New York Times, Thursday, April 19, 2012

Author: Sean Dobbin
Editor: Will Shortz
Sean Dobbin
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 70, Blocks: 30 Missing: {JQXZ} Spans: 3 This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Dobbin. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

Sean Dobbin notes: This is an example of old-school construction. Not because I'm some sort of crossword purist or anything — I simply had no idea what I was doing, or any clue that software existed that could potentially make this puzzle a whole lot better.

The puzzle was primarily made with paper and pencil, various Excel spreadsheets, a dictionary, and an outdated encyclopedia, mostly during my lunch breaks. It took forever, and the end result was kind of bland in retrospect, but I'm still pretty proud of it. In any case, Will saw something in it, accepted it (after rejecting seven or eight other submissions), and the rest is history. I've since purchased some software, gotten some great advice, done a lot of studying, and upped my game.

The original submission had LET'S ROLL at 50-Across, which was a problem because of the ROLL in 4-Down. This resulted in an editorial rewrite of much of the lower half. Most of the clues are not mine, but c'est la vie. I am responsible for the clues for 1-Across and 9-Down, which are my personal favorites.

JimH notes: As explained at 35-Across, the three long vertical answers have OUTSIDERS, read as OUTSIDE Rs. There is an R missing from the top and bottom of each so you have to draw them outside the grid. Read about the constructor at delawareonline.
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Across Down
1. It can change one's tune : CAPO
5. Before the procedure, informally : PREOP
10. Abbr. on many a cornerstone : ESTD
14. ___ Trevelyan, villain in the James Bond film "GoldenEye" : ALEC
15. Must : HASTO
16. Wolf whistle accompanier, maybe : LEER
17. Put in the hole : SINK
18. Question asked in Matthew 26:22 : ISITI
19. Actress Steppat of "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" : ILSE
20. World capital at 7,200+ feet elevation : SANAA
22. Certain Ghostbuster : EGON
23. Groks : GETS
24. "Thank you," in Swahili : ASANTE
26. Carps : NITPICKS
28. Blood feud : VENDETTA
30. One of a pair of items often given at a baby shower : BOOTIE
31. Stellar start? : ASTR
32. "Das ___" (Volkswagen slogan) : AUTO
34. Shows the door : OUSTS
35. Nonmembers ... or what 4-, 7- and 10-Down lack? : OUTSIDERS
38. Pharmacy stock : VIALS
41. Part of a landscaping team : HOER
42. Makeover : REDO
46. Old Shaker leader : ANNLEE
48. Like horseshoes on barn doors : NAILEDUP
50. Embarks : SETSSAIL
52. He once wrote "Last but not least, avoid clichés like the plague" : SAFIRE
53. "Star Trek: T.N.G." role : TROI
54. Slant : SKEW
56. Trig function : COTAN
57. Blarney source : ERIN
58. Following behind : INTOW
60. Barbecue fare : RIBS
61. It may be broken into on Broadway : SONG
62. Jean-Luc Godard film "___ Musique" : NOTRE
63. Spymaster's worry : MOLE
64. Put in a difficult spot : TREE
65. Music's Stefani and others : GWENS
66. Recording artist made famous by the BBC series "The Celts" : ENYA
1. Tapioca source : CASSAVA
2. Ellery Queen and others : ALIASES
3. It's decided in the fall : PENNANT
4. Checker or Domino : ROCKANDROLLSINGER
5. Fraternity character : PHI
6. Destroy, in Devon : RASE
7. It may include two weeks' notice : RESIGNATIONLETTER
8. 10th-century Holy Roman emperor : OTTOI
9. End of many trips : POINTB
10. John Calvin, e.g. : RELIGIOUSREFORMER
11. Superior things : SELECTS
12. Drug or DNA home-use set : TESTKIT
13. Does a morning routine : DRESSES
21. Corroded : ATE
25. Floride, par exemple : ETAT
27. Ones protected by a safety net, with "the" : POOR
29. Bottom : TUSH
33. Ancient concert halls : ODEA
36. Gets high, say : USES
37. Dwarf planet beyond Pluto : ERIS
38. Most widespread : VASTEST
39. Mistakenly : INERROR
40. Fats Domino's real first name : ANTOINE
43. Dictionary specification : EDITION
44. So as to last : DURABLY
45. It's far from shore : OPENSEA
47. Providing relief for : EASING
49. ___ Neuchâtel : LAC
51. "You don't have to tell me" : IKNOW
55. Old-looking : WORN
59. Montgomery of jazz : WES

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