA
25. Capital whose name means "sheltered bay" : HONOLULU
27. Hammer site : EAR
28. Something to prep for : EXAM
30. Rustic digs : CABIN
31. In a suitable way : APTLY
33. Like most customers : PAYING
34. With 36-Across, only official residence of a reigning monarch now in the United States : IOLANI
36. See 34-Across : PALACE
37. Actress Locke of "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter" : SONDRA
38. Actor Robert of "The 39 Steps" : DONAT
39. Every seven days : AWEEK
40. With 37-Down, seven-time Wimbledon champ : PETE
41. Common pollutant : ASH
44. Measured base to peak, the world's tallest mountain : MAUNAKEA
46. Los Angeles fossil site : LABREA
49. Some hallucinogens, for short : PCPS
50. Daughter of Cronus : HERA
52. One talking in a forest, maybe : MACAW
53. Potential swimsuit embarrassment : RIP
54. Politician born 8/4/61 in 25-Across : BARACKOBAMA
56. Eroded, with "away" : ATE
57. Comparable with : AKINTO
58. "... ___ saw Elba" : EREI
59. Barrett of the original Pink Floyd : SYD
60. Went out, in a card game : GINNED
61. Lombardy town : LODI
1. Cheapen : DEBASE
2. English princess after whom a Virginia county is named : AMELIA
3. Nervous laugh : TITTER
4. It may smell like a rose : ATTAR
5. "China Beach" setting : NAM
6. Relative of a husk : ARIL
7. Seized the opportunity : MADEHAY
8. More than budding : ABLOOM
9. Marketing device : TIEIN
10. Guffaw syllable : HAR
11. Innocent-looking : CHERUBIC
12. Oil conduit : PIPELINE
13. German warning : ACHTUNG
18. Drop a pop-up, say : ERR
22. Dabble in : PLAYAT
24. Hartford-based Fortune 500 company : AETNA
26. Seat of Marion County, Fla. : OCALA
29. Year Caligula was assassinated : XLI
31. Priscilla and John : ALDENS
32. Cold comfort? : PARKA
33. Talk show group : PANEL
34. It's west of Davenport : IOWACITY
35. Outdid : ONEUPPED
36. Ante destination : POT
37. See 40-Across : SAMPRAS
38. Start of a letter to Landers : DEARANN
40. Look through a window, maybe : PEERIN
41. Five-time Kentucky Derby winner : ARCARO
42. Like pant legs : SEAMED
43. Theme of this puzzle : HAWAII
45. Uniform fabric : KHAKI
47. Te ___ : AMO
48. Early tower locale : BABEL
51. Opéra division : ACTE
54. Do a marketing job : BAG
55. Down for the count : KOD

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