New York Times, Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Author: Victor Fleming
Editor: Will Shortz
Victor Fleming
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 74, Blocks: 36 Missing: none – this is a pangram Spans: 3 Minimum word length: 4 This is puzzle # 16 for Mr. Fleming. NYT links: Across Lite

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Victor Fleming notes: This crossword combines my favorite sport with the gimmick of having multiple theme answers clued identically. Under letter dated Aug. 27, 2007, I pitched this puzzle to Will as a Wednesday; thus, it's not surprising that few of my original clues were used. My proposed theme clues involved cross-referencing, so that each theme answer clued the others. I liked the edited version so much better that, in the ensuing months, I did three more puzzles with a similar approach — see 8/13/2008, 9/25/2008, & 9/30/2010. See also 1/28/2007, a Sunday in which Bruce Venzke and I did essentially the same thing, with adjustments for singular and plural pronouns.
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Across Down
1. Puppies' plaints : YIPS
5. Cobb of "12 Angry Men" : LEEJ
9. Icy look : GLARE
14. Oratorio highlight : ARIA
15. Di or da preceder in a Beatles song : OBLA
16. Moves like sludge : OOZES
17. "What ___ Did" (classic children's book with a punny title) : KATY
18. ___ Spee (old German warship) : GRAF
19. Catcher's position : SQUAT
20. Enjoying an outing, of sorts : ONTHEGOLFCOURSE
23. "Gets the red out" sloganeer : VISINE
24. Italian auto, for short : ALFA
25. Scientology founder ___ Hubbard : LRON
28. For no profit : ATCOST
32. Sister of Marge Simpson : SELMA
36. Forsaken : LORN
38. Get ___ the habit : INTO
39. Enjoying an outing, of sorts : PLAYINGEIGHTEEN
42. Homecoming figure, for short : ALUM
43. Yin's counterpart : YANG
44. Checking out : EYING
45. Michelin offering : RADIAL
47. Flagston family pet : DAWG
49. Gin flavoring : SLOE
51. Edit : REVISE
56. Enjoying an outing, of sorts : HITTINGTHELINKS
61. Like wild tigers : ASIAN
62. Drought relief : RAIN
63. Hi Flagston's wife, in the comics : LOIS
64. Garden plant support : STAKE
65. One hired by a corp. board : EXEC
66. McCann of country music : LILA
67. Cheated, slangily : HOSED
68. One of "The Addams Family," informally : TISH
69. Comrade in arms : ALLY
1. Comic Smirnoff : YAKOV
2. Tehran denizen : IRANI
3. Actress ZaSu : PITTS
4. Greet cordially : SAYHI
5. Paul Bunyan, e.g. : LOGGER
6. River of Spain : EBRO
7. Mideast airline : ELAL
8. Port of Israel : JAFFA
9. Treat leniently, with "on" : GOSOFT
10. Talkativeness : LOQUACITY
11. France's Côte d'___ : AZUR
12. Actor Stephen and kin : REAS
13. Renaissance family name : ESTE
21. China's Zhou ___ : ENLAI
22. Trolley sound : CLANG
26. Gymnast Korbut : OLGA
27. Ad infinitum : NOEND
29. "The ___ Love" (R.E.M. hit) : ONEI
30. British W.W. II-era gun : STEN
31. Chinatown gang : TONG
32. Exchange jabs : SPAR
33. Former Connecticut governor Grasso : ELLA
34. Speak well of : LAUD
35. "I can't blame anyone else" : MYMISTAKE
37. Latvia's capital : RIGA
40. Fishing line material : NYLON
41. Georg who wrote "The Philosophy of Right" : HEGEL
46. Trued up : ALINED
48. Twist badly : WRENCH
50. Everglades wader : EGRET
52. Home overlooking the sea, maybe : VILLA
53. How some tuna is packed : INOIL
54. Dexterity : SKILL
55. Lamb or Bacon piece : ESSAY
56. ___ browns (diner fare) : HASH
57. Analogy part : ISTO
58. Havana aunts : TIAS
59. Kind of stand : TAXI
60. Doesn't dally : HIES

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