New York Times, Thursday, June 4, 2009

Author: Peter A. Collins and Joe Krozel
Editor: Will Shortz
Peter A. Collins
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Joe Krozel
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 72, Blocks: 31 Missing: {JKQVYZ} Featured Will Shortz favorite This is puzzle # 23 for Mr. Collins. This is puzzle # 22 for Mr. Krozel. NYT links: Across Lite

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Constructor notes:

JOE: This puzzle was one of my favorite to construct. The theme idea originated with Pete Collins, who envisioned the base path as SINGLE, DOUBLE, TRIPLE and HOMER. The problem was that they weren't the same length, so the grid faced symmetry challenges. I struggled for hours ... even making each theme entry plural. Subconsciously, I avoided the past tense — thinking they would be the same length as the plurals and harder to finesse into a coherent wording of the theme. But I was wrong. When I finally came around to trying that notion, it was like hitting the jackpot; everything just fell into place. My advice to other constructors: look hard for natural symmetry and focus on variations that don't fight the fill process.

PETE: This was Joe and my fourth collaboration out of nine (and counting?). I think it was my favorite, along with our first (Sunday, August 3, 2008). Our early collaborations usually arose from me coming up with a crazy idea, getting stymied trying to construct a grid, then throwing the grid at Joe and begging him to finish it. Joe never backed down from a challenge — even if it did result in hours of teeth-gnashing and hair-pulling. I'm especially proud that this puzzle landed in "Will Shortz Picks His Favorite Puzzles".

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© 2009, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Source of the line "Frailty, thy name is woman!" : HAMLET
7. Some believers : DEISTS
13. Poor thing about a slouch : POSTURE
14. Vacation destinations : RESORTS
16. Dressed for a white-tie affair : INTAILS
17. Order in the court : ALLRISE
18. Some urban digs : COOPS
19. Shooter on the playground : TAW
21. Old Al Capp strip "___ an' Slats" : ABBIE
22. He preceded Joan at Woodstock : ARLO
23. Former org. protecting depositors : FSLIC
25. Water collector : SUMP
26. Mens ___ (criminal intent) : REA
27. One who is no longer entitled : ALIENOR
29. Golf club part : TOE
30. Set off, in a big way : DETONATE
32. Bigger-than-life persona : LEGEND
34. With 35-Across, one who has done the circled things, combined, more often than any other major-league player : PETE
35. See 34-Across : ROSE
36. Attempts to strike : HITSAT
39. Georgia birthplace of Erskine Caldwell : MORELAND
43. Want ad abbr. : EOE
44. Cheese dish : RAREBIT
46. Hotel addition? : IER
47. U.S.N. brass: Abbr. : ADMS
49. Photographic flash gas : XENON
50. Latin wings : ALAE
51. Lab tube : PIPET
53. Action stopper : CUT
54. "Can ___ Witness" (Marvin Gaye hit) : IGETA
55. ___ Sánchez, co-director of "The Blair Witch Project" : EDUARDO
57. Turned a blind eye toward : IGNORED
59. Last of the French? : DERNIER
60. Lemonlike fruit : CITRONS
61. Spoke rudely to : SASSED
62. Classic brand of liniment : SLOANS
1. Mother, on the second Sunday in May : HONOREE
2. Whence Elaine, in Arthurian lore : ASTOLAT
3. Highest peak in the Philippines: Abbr. : MTAPO
4. Baseball All-Star Tiant : LUIS
5. Goethe's "The ___-King" : ERL
6. Where to take an exam : TESTSITE
7. Attract : DRAWIN
8. Fish that may be caught in a cage : EEL
9. Puerto Rico, por ejemplo : ISLA
10. Gathers on a surface, chemically : SORBS
11. Reason for a medley, perhaps : TRIBUTE
12. Apostle called "the Zealot" : STSIMON
13. Enterprise-D captain : PICARD
15. Permeated, with "into" : SEEPED
20. On the safe side : ALEE
23. Political proposal from some conservatives : FLATTAX
24. Fill, as with a crayon : COLORIN
27. Lend ___ : ANEAR
28. Kind of button : RESET
31. Special ___ : OPS
33. Breast enlargement material : GEL
35. Branch of technology : ROBOTICS
36. Like some spoonfuls : HEAPED
37. Salt add-ins : IODIDES
38. Japanese restaurant offering : TEMPURA
39. Restaurant offering : MENU
40. Bank controller : AILERON
41. Tidies : NEATENS
42. Rastafarian's do, for short : DREADS
45. 34 & 35-Across's 4,256 career hits, e.g. : RECORD
48. Penn and others : SEANS
50. Pythagoras' square : AGORA
52. Speaker of the diamond : TRIS
54. Digging : INTO
56. Near failure : DEE
58. Apt name for an ichthyologist? : GIL

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