New York Times, Monday, October 3, 2005

Author: Roy Leban
Editor: Will Shortz
Roy Leban
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {KQZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 11 for Mr. Leban. NYT links: Across Lite

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Roy Leban notes: Don Adams died late on 9/25/2005, a Sunday. I read about it early Monday morning, realized DON ADAMS and GET SMART were the same length, and came up with SHOE PHONE to match the obvious EIGHTY SIX, plus the 15 WOULD YOU BELIEVE to round it out. Since it's hard to predict if Will's going to like a tribute puzzle, I contacted him before I constructed the puzzle. He liked the puzzle, so I finished it and sent it to him shortly after midnight that night. Will edited it immediately and it was fun exchanging back-and-forth emails as he did so. I'm sure that doesn't happen often! He caught that I had used OPRY in addition to OPERAS, so OPRY became AWRY. It ran the following Monday 10/3/2005.
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1. Top : ACME
5. ___ Lingus : AER
8. Sleeping sickness transmitter : TSETSE
14. Film ___ (movie genre) : NOIR
15. Multiplatinum album with the 2002 hit "Ain't It Funny" : JLO
16. Met productions : OPERAS
17. Star of 64-Across : DONADAMS
19. Dancer Ginger : ROGERS
20. 2004 World Series "curse" beaters : REDSOX
21. Exchange blows : SPAR
23. Summer drink : ADE
24. Henry Ford's son : EDSEL
25. Number of 17-Across in 64-Across : EIGHTYSIX
27. Putdown : SLUR
29. Shakespeare's "___ Like It" : ASYOU
30. Explosive : TNT
33. "___, meeny, miney, mo" : EENY
35. Sand : GRIT
38. Catchphrase of 25-Across : WOULDYOUBELIEVE
43. Out of kilter : AWRY
44. "___ Lisa" : MONA
45. Bread with seeds : RYE
46. Paint palette accompanier : BRUSH
50. Artist Bonheur : ROSA
52. Gadget for 25-Across : SHOEPHONE
55. Check for odors : SNIFF
59. ___ Mahal : TAJ
60. Part of an interstate : LANE
61. Quite the party : SOIREE
62. Small garage capacity : ONECAR
64. Campy 1960's hit sitcom : GETSMART
66. Spin : ROTATE
67. "Xanadu" band, for short : ELO
68. "Don't look ___!" : ATME
69. Fellow : MISTER
70. Ex-G.I.'s grp. : VFW
71. Gifts at Honolulu International Airport : LEIS
1. Tennis's Agassi : ANDRE
2. Murmured : COOED
3. Watches, as a store : MINDS
4. Wipes clean : ERASES
5. Comet competitor : AJAX
6. Nightmarish street, in film : ELM
7. Martini & ___ vermouth : ROSSI
8. Hebrew scrolls : TORAHS
9. Like Corvettes and Mustangs : SPORTY
10. Brain scan, for short : EEG
11. Money manager : TREASURER
12. Famed New York restaurateur : SARDI
13. Elizabethan earl : ESSEX
18. Dressed (up) : DOLLED
22. Links org. : PGA
25. Rubik who invented Rubik's Cube : ERNO
26. Bear or Berra : YOGI
28. 180° turn, slangily : UEY
30. Bygone carrier : TWA
31. "This instant!" : NOW
32. Some airplanes : TURBOJETS
34. "Tasty!" : YUM
36. Old-fashioned Christmas trim : IVY
37. Summer shirt : TEE
39. Ancient Greek instrument : LYRE
40. Yawn inducer : BORE
41. British musician Brian : ENO
42. Ropes in : LASSOS
47. Still awake at 1 a.m., say : UPLATE
48. Generous one : SHARER
49. Darlin' : HON
51. 20 Questions category : ANIMAL
52. Tempest : STORM
53. Vietnam's capital : HANOI
54. Israeli desert : NEGEV
56. Angered : IRATE
57. Physicist Enrico : FERMI
58. Honors in style : FETES
61. Pack away : STOW
63. Cool dude, in jazz : CAT
65. Keebler baker, supposedly : ELF

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