New York Times, Tuesday, August 9, 2005

Author: Victor Fleming
Editor: Will Shortz
Victor Fleming
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 34 Missing: none – this is a pangram This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Fleming. NYT links: Across Lite

Victor Fleming notes: From old correspondence files, I see that I submitted this crossword under letter of Nov. 2, 2004, captioned "Corny Stuff." In my letter, I did not reflect on how the puzzle came to be. From old research folders, I see a document titled "Sweet Corn." The first half is devoted to ILSAs (in-the-language stand-alones) starting with CORN: CORN BEEF, CORN BELT, CORNBREAD, CORN CHIP, etc.; 17 in all. The second half is devoted to SWEET—SWEET DREAMS, SWEETHEART, etc.; 15 in all.

For most of the ILSAs in each batch, I listed words that could follow the second word. Under CORNBREAD, e.g., I had DOUGH, LINE, BASKET, etc. Under SWEET TOOTH, I had BRUSH, DECAY, FAIRY, etc. I think I had in mind a grand theme that would somehow unite SWEET and CORN in the same puzzle. For whatever reason, I decided to use only half the research and do one puzzle. I don't recall if I ever did a puzzle from the rest of the material.

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Across Down
1. Nonsensical talk : JIVE
5. Film repair : SPLICE
11. Lighter brand : BIC
14. Quick approval: Abbr. : INIT
15. Family support group : ALANON
16. "___ Beso" (Paul Anka hit) : ESO
17. Place for rolls : BREADBASKET
19. U.S.P.S. delivery : LTR
20. Congressional periods : SESSIONS
21. Mary Lou of gymnastics : RETTON
23. Range units: Abbr. : MTS
24. Do a pre-op chore : SCRUB
25. Washes with detergent : SUDSES
29. Tranquil state : QUIETUDE
32. Artery problems : CLOTS
33. Stubble remover : RAZOR
34. "Silent" prez : CAL
35. Haloed one, in France : ANGE
36. Naturally belong : FITIN
37. Kind of milk : SKIM
38. Family dog, for short : LAB
39. Stiff hairs : SETAE
40. Model wood : BALSA
41. Ward denizen : PRISONER
43. Anne who married Henry VIII : BOLEYN
44. Socks : SLUGS
45. Part of a jazz combo : SAX
46. Summarizes : RECAPS
48. "Watch out now" : TAKECARE
53. ___ de toilette : EAU
54. Numbskull : CHOWDERHEAD
56. Hosp. picture : MRI
57. Household helper : AUPAIR
58. Impulse : URGE
59. Choose, with "to" : OPT
60. Comedian Russell : NIPSEY
61. Faucet brand : MOEN
1. Sails on sloops : JIBS
2. Memo starter : INRE
3. Goes (for) : VIES
4. H H H, to Greeks : ETAS
5. Wooden shoes : SABOTS
6. Floor sketches : PLANS
7. Girl : LASS
8. Octopus's defense : INK
9. Force : COERCION
10. One matriculating : ENTERER
11. A cowboy might have a big one : BELTBUCKLE
12. Middle of a ratio : ISTO
13. Word that can precede the start of 17- or 54-Across or 11- or 27-Down : CORN
18. March of ___ : DIMES
22. When repeated, a reproach : TUT
24. "The World of ___ Wong" (1960 movie) : SUZIE
25. Resell illegally : SCALP
26. Of an arm bone : ULNAR
27. Treat for a trick : DOGBISCUIT
28. ___ Jeanne d'Arc : STE
29. Persian Gulf state : QATAR
30. Part of a simple bouquet : DAISY
31. Violinist Mischa : ELMAN
33. Marriage and others : RITES
36. Literally, "wind and water" : FENGSHUI
37. Mule of song : SAL
39. Noted Warhol subject : SOUPCAN
40. Pug, e.g. : BOXER
42. Hearst kidnap grp. : SLA
43. Business that makes a lot of dough : BAKERY
45. ___ Hawkins Day : SADIE
46. San ___, Italy : REMO
47. O.K. Corral lawman : EARP
48. "Jabberwocky" start : TWAS
49. Buddy : CHUM
50. Prefix with nautical : AERO
51. Craze : RAGE
52. Genesis home : EDEN
55. Facing: Abbr. : OPP

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