New York Times, Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Author: Andrea Carla Michaels and Peter L. Stein
Editor: Will Shortz
Andrea Carla Michaels
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Peter L. Stein
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 21 for Ms. Michaels. This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Stein. NYT links: Across Lite

Constructor notes:

ACME: This puzzle was with longtime friend and college buddy Peter Stein, who is better than I am at everything we do...except maybe Scrabble! We decided to collaborate on a puzzle, his idea to riff off the one I had 10/27/08 a year and a half earlier with frequent collaborator Michael Blake.

The 08 puzzle had SPIN as the reveal, i.e. SP-IN (SPUTTERNONSENSE, SPRAYOFSUNSHINE, SPACEOFDIAMONDS) so we decided to try SP-OUT, where we took OUT the letters SP. As a result the phrases are shorter than the three 15 spanners of the original puzzle, but we made up for it by having four entries. It's harder to take out letters and still have a phrase that makes sense. There is more energy and fun in adding letters... I think that's what made this a Wednesday.

It's been over 5 years and we are itching to collaborate again!

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© 2010, The New York TimesNo. 22,086
Across Down
1. Appetite arouser : AROMA
6. Show appreciation, in a way : CLAP
10. Busyness : ADO
13. Reporting to : BELOW
14. "Gladiator" setting : ROME
15. Groucho's cigar, e.g. : PROP
16. Attila, for one? : ACEINVADER
18. First-rate stand-up comic : RIOT
19. Bird sounds : COOS
20. Neck and neck : EVEN
21. Is tiresome : WEARS
22. How some things are set : INSTONE
24. When said three times, a dance : CHA
25. Cowardly boxer? : RINGCHICKEN
31. Voice opposition : DEMUR
35. Food with lots of fiber : ROUGHAGE
36. North Carolina's ___ University : ELON
37. Jefferson's religious belief : DEISM
39. "L'___ c'est moi" : ETAT
40. Like a photon : MASSLESS
42. Herders' tools : PRODS
43. Where to find a genie? : INTHEBOTTLE
46. Colony worker : ANT
47. Polite reply that may be accompanied by eye-rolling : YESDEAR
52. The Destroyer, in Hinduism : SHIVA
55. Relative of Bowser : FIDO
57. Concerning : INRE
58. Trek : HIKE
59. Holders of some pipe joints? : ELLBINDERS
61. Start the bidding : OPEN
62. Middling : SOSO
63. Nimbi : AURAE
64. Carry-on checkers: Abbr. : TSA
65. Bit of laughter : PEAL
66. Teapot part ... or a two-word hint to 16-, 25-, 43- and 59-Across : SPOUT
1. Early counters : ABACI
2. Military drone's job, for short : RECON
3. Spreads in bars : OLEOS
4. Like towelettes, typically : MOIST
5. Barley bristle : AWN
6. Lily-livered : CRAVEN
7. Prospector's strike : LODE
8. Word of agreement : AMEN
9. A pop : PER
10. "Habanera" from "Carmen" is one : ARIA
11. "Let's Make a Deal" choice : DOOR
12. Stops waffling : OPTS
15. Flock leader : PREACHER
17. Caesar's "I came" : VENI
21. Taylor or Tyler : WHIG
23. Norris Trophy winner for eight consecutive years : ORR
24. One to hang with : CHUM
26. Miller's need : GRIST
27. N.Y.S.E. listings : COS
28. Green Hornet's sidekick : KATO
29. "Yikes!" : EGAD
30. Pulls in : NETS
31. Prefix with god : DEMI
32. Zip : ELAN
33. Kind of votes a candidate wants : MOST
34. Stubbly : UNSHAVEN
37. Cardholder's woe : DEBT
38. That, in Toledo : ESO
41. ___ the Hyena of "Li'l Abner" : LENA
42. Foot, to a zoologist : PES
44. Popular bathroom cleaner : TYDBOL
45. First pope with the title "the Great" : LEOI
48. Fixed fashionably : DIDUP
49. Summer month in South America : ENERO
50. Pianist Claudio : ARRAU
51. Change, as an alarm : RESET
52. It may precede a chaser : SHOT
53. They may swivel : HIPS
54. Self-assembly retail chain : IKEA
55. Ice sheet : FLOE
56. She said "Play it, Sam" : ILSA
59. "I know what you're thinking" skill : ESP
60. "If I Ruled the World" rapper : NAS

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle.

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