New York Times, Monday, November 28, 2011

Author: Andrea Carla Michaels
Editor: Will Shortz
Andrea Carla Michaels
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 74, Blocks: 38 Missing: {KQXZ} This is puzzle # 31 for Ms. Michaels. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Andrea Carla Michaels notes: UGLYBETTY seemed to scream for a puzzle to be made out of the title. PRETTYBOYFLOYD was the second, natural balance thematically but totally different lengths, and the difficult to work with 14 letters. Once I came up with GORGEOUSGEORGE 14 to match I was good to go, as UGLYBETTY at the odd number 9 could go across.

But it seemed a bit light. The challenge rather than scrapping the puzzle was to come up with a fourth, 9 letters, preferably another woman, so it was two men, two women...but it had to be on the spectrum of UGLY, PRETTY, GORGEOUS. The adjective also ad to come first, so PLAINJANE was a godsend.

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Across Down
1. Move like water : FLOW
5. Apple computer : IMAC
9. Attacked, as a challenge : HADAT
14. "What ___ do to deserve this?" : DIDI
15. ___ Lee cakes : SARA
16. Fatter than fat : OBESE
17. "Famous" cookie name : AMOS
18. Put ___ act : ONAN
19. Piece of microfilm : FICHE
20. Notorious 1920s-'30s bank robber : PRETTYBOYFLOYD
23. Sticky stuff : GOO
24. Terse note from the boss : SEEME
25. Walk clumsily : GALUMPH
29. Prepared to give a "Jeopardy!" response : RANGIN
33. America Ferrera's Emmy-winning role : UGLYBETTY
36. Brain surgeon's prefix : NEURO
37. Big Band ___ (1930s-'40s) : ERA
38. Almost straight up and down, as a cliff : STEEP
40. Fugitive's flight : LAM
41. Big rigs : SEMIS
44. Hardly a beauty queen : PLAINJANE
47. Naval workers : SEAMEN
49. ___ fizz (cocktail) : SLOEGIN
50. Fast train to New York City : ACELA
53. The Beatles' "___ Loves You" : SHE
54. 1940s-'50s wrestler with golden locks : GORGEOUSGEORGE
60. Shun : AVOID
61. Much-kicked body part : SHIN
62. Middle of the eye : IRIS
64. Attend homecoming, say : REUNE
65. Bell sound : TONE
66. Crime solver Wolfe of fiction : NERO
67. Lhasa apso or Labrador : BREED
68. Sophomore or junior : YEAR
69. Dancer Verdon : GWEN
1. Rx watchdog org. : FDA
2. Like Dalí's watches : LIMP
3. Fragrance : ODOR
4. Smart aleck : WISEGUY
5. Springfield's minor-league team on "The Simpsons" : ISOTOPES
6. Lots of : MANY
7. Bedouins, e.g. : ARABS
8. Birchbark boat : CANOE
9. Dustin of "Rain Man" : HOFFMAN
10. Kansas town on the Chisholm Trail : ABILENE
11. Art ___ : DECO
12. Like fireplace grates : ASHY
13. Nettled, with "off" : TEED
21. ___ of the Unknowns : TOMB
22. "Aw, quit ___ bellyachin'!" : YER
25. Twenty questions attempt : GUESS
26. Shake on it : AGREE
27. Andes animal : LLAMA
28. URL starter : HTTP
30. Solzhenitsyn's "The ___ Archipelago" : GULAG
31. Tehran native : IRANI
32. All-female group's policy : NOMEN
34. Business card abbr. : TEL
35. Approving votes : YEAS
39. Light-colored beer or the glass it comes in : PILSENER
42. John Lennon song with the refrain "You may say I'm a dreamer ..." : IMAGINE
43. Left the Union : SECEDED
45. N.Y.C. area near the Village : NOHO
46. Making catcalls : JEERING
48. Recent: Prefix : NEO
51. Hot-blooded : LUSTY
52. "... old woman who lived in ___" : ASHOE
54. Apparel : GARB
55. Above : OVER
56. Don Juan type : ROUE
57. Actress Lollobrigida : GINA
58. Got longer, like Pinocchio's nose : GREW
59. The Emerald Isle : EIRE
63. Charlie Sheen, to Martin : SON

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