New York Times, Wednesday, December 1, 2004

Author: Roy Leban
Editor: Will Shortz
Roy Leban
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 42 Missing: {QWZ} This is puzzle # 9 for Mr. Leban. NYT links: Across Lite

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Roy Leban notes: This inspiration for this puzzle was noticing that KRYPTON ISOTOPE and MAN AND SUPERMAN were the same length. I know, I know. How does one happen to notice such things? Honestly, I have no idea, but I'd seen MAN AND SUPERMAN on Broadway (amazing play, but rather long) and had been on my theme inspiration list — I thought it would be fun to put it in a puzzle related to Superman. Once I had those two entries, it wasn't hard to find the other two. There's no revealing comment on the clue for MAN AND SUPERMAN because I wanted people to find CLARK KENT hiding in plain sight.

Notice the theme word alternates between the beginning and ends of the theme entries. None of the theme words are used with their "proper" meanings in the theme entries — e.g., CLARK is used as a last name, not a first name. Also, it was important for me to not use a person's name for the KENT entry since I was using one for the CLARK entry and didn't want two of the four theme entries to be similar in a second way. If that was the case, somebody who got those two theme entries first might be mislead to think that all four theme entries were going to be people's names.

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© 2004, The New York Times
Across Down
1. À la mode : CHIC
5. Street machine : PAVER
10. Old late-night host : PAAR
14. Subject for a censor : OATH
15. In play : ALIVE
16. Not playing : IDLE
17. Comic Rudner : RITA
18. Mathematician Kurt : GODEL
19. Make invalid : VOID
20. The length of a meter is based precisely on the amount of light emitted from this : KRYPTONISOTOPE
23. Mother ___ : LODE
24. Envelope abbr. : ATTN
25. Breakfast bowlful : FARINA
28. The second Mrs. Trump : MARLA
31. Coeur d'___, Idaho : ALENE
32. "The eternal teenager" : DICKCLARK
36. Maui memento : LEI
37. H. H. ___ (Saki's real name) : MUNRO
38. "Norma ___" : RAE
39. The Golden Flashes, in college sports : KENTSTATE
42. Ben's partner : JERRY
44. MapQuest info : ROADS
45. Stylists' solutions : RINSES
46. Floored it : SPED
48. Card balance : DEBT
49. 1903 Shaw play : MANANDSUPERMAN
56. Supercaffeinated cola : JOLT
57. Stand out : EXCEL
58. First name in 52-Down : ELLA
59. Dairy aisle purchase : OLEO
60. Calf catcher : RIATA
61. Some Ivy Leaguers : ELIS
62. Prince's school : ETON
63. Airheaded : DITSY
64. Adam's third : SETH
1. Stop : CORK
2. Rogaine user's desire : HAIR
3. ___-bitty : ITTY
4. Dictator player of 1940 : CHAPLIN
5. Multiroofed structure : PAGODA
6. Stag : ALONE
7. Middle of Caesar's boast : VIDI
8. Times to party : EVES
9. Move, in Realtor-speak : RELO
10. Of vital importance : PIVOTAL
11. Take as one's own : ADOPT
12. Unfamiliar : ALIEN
13. Some election map shading : RED
21. Audiophile's concern : TONE
22. Baby powder mineral : TALC
25. Colombo portrayer : FALK
26. Away from the wind : ALEE
27. Jockey's strap : REIN
28. Diner freebies : MINTS
29. Farm unit : ACRE
30. "Citizen Kane" studio : RKO
32. Group of two : DUAD
33. Airport postings: Abbr. : ARRS
34. Coin classification : RARE
35. A and E, but not I, O or U : KEYS
37. N.Y.C. subway overseer : MTA
40. Capital on the Delaware : TRENTON
41. Drink with a straw : SODA
42. Be in accord : JIBE
43. Menu picks : ENTREES
45. Sportscast feature : REPLAY
46. Young salmon : SMOLT
47. Early: Prefix : PALEO
48. Soprano-bass combos, maybe : DUETS
50. Hardly Mr. Cool : NERD
51. Early sixth-century date : DXII
52. Some jazz singing : SCAT
53. Fr. title : MLLE
54. Landed : ALIT
55. Car until 1957 : NASH
56. "Mud" : JOE

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