New York Times, Monday, June 23, 2008

Author: Andrea Carla Michaels and Patrick Blindauer
Editor: Will Shortz
Andrea Carla Michaels
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Patrick Blindauer
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FJQXZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 9 for Ms. Michaels. This is puzzle # 17 for Mr. Blindauer. NYT links: Across Lite

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Constructor notes: ANDREA:

THis was my first official collaboration with my then newbestfriend Patrick Blindauer. We had met when he was working for Peter Gordon at Sterling as an assistant. I had known Peter for 20+ years from our days at Games Magazine, so I would pop by to see him whenever I was in NY. Patrick and I got to know each other better at the first ACPT I attended. (I hadn't gone the first 25+ years as I lived across the country, etc.) Will was using one of my puzzles for the opening puzzle of the 2008 ACPT I believe. (Cheers! It was four ways to toast, I think, which each theme answer being "Cheers!")

Patrick and I were standing together as people were approaching Trip Payne and consoling him on his second place finish. Folks were saying various cliches, "You did your best!", "So close!", etc. Patrick and I sat down and created a list "We still love you!" "Close but no cigar!", etc. and that became the first of a dozen collaborations. I think Deb Amlen called us the Fred and Ginger of constructors.

We both live very separate lives now, but he's always been my go-to person when I want to create a Sunday-sized puzzle that have funny phrases by changing a letter, or what have you. I love his sense of humor and what a genius he is. Until Patrick, I had only been published on Monday-Wed. He is my collaborator on 3 Sundays (not counting a couple we've done for the WSJ) and my sole NYT Thursday.

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© 2008, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Annual sleigh driver : SANTA
6. Walk like an expectant dad : PACE
10. Summit : ACME
14. Martian, e.g. : ALIEN
15. "Yeah, right" : IBET
16. Radar sign : BLIP
17. Words to a fourth runner-up : WINSOMELOSESOME
20. R.B.I. or H.R. : STAT
21. Angers : IRES
22. "Casablanca" star, informally : BOGIE
23. Its symbol is Sn : TIN
25. Not him : HER
26. Words to a third runner-up : YOUDIDYOURBEST
34. Latin dance : SAMBA
35. Push out of bed : ROUST
36. Pi's follower : RHO
37. Swiss artist Paul : KLEE
38. Height's companion : WIDTH
39. Jack who pioneered late-night talk : PAAR
40. Un : France :: ___ : Germany : EIN
41. Irked : RILED
42. Alice's cake instruction : EATME
43. Words to a second runner-up : WESTILLLOVEYOU
46. Finish up : END
47. Chicago transports : ELS
48. Norse myths, e.g. : SAGAS
51. Warmth : HEAT
54. Gave temporarily : LENT
58. Words to a first runner-up : CLOSEBUTNOCIGAR
61. Suffix with million : AIRE
62. Florence's river : ARNO
63. Ahead by a point : UPONE
64. Borscht vegetable : BEET
65. Lawyer Dershowitz : ALAN
66. Op-ed piece : ESSAY
1. Tools with teeth : SAWS
2. Disembarked : ALIT
3. One of Columbus's ships : NINA
4. Science lab glassware : TESTTUBE
5. Year, in Madrid : ANO
6. Where ships dock : PIER
7. ___-bodied : ABLE
8. Corp. kingpins : CEOS
9. Martians, e.g., for short : ETS
10. What paper towels do : ABSORB
11. What paper towels do to a toilet : CLOG
12. "La Bohème" soprano : MIMI
13. Fencing sword : EPEE
18. Skirt that exposes a lot of thigh : MINI
19. Film critic Roger : EBERT
24. Boise's state: Abbr. : IDA
25. Word to a crying child : HUSH
26. New Haven collegian : YALIE
27. Signs for good or ill : OMENS
28. Dentist's tool : DRILL
29. Call in the Alps : YODEL
30. Surpass : OUTDO
31. Poet's Muse : ERATO
32. Killer whale that does tricks : SHAMU
33. Went 80, say : TORE
34. Distort, as data : SKEW
38. Untamed : WILD
39. Salary indicators : PAYSLIPS
41. Dentist's direction : RINSE
42. Electric fish : EEL
44. Cups, saucers, sugar bowl, etc. : TEASET
45. Presidential prerogative : VETO
48. Picket line crosser : SCAB
49. "I cannot tell ___" : ALIE
50. Al of "An Inconvenient Truth" : GORE
51. Throw : HURL
52. Sicilian volcano : ETNA
53. Ever and ___ : ANON
55. Inflated selves : EGOS
56. "Peter Pan" dog : NANA
57. Deuce topper, in cards : TREY
59. Sheep's bleat : BAA
60. Actor's prompt : CUE

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