New York Times, Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Author: Roy Leban
Editor: Will Shortz
Roy Leban
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 74, Blocks: 36 Missing: {QX} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 10 for Mr. Leban. NYT links: Across Lite

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Roy Leban notes: I was working on a different puzzle when I happened to notice that EDWIN ALDRIN JR was the same length as NEIL ARMSTRONG. Of course, that meant I had a nice theme. I toyed with a bunch of connectors but WALKED ON THE MOON was the most natural phrase that was good for cluing, and it was a 15 to boot. I tried hard to get MICHAEL and COLLINS in there as well (both 7's) but I just couldn't without screwing up the grid.

One of the down entries was I-EIGHTY ONE. I had other choices, but I liked it because of the improbable beginning of IEIG. Will agreed, writing "the entry I EIGHTY-ONE is really 'out there,' since the highway name would never be spelled out this way. But it's amusing and sort of fun as a novelty." Fortunately, it didn't start a trend of long spelled-out highway numbers.

Will accepted this puzzle about nine months before it ran and we discussed a specific date for it to run, the following July 20th. About three weeks before it ran, I dropped Will an email about it. Good thing as he had inadvertently filed it with the regular puzzles. Had it been missed, I would have had to wait another year.

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© 2005, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Pillow toppers, in hotels : MINTS
6. Paycheck deduction : FICA
10. Place for a firing : KILN
14. "Save me ___" : ASEAT
15. Rodin sculpture at the Met : ADAM
16. Become tiresome : WEAR
17. Cool cat's acknowledgment : IMHIP
18. Parks of Montgomery : ROSA
19. Audio equipment brand : AIWA
20. He was first : NEILARMSTRONG
23. Acquires : BUYS
24. Swiss stream : AAR
25. Presidential inits. from Missouri : HST
28. Many a car transaction : RESALE
31. "___ and the King of Siam" : ANNA
32. Café alternative : THE
33. Children's author Carle : ERIC
34. Baseball Hall-of-Famer George : BRETT
35. Over there : YON
36. What 20- and 50-Across did on July 20, 1969 : WALKEDONTHEMOON
40. Tree with a winged seed : ASH
41. Actress Kudrow and others : LISAS
42. Prefix with trust : ANTI
43. Early touring car : REO
44. 1946 Wimbledon champion Pauline : BETZ
45. Sign of affection : CARESS
47. Joanne of "All the King's Men" : DRU
48. Spanish bear : OSO
49. Female singer at the original Woodstock : BAEZ
50. He was second : EDWINALDRINJR
56. 1974 Peace Nobelist : SATO
58. Vex : RILE
59. Bee-related : APIAN
60. Twice tetra- : OCTO
61. Major paperback publisher : AVON
62. Patty Hearst's name in the S.L.A. : TANIA
63. Many a stadium concession : BEER
64. Looked over : EYED
65. Organic compounds : ENOLS
1. Primary : MAIN
2. "Woe ___!" : ISME
3. Classic soft drink brand : NEHI
4. Offensive football position : TAILBACK
5. State capital originally known as Pig's Eye : STPAUL
6. Works the land : FARMS
7. Wedding exchange : IDOS
8. Clickers : CASTANETS
9. Imaginary undying flower : AMARANTH
10. Olympian Michelle : KWAN
11. Major New York-to-Tennessee route : IEIGHTYONE
12. Bar topic : LAW
13. Big D.C. lobby : NRA
21. Whiskey grain : RYE
22. Sound off, perhaps : ORATE
26. Bamboo pieces : SHOOTS
27. See 57-Down : TENNIS
28. Poster heading : REWARD
29. Chalk remover : ERASER
30. Figure on a window shade : SILHOUETTE
31. Desilu co-founder : ARNAZ
34. Fenway Park climber : BOSTONIVY
37. Pasta shape : ELBOW
38. Requiem Mass hymn : DIESIRAE
39. Almond confection : MARZIPAN
45. Heel : CAD
46. Fill with bubbles : AERATE
49. Many a gourmet coffee : BLEND
51. One can be shown it : DOOR
52. Plant with lance-shaped leaves : ALOE
53. El ___ : NINO
54. Lockup : JAIL
55. Genetic strands : RNAS
56. Weep : SOB
57. Excellent service, in 27-Down : ACE

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