FOR APRIL -- NATIONAL POETRY MONTH

New York Times, Sunday, April 22, 2007

Author: Victor Fleming
Editor: Will Shortz
Victor Fleming
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Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 166, Blocks: 89 Missing: {QX} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 9 for Mr. Fleming. NYT links: Across Lite

Victor Fleming notes: For this National Poetry Month puzzle, I wanted definitions/descriptions of poetry, as per recognized poets. I did not think there'd ever been a Times crossword with a theme consisting of several quotations from various sources. About twelve hours of research, online and at the library, produced dozens of potential entries. The key was finding items brief enough to effect a balanced array in the grid.

I began with a 21x21 grid and produced two or three drafts in that format that just did not please me. I asked Will's permission to expand to a 23x23. He okayed that. I then returned to the library and produced another ten potential entries. This is the puzzle on which I spent more time than any other in my tenure as a cruciverbalist (about 40 hours, I estimate).

My favorite quote from the puzzle is Carl Sandburg's remark: "Poetry is an echo asking a shadow to dance."

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© 2007, The New York Times
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1. Student's declaration : MAJOR
6. Restricted part of a street : BUSLANE
13. Paul of pet food : IAMS
17. 1947 crime drama : TMEN
21. Block in the Southwest : ADOBE
22. Golf club with a nearly vertical face : ONEIRON
23. Love letters? : SWAK
24. U.S. city in sight of two volcanoes : HILO
25. With 36-Across, "Poetry is ..." (Osbert Sitwell) : LIKEFISHIFITS
27. Orange/yellow blooms : MARIGOLDS
29. Feature of the villain in "The Fugitive" : ONEARM
30. Walk to the door : SEEOUT
32. Single thread : STRAND
33. Radisson alternative : HYATT
36. See 25-Across : FRESHITSGOOD
40. Hearty drink : ALE
43. Like the Uzbek and Kirghiz languages : TURKIC
47. Smog-watching grp. : EPA
48. Bagnell Dam river : OSAGE
49. Purplish : LILAC
52. Ella of "Phantom Lady" : RAINES
54. One way to be paid : INCASH
58. Amount past due? : TRE
59. "Poetry is ..." (Joseph Roux) : TRUTHINITSSUNDAYCLOTHES
63. Oater locale : SALOON
64. Where Springsteen was born, in song : THEUSA
65. Monte ___ : CARLO
66. Hyde Park stroller : PRAM
68. Toil : TRAVAIL
71. Have on : WEAR
75. Japanese band? : OBI
78. Like many pubs : IRISH
81. With 89-Across, "Poetry is ..." (Carl Sandburg) : ANECHOASKINGA
85. Flat : HORIZONTAL
88. Struggle : CONTENTION
89. See 81-Across : SHADOWTODANCE
93. QB Rodney : PEETE
94. Banned spray : DDT
95. Russian city or oblast : OREL
96. Office gizmo : LABELER
98. Soissons seasons : ETES
100. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Banks : ERNIE
104. Make an inauguration affirmation : SAYIDO
107. Literary ending : EPILOG
111. "Poetry is ..." (Edith Sitwell) : THEDEIFICATIONOFREALITY
117. Took top honors : WON
118. French city in W.W. II fighting : EPINAL
119. Title character in a "Sgt. Pepper" song : MRKITE
120. Grant maker : DONOR
121. Hatch from Utah : ORRIN
123. 15 years before the Battle of Hastings : MLI
125. Dead Sea Scrolls scribe : ESSENE
127. "___ gratias" : DEO
