New York Times, Saturday, July 14, 2007

Author: Victor Fleming
Editor: Will Shortz
Victor Fleming
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 70, Blocks: 26 Missing: {JQXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 11 for Mr. Fleming. NYT links: Across Lite

Victor Fleming notes: Submitted in Dec. 2006, this was my second themeless Times crossword. The first was Nov. 18, 2006, so that one's being in print probably inspired this one. As noted at the 11/18/2006 puzzle, only one clue was retained for answers longer than seven letters ([Some cats], for SIAMESES—clever, huh?). In this puzzle, four clues for answers of eight or more letters were retained: 35-, 58-, and 63-Across and, my favorite clue of all time, 8-Down: ["Hey!?"], for WHAT'S THE BIG IDEA.

In my transmittal letter to Will I see that, in this time frame, Kyle Mahowald, as an undergrad, was organizing a crossword tournament at Harvard, and I'd been asked to help recruit a VIP speaker. Kyle had a Sunday Times puzzle in print when he was 17 (see 9/19/2004)! And on Thu., Jan. 12, 2006, he had a Times crossword with 22 rebus squares! Why am I telling you this? Because it's more interesting than anything I recall about my puzzle at hand.

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© 2007, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Player in three 1970s Pro Bowls : BRADSHAW
9. Dispersion devices : PRISMS
15. Infernal : DEVILISH
16. Any of six popes : ADRIAN
17. It's heard at many a wedding : AVEMARIA
18. San Francisco neighborhood, with "the" : CASTRO
19. Basketball analyst Elmore : LEN
20. Former Shea players : BEATLES
22. Neighbor of Isr., once : UAR
23. Threaded holder : TNUT
25. "Christ's Entry Into Brussels in 1889" painter : ENSOR
26. Snow on an album cover : HANK
27. Sigmoid curves : OGEES
29. Trough site : STY
30. "Please," to Franz : BITTE
31. Swiss multinational : NESTLE
33. Didn't just nosh : HADAMEAL
35. Kind of carriage : HORSELESS
37. Molotov cocktail, e.g. : FIREBOMB
40. Shucks, so to speak : LIESTO
44. Mets manager Minaya and others : OMARS
45. One along an autobahn? : EIN
47. Aunt who sings part of "The Farmer and the Cowman" : ELLER
48. High ones may produce a roar : RPMS
49. Cape wearer's field : MAGIC
51. Focus provider? : FORD
52. Canyon, e.g. : GAP
53. Columbus, e.g. : MARINER
55. Educ. Testing Service offering : GRE
56. "Not right now" : INABIT
58. Picasso mistress and subject : DORAMAAR
60. Where Antonio and Shylock litigate : VENICE
61. Ingress : ENTRANCE
62. Tequila brand with a red sombrero bottle top : ELTORO
63. Levied : ASSESSED
1. Waldenbooks alternative : BDALTON
2. It's sweet, it's said : REVENGE
3. Ways of access : AVENUES
4. Lower, in a way : DIM
5. Tombstone, e.g. : SLAB
6. Fresh face at a firm : HIREE
7. Easterners : ASIANS
8. "Hey!?" : WHATSTHEBIGIDEA
9. Edsel model : PACER
10. Intake optima: Abbr. : RDAS
11. Return address abbr.? : IRS
12. Orient : SITUATE
13. Plant of the arrowroot family : MARANTA
14. View coral reefs, maybe : SNORKEL
21. Not false : LOYAL
24. Mountaineering aids : TETHERS
26. Word in a documentary's credits : HIMSELF
28. Folks guilty of disorderly conduct : SLOBS
30. "Goin' to Chicago Blues" composer : BASIE
32. Ranch extension? : ERO
34. "Of the," in Oviedo : DEL
36. Campaign staple : SMEAR
37. Not hold something against : FORGIVE
38. Select for a case : IMPANEL
39. Runaway : RAMPANT
41. Advertisers' output : SLOGANS
42. Cookout setting : TERRACE
43. In sequence : ORDERED
46. Curtain fabrics : NINONS
49. One of the Gospels, in a Spanish Bible : MATEO
50. Cadbury Adams brand : CERTS
53. Minute: Prefix : MICR
54. Thin : RARE
57. RNA is a topic in it : BIO
59. Family V.I.P.'s : MAS

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