New York Times, Wednesday, May 4, 2005

Author: Victor Fleming
Editor: Will Shortz
Victor Fleming
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 40 Missing: {FGWZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Fleming. NYT links: Across Lite

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Victor Fleming notes: My first-ever NYT having seen print less than two months earlier, I was full of myself. The year before, the Feb. 4 puzzle by Roy Leban had honored Bob Keeshan, who had died on Jan. 23 — some 12 days earlier. I think that was a record turn-around time for a current-events puzzle. But, for sure, it inspired me to think that some themes merit email contact with Will.

Pope Benedict XVI was elected on Apr. 19, 2005. I emailed Will a proposed theme to capitalize on his election around midnight that night. Will's reply was in the affirmative, conditioned on my getting him an acceptable finished puzzle by late the next afternoon. As for how the theme was executed, in essence I made a list of words and phrases that might apply to the situation and used those that seemed most apt.

I made the decision that, because of the nature of the puzzle, all the theme answers should be horizontal, for ease of reading (by the masses). I debated whether to put blocks in the boxes that start A TAD and end BEET, giving the puzzle 78 words, rather than 76. I was even more tempted when it turned out that my best long non-theme answers were going to be EHUD BARAK and BERT LANCE. But I submitted it as is, holding the other option as a fallback, in case Will didn't like those two chaps crowding in on His Holiness. He took it as delivered, though, giving me a symmetrical story to tell: The turnaround time on my first NYT crossword was 14 months; on my second, 14 days.

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© 2005, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Term of affection for 37-Across : PAPA
5. Arborist's concern : TREE
9. Daily delivery : MAIL
13. "Beowulf" and "Paradise Lost" : EPICS
15. Optimistic : ROSY
16. Deutsche article : EINE
17. Office of 37-Across : THEHOLYSEE
19. Recommended amount : DOSE
20. Indefatigable : TIRELESS
21. Persian Gulf ship : OILER
22. Football gains or losses: Abbr. : YDS
23. Home for 37-Across : VATICANCITY
26. Ocean's bottom : BED
27. Feel remorse for : RUE
28. Adolescent's outbreak : ACNE
31. Former Israeli P.M. : EHUDBARAK
37. Leader elected in 2005 : POPEBENEDICTXVI
40. Budget director under Jimmy Carter : BERTLANCE
41. "Quickly!" : ASAP
42. Sch. in Tulsa : ORU
43. Really bad coffee : MUD
45. Title for 37-Across : HISHOLINESS
51. ___ au vin : COQ
54. Good way to go out : ONTOP
55. Subject to sanctions, maybe : ONREPORT
57. Party of the first part? : ADAM
58. Predecessor of 37-Across : JOHNPAULII
60. Stir up : RILE
61. View from Toledo : ERIE
62. Ice cream unit : SCOOP
63. Tyne of "Judging Amy" : DALY
64. Kind of blocker : BETA
65. Coastal raptors : ERNS
1. Small-minded : PETTY
2. Sap sucker : APHID
3. Landing places : PIERS
4. Sleep preventer : ACHE
5. Secret engagement : TRYST
6. Martini's partner : ROSSI
7. Nice-to-Rome dir. : ESE
8. Storm part : EYE
9. Battlefield shout : MEDIC
10. Garlicky spread : AIOLI
11. Atlas enlargement : INSET
12. Distrustful : LEERY
14. Figure out : SOLVE
18. __ poisoning : LEAD
21. Last non-A.D. year : ONEBC
24. Boorish : CRUDE
25. BMW competitor : AUDI
26. Red shade : BEET
28. Police alert, for short : APB
29. Miler Sebastian : COE
30. "Morning Edition" airer : NPR
31. Tedium : ENNUI
32. "___ Ramsey," 1970's TV western : HEC
33. Just slightly : ATAD
34. Dr.'s orders : RXS
35. Frank's wife before Mia : AVA
36. Laotian money : KIP
38. Hit to short right, say : BLOOP
39. ___ of Sandwich : EARL
43. No. on a new-car sticker : MSRP
44. "___ directed" : USEAS
45. Squirrel away : HOARD
46. Home to more than a billion : INDIA
47. Hold off : STALL
48. Comfortable : HOMEY
49. Like seven Nolan Ryan games : NOHIT
50. Nine: Prefix : ENNEA
51. Amber or umber : COLOR
52. Belted sky formation : ORION
53. Canal cleaners? : QTIPS
56. Purple shade : PUCE
58. One of the Bushes : JEB
59. Miner matter : ORE

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