New York Times, Friday, February 19, 2010

Author: Victor Fleming
Editor: Will Shortz
Victor Fleming
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 68, Blocks: 32 Missing: {QXZ} This is puzzle # 24 for Mr. Fleming. NYT links: Across Lite

Victor Fleming notes: This is probably my most memorable Times puzzle to date, as it came out on Friday of the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. I'd no idea it was slated for that date, so it was a pleasant surprise when I saw it online at 10 p.m. the night before in the hotel. Next day, what a great feeling it was to have avid puzzlers coming up to me for hours saying, "I hate you!"

This puzzle was submitted under letter to Will dated Oct. 22, 2008. My note to him read, in full, "I call this one 'Joe.' Hope you like it." Apparently he did. The puzzle was built around JOE THE PLUMBER, which had not been in a puzzle when I submitted it. Joe showed up, though, in two Monday puzzles, as a theme entry, before mine was published. See the 12/29/2008 LA Times puzzle by David Kahn & the 4/27/2009 NYT puzzle by Joe Krozel. Easy come, easy go.

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© 2010, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Male gopher : OFFICEBOY
10. People travel only one way on them : TBARS
15. "The Broken Tower" poet : HARTCRANE
16. The senior Saarinen : ELIEL
17. "Beautiful" things in a 1951 hit song : BROWNEYES
18. See 7-Down : CARGO
19. Orlando's ___ Arena : AMWAY
20. Capital largely surrounded by high clay walls : SANA
22. Sportscaster Collinsworth : CRIS
23. Uncle ___ : BENS
24. City at the mouth of the Fox River : OSHKOSH
26. They make cents. : YRS
27. Cards : WAGS
31. Homage : SALUTE
32. Dress down : BASTE
33. Cat's-eye relatives : AGATES
34. Metaphor for a middle-class American : JOETHEPLUMBER
37. Host of a self-titled 1990s talk show : RUPAUL
38. Las ___ Filipinas : ISLAS
39. Ancient Macedonian capital : EDESSA
40. Abbr. at the top of a memo : ATTN
41. Abbr. for the Prince of Wales : HMS
44. Hair salon activity : RINSING
46. New range rover? : FOAL
47. Freedom fighter, for short? : ACLU
48. Their faces have spots : DICE
51. Secretary on "Hogan's Heroes" : HILDA
52. Weapon for Wonder Woman : TIARA
54. When women may get in for less : LADIESDAY
56. Put through the system? : EATEN
57. Rush hour, to radio programmers : DRIVETIME
58. Some flying saucers : SLEDS
59. Fleet type : SPEEDSTER
1. "Man alive!" : OHBABY
2. One with growing concerns : FARMER
3. Displays displeasure : FROWNS
4. "___ my pleasure" : ITWAS
5. Big Apple sch. : CCNY
6. Ahead of, in verse : ERE
7. Parts of planes in which to put 18-Across : BAYS
8. First to be called up : ONEA
9. Answerable with a nod or a shake : YESNO
10. Sherlock : TEC
11. They have chocolate relatives : BLACKLABS
12. Overhead corridor : AIRROUTE
13. Need for checking people out : REGISTER
14. Applies carelessly : SLOSHES
21. Blitzkrieg : ASSAULT
25. Ewing player : HAGMAN
27. Twist alternative : WATUSI
28. Oregon Shakespeare Festival locale : ASHLAND
29. Former AT&T rival : GTE
30. Crayola color in a 64-crayon box : SEPIA
32. Encouraging statement start : BEASSURED
34. Kind of appointment : JUDICIAL
35. Like most bars : OPENLATE
36. U.S.N. craft : LST
37. Downgrades, e.g. : RERATES
41. "Whoa!" : HOLDIT
42. "___ Sans-Gêne" (Sardou play) : MADAME
43. Offer? : SLAYER
45. Brightens : GILDS
46. Sock deliverers : FISTS
49. Complaint : CARP
50. Lou Grant's ex on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" : EDIE
51. Not brush off : HEED
53. FAQ part: Abbr. : ANS
55. It may be added to excess : IVE

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