New York Times, Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Author: Roy Leban
Editor: Will Shortz
Roy Leban
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 12 for Mr. Leban. NYT links: Across Lite

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Roy Leban notes: I wasn't sure that Pepper Martin (baseball player) was up there with Ginger Rogers (dancer) and Rosemary Clooney (singer) but it was important to me that the three people had different professions. While he's not in the Baseball Hall of Fame, he was still pretty well known. Playing his entire MLB career for the Cardinals, he was an All-Star four times and a World Series Champion twice.

Turned out Will had a different concern, specifically, were ginger and pepper spices while rosemary was an herb? And that raised the question of whether PEPPER was the one that stands out? What about the fact that ginger is a root, pepper is a seed, and rosemary is a leaf? In the end, we decided that calling all three seasonings was fine and the clues of "Seasoned ..." were nice.

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© 2005, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Urban pollution : SMOG
5. Booster, to a rocket : STAGE
10. Winter home of the Chicago Cubs : MESA
14. Volcanic flow : LAVA
15. Hang in the air : HOVER
16. "We deliver for you" sloganeer: Abbr. : USPS
17. Ruthless personnel director : AXER
18. The Hunter : ORION
19. Genesis twin : ESAU
20. Seasoned dancer? : GINGERROGERS
23. Frequently : OFTEN
24. Austrian peaks, locally : ALPEN
28. Ancient writing material : PAPYRUS
31. Spacecraft to Jupiter : GALILEO
33. Missed by ___ (was way off) : AMILE
34. Mantra sounds : OMS
35. Cockpit datum: Abbr. : ALT
36. Seasoned singer? : ROSEMARYCLOONEY
41. Missing button on an iPod: Abbr. : REC
42. Monday night game org. : NFL
43. Extra, as a bedroom : SPARE
44. The Washington Monument, e.g. : OBELISK
47. Emily Dickinson's home, in Massachusetts : AMHERST
49. Police weapon : TASER
50. Bridge authority Charles : GOREN
51. Seasoned baseball player? : PEPPERMARTIN
57. Portend : BODE
60. ___-ground missile : AIRTO
61. Anise-flavored liqueur : OUZO
62. Sierra Club co-founder : MUIR
63. ___-O-Matic (baseball game company) : STRAT
64. Sitting on : ATOP
65. Victories : WINS
66. Approval power : SAYSO
67. "Yo, ___!" : DUDE
1. Waste material : SLAG
2. Passé skirt style : MAXI
3. Breadmaking place : OVEN
4. Quaint building decoration : GARGOYLE
5. Vowel sound in "puzzle" : SHORTU
6. Spanish constructions : TORRES
7. Par ___ (how to send mail to France) : AVION
8. Atlas maker's subj. : GEOG
9. White-tailed eagle : ERNE
10. Nutritious breakfast cereal : MUESLI
11. Double curve : ESS
12. Resort : SPA
13. Tempe sch. : ASU
21. ___ Zimbalist Jr. : EFREM
22. "Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-___" : RAL
25. Two-dimensional : PLANAR
26. Conger catchers : EELERS
27. Possible answer to "Are we there now?" : NOTYET
28. Polly, who wants a cracker : PARROT
29. Protozoan : AMOEBA
30. Sign after Aquarius : PISCES
31. Maker of Yukon SUV's: Abbr. : GMC
32. Communication for the deaf: Abbr. : ASL
34. Olive ___ : OYL
37. Opposite of a ques. : ANS
38. Washington's ___ Stadium : RFK
39. Milo of "Barbarella" : OSHEA
40. Route that invites speeding : OPENROAD
45. Pariahs : LEPERS
46. Rage : IRE
47. Main arteries : AORTAS
48. Peter Lorre role in eight movies : MRMOTO
50. President Ford, informally : GERRY
52. Free ticket : PASS
53. Round bread : PITA
54. Ballet attire : TUTU
55. Popular shirt label : IZOD
56. "Uh-uh!" : NOPE
57. Autobahn auto : BMW
58. Yes, in Québec : OUI
59. Clamor : DIN

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