128. "Poetry is ..." (Pablo Neruda) : ANACTOFPEACE
133. Verges on : NEARS
136. Sing "Gladly the cross-eyed bear," say : GARBLE
137. Tyro : NEWBIE
141. ___ Mae : SALLIE
145. Elderly : ONINYEARS
148. "Poetry is ..." (E. E. Cummings) : BEINGNOTDOING
151. English university V.I.P.s : DONS
152. Punjabi believer : SIKH
153. No more : ALLGONE
154. #24 of 24 : OMEGA
155. As a result : ERGO
156. Besides : ELSE
157. Fall field worker : GLEANER
158. Snooped (around) : NOSED
1. Bueno's opposite : MALO
2. Tennis edge : ADIN
3. It may start with someone entering a bar : JOKE
4. West Indian sorcery : OBEAH
5. Prepare, as a side of beans : REFRY
6. Beantown, on scoreboards : BOS
7. Durham sch. : UNH
8. Half of doce : SEIS
9. Energy : LIFE
10. Singer India.___ : ARIE
11. ___ this world : NOTOF
12. Nutrition drink brand : ENSURE
13. Belief : ISM
14. Up to one's ears (in) : AWASH
15. Cuban patriot José : MARTI
16. Go around : SKIRT
17. Beachwear : THONGS
18. "Zounds," e.g. : MILDOATH
19. Antiquity, quaintly : ELD
20. Denials : NOS
26. "This is where ___" : IMAT
28. Alternative fuel : GASOHOL
31. Halfhearted : TEPID
34. Go bad : TURN
35. Red hair, e.g. : TRAIT
37. Arabian capital : SANA
38. Fairy-tale menace : OGRE
39. G.P.A. spoilers : DEES
40. Mtn. stats : ALTS
41. Trevi coin, once : LIRA
42. Month after Ab : ELUL
44. Friends : KITH
45. Not on the border : INSET
46. Poetic break: Var. : CESURA
50. Sitting on : ATOP
51. Tapas bar offering : CHORIZO
53. Writer Sontag : SUSAN
55. Big spinner : CYCLONE
56. Here, in Juárez : ACA
57. Camera inits. : SLR
60. Aligned : INAROW
61. Main seating area : NAVE
62. Namely : TOWIT
67. Perfect : MINT
69. N.C. State plays in it : ACC
70. Denny's alternative : IHOP
72. Oklahoma city : ENID
73. Steinbeck's "To ___ Unknown" : AGOD
74. Angry talk : RANT
75. Really, really : OHSO
76. Physicist Niels : BOHR
77. "Dies ___" : IRAE
79. Arrived quietly : STOLEIN
80. "... ___ great fall" : HADA
82. Exactly, after "to" : ATEE
83. Parlor piece : SETTEE
84. Gridiron protection : KNEEPAD
86. Wasted gas : IDLED
87. Inventor's place : LAB
90. Group of spies : NEST
91. Kind of check : CLAIM
92. Hundred Acre Wood donkey : EEYORE
97. Winter Olympics venues : RINKS
99. It's raised on a farm : SILO
101. NASA homecoming : REENTRY
102. Tiny bite : NIP
103. "See ___ care!" : IFI
105. Two, in Lisbon : DOIS
106. In many cases : OFTEN
108. Operatic Jenny : LIND
109. Early Nebraskan : OTOE
110. Deli order : GYRO
111. Old deferment classification : TWOA
112. Beeper : HORN
113. Ticking off : ENRAGING
114. Pulled in : CAME
115. Poe's middle name : ALLAN
116. Surrealist Magritte : RENE
122. Reply to "No way!" : ICANSO
124. Old-style hangover remedy : ICEBAG
126. League division : EAST
129. Mighty big : OBESE
130. Swing wildly : FLAIL
131. Corner office and others : PERKS
132. Gettysburg general under Lee : EWELL
134. Household health hazard : RADON
135. Sportscast feature : SLOMO
138. Peevishness : BILE
139. TV's Swenson : INGA
140. Fashion's ___ von Furstenberg : EGON
142. "Here ___ ..." : LIES
143. "Bus Stop" playwright : INGE
144. "Yikes!" : EGAD
145. "___ on Melancholy" : ODE
146. Swe. abutter : NOR
147. Ma'am or dam : SHE
149. K.C.-to-Duluth dir. : NNE
150. "___ the fields ..." : OER

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