New York Times, Monday, July 21, 2003

Author: Andrea Carla Michaels
Editor: Will Shortz
Andrea Carla Michaels
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {XZ} Spans: 3 This is puzzle # 2 for Ms. Michaels. NYT links: Across Lite

Andrea Carla Michaels notes: My second puzzle I call "Royal Titles". I always give my puzzles titles and wish the daily puzzles would have them. That way the punchline could be in the title instead of the grid. I name things for a living and always feels like a name elevates anything to a whole 'nother level. Plus it's easier to keep track of!

I had three titles that had KING, QUEEN, PRINCE in them. Plus they were all 15s, all had THE something (Royal). Very synchronicitous. My first submission, however, THE AFRICANQUEEN was on top, as it was easier to have the Q higher up, beginning a word, rather than in the middle.

Will wrote back and said he'd like it KING, QUEEN, PRINCE or PRINCE, QUEEN, KING or not at all. My first experience of having to rewrite from scratch. He was right. Much better.

That Q may have implanted the idea of using all the letters of the alphabet. I never "force" a pangram, but I do like to have one whenever possible. Will doesn't care one way or the other. Others inexplicably rage against them, but to me they are fun, creative, echo my love for Scrabble and add an extra dollop to the construction whether the solvers notice or not.

Usually I'm just one or two letters short of one. I'd have to go back and check to see if this was one. But the amazing thing about Xwordinfo, just ONE of the quietly amazing things, is that it notes pangrams as well as what letters are not in the grid. (The above paragraph is a pangram, by the way!)

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© 2003, The New York Times
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1. Kiss : SMACK
6. Tool building : SHED
10. Butcher's or bakery : SHOP
14. Process in a blender : PUREE
15. Sampras or Rose : PETE
16. Place to see 20th-century paintings in N.Y. : MOMA
17. Philanthropist Brooke ___ : ASTOR
18. Grad : ALUM
19. Sign on a store door : OPEN
20. "Royal" action film, 2002 : THESCORPIONKING
23. "___ Haw" : HEE
24. Yo-yo or Slinky : TOY
25. Corsage flower : ORCHID
29. Brother of Abel : CAIN
31. "Camelot" president, for short : JFK
34. U. S. Grant's foe : RELEE
35. Angel's headgear : HALO
36. Prefix with commuting : TELE
37. "Royal" Bogart/Hepburn film, 1951 : THEAFRICANQUEEN
40. Knife handle : HAFT
41. Grades 1-12, for short : ELHI
42. Let loose, as pigs : UNPEN
43. No longer used: Abbr. : OBS
44. Over hill and ___ : DALE
45. Like bread dough : YEASTY
46. Brief instant : SEC
47. Hurry : HIE
48. "Royal" film based on a classic children's story, 1974 : THELITTLEPRINCE
57. Maui dance : HULA
58. Nest eggs for seniors: Abbr. : IRAS
59. Bottled water from France : EVIAN
60. Egyptian fertility goddess : ISIS
61. On-the-hour radio offering : NEWS
62. Extremely successful, slangily : SOCKO
63. Old Iranian leader : SHAH
64. Heredity carrier : GENE
65. Deuce takers : TREYS
1. Small fight : SPAT
2. Sled dog command : MUSH
3. Johnson of TV's "Laugh-In" : ARTE
4. Corporate heads, for short : CEOS
5. Woman's head cover : KERCHIEF
6. Extra : SPARE
7. Aid : HELP
8. Needle case : ETUI
9. Drop from major to captain, say : DEMOTION
10. Great ___ Mountains National Park : SMOKY
11. Pueblo Indian : HOPI
12. Augur : OMEN
13. Sharp pain, as from hunger : PANG
21. Multivolume ref. : OED
22. Oui's opposite : NON
25. Right: Prefix : ORTHO
26. Addict's program, in short : REHAB
27. Heads of staffs? : CLEFS
28. Furnace output : HEAT
29. Hidden stash : CACHE
30. Jai ___ : ALAI
31. Army vehicles : JEEPS
32. Navy unit : FLEET
33. Singer Rogers : KENNY
35. San Francisco's Nob ___ : HILL
36. Sandwich fish : TUNA
38. Responding (to) : REACTING
39. Most odd : QUEEREST
44. Agnus ___ : DEI
45. Puppy sound : YIP
46. / : SLASH
47. "Steppenwolf" author : HESSE
48. 1950's TV's "___ Is Your Life" : THIS
49. Silence : HUSH
50. Director Kazan : ELIA
51. Elm or oak : TREE
52. Place for an Easter egg hunt : LAWN
53. Songwriter Novello : IVOR
54. Kindly : NICE
55. Like dry mud : CAKY
56. Genesis grandson : ENOS

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