New York Times, Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Author: David Benkof
Editor: Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQVWZ} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Benkof. NYT links: Across Lite

David Benkof notes: I "struck" upon the theme of this puzzle when I realized that a bowling theme makes the perfect rebus puzzle. It is rare in real life for someone to have a blank square and fill in a chemical element or a tiny heart or an ampersand. But bowlers fill in little white boxes with a / (SPARE) or an X (STRIKE) all the time.

For some reason, Will scheduled this rebus puzzle on a Wednesday instead of the usual gimmick day (Thursday). So regular solvers weren't expecting to run into a rebus. Of course, trying to think of an actual three-letter word at 1-Down for "Picketing, perhaps" (ONX) probably led a lot of people to realize something unusual was going on.

The grid had to be re-done once. Will liked the theme a lot, but I initially had "X YOURFANCY," which he asked to be changed to "X ONESFANCY."

Because of the unusual nature of the theme, the rebus squares aren't quite symmetrical, and the theme answer lengths range from 3 "letters" to 10 "letters."

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O
2
M
3
E
4
G
5
A
6
T
7
Y
8
P
9
E
10
N
11
A
12
P
13
S
14
N
A
I
L
S
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R
E
E
L
16
O
L
E
O
17
STRIKE
O
N
E
S
18
F
A
N
C
Y
19
T
O
R
A
20
S
A
I
D
S
O
21
T
I
E
U
P
22
T
23
O
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P
S
I
D
E
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S
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C
A
M
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I
R
A
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L
E
I
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F
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P
R
E
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F
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A
33
B
34
A
I
R
35
STRIKE
36
S
N
L
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R
O
T
A
R
Y
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R
O
O
S
39
T
40
S
I
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T
42
T
O
R
M
E
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A
L
L
U
R
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E
45
N
H
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L
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SPARE
R
I
B
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S
E
E
P
I
N
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T
E
A
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K
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A
N
Y
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A
P
O
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P
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A
T
L
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A
R
G
E
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P
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L
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A
T
E
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E
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S
T
E
E
M
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H
U
T
U
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SPARE
N
O
E
X
P
E
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N
64
S
65
E
66
I
N
O
N
67
M
A
M
A
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T
N
O
T
E
69
L
A
N
E
70
E
L
E
M
71
O
D
D
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R
© 2006, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Bulova alternative : OMEGA
6. Hunt and peck, e.g. : TYPE
10. Grabs 40 winks : NAPS
14. Manicurist's expertise : NAILS
15. Film vault holding : REEL
16. Relative of butterine : OLEO
17. Appeal to caprice : STRIKEONESFANCY
19. When tripled, a war movie : TORA
20. Gave the O.K. : SAIDSO
21. Highway headache : TIEUP
22. On the open deck : TOPSIDE
25. Ponzi scheme, e.g. : SCAM
27. You might put some money in it, briefly : IRA
28. Viking Ericson : LEIF
30. Kind of house : PREFAB
34. Military jets' mission : AIRSTRIKE
36. Show that inspired "30 Rock": Abbr. : SNL
37. Roundabout : ROTARY
38. Perch : ROOST
40. Perch : SIT
42. Musical Mel : TORME
43. Draw in : ALLURE
45. Calder Trophy org. : NHL
47. Something usually eaten with sauce : SPARERIB
48. Penetrate slowly : SEEPIN
49. Cedar alternative : TEAK
51. "___ luck?" : ANY
52. Each : APOP
54. Not caught : ATLARGE
56. Pentagonal part of a diamond : PLATE
59. High regard : ESTEEM
61. Native Rwandan : HUTU
62. Go all out for a party, say : SPARENOEXPENSE
66. ___ a secret : INON
67. "Don't Tell ___" ("Cabaret" song) : MAMA
68. Fed. bill : TNOTE
69. Site associated with this puzzle's theme : LANE
70. Kind of sch. : ELEM
71. Comparatively peculiar : ODDER
1. Picketing, perhaps : ONSTRIKE
2. Chinese revolutionary : MAO
3. German "a" : EIN
4. Sharon of "Cagney & Lacey" : GLESS
5. Attack violently : ASSAIL
6. Parts of some car deals : TRADEINS
7. Aches (for) : YENS
8. Zane Grey's "West of the ___" : PECOS
9. Ron who played Tarzan : ELY
10. "Hurry!" : NOTIMETOSPARE
11. Soothing plant : ALOE
12. Indiana town where Cole Porter was born : PERU
13. Halloween prankster's aid : SOAP
18. Bona ___ : FIDES
21. The Sun, The Moon or The Emperor : TAROT
22. Popes' headgear : TIARAS
23. National rival : ORIOLE
24. Conditional release : PAROLE
26. E.M.T. specialty : CPR
29. Longtime Buick plant site : FLINT
31. ___, Straus and Giroux : FARRAR
32. Turning plowshares into swords? : ARMING
33. "Ta-ta!" : BYEBYE
35. Begins to play : STRIKESUPATUNE
39. Claptrap : TRIPE
41. 1980's TV show with a stenciled logo : THEATEAM
44. Musician Brian : ENO
46. Glove material : LATEX
50. Compulsive lifter : KLEPTO
53. Kind of colony : PENAL
55. Alter : AMEND
56. TV's Dr. ___ : PHIL
57. Roman moon goddess : LUNA
58. Gobs : ATON
60. Not all : SOME
62. "Enough already!" : SPAREME
63. Wink's partner : NOD
64. Canonized mlle. : STE
65. Suffix with auction : EER

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