New York Times, Monday, November 2, 2009

Author: Andrea Carla Michaels and Kent Clayton
Editor: Will Shortz
Andrea Carla Michaels
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JW} This is puzzle # 18 for Ms. Michaels. This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Clayton. NYT links: Across Lite

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ANDREA:

This collaboration with Kent Clayton came about in a funny way. I had made a puzzle with SANTACLAUS 10, EASTERBUNNY 11, TOOTHFAIRY 10 with the reveal MYTHBUSTERS 11 a popular TV show for kids. I asked my across the hall neighbor if he was familiar with MYTHBUSTERS and would get the connection between these imaginary characters. He said, "Why not BELIEVEITORNOT?" which was 14 letters, always an awkward number to work with and didn't have a matching pair... but SO MUCH BETTER than what I had. So we changed EASTERBUNNY to THEEASTERBUNNY 14, et voila! A few folks carped that we used THE with EASTERBUNNY but not with TOOTHFAIRY, but I cared NOT!

As I had to start the puzzle from scratch, I offered to share credit with Kent and taught him how to make a puzzle with the rewrite. This then inspired him to want to do another, from scratch, which later became our Tues 12/7/2010 FOOTBALLMATCHUP puzzle a year later. A good collaborator can come from anywhere!

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© 2009, The New York Times
Across Down
1. U.S. disaster relief org. : FEMA
5. Crackle and Pop's companion : SNAP
9. "___ la vista, baby!" : HASTA
14. Lumberjacking tools : AXES
15. Gondolier's need : POLE
16. Thespian : ACTOR
17. Jeopardy : RISK
18. Step after "write" : EDIT
19. Baseball catcher's position : SQUAT
20. Spring egg distributor : THEEASTERBUNNY
23. Cartoonist Browne : DIK
24. Verdi aria "___ tu" : ERI
25. Gasoline additive : STP
28. Wad of gum : GOB
30. Jetsam's partner : FLOTSAM
34. One who leaves money under a pillow : TOOTHFAIRY
37. Fork part : TINE
38. Cove : INLET
39. "Yoo-___!" : HOO
40. Beauty parlor : SALON
41. Greenish-blue : CYAN
42. Head of a major toy outfit : SANTACLAUS
44. Largest city in Pakistan : KARACHI
46. "Big Love" airer : HBO
47. Depot: Abbr. : STA
48. Greek letter X : CHI
49. Kind of date for an expectant mother : DUE
51. Ripley catchphrase that's apropos to 20-, 34- and 42-Across : BELIEVEITORNOT
59. "Keep your ___ the prize" : EYEON
60. E-mail woe : SPAM
61. Band's schedule : TOUR
63. Disagree (with) : ARGUE
64. Heavy book : TOME
65. Poet Pound : EZRA
66. Sloppy : MESSY
67. Adam and Eve's first residence : EDEN
68. Landlord's check : RENT
1. Distant : FAR
2. Lighted sign above a door : EXIT
3. Net : MESH
4. Posed, as questions : ASKED
5. Mention : SPEAKOF
6. Agrees nonverbally : NODS
7. Disembarked : ALIT
8. ___ Best of the pre-Ringo Beatles : PETE
9. Owner of Scrabble : HASBRO
10. Result of a "not guilty" verdict : ACQUITTAL
11. Gobsmack : STUN
12. Means ___ end : TOAN
13. Pretentious : ARTY
21. Start of prime time, generally : EIGHT
22. Depend (on) : RELY
25. Adhere : STICK
26. Skater Harding : TONYA
27. From the extreme north and south of the earth : POLAR
29. Persian-founded faith : BAHAI
30. Possible sign of rabies : FROTH
31. George Eliot's "___ Marner" : SILAS
32. Provide ___ (allow to escape) : ANOUT
33. Group for geniuses : MENSA
35. Stubborn : TENACIOUS
36. Charged particle : ION
40. Search high and low : SCOUR
42. Prison weapon : SHIV
43. What situps tighten up : ABDOMEN
45. Biden's predecessor as vice president : CHENEY
50. Write in : ENTER
51. Smile from ear to ear : BEAM
52. Rochester's beloved governess : EYRE
53. Pants parts : LEGS
54. Villa d'___ : ESTE
55. Apple MP3 player : IPOD
56. Domesticated : TAME
57. Seep : OOZE
58. Chance to play in a game : TURN
62. Mafioso informer : RAT

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