New York Times, Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Author: Mike Shenk
Editor: Will Shortz
Mike Shenk
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 80, Blocks: 36 Missing: {QVX} Featured Will Shortz favorite This is puzzle # 6 for Mr. Shenk. NYT links: Across Lite

Notepad: As a demonstration of speed puzzle construction at the 28th American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, on March 11 in Stamford, Conn., Mike Shenk took a theme proposed by the audience and created this puzzle, start to finish, without computer-assisted fill, in 60 minutes. Later, in a race to solve it, Trip Payne, of Boca Raton, Fla., finished first, in 3 minutes. About two-thirds of the audience completed the puzzle correctly within the 15-minute time limit.
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© 2005, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Desert flora : CACTI
6. Coated candy : MANDM
11. Interstice : GAP
14. Wolf pack member : UBOAT
15. Without company : ALONE
16. Outback runner : EMU
17. Vegetarian tennis star? : BEETSAMPRAS
19. Surfing site : NET
20. They're underfoot : SOLES
21. All in : SPENT
23. Greet the opposing team : BOO
26. Vanna's partner : PAT
27. Gets along : MAKESDO
29. Tibias' ends : ANKLES
31. Culminating point : ZENITH
32. Femme fatale : SIREN
33. Choral work : MOTET
34. Doc bloc, for short : AMA
37. Volunteer's words : ICAN
38. Bone connector : SINEW
39. Thick cut : SLAB
40. Kareem, once : LEW
41. Misanthrope : HATER
42. Roberts of "Mystic Pizza" : JULIA
43. Camera card contents : IMAGES
45. Mass parts : CANONS
46. Sunday paper section : FUNNIES
48. Memorial Day setting : MAY
49. Course start : TEE
50. Bound to experience : INFOR
51. Goes belly-up : FAILS
53. Rockies tree : FIR
54. Vegetarian film critic? : PAULINEKALE
60. Popular season on the Riviera : ETE
61. Drove to distraction : IRKED
62. Austin Powers's father : NIGEL
63. Curious George creator H. A. ___ : REY
64. Demands : NEEDS
65. Sharpshooting Shaq : ONEAL
1. New reporter : CUB
2. Penny portrait : ABE
3. Runner Sebastian : COE
4. Does a doily : TATS
5. Answer to a knock : ITSOPEN
6. "American Buffalo" playwright : MAMET
7. Yodelers' milieu : ALPS
8. Hide-hair link : NOR
9. Modern evidence : DNA
10. Camper's gear : MESSKIT
11. Vegetarian film critic? : GENESHALLOT
12. Change the Constitution : AMEND
13. Tie up a boat : PUTTO
18. Sighed cry : ALAS
22. Sulky state : PET
23. Pesto base : BASIL
24. In reserve : ONICE
25. Vegetarian talk show star? : OKRAWINFREY
27. Poet's concern : METER
28. Fresh : ANEW
30. Cariou of "Sweeney Todd" : LEN
31. Shipping areas : ZONES
33. Itty-bitty bugs : MITES
35. L.L. Bean's home : MAINE
36. Lower : ABASE
38. Wise fellow : SAGE
39. Catch some rays : SUN
41. Kind of turn : HAIRPIN
42. "Leading With My Chin" author : JAYLENO
44. 6 on a phone : MNO
45. First born? : CAIN
46. Drummer's partner : FIFER
47. Bring together : UNITE
48. Hotel staffers : MAIDS
51. Hightailed it : FLED
52. It's got you covered : SKIN
55. Beatitudes verb : ARE
56. Island strings : UKE
57. Epoch : AGE
58. Salonga of "Miss Saigon" : LEA
59. Wing : ELL

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