New York Times, Friday, November 16, 2012

Author: Victor Fleming
Editor: Will Shortz
Victor Fleming
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 72, Blocks: 27 Missing: {JKQXZ} Spans: 4 This is puzzle # 34 for Mr. Fleming. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Victor Fleming notes: This was my second Times crossword with legal phrases as the theme. The first was a 9/13/2007 collaboration with Joe Krozel, in which he made a grid with seven 15-letter legal phrases! In my March 23, 2011, transmittal letter, I wrote, "Here's a puzzle you might like for a Friday. The grid is similar to puzzle 8 at the ACPT. It looks themeless and is pretty much clued as though it were. Yet, there's a theme."

If you've read my earlier notes, you'll know that for a time I obsessed over whether and to what extent my theme clues were edited. I don't even check this anymore. Factors that affect clue editing include time lapse between receipt and publication, what's in the previous and subsequent puzzle, and the editor's sense of the audience. But since I've pulled the manuscript ... Two of my four theme clues were retained verbatim! And, while over half of my other clues were changed, Will definitely improved the puzzle's overall merit with his editing!

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1. Spans usually starting in the fall : TVSEASONS
10. Marilyn of R&B : MCCOO
15. Turn in : HITTHEHAY
16. Lei Day "hey" : ALOHA
17. Cause for acquittal : REASONABLEDOUBT
19. Beard of botany : AWN
20. "___ & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood" (reality series) : TORI
21. Prefix with chemical : PETRO
22. Buckos : LADS
24. Scratches : RASPS
26. Millions of addresses start with it : HTTP
28. Exams for students potentially most interested in this puzzle's theme, in brief : LSATS
30. Rx order : SCRIP
32. Yellowfin, on a menu : AHI
33. Wanted to undo : RUED
35. Dancer enslaved by Jabba the Hutt : OOLA
36. Contracted muscle? : PEC
37. Worked for a 40-Across : CADDIED
40. Paid driver? : GOLFPRO
42. Brazilian calendar span : ANO
43. Go through channels? : SAIL
45. The Imbaba Bridge spans it : NILE
46. Cause of a bank fee, briefly : NSF
47. Big-headed major-league mascot : MRMET
49. Far out : NEATO
52. Local govt. units : TWPS
54. Set for biking : GEARS
56. Means of enforcing compliance : WRIT
57. Versifier's inspiration : ERATO
59. Prefix with god : DEMI
61. One to emulate in an Aesop fable : ANT
62. Show some photos, perhaps : PROVIDEEVIDENCE
65. Many ___ (quite some while) : AMOON
66. Ride in a joyride, often : STOLENCAR
67. Prepare, as some beans : REFRY
68. Cows : THREATENS
1. One held in bondage : THRALL
2. Consider : VIEWAS
3. Something applied to a suit : STANDARDOFPROOF
4. Subjects of an as-yet-fruitless search, briefly : ETS
5. On ___ streak : AHOT
6. Caballero : SENOR
7. Family in a Margaret Mitchell best seller : OHARAS
8. Company with a triangular logo : NABISCO
9. One of four in mythology?: Abbr. : SYL
10. Arrived in time for : MADE
11. Yard sale? : CLOTH
12. Date with a judge? : COURTAPPEARANCE
13. "Such a headache!" : OHBOTHER
14. Nosebag nibble : OAT
18. Fifth star in a constellation : EPSILON
23. Formalwear accessory : STUD
25. ___ rock (music genre) : PROG
27. ___ Rivera (Los Angeles suburb) : PICO
29. Earth-shaking event : SEISM
31. "Maverick" runner of 2008 : PALIN
34. "Heavens!" : DEARGOD
37. Slope : CANT
38. Grilling demand : ANSWERME
39. Stopping point? : DIME
41. Raced : FLEW
44. "He ___ Me" (old hymn) : LEADETH
48. Actor Morgan of "The Sixth Sense" : TREVOR
50. Grocery container : TINCAN
51. Fun-loving fishers : OTTERS
53. Not gobble, say : SAVOR
55. Prepare to be snapped : SMILE
58. Elfin : TINY
60. A good one is often carried out : IDEA
62. 40-Across's concern : PAR
63. Fig. followed by "or so" : EST
64. One who might write an Rx for drops : ENT

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